Weekly Ketchup: Metal Gear Solid Movie On Its Way?

Plus, new roles for Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Ryan Gosling, and a boy raised by whales.

In this week leading up to the Labor Day weekend (and the de facto end of the 2012 summer season), the Hollywood movie development news cycle went into one of its slower periods. Where normally there might be 20 to 35 major news stories that are considered for inclusion in the Weekly Ketchup, this week, there were basically just ten, and they all are included below. Making the grade this week are news stories for such stars as Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Douglas, Ryan Gosling, and Prometheus stars Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron.


This Week's Top Story

WATCH OUT: METAL GEAR SOLID IS TRYING TO STEALTHILY SNEAK ITS WAY INTO MOVIE THEATERS

Box office and critical success continues to elude video game adaptations, as a film form, in a way that hasn't been a problem for comic book adaptations now, by and large, for well over ten years. The man who was central to Marvel's success in those early years, in the time of films such as Spider-Man and X-Men, was Avi Arad. And now, those two jigsaw pieces have come together in the form of Konami's announcement that Avi Arad has come aboard to produce the long-in-development Metal Gear Solid movie. Metal Gear Solid was of course one of the most popular games for the original Sony PlayStation upon its release in 1998, leading to a franchise of Metal Gear games that has collectively sold over 30 million copies worldwide. Central to almost all Metal Gear games is the concept of stealth, as the main character is usually master spy and saboteur Solid Snake (voiced in English by X-Men writer David Hayter, by the way). It's also worth noting that this reinvigorated development of a potential Metal Gear Solid movie comes not that long after the news earlier this summer of Michael Fassbender producing and starring in another stealth-based videogame adaptation, Assassin's Creed.

Fresh Developments This Week

#1 MICHAEL FASSBENDER'S WHOLE WORLD HAS COME UNDONE, NOW THAT JANE GOT A GUN

Michael Fassbender is in talks to costar with Natalie Portman (who is also producing) in an independent cowboy western called Jane Got a Gun. Natalie Portman will be playing "a woman married to an outlaw who returns home bullet-riddled and half dead, betrayed by criminal confederates hot on his heels." Michael Fassbender would play "the ex-lover [Portman's character] seeks out to help her defend her farm from the imminent onslaught of black hats" (presumably with bad guys underneath them). The $20 million independent production has already attracted a director well familiar with indie budgeting in the form of Lynne Ramsay (Morvern Callar, We Need to Talk About Kevin), working from a script by newcomer Brian Duffield which was included in last year's Black List of Unproduced Screenplays.


#2 CHARLIZE THERON MIGHT WEAR THE EYEPATCH OF A WAR JOURNALIST

There's a very elite little club whose members include Ziggy Stardust, Molotov Cocktease (The Venture Bros), and Nadine Hurley (Twin Peaks). Figure out the connection yet? All of them were redheads with eye patches. Until recently, journalist Marie Colvin also fit those descriptions (almost; her hair was more auburn), except unlike them, Colvin was actually a real person. Perhaps dwelling on her personal appearance is a way of tiptoeing around the sadder reality, which is that in February, 2012, Colvin was killed by an IED (improvised explosive device) while covering the civil war in Homs, Syria. Colvin died the way she lived, which included covering dangerous war zones in such places as Chechnya, East Timor, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe. And now, we finally get to the movie development part of this story. Charlize Theron and producer Basil Iwanyk (The Town, We Are Marshall) have optioned the film rights to the Vanity Fair article, "Marie Colvin's Private War." That piece by Marie Brenner specifically told the story of how Colvin smuggled herself and (also now deceased) photojournalist Remi Ochlik into Syria to cover the civil war. Charlize Theron's interest as producer may also (and presumably will) include her playing Marie Colvin herself, but Theron isn't technically attached as the possible film's star, yet. One possible obstacle is that Charlize Theron (37) is nearly 20 years younger than Marie Colvin was when she went to Syria (56). Of course, if she does star in this film, it also wouldn't be the first time Theron has changed her appearance for a film (Monster, North Country, etc).


#3 RYAN GOSLING KNOWS HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER (BUT DOES HE KNOW HOW TO DIRECT?)

