Weekly Ketchup: Doctor Who Returns to the Big Screen

Plus, Tim Burton's new project, more work for Angelina Jolie, and a Lego movie.

This week's Ketchup sees Hollywood being fairly busy, presumably because of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and the long La-La-Land-style breaks off work that come along with it. This Ketchup includes news of a third Doctor Who movie, sequels for Friday and The Hunger Games, and movies based upon The Grateful Dead, Michael Jackson, LEGO and Woody Woodpecker.


This Week's Top Story

DOCTOR WHO AND THE ORDER OF THE TARDIS

One of the most sought after directors of 2011 is British director David Yates, who this year now has a lot more time on his hands, after directing the last four Harry Potter movies. Warner Bros, the studio behind Harry Potter, has in particular trying to woo Yates, with his name coming up for their adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand (Ben Affleck is now more likely) and an Al Capone gangster movie called Cicero. Yates, however, is also doing his own thing, and that includes talking to the BBC about bringing their long-running (off and on since 1963!) science fiction series Doctor Who back to the big screen. "Back to" is important to note in that sentence, because there have actually already been two theatrically released Doctor Who movies, both starring Peter Cushing, in 1965 and 1966. Like those films, David Yates' planned Doctor Who adaptation would not be a direct extension of the TV series, but a fresh reboot using the same basic concept of a time travelling alien who brings along human companions on his journeys through time and space in the TARDIS, which looks smaller on the outside than it is in the inside. Since this will be a fresh reboot, that also means that the movie Doctor is likely to be played by a completely new actor, which opens the floodgates for fans to spend the next three years dream casting. David Yates is currently looking for a writer (or writers) to take on this new reboot of Doctor Who, with an eye towards retaining the series' Britishness, although that does not necessarily preclude American writers from the job (Harry Potter writer Steve Kloves is American, for example). David Yates reasonably expects the Doctor Who project to take a few years to be realized, so it's unlikely the TARDIS will appear in a theater near you until at least 2015.

Fresh Developments This Week

#1 HUNGER GAMES SEQUEL ATTRACTS OSCAR-WINNING SCREENWRITER

It's perhaps too easy for cynics who are not fond of The Twilight Saga to assign some of their residual bile to The Hunger Games, another movie adaptation of a popular genre series of novels popular with young female readers. The unveiling of the full trailer this week, however, may have been the first step towards movie fans seeing that perhaps the two franchises are not as closely linked as some previously thought. To its advantage, The Hunger Games has an Oscar-nominated star (Jennifer Lawrence), an impressive supporting cast (including Donald Sutherland and Stanley Tucci) and Gary Ross, who previously directed Pleasantville and Seabiscuit (which both received fresh RT Tomatometer scores of 86% and 77%, respectively). Although the film is still four months from release on March 23, Lionsgate is already developing a movie version of Catching Fire, the second novel in the young adult trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Collins collaborated with Gary Ross on the first film, but post production scheduling for The Hunger Games is going to make it difficult for them to repeat that feat for the second film. So, Lionsgate is in negotiations with screenwriter Simon Beaufoy to adapt Catching Fire, which sees Jennifer Lawrence's character of Katniss once again returning to the arena (probably a spoiler for the first film, but would anyone really think that the star of a trilogy dies in the first book?). Simon Beaufoy is best known for recently collaborating with director Danny Boyle on Slumdog Millionaire (94% RT) and 127 Hours (93% RT), and for starting his career in 1997 with The Full Monty (95% RT). Beaufoy also adapted the Paul Torday novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, which is directed by Lasse Hallstrom, stars Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt, and is currently awaiting release. Although he's not working on the sequel script, Gary Ross is however expected to return to direct Catching Fire as well.


