Weekly Ketchup: Guillermo del Toro Moves on to Pacific Rim

This Week's Ketchup includes new movies for director Guillermo del Toro, John Cusack, Vince Vaughn and the Fanning sisters, two new comic book adaptations, and a movie about extremely large balloons.

This Week's Top Story

GUILLERMO DEL TORO MOVES ON TO THE PACIFIC RIM

This week, director Guillermo del Toro saw his second dream project in as many years shut down (although The Hobbit eventually came back to life), as Universal Pictures pulled the plug on the H.P. Lovecraft adapation At the Mountains of Madness. Concurrently, it was also announced that Del Toro will instead next direct the science fiction action thriller Pacific Rim for Legendary Pictures and (most likely) Warner Bros. Set in the future, Pacific Rim is about how mankind must band together when threatened by "malevolent creatures." At one time, there were rumors that Pacific Rim may be adapted to be the Godzilla reboot (those plans were abandoned), so that may give us an idea of the sort of scale and monsters that will be featured in Pacific Rim.

Fresh Developments This Week

#1 MARVEL'S NEXT SUPERHUMANS MAY BE INHUMANS

Marvel Studios is currently looking for writers to adapt The Inhumans, about the secret race living on the far side of the Moon that were created by the Kree alien race millions of years ago, during experiments on primitive humans. With rumors that the premise of The Avengers may involve the alien race the Skrulls (the enemies of the Kree), it is possible that groundwork for The Inhumans may be started in that 2012 release. First introduced over 40 years ago, The Inhumans in Marvel Comics have long been the focus of stories that mix science fiction, superhuman abilities and royal intrigue, as most of the central characters are members of the Inhuman royal family. The Inhumans are headed by Black Bolt, a ruler who must stay mute because his actual voice can have the force comparable to a nuclear explosion. Other members of the Inhumans include Medusa (super hair!) and Crystal (who can control the four elements), both of whom have been members of the Fantastic Four, the aquatic Triton, the satyr-like Gorgon, Karnak (who can find vulnerabilities in anything) and the teleporting dog-like creature Lockjaw.


#2 DREAMWORKS STEALTHILY REVEALS THEIR SNAIL MOVIE TURBO

This week, DreamWorks Animation revealed their release schedule through 2014. Included in the mix was a movie for June 7, 2013 called Turbo which was not previously announced. Turbo "tells the story of an ordinary garden snail with an impossible dream: to become the fastest snail in the world. When a freak accident gives him extraordinary speed, Turbo sets out to try to make this dream come true." The first hint of Turbo came in November, 2010 when DreamWorks filed a trademark for a Turbo logo that includes the words "Es Car Go" (a play on Escargot, the French snail delicacy). Turbo will be the feature debut of animation director David Soren, who directed the TV short Merry Madagascar for DreamWorks. The other movies on DreamWorks Animation's 2012-2014 schedule are Kung Fu Panda 2 (5/26/11), Puss in Boots (11/4/11), Madagascar 3 (6/8/12), Rise of the Guardians (11/21/12), The Croods (3/1/13), Me and My Shadow (11/8/13), Mr. Peabody & Sherman (3/21/14) and How to Train Your Dragon 2 (6/20/14).


#3 THE BIGGEST ECOLOGICAL DISASTER OF 2010 TO BECOME A DISASTER MOVIE IN SOME FUTURE YEAR

Summit Entertainment has acquired the rights to a New York Times article called "Deepwater Horizon's Final Hour." Published on December 25, 2010 the article tells the story of the April 20, 2010 tragedy that struck the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, resulting in the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. The story will be adapted into a screenplay by Matthew Sand, whose only previous produced work was the 2009 action movie Ninja Assassin (which he cowrote). The project is described as depicting "the courage of those who worked on the oil rig and the final minutes leading up to the disaster that ultimately led to great devastation that will forever be remembered."