The first thing this writer thought of when he heard the taglines for this story (noir fantasy with a female protagonist) was the 2011 Zack Snyder-directed flop Sucker Punch. That may be why this story's logline is quick to also include "modern day." The bigger part of the headline also involves the director, which is former MMC member Ryan Gosling, making his directorial and screenwriting debuts. The independent film in question is entitled How to Catch a Monster, and it will feature Christina Hendricks (who also costarred with Gosling in Drive) as a single mother who finds "a road leading to an underwater town." Filming is expected to start sometime in the spring of 2013.



#4 MICHAEL DOUGLAS FOLLOWS LIBERACE WITH RONALD REAGAN IN REYKJAVIK

For most of his career, Michael Douglas was never one of those actors who particularly specialized in playing real life characters, or historical figures (unless I'm forgetting a film, which I'm sure commenters will point out). However, now that Douglas is approaching his 70s, he appears to be changing that profile, either deliberately or coincidentally. Douglas is currently filming the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra for HBO and director Steven Soderbergh. That will be followed by the Hangover-with-old-guys comedy Last Vegas, and then likely after that, Michael Douglas will be returning with another very famous celebrity portrayal. Douglas has signed on to star as President Ronald Reagan in Reykjavik, a drama about the 1986 peace summit in Iceland between Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev (who hasn't been cast yet). Ridley Scott had previously been attached to direct Reykjavik, but he has since dropped out (probably due to Scott's always full slate of film projects). Instead, Mike Newell (Donnie Brasco, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) will be directing Reykjavic from a script by Kevin Hood (Becoming Jane). Filming is scheduled to start in March, 2013 on location in Germany, which will be standing in for Reykjavic and elsewhere in Iceland. To close, I guess this piece shows that one really can write about Mikhail Gorbachev without mentioning that thing on his head. Oh, wait...


#5 PAUL RUDD AND ZACH GALIFIANAKIS TO STAR IN THE ANGELIC COMEDY WILL

It's pretty much an annual ritual that the director of the previous Best Picture Oscar winner will be hotly pursued by Hollywood in the following months. This year, the winner of that distinction is Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), but in his case, he's not necessarily traditional, mostly because he's A) a comedy director and B) you know... French. Paramount Pictures, however, does have a long-brewing comedy project that Hazanavicius is interested in, complete with two comedy stars attached. If and when it actually gets made, Paul Rudd will star in the comedy Will, set in an imaginary world "devoid of free will where every action is written by angelic scribes," with Zach Galifianakis set to play Rudd's angelic writer. The scenario basically sounds a bit like the Ricky Gervais comedy The Invention of Lying because the rest of the logline is that Galifianakis' character "quits" his job, allowing Rudd's character to do whatever he wants (which could also be seen as sort of like Bruce Almighty). As noted before, Will has been around for a while, with both Will Ferrell and the Little Miss Sunshine directors Valerie Ferris and Jonathan Dayton previously attached. As for who actually wrote this hotly sought after comedy script, Will was written by Demetri Martin, formerly of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Important Things with Demetri Martin, and most recently, for an unexpected dramatic supporting role in Contagion. The world will have to wait a little bit longer for Will, however, as Michel Hazanavicius is expected to next direct a remake of the 1958 film The Search.


#6 DICAPRIO, MAGUIRE AND HARDY UNITE TO TAKE ON THE MODERN POACHING TRADE

Animal rights activist Leonardo DiCaprio is teaming up with his longtime friend Tobey Maguire and his Inception costar Tom Hardy to jointly produce an untitled drama about poaching and animal products trafficking in the political ensemble style of Traffic. The project is being set up at Warner Bros, where DiCaprio has a history as both a star and producer, and a writer is currently being sought. Although all three actors are producing, there's no word yet as to whether all (or any) of them will actually costar in the eventual project. This film idea started with Tom Hardy, who was "inspired by friends who are former Special Forces operatives and went on to become anti-poaching fighters in South Africa and other nations." Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire will also be seen acting together in next summer's The Great Gatsby, also being distributed by Warner Bros.

Rotten Ideas of the Week

#3 CAN MICHAEL KEATON JOINING THE CAST OF THE ROBOCOP REMAKE TURN AROUND PUBLIC PERCEPTION?