#2 TIM BURTON TO RESIDE IN MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

Just about every time a studio acquires a movie project that can be described as "spooky" or "weird," one of the first names that comes up is Tim Burton, the prolific director of such films as Big Fish, Sleepy Hollow, Sweeney Todd and Beetlejuice. Well, earlier this year, 20th Century Fox acquired the rights to the Ransom Riggs novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, and so who do you think is now in talks to direct the adaptation just five months later? Although Tim Burton's name is regularly attached as producer to many such projects, and he remains active in the stop motion animation field (Frankenweenie, which Burton directed, is scheduled for October 5, 2012), Burton has less commitments at this point to actual live action projects as director, following his adaptation of the TV show Dark Shadows (which comes out on May 11, 2012). However, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is unlikely to be one of Burton's immediately forthcoming projects, as the adaptation still has to find a screenwriter, a process that Burton will be active in helping happen. The novel is about a 16 year old boy whose grandfather in Wales told him tales about an orphanage full of unusual children who display powers such as pyrokinesis, telepathy and levitation. Years later, the boy journeys to the site of the abandoned orphanage and discovers that some of the residents may still be there. Basically, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children sounds a bit like a mysterious-and-spooky-and-altogether-ooky spin on Xavier's School for Gifted Students (AKA X-Men).


#3 ANGELINA JOLIE'S BIOPIC TO DO LIST INCLUDES GERTRUDE BELL AND CLEOPATRA

This week, Angelina Jolie attached herself as the star of Gertrude Bell, a biopic currently in development at Scott Free Productions, the company run by brothers Ridley and Tony Scott. Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) was an English writer, archaeologist and diplomat who played a prominent role in establishing the modern nation of Iraq, including working alongside T.E. Lawrence of Lawrence of Arabia fame. Ridley Scott is reportedly strongly considering Gertrude Bell as his next film as director following the science fiction epic Prometheus, along with either the fashion family biopic Gucci or a Stalinist Russian serial killer mystery called Child 44. The Gertrude Bell script is currently being adapted by screenwriter Jeffrey Caine, who received an Academy Award nomination for The Constant Gardener, and also cowrote the 1995 James Bond movie GoldenEye. In other Angelina Jolie biopic news, the Cleopatra project, in which she is also attached to star, moved on to the next step in the development process this week. Screenwriter Eric Roth, who won an Oscar for Forrest Gump, was Oscar-nominated for The Insider, Munich and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and wrote the upcoming film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, has also now signed on to start adapting a new draft based upon the Stacy Schiff book, Cleopatra: A Life, following previous script work by Brian Helgeland. Roth's involvement also supports recent news that David Fincher (who worked with Roth on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) may be considering adding Cleopatra to his development slate. When Cleopatra was first announced by producer Scott Rudin, James Cameron had previously been mentioned as a possibility to direct, but Cameron is now more likely to be spending the next few years working on the two Avatar sequels.


#4 THE INTERLOCKING PIECES OF THE LEGO MOVIE COME TOGETHER FOR 2014

Just a year after first putting the project into development, Warner Bros has announced plans for the 2014 release of a movie based upon the popular LEGO line of building toys. About 80% of the live action/animation movie will be CGI animation provided by Animal Logic, the company behind Happy Feet and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. The LEGO movie will be directed by the team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who worked together on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, along with Chris McKay (Robot Chicken). Although no details have yet been revealed about what exactly the movie will be about (except that it's "an action-adventure set in the Lego world"), Lord and Miller are also cowriting the movie together. The duo are currently working on their live action debut, 21 Jump Street, and they will then move on to focusing on this LEGO movie. Casting of the live action characters is expected to start in January, 2012. This story is a borderline Fresh Development, mostly based on the reviews for other LEGO-related products in the past (in particular, the various LEGO video game franchises).