#4 THE FANNING SISTERS MAY PLAY THE WIGGIN SISTERS IN THE SHAGGS

Sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning are in talks to costar in the long-planned musical biopic about the quirky 1960s all-sisters group The Shaggs. The Shaggs were comprised of the four Wiggin sisters (Dot, Betty, Helen and Rachel), who seemed to have no actual musical talent, but were made into a band anyway by their father, who claimed to be motivated by a palm reading session their mother had that predicted success for the band. The Shaggs recorded only one album, 1969's Philosophy of the World, which was considered a curiousity at the time, but decades later, it would become an inspiration and influence for the 1990s "indie rock" scene. The Shaggs (or whatever it ends up being called) will be directed by indie filmmaker Katherine Dieckmann (Diggers, Motherhood).



#5 JOHN CUSACK TO STAR IN POLITICAL SCREWBALL COMEDY DICTABLANDA

John Cusack will star in a "screwball comedy" set on an international politcal stage called Dictablanda, which Cusack also cowrote. "Dictablanda" is a term that translates as "soft dictator" and refers to dictators who allow their citizens to have civil liberties. Dictablanda will be filmed on location in Argentina over the next two months, and is being directed by Alejandro Agresti (2006's The Lake House). Other premise details about the movie aren't yet known, but you can get an idea for what the concept of Dictablanda means in this Wikipedia article.





#6 VINCE VAUGHN HAS SOME INSANE LAWS

Universal Pictures is in negotiations to pick up the comedy The Insane Laws, which will star Vince Vaughn. The comedy started development at Columbia Pictures, but was then put into turnaround, allowing Universal to potentially pick it up. The Insane Laws focuses on two life long best friends who find their lives changed when their grown children fall in love and one friend's daughter gets pregnant. The Insane Laws will mark the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Jeremy Garelick (cowriter of The Break-Up, also starring Vince Vaughn), who reportedly based the script upon his own experiences.




#7 CROSSHAIR IS ANOTHER COMIC BOOK TITLE HOLLYWOOD HAS IN ITS... CROSSHAIRS

Mandeville Films and Top Cow Productions are in talks with Summit Entertainment to develop a movie based on the comic book Crosshair. The comic is about a former CIA agent who discovers that he has 48 hours before a computer program in his brain will turn him into a presidential assassin.





Rotten Ideas of the Week

#2 THE TOMB RAIDER REBOOT HAS BEEN RAIDED AND REBOOTED

After being put in turnaround by Warner Bros, the Tomb Raider reboot has been picked up by British producer Graham King and GK Films. The goal is to produce a new cinematic adventure series about "the young and dynamic Lara Croft," which seems to suggest a version that is even younger than the one that starred Angelina Jolie, who was 26 when the first movie was released in 2001. This is one of the week's Rotten Ideas because Tomb Raider is an example of the long lag time between the popularity of a video game franchise, and Hollywood's interest in making movies based on them. Although Tomb Raider games are still being made, the height of the game series was definitely in the late 1990s, and this is now the 2010s.



#1 MACY'S THANKSGIVING PARADE... THE MOVIE?

Producers Scott Glassgold and the Raymond Brothers have acquired the rights to develop a big budget family film based on the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The producers are currently meeting with screenwriters, and discussing ideas, which include a story in which the balloons of the parade come to life, similar to the exhibits in the Night at the Museum movies. If this movie progresses, one would imagine it could be a copyright nightmare, as most of the balloons and floats in the Macy's parade represent trademarked characters. This is the week's most Rotten Idea because it seems to be a borderline two hour commercial for Macy's, and possibly the other companies that sponsor the balloons.



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Comments

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee

Pretty devastating that "At the Mountains of Madness" failed to get green-lit. Guillermo is one of the true vision directors of our time and the studios are too chicken sh*t to take a risk. What a world we live in.

Mar 11 - 04:56 PM

Odd E.

Odd Even

I think Watchmen's boxoffice had a lot to do with it.