MGM's 2013 remake of the 1980s science fiction/satire classic RoboCop has gone through something of a rollercoaster ride of online fan reactions. There had been much good will rewarded to the remake with the casting of such actors as Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, and Hugh Laurie. Then, however, a scathing script review made its way online, and over night, you could tangibly feel millions of RoboCop fans recoil. This was followed by the news that Hugh Laurie (House MD) had dropped out of negotiations to play the remake's villain. The search for Laurie's replacement didn't last long, however, as we now know that the role has been landed by Michael Keaton, who is himself not unfamiliar to fans of 1980s genre films, in particular. Keaton has seemed to be somewhat missing in action in recent years; although he's technically still been getting work, it has, with the exception of a supporting role in The Other Guys, mostly been voice work (such as Ken in various Toy Story projects). This particular news story is definitely borderline. The film itself may indeed be a "Rotten Idea" and a train wreck, but if director Jose Padilha can make it work, this might also mean a comeback of sorts for Michael Keaton. That is, of course, if MGM allows Padilha to "make it work."


#2 TRANSFORMERS SCREENWRITERS TAKE ON COMPLETELY DIFFERENT GIANT BEASTS WITH DRAGONOLOGY

The late 2000s was a period during which it seemed like nearly every week saw another children's book series being picked up for film rights by a Hollywood studio. In 2008, such was the case for Universal Pictures and the Dragonology series, which is written by various authors under the joint pen name of Ernest Drake, writing from the perspective of a Victorian Era world in which dragons actually exist. Now, four years later, Universal Pictures is hoping to revive their Dragonology adaptation by bringing aboard as producers the writing team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Kurtzman and Orci have frequently worked together as producers in the past (such as TV's Fringe), but they are best known as a screenwriting team responsible for such films as Cowboys & Aliens, the first two Transformers movies, and more positively, the reboot of Star Trek. It is because Star Trek and Mission: Impossible III are the only spots of red in a filmography of green splotches on their RT Tomatometer page that Dragonology is one of the week's Rotten Ideas.


#1 BEACHED IS THE STORY OF A BOY RAISED BY WHALES. SERIOUSLY.

Hollywood has of late become so fascinated with the hot art of the remake that they have become the dominant story type each week in this "Rotten Ideas" space. As a result, it's been a while since there was a movie news story that earned its place here just because it was truly a ridiculous story idea, period. Which brings us to a Fox property called Beached, which director Jon Turteltaub (Cool Runnings, National Treasure) is now attached to helm. Here's pretty much all that you need to know, in a tidy logline from The Hollywood Reporter: "Beached centers on a chubby 4-year-old child who falls overboard during a family outing, is raised by whales and goes on to become an Olympic swimmer." It's rare enough nowadays that a premise dares to be so completely nonsensical that this one is almost refreshing in its "Who needs logic?" mental gymnastics. I was going to fill this article with questions about how-exactly-does-that-work, but I think I'll leave them to the commenters down below to point out. Beached got its start as a script by screenwriter Ted Griffin (cowriter of Tower Heist, Matchstick Men), and the most recent draft was by Jordan Roberts (March of the Penguins).

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Comments

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Are we taking Drew McWeeny seriously these days? I'm just curious. Scathing? No. His tweeted review clearly misunderstood the original film's satirical elements. So now MGM is interferring in the production, trying to second guess the creative talent - talent that is the only reason why the film is worth keeping an eye on. If MGM is this determined to ruin the project (and how did they leak the script in the first place?) then it will definitely be "Total Recall" all over again. Or else, maybe they can let talented people do what they're good at. The cast and director are still awesome, and McWeeny rather dishonestly neglected to say whether the script he got was the James Vanderbilt rewrite or not. As far as commenting on defense contracting, this Robocop script sounds quite a bit more subversive than, say, Iron Man.

The Fassbender and Gosling news are the best this week. My favorite red-head actress is Tilda Swinton, but we'll see if Theron is interested in producing a film that isn't a vanity project. Brendan Gleeson is my vote to play Gorbachev (if he can handle the accent and shave his head). The Demetri Martin script just reminds me how great an adaptation of "Screwtape Letters" could be.

Aug 31 - 04:02 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Did you hear about the interview with Fernando Meirelles? He said that Padhila contacted him not long ago venting his frustration about Robocop and how MGM shot down every single one of his ideas he gave them and told him to do it their way. I like the cast and the director, but it really seems like the studio is stangeling the creativity out of this film, which is sad since it has such a good cast.

Aug 31 - 08:50 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

That's the article that's linked above, or at least a Collider article about it.

Aug 31 - 09:18 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

My bad, did not click on any of the links since I knew the story already.