#5 THIS WEEK IN BIOPICS: MICHAEL JACKSON AND THE GRATEFUL DEAD

The holders of the rights to two different musical legends made the news this week for their movie plans. First up is Michael Jackson, whose potential biopic appears to have been waiting for the results of the Dr. Conrad Murray case to proceed. Now that the verdict is out and it does not implicate Michael Jackson himself, Jackson's estate executor has started negotiations with Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock of the Montceito Picture Company (Up in the Air, Hotel for Dogs, Old School). No deal is in place yet, but if development does begin on this planned Michael Jackson movie, it will not be a full biopic, but will instead cover only certain portions of the pop star's life (presumably, the less controversial aspects). Literary agent Bruce Kaufman of ICM, meanwhile, is shopping around the idea of a movie based upon the music of the Grateful Dead, with the rights to most of the band's songs available to whichever producer wants to take on the project. Kaufman previously orchestrated Across the Universe, a similar film project which used 20 songs by the Beatles to construct a musical narrative. Since the Grateful Dead were the focus of one of the most devoted groups of fans ever (Deadheads literally lived their lives just to follow the band across the nation), they seem like a prime choice for a movie in the vein of Across the Universe, complete with all of the period costumes and storylines that come with such a story. Since no actual creative types are as yet connected to either the Michael Jackson or Grateful Dead movie projects, they should be considered borderline Fresh Developments for now.

Rotten Ideas of the Week

#4 VIDEO GAME ADAPTATION RAMPAGE JOINS THE GROWING TREND OF GIANT MONSTER MOVIES

Warner Bros' 2009 acquisition of Midway Games is the apparent starting point for this final story, as Warner Bros is also the corporate cousin of New Line Cinema. New Line has started development of a feature film adaptation of the classic 1986 arcade video game Rampage. The premise of Rampage involved three humans who were subjected to experiments that resulted them being turned into giant monsters in the shape of (respectively) a lizard, a gorilla and a werewolf. The giant lizard and gorilla were obvious homages to Godzilla and King Kong, but the idea of a giant werewolf remains a uniquely Rampage-specific concept. The actual gameplay of Rampage involved simply attacking buildings and unleashing mass destruction until military attacks and other assorted phenomena (such as sticking your gigantic paw into an electrical outlet) killed your monster. There are not yet any screenwriters or other creative types connected to this adaptation. Rampage joins a growing mini-trend of big budget movies about giant monster attacks that also includes Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim, the Warner Bros reboot of Godzilla, and Tim Burton's adaptation of the board game Monsterpocalypse. Rampage should be considered a borderline Rotten Idea this week, which is only mildly rotten because the premise of the game seems like the thinnest basis for a movie besides setting up the title, the three basic monsters, and the excuse for filling a 90+ minute feature film with scenes of, well, rampage.


#3 AT LEAST HE'S GOT A GOOD THEME SONG: WOODY WOODPECKER: THE MOVIE

Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures have begun development of a feature film based upon the classic animated character Woody Woodpecker (which Universal acquired the rights to back in 1985). Woody Woodpecker was first introduced in 1940 in theatrical animated shorts, resulting in 195 cartoons from 1940 to 1972, and then became even more popular with the move to television starting in 1957. The Woody Woodpecker feature film script will be adapted by screenwriters John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, who cowrote Blades of Glory, as well as episodes of King of the Hill and The Goode Family, and the long-in-development movie version of The Jetsons. Although no details have been revealed yet (including whether the film will be entirely CGI or partly live action), Illumination is reportedly looking for a script that "modernizes" Woody Woodpecker for the 21st century. Woody Woodpecker joins a development slate at Illumination Entertainment that also includes The Addams Family, Curious George, Emily the Strange, Flanimals, and Uglydolls. Woody Woodpecker is a borderline Rotten Idea because so many of the factors balance each other; the one thing we do know, however, is that there doesn't currently seem to be any large scale demand for a movie about Woody Woodpecker.


#2 WHAT DO YOU CALL THE FOURTH FRIDAY MOVIE...?

New Line Cinema has begun negotiations with Ice Cube to write, produce and star in the fourth installment of the Friday series of comedies, following the sequels Next Friday and Friday After Next. Although there are no details as yet about what the fourth Friday might be about, there are also reports that Chris Tucker is in negotiations to return to the series for the first time since the first movie in 1995. The Friday series revolves around a group of friends living in South Central Los Angeles, and the stories also often involve marijuana use. Although the first Friday was well reviewed (77% RT), the two sequels were not so much (20% RT for Next Friday, 25% RT for Friday After Next), and that's why Friday 4 (or whatever they end up calling it) is one of the week's Rotten Ideas.