Mar 11 - 05:01 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

I kinda disagree there. The Watchmen is so far removed from 'At the Mountains of Madness' in terms of subject matter it would be difficult to compare them. Bottom line is, The Watchmen sucked and got bad word of mouth, so the people who were warned didn't go see it. You can't cater to the fanboys and expect everyone to like it. Any good film that gets good praises heaped upon it, ie. telling your friends 'Dude you gotta see this movie', will make money. After seeing Watchmen I told everyone I knew not to even bother.

Mar 11 - 06:41 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

The Watchmen was awesome, the only people that didn't like it are the ones that never read the comic and didn't know what to expect.

Mar 11 - 07:30 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

They are unrelated in subject matter, but Watchmen was the last big budget R-rated film to be released, and it being a box office disappointment pretty much killed any idea of R-rated tentpoles happening for a long while. That is the reason Terminator: Salvation had a few things cut to get a PG-13.

Mar 11 - 07:31 PM

the dead walk777

zach piii

The Watchmen was a very great movie that alot of people never gave a chance ... maybe becasue of the run time or what not?? but read the graphic novel and watch the movie gurantee that your opinon will be changed !!!!!!

Mar 12 - 10:58 AM

Premo Beat

John Noto

@ Watcher: If one has to read a full length graphic novel to appreciate a movie, it's not a very good movie.

Mar 12 - 01:42 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

No, that;s not the case. The problem is the marketing made it seem like something it was not - it's not an action movie a-la X-Men, but that;s what the trailer showed. If you read the graphic novel you would know what to expect. It's completely different from other Superhero movies, and the marketing completely failed to show that.

Mar 12 - 04:10 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

PS Premo Beat + Illmatic cover = pure win!

Mar 12 - 04:12 PM

Odd E.

Odd Even

King Crunk got what I was saying. Hollywood's about money. If a big budget Rated R movie bombs then others won't get made. It's rare for a Terminator 2 to get made today.

Mar 12 - 05:54 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

So the moral of the story is, if you're gonna release an expensive 'R' rated movie, make sure it's not about some fruits in tights, long and boring with a stupid story.

Mar 13 - 08:37 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

No, the moral of the story is that if you want a movie to be successful, market it right to the masses (Watchmen was marketed as an action flick, which it was not), and make sure it has appeal beyond a specific group (I loved Watchmen, but not many people outside the comic crowd really "got" it). Those are the rules for all films, but apply more so with R rated flicks since the audience is condensed. Same reason movies like Blade Runner were failures in terms of box office. As much as I support Del Toro, he would be fighting an uphill battle delivering a faithful adaptation of At The Mountains of Madness and also delivering a hit for the studio, especially with an R-rating.

Mar 13 - 04:53 PM

Dean W.

Dean Wirth

Yes Del Toro so wanted to do that Lovecraft one and I so wanted to see it.

Mar 12 - 04:41 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

So I guess he is gonna have to bite the bullet and make it pg-13 if he wants to get it greenlighted. Personally, I think the 'R' rating would be a selling point here, nobody wants to see a pg-13 horror movie.

Mar 13 - 08:25 PM

Not L.

Not Likely

Anti up the $100+ million to get it made then

Mar 14 - 10:27 AM

Odd E.

Odd Even

I don't want to see inhumans I want to see Blade, Cable, Spawn, and or The Punisher.

Somebody please do Spawn and The Punisher justice.

Mar 11 - 05:00 PM

Odd E.

Odd Even

Oh and let me add that if the are going to do Tomb Raider then they need to do the stories from the games. For the 1st one they need to do everything. From the bears and dinosaurs to Natla and the scions. They need to include that cowboy guy, that chump on the skateboard with the uzi, and the black guy with the shotgun as well. The in game stories are not that bad at all just string together the juicy parts from the first level to the last level and you'll have one exciting movie that will revive this franchise.

But of course they will do their own thing and ruin everything, because they are incapable of copy, paste, and edit.