Sep 1 - 12:47 AM

Jennifer D.

Jennifer Davis

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Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

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Sep 6 - 06:57 PM

Andrew Targaryen

Andrew Targaryen

A boy raised by whales? It's like Romulus and Remus...but stupider.

And I really doubt this Metal Gear movie will ever come about. I'd still rather see the Shadow of the Colossus movie.

Aug 31 - 04:14 PM

CyborgUnicorn

Cyborg Unicorn

I love SotC so much I got the HD version with Ico for PS3 but the game doesn't have a whole lot of moving parts. Cast Away probably had more dialogue in it, it ended with no real resolution, and it was all around a BIG downer(pun intended). Even if you fleshed it out more it wouldn't change that, and if you did end up changing that it would only be Shadow of the Colossus in name.

On the flip side, I'm Super Jazzed about a Metal Gear movie. I think they should call it Metal Gear anyway in the US it would make more sense That series has so many moving parts, and so many characters, it doesn't even know what to do with them all! :D I'm sitting here waiting for them to blow my mind, I know Kojima can bring his story of the Snakes and Bosses to this new medium successfully if he does it right!

Aug 31 - 10:30 PM

Dave J

Dave J

If the "Metal Gear" movie devoids any CGI then it could be a decent flick but you preferring Shadow Of Colossus (although a decent game as well) movie over Metal Gear should expect nothing more but another special effects extravaganza made in the same traditon as "John Carter of Mars" and "Prince Of Persia"! In your opinion, I fail to see how can "Shadow Of Colossus" be a better adaption than Metal Gear Solid?

Sep 4 - 03:20 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

00 - Eh, I'm not a fan of the series or, especially, its convoluted batshit-crazy story, so as long as the movie is decent, it's bound to be better than the games.

01 - Sounds interesting. I'm pretty sure I love Natalie Portman and Fassbender's a fantastic actor... plus, the story sounds interesting. We could always use another good western.

02 - There have been many journalist deaths in war zones as of late, and it's incredibly unfortunate. As a j-student myself who graduates next May, I greatly admire the men and women who would risk their lives in pursuit for truth and accuracy. I know that I sure as hell don't have the balls to ever cover a war-zone. Hopefully Theron, who is a great actress despite some horrid project choices, can do Colvin's life and legacy justice.

03 - Color me intrigued. Ryan's a great actor, so hopefully his screenwriting and directing abilities are a match for his acting talent. It's another one of those projects that certainly sounds interesting... kinda sounds a little like Pan's Labyrinth, doesn't it?

04 - Awesome, sounds fantastic. I love studying and reading politics in general, and a great political movie gets me all hot and bothered. Both Brasco and Goblet are fantastic movies (Goblet's in my top 2 HP films, along with Prince) and Douglas certainly has the chops needed to portray a US president. This has, so far, been a very good news week, I must say.

05 - And yet another movie that sounds intriguing. Even though I think Artist is kinda overrated cos of its aesthetic gimmick (it wasn't a bad movie but in way deserved an Oscar), I have faith that Hazanavicius won't make another typical, dumb American low-brow "comedy" full of toilet/body "humor" and people running into stationary objects.

06 - Wow, Leo's also an animal rights activist, huh? Dude must seriously have ALL the pussy in the world on speed-dial. As for the movie, sounds cool. Hardy, Leo and Parker make for an exciting trio. Man, Leo's upcoming movies are all sounding awesome! You have Tarantino's Django Unchained (the D is silent), Scorsese's Wolf of Wall St., Luhrmann's Great Gatsby, and now this. That makes me very gay, indeed. Gay as in happy, not homosexual. Cue obvious "Not that there's anything wrong with that" joke.

07 - I'm still willing to give Padilha the benefit of the doubt. Hopefully that script was an early version or something. Anyway, Keaton's awesome (who doesn't love angular eyebrows?), so the loss of Dr. House is somewhat made up for.

08 - Doesn't sound too promising. Even though I love Fringe, MI3 and the Star Trek reboot, the Cowboys/Aliens and Transformers fiascoes are simply too big to ignore. Don't forget, there were THREE Transformers movies made.

09 - So, this is, like, for real? I think this... broke my head...doEs..NOt........cOmpUT%...ErRor...ErRRrr..