#1 HUGO STAR TO PLAY ENDER'S GAME

Orson Scott Card's science fiction novel Ender's Game has been bubbling around in movie development since the 1990s, but the long awaited project seems finally to be happening. The definitive game-changing moment happened this week with word that the title role has been offered to 14 year old Asa Butterfield, the star of Martin Scorsese's Hugo. There have been other signs that Ender's Game was actually going to happen, such as director Gavin Hood (Rendition, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) signing on, and Summit Entertainment announcing a release date of March 15, 2013. Asa Butterfield will be playing Ender, a young human boy who is chosen to train at the Battle School as part of humanity's ongoing war with an alien race called the Formics. With eleven novels in the Ender's Game series, Summit Entertainment is surely seeing this as a potential new genre franchise that can follow The Twilight Saga when that film series ends in 2012. Regardless of what one thinks of Asa Butterfield in the role, Ender's Game is however still one of the week's Rotten Ideas because of director Gavin Hood's recent track record of Rotten RT Tomatometer scores (46% for Rendition and 37% for X-Men Origins: Wolverine).

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Comments

Movie Monster

Bentley Lyles

FIRST! One of the better news week. I'm interested in the Lego, Michael Jackson, Rampage, Tim Burton, and Hunger Games news especially. After seeing the trailer, I wanna read The Hunger Games now. Let's hope the movie is good.

Nov 18 - 05:44 PM

chains01

Jason Wilkerson

The books are brilliant!

Nov 20 - 12:21 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

00 - I know a lot of people like Dr. Hu, and that's awesome... just not something I'm into.
01 - I dunno... I watched the trailer and thought it looked like utter shite, so I'm not even gonna bother with it, and Mos Def won't bother with a sequel. It kinda seems like Battle Royale, but for the Twihard crowd. I dunno, maybe I'm just getting old and cranky.
02 - Blah, I'm so over Burton at this point that's it's gonna take a minor miracle to get me to see any new film of his. It's gotta get, like, high 80s tamotometer to even be a contender.
03 - The Walking Mannequin is making a new movie? If I squint really hard and concentrate... no, I still don't give a fuck.
04 - ... Lego: The Movie sounds about as good as Battleship, Asteroids and Cluedo. I know at least 2 of those are in production already, so maybe that's the new fad? Fuck, I'm really not seeing anything good this week.
05 - Say what you want about Michael, he was an awesome singer back in the day. But I don't think I need a biopic of him. Does anyone wanna see a Jackson life story film, without Jackson?
06 - Yeah. Whatever. Fuck you.
07 - Ok, this is getting RIDIKULAS! *Woody Woodpecker turns back into a boggart*
08 - If Tucker returns (not like he has anything else to do), I might check it out, but I gave up on the series after Next Friday. The first is a fantastic little flick, though.
09 - Another Twishite... fucking great.

Nov 18 - 05:52 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I'm not a fan of the Ender's series, but it is not like Twilight. Funny thing is, though, the chick that wrote Twilight always talks about how much she loves Orson Scott Card in interviews. Maybe she gave Summit the recommendation?

Nov 18 - 08:38 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Ah, I guess any book with a young protagonist written for a young audience is TwiBlight for me. That's the cool part in being a grown up- you can hate everything :D

Nov 19 - 09:04 AM

ShinobiJedi

Phil R

That's the thing, though. Ender's Game is not a book for young audiences. Card wrote that book for adults to show the power children posses and how they react to large responsibility. The book is actually incredibly violent and filled with dark, heavy themes that would fly right over the heads of young audiences. I always get a little annoyed when I see it on reading lists for kids. It is by no means a kids book and the sequels certainly aren't either.

Nov 20 - 02:25 PM

Tall Cool One

Tall Cool One !

Ender's Game isn't a kids book or even a book for young adults. It's more like Lord of the Flies or Let the Right One In. It's about children but aimed at a more mature audience.

