Thursday, March 30, 2006

Skinwalkers

Yet another werewolf movie on the horizon. It doesn’t have a one sheet yet, so you’ll have to settle for that pic of the homely Rhona Mitra. Here’s a brief synopsis:

Skinwalkers is a horror action film about a 12-year-old boy who suddenly finds himself at the center of a battle between two warring groups of werewolves. One group of werewolves is sworn to protect him, the other group is trying to kill him -- and the young boy's mother has to find out why her son is at the center of the conflict before time runs out.

The folks over at joblo.com have an interview with some of the cast and director, Jim Isaac. There’s also a pretty bare website but it promises a director’s blog. Might be worth checking out in a couple months.



Sunday, March 26, 2006

V for Vendetta

Just finished reading an early draft of “V for Vendetta” from simplyscripts. If the film is half as good as the screenplay, I expect it to kick some serious butt (box office has been good but not great). “V” is one of the best scripts I’ve read since “Batman Begins”. It’s so good, I might even lift my self-imposed ban on the Ultimate Matrix DVD Collection. My faith in the Wachowski brothers has been restored, but I’ll still treat “Matrix Revolutions” like “Highlander 2”, pretend it doesn’t exist. Up next: “The Jacket”.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Wolfman remake

So Benicio Del Toro is set to star in a remake of “The Wolfman”. The news is a bit of a shock because Hollywood churns out so few remakes these days, but casting Del Toro is definitely a step in the right direction. Almost as good as William Dafoe for the Green Goblin in “Spider-Man” (hopefully, he won’t be buried by tons of makeup). Add “Se7en” screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker to the mix and you start to think, maybe this won’t suck. Haven’t heard anything about a director but I’m gonna keep my fingers crossed with this one. It took forever to recover from the trauma I experienced while watching “Van Helsing” and “The Mummy” movies.




Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Update: TV Spec

There’s a scene in “Purple Rain” where Kid is performing “Darling Nikki” while Appollonia sits at a table with Morris and Jerome. The more Kid sings about Nikki the sex fiend, the more flustered Appollonia gets until she can’t take it anymore and runs out of the club. The song was his private little message to her. Everyone else was just scratching their heads.

My Slamdance TV entry probably had a couple of readers scratching their heads. Looking at it now, the teleplay feels like it was written for an audience of one. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating but the script’s appeal was definitely limited. The goal this time around for Scriptapalooza TV is to simplify and broaden. It’s easy to get caught up in the trappings of the genre, but at the end of the day, people want something to hold on to, something real. The groundwork is already there, now it’s just a matter of bringing out the universal themes everyone can relate to...which is easy...sort of...



Monday, March 13, 2006

Update: Fantasy Spec

Long time no update. I was under the delusion that this script would be ready for one of the big screenwriting contests, but I finally snapped out of it. It’s also an adaptation (a very loose one) which is a no-no for the Nicholl Fellowship. Anyway, to make a long story short, Fantasy Spec stays on the back burner for another few months.

I still have a couple nagging reservations about the concept. Like I said, it’s an adaptation and I’m not the only genius who has been down this well-trodden path. Sure, I’ve got my own spin but still...oh, what the heck. Worse case scenario is that it doesn’t sell, a scenario I'm all too familiar with.



Saturday, March 04, 2006

Blade: The Series

Coming to Spike TV in June. I can't put my finger on it but he seems different. You can check out the trailer here.





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