Aug 31 - 04:59 PM

DrJimbo32

Aaron Thomas

Not a fan of Metal Gear huh? Well, I for one love the series, and I disagree and say that the movie has a lot to live up to, not only to transcend its video game source material, but still manage to please its hard core fans. So decent will not cut it.

Aug 31 - 07:16 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I am hoping Mel Gibson can lure DiCaprio back to his Viking epic now that Mel is getting over his demons and public troubles and returning to filmmaking. Also, I actually like Laurie dropped out and Keaton is on board, as I think that is a much more interesting choice for the villian. As the article pointed out, Keaton has been in far too few movies over the last decade or more.

Aug 31 - 08:56 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Oh yeah, I forgot Mel was trying to get that done. Yeah, that would be pretty sweet. I don't really care for what Mel does in his spare time, the dude can insult every nationality on earth, I'd still watch his movies.

Speaking of which, have you seen Get the Gringo? For a straight to DVD flick, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It felt like a spiritual sequel to Payback.

Aug 31 - 10:28 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I have not, but I heard from a few friends that it was suprisingly decent.

Sep 1 - 04:53 PM

Michael Keppy

Michael Keppy

Woah, not a fan of metal gear games because of story? I judt cant believe someone said that, you know you are the first one right? I mean ever! Metal gear solid is on top ten lists of the greatest games ever made lists all over the place! Im speachless...

Aug 31 - 09:34 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Meh, do I strike you as the type of person who gives a fuck about majority opinion? If you like it, cool, dude, but don't feign bullshit incredulity just cos my views on something differ from yours.

Aug 31 - 10:23 PM

todd123

Todd Garry

Im assuming you have no clue what the story is even about.

Sep 1 - 09:38 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

I finished the first Metal Gear as well as MGS 1 and 2. Granted, I haven't played the rest, but that was only because I didn't like the first two (though they had great graphics for back in the day). If I didn't know what the story was about, I would not say it was shit. Dunno, maybe you like this stretched out, overlong self-satisfied Japanese melodrama in you games, and that's cool, but personally, I find it nauseating and ridiculous in equal measure.

You wanna hear something even more shocking? I don't like Nintendo, either.

Sep 1 - 01:47 PM

todd123

Todd Garry

Blasphemy!!!!

Sep 1 - 02:10 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Heh, all hail the Master Race!

Sep 1 - 05:41 PM

Bye bye

Steven Bailey

I've pondered buying the Metal Gear games for years now but every time I watch a gameplay video on Youtube, they just turn me off. I'm still putting serious consideration into the newly released MGS HD Collection though.

Sep 4 - 05:33 PM

Justin D.

Justin D.

Glad I'm not the only one that thinks Metal Gear overrated. I didn't mind the game play but the story is so poorly written and convoluted that, overall, I didn't enjoy the experience.

Sep 2 - 12:41 AM

Russell Oglesbee

Russell Oglesbee

Don't really think better is the word you're looking for there with the metal gear movie. Seeing as opinions and thoughts of the games and/or possible movie are totally subjective don't you think that instead of insulting metal gear in a backhanded way you could just say, "Wasn't really a fan of the games, hopefully I'll enjoy the movie though".

Sep 3 - 01:27 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Where's the fun in that?

Sep 3 - 04:05 PM

Super JMan

cj over

Like I've said before: The gotta get Christopher Nolan to direct the Metal Gear Solid movie.
And they should probably get the crew of the fan-made movie. I'm not usually into fan movies, but Metal Gear Solid: Philanthropy is really good! I could hardly believe the CGi was from a fan-movie! Plus the story was very true to the games.
Nobody has done a video game movie just right. I bet these people could, if they had the proper budget.
Check out the fan-movie Metal Gear Solid: Philanthropy and see what I mean. Just type in "fan-made movies" and it will be the first thing that pops up on Google.

Aug 31 - 05:21 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Nolan is way too literal and non-stylish to do a MGS film. He is also not one for extremely eccentric characters, which Metal Gear is full of. If anybody must do it, I think the Wachowskis would be the best from a stylistic standpoint. It could be pretty good if they paired up with a great screenwriter who had passion for the project.

Sep 1 - 12:50 AM

Ferzan Uddin

Ferzan Uddin

Because Nolan only does literal. He's a director, not a robots. Nolans style takes it seriously, and a Metal Gear made by him would have subtle humor and a fantastic plot to back it up. Its perfect imo

Sep 1 - 08:39 PM

Thomas Skuzinski

Thomas Skuzinski

If by "subtle humor" you mean "nonexistent." Nolan's films have very little humanity, except for maybe The Prestige (and that's probably because it could rely on the novel's characterizations).