Nov 21 - 08:43 AM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

I loved Tucker in Friday 1 and Rush Hour 1 (and even Money Talks) - but I'm SO sick of him now. I hope he doesn't return. I won't see the sequel anyway though - so I guess it's a moot point.

Nov 18 - 09:21 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Yeah man, I agree with you. He ruined Cop Out for me, wasn't able to get past the 15 minute mark cos of how annoying he was. There's absolutely no reason to make another Friday.

Nov 19 - 09:05 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Wasn't "Cop Out" Tracy Morgan? Chris Tucker really shot himself in the foot with his pricetag. Ego and Eddie Murphy-syndrome. Maybe now he realizes that doing a 10 million$ gig every year is more profitable than a 25 million$ film every decade. Even if he comes back as Smokey, this makes it how long since he's been in a film that wasn't a sequel?

Nov 19 - 09:39 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Oh yeah, you're right lol, Tracey Morgan and Tucker are both equally annoying, so you can't really fault me on that.

Nov 19 - 10:07 AM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

I completely avoided Cop Out due to Tracy. After all, if I wanted to see a movie where the actor reads his lines like a robot, I would rewatch Short Circuit.

Nov 19 - 10:26 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

I was honestly gonna give it a fair shot, just because of Kevin Smith, but dude, I couldn't stand that fucking clown, prancing and screaming "LOOK AT ME!!!! I'M SO HI-LARIOUS WITH MY WACKY HIJINCKS!!" It's really the worst kind of humor, loud, stupid and obnoxious, I can't understand how anyone can stomach it. Though in fairness, according to its tomato meter and box office results, no one actually could.

Nov 19 - 09:52 PM

Premo Beat

John Noto

Tracy's stee-lo works to spectacular effect when the writing's good. See: 30 Rock

Nov 21 - 01:55 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

He USED to - but these past few seasons he's been phoning it in; sounding like a drunk robot reading cue cards.

Nov 21 - 05:12 PM

BLBnow

Brad Barfoot

Yeah, Ive only seen the 1st Friday and think its a classic, mainly because of Tucker. He got annoying as the Rush Hour series dragged on. That said, another Friday with Chris Tucker is a must see for me. Favorite lines from the original, "The older the berry the sweeter the juice" "She blacker than a motherfucka too!"

Nov 19 - 01:53 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

"You got knocked the fuck out!"

Nov 19 - 03:42 PM

BLBnow

Brad Barfoot

"Her mama got ass, too."

Nov 19 - 05:52 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

"You got to be a stupid motherfucker to get fired on your day off." ; "Well fuck you. Half-dead motherfucker. Come on, sister." ; "I got mind control over Deebo. He be like "shut the fuck up." I be quiet. But when he leave, I be talkin'" - Honestly, though, that movie is endlessly quotable.

Nov 19 - 09:56 PM

chains01

Jason Wilkerson

You know Mos Def isn't in The Hunger Games, right? And The Hunger Games is nothing like Twilight. There's a reason Stephen King had good things to say about The Hunger Games but decried Twilight for being about nothing more than how good it is to have a boyfriend and that Stephenie Meyer can't write. The Hunger Games has more in common with the riots in Egypt and Libya than it does with Twilight. It's more about the ability of one person to change a government that wrongs its people, the relationship stuff takes a back seat to the turmoil of the people being wronged by the government.

Nov 20 - 12:27 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Is Tracy Morgan in "Hunger Games"?

Nov 20 - 11:03 PM

chains01

Jason Wilkerson

No, Tracy Morgan is also not in The Hunger Games.

Nov 21 - 03:24 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Well...Damn, man.

Nov 21 - 04:08 PM

Lavinia

Lavinia Holton

Jennifer Lawrence's character in The Hunger Games is Katniss!

Nov 18 - 06:12 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

I think Rampage could be awesome , actually.

Nov 18 - 06:33 PM

Myron

Myron Kinsey

DIRECTED BY MICHAEL BAY!!!!!

