This week, one of the biggest geek stories has been the release of the first full-length look at the Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. For whatever reason, thirty and forty-year-olds began weeping about the “molestation of their childhood” (Jesus guys…), while those of us who can recognize the detriments of over-indulging in nostalgia simply shrugged and went about our day. Ignoring the infallible maxim “don’t read the comments”, the screenwriter of the latest take on everybody’s favorite pizza-chomping reptilian ninjas is speaking out about Bay & Co.’s “vision” for the upcoming film.
Everybody loves Joss Whedon! He has a front row seat at the world’s biggest movie studio, he made the third most popular movie of all time, and has the biggest new show of the fall. But there’s another project that’s pretty close to the heart of a smaller number of Whedon fans, and it’s called Serenity.
The tale of a ship full or pirates, scoundrels, rebels and fugitives floating through the back end of space is beloved. So much so that the the TV series Firefly, which lasted only 13 episodes, did so well in DVD sales that a movie studio put serious cash into a feature film. And even though that film barely broke even at the box office, people are still clamoring for a sequel.
So what about that, Joss? Any chance for more Firefly? Well Coming Soon, got an answer from the man himself:
“Right now I’m happy to say everybody is working doing good jobs. There’s a real fear of ‘The Monkey’s Paw,’ you know? You bring it back to life and it isn’t the same. Even if it’s GREAT and it isn’t the same. I’m dying to get on a ship with those guys again, but I’m also doing yet another goddamn huge ensemble movie [‘The Avengers 2’]. Why can’t I do a movie about just one guy? So right now I can’t even access that part of my brain. If all the planets align that would be great, but I’m not going to do what I did the first time and move heaven and earth to make it happen.”
And those are some mighty big planets that have to be aligned considering most of the cast stays very busy with other jobs. Maybe we’ll just have to let this one go, space fans.
Well that’s a bold statement from Zombieland and Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer, recently minted director of the constantly in-development movie version of the video game Spy Hunter. Directors ranging in talent from John Woo to Paul W.S. Anderson have all had their turn, but Fleischer seems confident that he knows what to do to get this thing to the screen. Let’s go the quote from Coming Soon:
We’ll see what happens. If I can make any movie, it would be a James Bond movie. I’ve always loved the genre but I don’t think they’ll hire an American to direct a James Bond movie, I’ve been told, so for me, ‘Spy Hunter’ is an opportunity to create a new spy franchise. It sounds silly but that was my favorite video game when I was a kid and it had a great title and a great theme song, but there’s no real other associations that people have with it other than a cool car, so I feel like there’s a lot of room for us to invent a new character and a new series. I think just the Spy Hunter that is the most bad-ass spy who hunts down rogue spies is a really cool launch pad for an idea and I hope that we can bring it to life.
He’s right about Americans not being hired to direct James Bond movies, which is one of the reasons why Steven Spielberg always called Indiana Jones his “James Bond.” But as for a straight up American James Bond, I think they tried that already and called it xXx starring Vin Diesel, and it sucked. Maybe Fleischer will have better luck though, we’ll keep you posted.
Source: Geek Tyrant