Sep 3 - 07:24 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Nolan's films take themselves too seriously, with the exception of The Prestige. So if he directs Metal Gear, I can already expect a very stiff Snake, with little humanity, & a movie that takes itself way too seriously.

Sep 3 - 09:44 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I read a lot of BS on here from time to time, and I've been trying to let much of it slide. But since you make the claim that "Nolan's films have very little humanity" as a declarative statement, rather than simply your opinion, I'm going to have to see your homework for that one. Maybe you can define specifically what kind of "humanity" is lacking, and you'll have to give some examples of its absence. Because, you know, the whole fighting crime mandate is a pretty fundamentally humane concept, in hoping to preserve a certain standard of human dignity and harmony. And, as in "Inception", the basic humanity of rejecting the dream world, favoring actual human interaction over the company of subjective projections, and Cobb's love and guilt he feels for Mal and their children are all also profound reflections of humanity. So, if you don't mind, perhaps you can enlighten everyone on this notion you seem to be taking for granted so, maybe, we won't presume that you're just blowing it out your ass.

Sep 3 - 10:03 PM

Joe O'Leary

Joe O'Leary

The Wachowski's?! Are you sure?!

Nolan would be perfect, the whole humanity thing is pure nonsense. JJ Abrams or Brad Bird would be a good fit too.

Sep 4 - 01:55 AM

Super JMan

cj over

I'm going to put my next post on the same way "The Watcher" does.

#1 - Will the theme song for the new Fassbender movie be "Janie's Got a Gun?" I know it's a western, but Aerosmith does have a country-blues style of rock. If they do some new song called "Jane Got a Gun" that's just about as bad as the theme song to Firefly, that'll definitely be sucky for the film.
It's my theory that the bad Firefly theme song is part of what killed the show.

#2 - A movie about a journalist covering war zones... sounds cool.

#3 - This movie could be just another dumb underwater utopia movie, or this guy could know how to direct. But the problem with a movie like that would most likely be the STORY and not how it's directed.

#4 - I can't really say. I've never seen a Michael Douglas movie. And the crew making the Reagan pick is filled with people I've never heard of.

#5 - A movie where free will is gone and everything that happens is written by "angelic scribes?" That's most likely a movie that says that God is controlling everything you do. I don't think God's going to create a bunch of mortals to control everything about them like life-long marionettes.
I could be wrong about the movie's message, but that's what it sounds like to me.

#6 - Both DiCaprio and Maguire are good actors. This could be a good movie, but most likely not something I'd be wanting to watch.

#3 - I have no doubt the RoboCop will most likely either be a sex-filled suck-fest like it's predecessor, or just a bad remake with hokey action. But I say go for Michael Keaton definitely! He knows how to act.

#2 - I have no idea what Dragonology is about. It could be as liked by critics as The Spiderwick Chronicles. But it could be as horrible and embarrassing as the Eragon movie.
Man that movie was horrible...

#1 - WHAT? A BOY RAISED BY WHALES? Did the writer ever grow up? What - Tarzan meets Free Willy? As I was typing that last sentence, I was laughing. If that movie actually turns out to be GOOD, I will flip worse than a coin tossed 1,000 feet in the air.

Aug 31 - 05:54 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Are you being serious about wanting to see "Janie's Got a Gun" in Jane's Got a Gun?? That is ridiculous, my man!

Aug 31 - 09:03 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"just another dumb underwater utopia movie" - yeah, I hate those. All of them. (?)

"I've never seen a Michael Douglas movie" - Try "China Syndrome", "Romancing the Stone", "Falling Down", "The Game", "Traffic" or "Wonder Boys". I would recommend "Fatal Attraction" or "Basic Instinct", but...

"most likely either be a sex-filled suck-fest" - Not a fan of "Caligula" I presume...

Sep 1 - 05:02 PM

Joe O'Leary

Joe O'Leary

"just another dumb underwater utopia movie"

That is the most ridiculous comment I have ever read!

Sep 4 - 01:53 AM

Jonathan Edward O.

Jon Owens

Dicaprio.Maguire, and Hardy fight poachers!!!!! I'm in!!!!