Nov 18 - 07:35 PM

Dakota -Kapodaco- Gordon

Dakota Gordon

And all likability was lost.

Nov 18 - 08:51 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

RAMPAGE . . . BRING IT ON! (when it first came out when I was 15 in 1986 it seemed like a cinematic-given awesome High Concept game); and when I was ten "the Giant Monster game" was CRUSH, CRUMBLE, CHOMP for Commodore 64 and the SPI boardgames: The Creature That Ate Sheboygan, the War of the Worlds, and Dawn of the Dead.... // Times are very different now!// RAMPAGE is ultimate.

Nov 19 - 08:09 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

CRUSH CRUMBLE CHOMP! Haven't heard that one in a while!

Nov 19 - 09:41 AM

Sputnik99

sputnik 99

I watched an old Woody Woodpecker cartoon on YouTube today, just to see what he is like. It was nowhere near as good as an ol' Looney Tune. Not sure I see the potential in a Woody Woodpecker movie. The song's good, though. Gets stuck in your head.

Nov 18 - 06:55 PM

Myron

Myron Kinsey

It will be CGI trash like The Smurfs and Alvin and The Chipmunks, and no, this isn't the cynic in me speaking, its the prophet.

Nov 18 - 07:34 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

To be completely honest, I thought Hunger Games was a remake of Battle Royale. Never knew it was based from a book. Goes to shoe how out of touch I am with new literature.

Nov 18 - 07:14 PM

blanche person

Devia Tan-Navarro

I too thought it was Battle Royale from the descriptions of those who read it. Read it now and it reads like fanfiction.

Nov 18 - 07:23 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

Well...looks like my interest in it has diminished.

Nov 18 - 07:58 PM

chains01

Jason Wilkerson

Are you saying The Hunger Games reads like fan fiction? Because I don't think so at all.

Nov 20 - 12:37 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

Goes to shoe? I meant show. Damnit.

Nov 18 - 07:58 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

It's all good. Typos happen to the best of us. "Bad spellers of the world: UNTIE!!"

Nov 18 - 09:06 PM

ap sirius

karl anderson

calling the Hunger Games literature......thats like calling the Watcher a critic....lol

Nov 20 - 05:35 PM

blanche person

Devia Tan-Navarro

I too thought it was Battle Royale from the descriptions of those who read it. Read it now and it reads like fanfiction.

Nov 18 - 07:23 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

Well...looks like my interest in it has diminished.

Nov 18 - 07:58 PM

chains01

Jason Wilkerson

Are you saying The Hunger Games reads like fan fiction? Because I don't think so at all.

Nov 20 - 12:37 PM

Myron

Myron Kinsey

I love Jennifer Lawrence she is such a talented young actress and I can only wish the best for her and I hope she continues to make wise film roles that will allow her talents to flourish. That being said, I'm not that excited about the Hunger Games films (and its sequel), albeit the trailer did look petty impressive and promising,and so I guess the studios are just very sure that the first film will be good. I will see it however because, well, its has Jennifer Lawrence in it and as I said earlier I love her and think she is a very talented young actress.

Best wishes, Myron K.

Nov 18 - 07:32 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I hope this reaches her publicist.

Nov 19 - 09:43 AM

Myron

Myron Kinsey

It will be CGI trash like The Smurfs and Alvin and The Chipmunks, and no, this isn't the cynic in me speaking, its the prophet.

Nov 18 - 07:34 PM

Myron

Myron Kinsey

DIRECTED BY MICHAEL BAY!!!!!

Nov 18 - 07:35 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

Goes to shoe? I meant show. Damnit.

Nov 18 - 07:58 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

It's all good. Typos happen to the best of us. "Bad spellers of the world: UNTIE!!"

Nov 18 - 09:06 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

Well...looks like my interest in it has diminished.

Nov 18 - 07:58 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I actually thought the recent trailer for The Hunger Games was well done and got me interested in the movie. They might be jumping the gun on the sequel, as it has yet to be seen whether the movie will be good or even a success. That said, they definitely got a an excellent writer in Beaufoy.

