Following the mind bending success of Inception it’s only natural for the Hollywood vultures to scour the past for other mind bending works to bring to the big screen. Phillip K. Dick‘s Ubik certainly fits the bill. Michel Gondry will be adapting the complicated work for the big screen. Gondry does seem a good choice for the task. His work on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind leads me to think he may be able to pull it off.
The news comes from French site Allocine which our friends at io9 loosely translated for you:
To celebrate the launch of The Factory Movie Lovers [an exhibit] at the Centre Pompidou, [Paris], Michel Gondry has revealed he was currently working on an adaptation of Ubik, novel written by Philip K. Dick in 1966.
His Green Hornet continues on its merry way through the halls, but Michel Gondry is not resting so far and today launches its plant amateur films, exposure like no other and in line with its feature films, held Centre Pompidou until March 7. And after? … The director has revealed he was currently working on a major project: the adaptation of Ubik, written by Philip K. Dick in 1966. If the film version of the letter follows the novel that inspired it, it will be about a man, unable to determine whether he is alive or dead after an explosion, which sees the world disintegrate before his eyes.
If you thought Inception was confusing just wait until you get ahold of a Phillip K. Dick novel. Your head will be spinning. I suggest reading his works with a reading group. Talking out the books with a group will help you stay sane. The Plot summery for Ubik is available after the jump.
Currently nerdbastards has not seen ‘The Green Hornet’, the live-action comic-book adaptation which premiered last night. Personally, I never go to theatrical releases anymore. Not when this bastard gets to go to advance press screenings. In this circumstance I missed my local advanced screening. I wasn’t feeling too good, theater was an hour a way and, well I hate Seth Rogen’s face. I don’t hate Seth Rogen. I just hate his face. He’s a hideous fucking chud, yet he scores a mad amount of pussy. I just don’t get it. I know he has money and he’s funny (subject to opinion), but come on, he’s uglier than a bludgeoned fish. Who the hell would sleep with that man?
Anyway, back to ‘The Green Hornet’. Here’s a film that was long in the making. Michel Gondry wanted to do it years back, 97 I believe, but because of some creative disputes in got tossed side. Kevin Smith, at one point had been interested in flexing his directing skills by tackling a live-action hornet flick. Of course Kevin came to the realization that all of us knew, that he has no directing skills. Once he figured that out he basically said “Fuck it. I’m out. I’m gonna eat my wife’s ass instead”. Later his vision of ‘The Green Hornet’ was released in comic-book form, which was met with a “meh” response from critics. Later Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg won over control of the project in 2007. Eventually Michel Gondry came back into the fray and here we are, 4 years later with Rogen playing Britt Reid, the titular character who teams up with martial arts expert and genius engineer Kato (played by Jay Chou) to defeat the vicious Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). Was it worth the wait?
Like I said I have not seen it and thus cannot judge. I’ve heard Rogen was completely unlikable. Kato and his “Kato vision” was awesome. Folks tell me it’s an insult to the source material. A silly, slapstick ‘Bromance’ that was intermittently entertaining.
Well, why don’t you bastards tell us what you think. Is Rogan a furry troll, or am I just crazy? Seriously though, what did you guys think of “The Green Hornet”? Have at thee! Discuss the film in the comments below. Spoilers are welcomed.
The internet got their hands on the international trailer of the upcoming Green Hornet film and if you’re wondering what makes it international, well, it features more Kato, played by Jay Chou (Initial D). The trailer features how Chou’s Kato evens out with Seth Rogen’s Green Hornet character and to be honest, this trailer got me interested in the film.
Check the trailer out as it shows both the action and comedy the film will have. See if it pumps you up for the film when it comes out in January.
After many delays and set backs, including the loss of a director, the search for a new one, an extensive search for a new Kato and a release date pushed back from the summer of 2010 to the winter of 2010, principal photography has actually begun on The Green Hornet, according to a press release from Columbia Pictures.
The Seth Rogen vehicle, which Rogen scripted with his Superbad and Pineapple Express co-writer Evan Goldberg, had originally been set to be directed by Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer helmer Stephen Chow. Chow dropped out, to be replaced by Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep director Michel Gondry. The role of Kato finally went to Taiwanese pop singer and star of Curse of the Golden Flower, Jay Chou.
In addition to Rogen, The Green Hornet stars Cameron Diaz, and Edward James Olmos. War of the Worlds, The Quantum of Solace and Revolutionary Road vet David Harbour has recently joined the cast, as has Tom Wilkinson, who played Boss Carmine Falcone in Batman Begins and who has worked with Gondry before on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
The Green Hornet is now scheduled to open December 17, 2010