Aug 31 - 06:16 PM

DrJimbo32

Aaron Thomas

Not a fan of Metal Gear huh? Well, I for one love the series, and I disagree and say that the movie has a lot to live up to, not only to transcend its video game source material, but still manage to please its hard core fans. So decent will not cut it.

Aug 31 - 07:16 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Metal Gear Solid is my favorite game franchise of all time. It is gripping, emotional, and totally ridiculous at times, but it all works within the world Hideo Kojima built and the characters he created. That said, I am honestly not too excited about a movie. The games themselves are very cinematic (MGS4 had cutscenes that went on for over an hour, for Christ's sake!), so it is sort of pointless to make a movie out of it. I would be a little more optimistic if David Hayter did come aboard to advise and give them some creative background. He may have only been a voice actor in the series, but he has played Snake for fifteen years, so I think his attachment to the franchise might give it a little more legitimatcy.

The Fassbender news sounds awesome. So does the Gosling story. Both of those guys are on a role and I hope they keep it up. Gosling's directorial debut definitely sounds unique and has my interest, I am just curious to see if he can pull off something that seems incredibly complicated as a first feature.

I do not have a ton of interest in the other stories at the moment (I would in the poaching project if it was confirmed DiCaprio and Hardy would actually be starring in it), but the only ones that honestly seem bad are the number one and two stories, which are more than bad, they are straight up awful.

Aug 31 - 08:45 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

*on a roll

Aug 31 - 09:00 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Aw, what don't you like about Portman and Fassbender in a western?

Aug 31 - 10:30 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Reread that paragraph, I said the Fassbender news was awesome. It kind of got buried underneath my man-love for Gosling.

Sep 1 - 12:46 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Ah, my bad

Sep 1 - 02:06 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I pray for the health of your heart when the inevitable news is announced for a Fassbender/Gosling acting project together.

Sep 1 - 05:09 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Did you hear about the interview with Fernando Meirelles? He said that Padhila contacted him not long ago venting his frustration about Robocop and how MGM shot down every single one of his ideas he gave them and told him to do it their way. I like the cast and the director, but it really seems like the studio is stangeling the creativity out of this film, which is sad since it has such a good cast.

Aug 31 - 08:50 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

That's the article that's linked above, or at least a Collider article about it.

Aug 31 - 09:18 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

My bad, did not click on any of the links since I knew the story already.

Sep 1 - 12:47 AM

Jennifer D.

Jennifer Davis

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Sep 4 - 12:52 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Yeah, baby. That's right. I ride. Like, all night. (insert Butthead chuckle...)

Sep 6 - 06:57 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I am hoping Mel Gibson can lure DiCaprio back to his Viking epic now that Mel is getting over his demons and public troubles and returning to filmmaking. Also, I actually like Laurie dropped out and Keaton is on board, as I think that is a much more interesting choice for the villian. As the article pointed out, Keaton has been in far too few movies over the last decade or more.

Aug 31 - 08:56 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Oh yeah, I forgot Mel was trying to get that done. Yeah, that would be pretty sweet. I don't really care for what Mel does in his spare time, the dude can insult every nationality on earth, I'd still watch his movies.

Speaking of which, have you seen Get the Gringo? For a straight to DVD flick, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It felt like a spiritual sequel to Payback.

Aug 31 - 10:28 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I have not, but I heard from a few friends that it was suprisingly decent.

Sep 1 - 04:53 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

*on a roll

Aug 31 - 09:00 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Are you being serious about wanting to see "Janie's Got a Gun" in Jane's Got a Gun?? That is ridiculous, my man!

Aug 31 - 09:03 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

That's the article that's linked above, or at least a Collider article about it.

Aug 31 - 09:18 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

My bad, did not click on any of the links since I knew the story already.

Sep 1 - 12:47 AM

Michael Keppy

Michael Keppy

Woah, not a fan of metal gear games because of story? I judt cant believe someone said that, you know you are the first one right? I mean ever! Metal gear solid is on top ten lists of the greatest games ever made lists all over the place! Im speachless...

Aug 31 - 09:34 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Meh, do I strike you as the type of person who gives a fuck about majority opinion? If you like it, cool, dude, but don't feign bullshit incredulity just cos my views on something differ from yours.

Aug 31 - 10:23 PM

todd123

Todd Garry

Im assuming you have no clue what the story is even about.

