After years of hype, more hype and the occasional production hiccup, Garth Ennis’ magnum opus Preacher finally gets a premiere screening date for SXSW 2016. For those unfamiliar with the work, Preacher was a limited series comic book published by Vertigo and it featured the raunchy misadventures of Jesse Custer (superpowered ex-Preacher extraordinaire), Tulip (jilted ex with a handcanon) and Cassidy (fiction’s best-worst vampire). The series used its gratuitous amounts of violence, sexual innuendo and pitch-black humor to answer such questions as: ‘what is the responsibility of God to man and vice versa’ and ‘does absolute power corrupt absolutely, if you aren’t an utter bastard’?
So comic book fans, rejoice! Garth Ennis mega-fans…curb your enthusiasm. Because apparently, the TV adaptation is not going to be the kind of show you were looking for…
Alan Moore’s Graphic Novels are long, intricate and complex works; lets just get that out in the open first of all. The question remains: How does one condense the complexity of a 600 page Graphic Novel and squash it into a two-hour film without having to compromise the source material? Well, quite frankly its a major directorial feat, and an almost impossible at that, just going from past film adaptations. That’s not to say the film adaptations aren’t great. Good or bad, it’s all to do with how emotionally attached one is to the source material. For example individuals’ who hadn’t read the source material for Watchmen, V For Vendetta or From Hell might have loved some aspects of each of the movies, even though those who’ve read the source material might have a much different opinion on the adaptations. It just boils down to individual tastes really. There is probably one exception, which is the last film Sean Connery acted in before his retirement (…pretty unlucky to bow out to a universally loathed movie). We are, of course, talking about A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. (more…)
Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb were just 10 and 11 years-old when they started shooting this thing. I halfway remember it being in the news a little bit, but completely forgot about it because life. They borrowed props, said goodbye to lunch money, and recruited friends to help out in their little recreation of Spielberg’s magnum opus, ‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark.’ ‘Raiders’ is one of the most amazing movies ever made and was probably a catalyst that sparked my epic nerdity. That’s what makes me kinda jealous of these guys. I’d have loved to have gotten together with my boys and remade an incredible film, but my friends suck and don’t do cool things. So, basically here’s a story about guys I wish I was friends with. (more…)
In what’s surely a disappointment to legion of fans who follow Neil Gaiman, not to mention fans of challenging and unique series television, HBO has announced that they’re not proceeding with an adaptation of Gaiman’s critically-acclaimed fourth novel American Gods. The story of Shadow and Mr. Wednesday and their trek across America in front of a coming battle between the old gods and the new will have to remain on the book page for now. But now you’re asking the question why, and according to HBO, it sounds like they just couldn’t find the right way to turn Gaiman’s novel into an ongoing series. (more…)
Josh Boone is the latest director to try and adapt Stephen King’s 1000+ page apocalyptic epic for the big screen; a project that defeated both Ben Affleck (though you could say Batman stole him away) and Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace). Upon first glimpse, the young director is an odd choice, but Boone seems genuinely optimistic that he’s got both the tone and length of the behemoth superflu film nailed down. (more…)
For the longest time, it seemed like the big screen adaptation of The Stand was never going to happen (along with the sprawling Ron Howard/Akiva Goldsman version of The Dark Tower and Cary Fukunaga’s re-telling of It*). First, Ben Affleck was attached to direct a two-part saga, but has since left to be Batman and direct Denny Lehane ditties (the latter of which he just dropped off of as well). Then came Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace helmer Scott Cooper, whose presence made me think that Warner Bros. was going to bring a serious, adult-minded approach to the massive, post-apocalyptic tale. Unfortunately, he left as well, causing me to wonder if the project was out-and-out cursed.
Now comes Josh Boone, an unknown entity who has two YA adaptations (of John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns) slated to come out later this year. And it seems like this choice is finally going to stick, as the first role has been cast, signaling that this version of The Stand might actually be real this time.
Transformers? Sure I can see that as a movie. G.I. Joe? Absolutely! Battleship? Okay, this is getting crazy… But Barbie? The toy aisle’s most well known doll is getting ready for her own solo film debut thanks to a new deal between Sony Pictures and Mattel announced today. Is it serious? Serious enough to have a screenwriter attached and commentary from corporate executives. Get ready world, here comes Barbie The Movie! (more…)
Here’s something that has bad idea written all over it, but it’s being developed regardless. Nearly 25 years after its theatrical release, Paramount is talking about bringing Ghost to the small screen in a new series. Yes, that Ghost. The one with Patrick Swayze, pot making, the Righteous Brothers, and Academy Award winning acting by Whoopi Goldberg. (more…)
Following in the footsteps of The Lion King, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Producers and Evil Dead, it seems that the next Hollywood movie heading for a musical adaptation is The Princess Bride. Inconceivable? Not really, since the deal involves no less than the man behind the story in the first place and one of the biggest names in huge, stage musicals currently working. (more…)
The success of Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games has added up to one inescapable conclusion: there’s gold in them thar young adult book sections! So despite the rather hit and miss success of turning well-lived YA novel series, Hollywood will keep trying, as it will try once again with the long in the works adaptation of Artemis Fowl. The series, by author Eoin Colfer, follows the adventures of the titular 12-year-old millionaire criminal genius who’s introduced to the world of fairies and magic, and it seems that some big talent is coming to together to bring Artemis to life.
First of all, the movie is going to come from the once unlikely re-teaming of Disney Studios and Harvey Weinstein, who parted ways with Disney after failing to buy out his and brother Bob’s company Miramax, but I guess they’re all now Fowl weather friends. (hehheh)
Also signed up as producers are actor Robert De Niro and producing partner Jane Rosenthal, as well as screenwriter Michael Goldberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Green Lantern) who will be penning the script.
“With its balance of mystery, adventure and family appeal, Artemis Fowl is a natural fit for Disney,” said Sean Bailey, president, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. “We’re looking forward to collaborating with Harvey on this exciting project.”
“I feel as though everything is coming full circle considering Bob De Niro and Jane Rosenthal brought me this book while I was still at Miramax and within hours I told them I wanted the rights to the film,” said Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company, in a statement. “This is a special project for me because my children absolutely love this book. This story is for everyone and there is no one better than Disney to make a film that will excite people young and old.”
The Artemis Fowl series has been in one kind of state of development or another at Miramax since 2001, and when last we heard about it was in 2011 with My Left Foot director Jim Sheridan at the helm. It’s been relegated to development hell ever since.
What do you Bastards think, interested in seeing an Artemis Fowl movie?