Oh wellz

Mar 11 - 05:11 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I'd like to see The Punisher as an HBO series, similar to the MAX comics from Garth Ennis. Gritty interpretation that does not owe anything to the rest of the Marvel universe, just lets The Punisher do his thing.

Mar 11 - 07:32 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Other than Del Toro news, this week was fairly light on interesting news.

Mar 11 - 07:33 PM

Odd E.

Odd Even

I think Watchmen's boxoffice had a lot to do with it.

Mar 11 - 05:01 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

I kinda disagree there. The Watchmen is so far removed from 'At the Mountains of Madness' in terms of subject matter it would be difficult to compare them. Bottom line is, The Watchmen sucked and got bad word of mouth, so the people who were warned didn't go see it. You can't cater to the fanboys and expect everyone to like it. Any good film that gets good praises heaped upon it, ie. telling your friends 'Dude you gotta see this movie', will make money. After seeing Watchmen I told everyone I knew not to even bother.

Mar 11 - 06:41 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

The Watchmen was awesome, the only people that didn't like it are the ones that never read the comic and didn't know what to expect.

Mar 11 - 07:30 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

They are unrelated in subject matter, but Watchmen was the last big budget R-rated film to be released, and it being a box office disappointment pretty much killed any idea of R-rated tentpoles happening for a long while. That is the reason Terminator: Salvation had a few things cut to get a PG-13.

Mar 11 - 07:31 PM

the dead walk777

zach piii

The Watchmen was a very great movie that alot of people never gave a chance ... maybe becasue of the run time or what not?? but read the graphic novel and watch the movie gurantee that your opinon will be changed !!!!!!

Mar 12 - 10:58 AM

Premo Beat

John Noto

@ Watcher: If one has to read a full length graphic novel to appreciate a movie, it's not a very good movie.

Mar 12 - 01:42 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

No, that;s not the case. The problem is the marketing made it seem like something it was not - it's not an action movie a-la X-Men, but that;s what the trailer showed. If you read the graphic novel you would know what to expect. It's completely different from other Superhero movies, and the marketing completely failed to show that.

Mar 12 - 04:10 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

PS Premo Beat + Illmatic cover = pure win!

Mar 12 - 04:12 PM

Odd E.

Odd Even

King Crunk got what I was saying. Hollywood's about money. If a big budget Rated R movie bombs then others won't get made. It's rare for a Terminator 2 to get made today.

Mar 12 - 05:54 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

So the moral of the story is, if you're gonna release an expensive 'R' rated movie, make sure it's not about some fruits in tights, long and boring with a stupid story.

Mar 13 - 08:37 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

No, the moral of the story is that if you want a movie to be successful, market it right to the masses (Watchmen was marketed as an action flick, which it was not), and make sure it has appeal beyond a specific group (I loved Watchmen, but not many people outside the comic crowd really "got" it). Those are the rules for all films, but apply more so with R rated flicks since the audience is condensed. Same reason movies like Blade Runner were failures in terms of box office. As much as I support Del Toro, he would be fighting an uphill battle delivering a faithful adaptation of At The Mountains of Madness and also delivering a hit for the studio, especially with an R-rating.

Mar 13 - 04:53 PM

Odd E.

Odd Even

Oh and let me add that if the are going to do Tomb Raider then they need to do the stories from the games. For the 1st one they need to do everything. From the bears and dinosaurs to Natla and the scions. They need to include that cowboy guy, that chump on the skateboard with the uzi, and the black guy with the shotgun as well. The in game stories are not that bad at all just string together the juicy parts from the first level to the last level and you'll have one exciting movie that will revive this franchise.

But of course they will do their own thing and ruin everything, because they are incapable of copy, paste, and edit.


Oh wellz

Mar 11 - 05:11 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

This is all horrid, horrid news. Only reaffirming my belief that Hollywood is totally bereft of creativity and talent. If there's one movie worth going to the theaters to see this year, it will be one more than I predict.