It would be interesting to see Fincher do something like Cleopatra, since he has never done anything that takes place in such an archaic time period, but I personally would like to see him pass and do one of the other projects he is signed on to/ interested in.

My biggest question about the Michael Jackson flick is are they going to just do his early years, before his disease made him become white, or are they going to jump around? If they try to tell his whole life story, it is going to be hard to do the whole turning white halfway through the story thing effectively. Maybe cast Kirk Lazarus? He has already done the pigmentation alteration once.

A Rampage movie? Seriously? How many kids nowadays even know what the hell Rampage is??

Nov 18 - 08:34 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I don't think there is a possibility of doing a truly honest MJ film. I don't even think he was really a pedaphile, but he was WAY too weird for his family to want to portray. But I also don't know how many people really KNOW, much less whether they're willing to go on the record. True story: MJ thought Prince was telepathic and communicating with Bubbles, MJ's chimp, and trying to turn him against his master. I don't know how long that lasted, but it was a concern for a couple years. MJ believed in black magic, believed it was practised in Hollywood, satanic, illuminati shit. The family WILL NOT touch that! They'll probably try their best to normalize his experiment in extra-terrestrial self-divinity.

Nov 19 - 09:58 AM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

Interesting week. Can't say I'm all that excited about The Hunger Games. I was at first surprised about Ender's Game being considered a rotten idea, until I saw who was directing it, of course. I wasn't a fan of the book, admittedly--but I'd be willing to give the movie a chance if it got decent reviews.

Nov 18 - 08:35 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Awww, no Ender? It was a nice twist for that age range. I've never enjoyed any other O S Card book.

Nov 19 - 10:15 AM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

Oh yeah, I don't think it's a bad book. It's well conceived. Well written. Just not very engaging. Not for me, anyway. I was never really wild about the overall concept or characters. Oh well...

Nov 20 - 09:20 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

It's not a gurrl book ;) What would you adapt? I think a new "Watership Down" would be awesome, but I don't know how many people have read that.

Nov 20 - 12:30 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

Lol, I got ya :) It's definitely more of a guy book. That said, I can still recognize it as quality literature. Unfortunately, it just didn't engage me like I really wanted it to. I have read Watership Down, actually--though not since I was a freshman in high school, about 7 years ago. I've never seen the animated adaptation--which I hear is excellent--but a new adaptation is certainly welcome if placed in the right hands. Really though, if I had my choices, I would adapt Clive Barker's The Thief of Always. The prose is so visual, it's begging to be put to film. Its a great story, too.

Nov 20 - 06:13 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I haven't read "Thief", and haven't gotten back to Barker since high school. I'll check it out. "Great and Secret Show" and "Imajica" were the last ones I read, both would be quite the undertakings. The "Watership Down" film doesn't have the highest quality animation, and could be improved. I actually saw it in the theater as a wee one. My parents had no idea. "A cartoon about rabbits!" Quite disturbing. I saw the Bakshi "Lord of the Rings" as well, and did not have a pleasant reaction to Gollum.

Nov 20 - 11:19 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

Thief is very good. My favorite by Barker. It's a children's story, oddly enough.

Nov 21 - 11:24 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I'm not a fan of the Ender's series, but it is not like Twilight. Funny thing is, though, the chick that wrote Twilight always talks about how much she loves Orson Scott Card in interviews. Maybe she gave Summit the recommendation?

Nov 18 - 08:38 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Ah, I guess any book with a young protagonist written for a young audience is TwiBlight for me. That's the cool part in being a grown up- you can hate everything :D

Nov 19 - 09:04 AM

ShinobiJedi

Phil R

That's the thing, though. Ender's Game is not a book for young audiences. Card wrote that book for adults to show the power children posses and how they react to large responsibility. The book is actually incredibly violent and filled with dark, heavy themes that would fly right over the heads of young audiences. I always get a little annoyed when I see it on reading lists for kids. It is by no means a kids book and the sequels certainly aren't either.

Nov 20 - 02:25 PM

Tall Cool One

Tall Cool One !

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