Sep 1 - 09:38 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

I finished the first Metal Gear as well as MGS 1 and 2. Granted, I haven't played the rest, but that was only because I didn't like the first two (though they had great graphics for back in the day). If I didn't know what the story was about, I would not say it was shit. Dunno, maybe you like this stretched out, overlong self-satisfied Japanese melodrama in you games, and that's cool, but personally, I find it nauseating and ridiculous in equal measure.

You wanna hear something even more shocking? I don't like Nintendo, either.

Sep 1 - 01:47 PM

todd123

Todd Garry

Blasphemy!!!!

Sep 1 - 02:10 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Heh, all hail the Master Race!

Sep 1 - 05:41 PM

Bye bye

Steven Bailey

I've pondered buying the Metal Gear games for years now but every time I watch a gameplay video on Youtube, they just turn me off. I'm still putting serious consideration into the newly released MGS HD Collection though.

Sep 4 - 05:33 PM

Myron

Myron Kinsey

Whats going on Snake? Snake?! SSSSSNNNNNNNNNAAAAAAAKKKKKKEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!

Aug 31 - 09:50 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Speaking of which, I wonder if Raiden will be in the movie? And will they stick true to his roots and make him gay?

Aug 31 - 10:31 PM

CyborgUnicorn

Cyborg Unicorn

I doubt Raiden would even make it into the movie, I'm thinking it would be more like the original Metal Gear MSX games with some elements from Solid and maybe possibly Snake Eater, but I could be wrong. In that scheme, you could still have characters like Campbell, Ocelot, and Gray Fox without going to far into Hal and Raiden territory before the time is right. Or maybe they could move Hal around on the timeline, idk

Aug 31 - 11:44 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

MGS3 is by far the most film-friendly Metal Gear game. It expands on the entire series story, but most of that is through long monologues between various characters. The main plot to that game can stand on its own very well, and it has a really great arc for Snake and The Boss.

Sep 1 - 12:44 AM

CyborgUnicorn

Cyborg Unicorn

It is very film friendly, but I'm guessing since it's focused only on ahem Naked Snake and Solid Snake didn't exist yet, it wouldn't be the story to kick off the movieverse, although they could use the 2-mission stricture and have Big Boss go bad partway in, leaving snake with Campell for the other portion of the movie. I'm really hoping it's set in Zanzibar though!

Sep 1 - 02:13 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Meh, do I strike you as the type of person who gives a fuck about majority opinion? If you like it, cool, dude, but don't feign bullshit incredulity just cos my views on something differ from yours.

Aug 31 - 10:23 PM

todd123

Todd Garry

Im assuming you have no clue what the story is even about.

Sep 1 - 09:38 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

I finished the first Metal Gear as well as MGS 1 and 2. Granted, I haven't played the rest, but that was only because I didn't like the first two (though they had great graphics for back in the day). If I didn't know what the story was about, I would not say it was shit. Dunno, maybe you like this stretched out, overlong self-satisfied Japanese melodrama in you games, and that's cool, but personally, I find it nauseating and ridiculous in equal measure.

You wanna hear something even more shocking? I don't like Nintendo, either.

Sep 1 - 01:47 PM

todd123

Todd Garry

Blasphemy!!!!

Sep 1 - 02:10 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Heh, all hail the Master Race!

Sep 1 - 05:41 PM

Bye bye

Steven Bailey

I've pondered buying the Metal Gear games for years now but every time I watch a gameplay video on Youtube, they just turn me off. I'm still putting serious consideration into the newly released MGS HD Collection though.

Sep 4 - 05:33 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Oh yeah, I forgot Mel was trying to get that done. Yeah, that would be pretty sweet. I don't really care for what Mel does in his spare time, the dude can insult every nationality on earth, I'd still watch his movies.

Speaking of which, have you seen Get the Gringo? For a straight to DVD flick, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It felt like a spiritual sequel to Payback.

Aug 31 - 10:28 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I have not, but I heard from a few friends that it was suprisingly decent.

Sep 1 - 04:53 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Aw, what don't you like about Portman and Fassbender in a western?

Aug 31 - 10:30 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Reread that paragraph, I said the Fassbender news was awesome. It kind of got buried underneath my man-love for Gosling.

Sep 1 - 12:46 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Ah, my bad

Sep 1 - 02:06 AM

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