Would You Watch a Movie About the Theft of Nicolas Cage’s Action #1?

- 03-09-12Film Posted by Mark Poynter

Back in the year 2000, Nicolas Cage owned a copy of Action Comics No. 1, featuring the first appearance of Superman. The comic was stolen from the actor. The mint-condition issue, worth upwards of $1.5m, remained missing until 2011, when the comic was found in an abandoned storage locker in the San Fernando Valley.

Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!, Night at the Museum) have scripted a film called Action No. 1 that covers the theft, or at least a fictionalized version of it. And now Lionsgate has picked up the script and will hopefully turn it into a film.

THR notes that Garant and Lennon originally wrote the script with Nic Cage in mind to play himself, but says that it is currently unlikely that Cage will play the part. Cage won’t play himself. Man that sucks. Who could play the crazy Cage though? Jason Statham has been mentioned in connection with the script in the past, although he isn’t involved right now.

The script would feature “a group of nerds who attempt to steal Cage’s copy of Action Comics No. 1,” but right now it is still at script stage, with no other cast or director attached. Sounds a lot like Fanboys to this NerdBastard.

Though this is likely to end up as a comically-exaggerated version of the story, the real tale is pretty weird: the comic was among a partial collection stolen from Cage’s home, after which he took an insurance payout for the loss. It was found by a man who had bought the contents of a storage locker at auction; a string of contacts in the collectibles world quickly established the book as being Cage’s missing issue.

The whole story of the theft is bizarre. Once the comic was authenticated by the dealer that had sold it to Cage in the first place, further insurance company wrangling took place. In the decade between theft and recovery, occasional tips were given to police about the location of the book. One sent them to a safety deposit box in Tennessee that contained a Victoria’s Secret catalogue with a fake Action Comics cover. Fanboy trolling?

Former ‘On the Lot’ Contestant Is Making ‘Back to the Future’ Tribute Film

- 01-19-12Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

It looks like Back to the Future is getting the Fanboys and Son of Rambow treatment with its own professional-made fan/tribute film called, appropriately enough, Great Scott.

According to MovieHole, the plot of the film follows a disturbed young man whose unspeakable lust for his mom drives him to build a time machine… I’m just kidding. Great Scott, as written by newcomers Alex Child and Hiram Bleetman, will be about a working class teen in 1980s Manchester, England who becomes fixated on the box office phenomenon Back to the Future in the hopes of living a more exciting life of  going back in time, making  pop culture references nobody gets and accidentally having your mom fall in love you.

The film will be directed by Phil Hawkins, and if that name is familiar, then you might have seen him on the Steven Spielberg-produced reality competition show On the Lot. Although Hawkins didn’t end up winning the grand prize of a million dollar development deal with Dreamworks, his career has been full speed ahead with several shorts and a couple of features to his credit including the Philip Pullman adaptation The Butterfly Tattoo and the comedy Being Sold.

The film is expected to start shooting sometime this spring.

Source: SlashFilm