Mar 11 - 06:30 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

I kinda disagree there. The Watchmen is so far removed from 'At the Mountains of Madness' in terms of subject matter it would be difficult to compare them. Bottom line is, The Watchmen sucked and got bad word of mouth, so the people who were warned didn't go see it. You can't cater to the fanboys and expect everyone to like it. Any good film that gets good praises heaped upon it, ie. telling your friends 'Dude you gotta see this movie', will make money. After seeing Watchmen I told everyone I knew not to even bother.

Mar 11 - 06:41 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

The Watchmen was awesome, the only people that didn't like it are the ones that never read the comic and didn't know what to expect.

Mar 11 - 07:30 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

They are unrelated in subject matter, but Watchmen was the last big budget R-rated film to be released, and it being a box office disappointment pretty much killed any idea of R-rated tentpoles happening for a long while. That is the reason Terminator: Salvation had a few things cut to get a PG-13.

Mar 11 - 07:31 PM

the dead walk777

zach piii

The Watchmen was a very great movie that alot of people never gave a chance ... maybe becasue of the run time or what not?? but read the graphic novel and watch the movie gurantee that your opinon will be changed !!!!!!

Mar 12 - 10:58 AM

Premo Beat

John Noto

@ Watcher: If one has to read a full length graphic novel to appreciate a movie, it's not a very good movie.

Mar 12 - 01:42 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

No, that;s not the case. The problem is the marketing made it seem like something it was not - it's not an action movie a-la X-Men, but that;s what the trailer showed. If you read the graphic novel you would know what to expect. It's completely different from other Superhero movies, and the marketing completely failed to show that.

Mar 12 - 04:10 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

PS Premo Beat + Illmatic cover = pure win!

Mar 12 - 04:12 PM

Odd E.

Odd Even

King Crunk got what I was saying. Hollywood's about money. If a big budget Rated R movie bombs then others won't get made. It's rare for a Terminator 2 to get made today.

Mar 12 - 05:54 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

01 - *cries* But I guess Pacific Rim will do, it's been too long without a Del Toro film.
02 - Inhumans sounds like a bad idea - they are't well known even in geek circles, and the main characters is MUTE! huh, good luck selling that one, Marvel.
03 - I'm actually pleasantly surprised with Dreamworks and the amount of original features they are rolling out. Lets hope they will be as good as HTTYD
04 - The Shaggs - hehe. Wait, how old is Fanning? Am I allowed to make that joke? The movie doesn't interest me in the least.
05 - I like Cusack as an actor, and the premise sounds interesting...I hope it will be more like Wag the Dog and not War Inc.
06 - I fucking hate Vaughn, he doesn't have a single good movie so I'll be skipping this one.
07 - Never heard of Crosshair, sounds stupid. Will probably be like 24, a series that I don't have any particular love for, either. Bauer sucks at his job, how many presidents got capped in the 8 seasons? Yeah.
08 - This 'might' be good as long as: 1. They get an actress who DOESN'T look like a fucking botox-infused plastic mannequin. 2. They keep the game's story and don't try to come up with new shit - looking at you, Uncharted!
09 - lolwut?

Mar 11 - 07:29 PM

Coach McGuirk

Desmond Hume

Swingers?

Mar 12 - 12:30 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

no.

Mar 12 - 10:13 AM

the dead walk777

zach piii

second that NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Mar 12 - 10:56 AM

Taylor S.

Taylor Spearman

While I do like the Inhumans in comics I'm not so sure how the movie will be good. Even if Blackbolt cannot talk they will use an actor with great physical skills (or should)to express his emotions. then in whatever final battle there is Black Bolt just screams and destroys all the bad guys. the end

Mar 12 - 07:41 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

2. It's amazing, I've read quite many Marvel Comics myself, but I've never heard of that one.

Mar 12 - 08:46 PM

Taylor S.

Taylor Spearman

Back in 2009 they were a part of a big Marvel Cosmic event War of Kings and the sequel Realm of Kings. There are also mini series over the past couple of years including Silent War, Decimation: Son of M, Secret Invasion: Inhumans, etc.

Mar 13 - 08:53 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Jurassic Park 2? Not a classic by any means, but the scene with the 2 T-rexes when the command center goes over the side of the cliff was pretty intense.

Mar 14 - 07:18 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

JR2 is a piece of shite that is an embarrassment to the original, and I don't even acknowledge the existence of JP3.

Mar 14 - 03:04 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

The Watchmen was awesome, the only people that didn't like it are the ones that never read the comic and didn't know what to expect.

Mar 11 - 07:30 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

They are unrelated in subject matter, but Watchmen was the last big budget R-rated film to be released, and it being a box office disappointment pretty much killed any idea of R-rated tentpoles happening for a long while. That is the reason Terminator: Salvation had a few things cut to get a PG-13.

Mar 11 - 07:31 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I'd like to see The Punisher as an HBO series, similar to the MAX comics from Garth Ennis. Gritty interpretation that does not owe anything to the rest of the Marvel universe, just lets The Punisher do his thing.

Mar 11 - 07:32 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Other than Del Toro news, this week was fairly light on interesting news.

Mar 11 - 07:33 PM

SeeTimWrite

Tim Coleman

Poor Guillermo. Maybe some day he'll get the funding to hike up those "Mountains."

Mar 11 - 07:49 PM

RamALamADingDong

That Guy

The Inhumans are an interesting group, not really explored in other media but certainly worth a look. And if they would just stop making more Jonah Hex's and Ghost Riders, comic book movies will continue to be interesting. If Iron Man 2 and Watchmen were the worst of them, we'd be pretty well off.

Turbo sounds interesting, to say the least. Didn't watch the last two Shrek movies so I really could care less about Puss in Boots. Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon were both terrific, so I'll certainly see the sequels.

Not sure about the oil rig movie. Seems more suited for a political intrigue movie, showing all the problems that lead the the disaster and problems afterwards.

Never played Tomb Raider, besides a demo or two. Never bothered with the movies. So pretty much indifferent to a reboot. It could be interesting if done right, but given the way Hollywood regards video games I doubt it.

Night at the Museum wasn't particularly interesting. The "Disneyland comes alive at night" movie has a good director, but the premise isn't great. So a "Macy's Thanksgiving day parade comes to life" sounds pretty lousy and an obvious set up for Gojira jokes.

Mar 11 - 09:07 PM

frankdozier

William Luc-Ferris

I did not see either of them, but I heard that United 93, and World Trade Center were good movies, for their 'genre', anyway. If this oil rig movie is done anywhere near what those were, then it should be pretty good. A lot of Americans are still moved by heroism from the news.

Mar 13 - 12:37 AM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

At least there are only 2 rotten ideas this week. Macy's Thanksgiving Parade as a movie? Are the guys up at Hollywood drinking motor oil or something?

Mar 11 - 09:09 PM

greg_dean_schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

"Cocaine is a hell of a drug."

Mar 11 - 09:59 PM

greg_dean_schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

"Cocaine is a hell of a drug."

Mar 11 - 09:59 PM

dudemeister

dude meister

Dear Universal,
Fuck You. Fuck You. Fuck You. Fuck You. Fuck You and FUCK YOU!

With Love,
dudemeister

Mar 12 - 12:08 AM

dethburger

dethburger hates Flixster

Your a fucking warlock dude, and WINNING is the only option, duh!

Universal is a bunch of trolls.

Mar 12 - 12:42 AM

dudemeister

dude meister

But at least Del Toro is FREE AT LAST... FREE AT LAST...

Mar 12 - 01:09 AM

dethburger

dethburger hates Flixster

Amen brother.

Mar 12 - 08:11 AM

Coach McGuirk

Desmond Hume

Swingers?

Mar 12 - 12:30 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

no.

Mar 12 - 10:13 AM

the dead walk777

zach piii

second that NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Mar 12 - 10:56 AM

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