So this is…somewhat alarming. I read an article on Variety about Richard Donner and how The Goonies has had such staying power and a rabid fanbase. And then, out of the blue, Mr. Donner threw even a curveball at my head: “I’m in the process of trying to get it done as a musical on Broadway. Wouldn’t that be great?” You’re kidding, right? The article: “The director has already met with former Broadway entertainment attorney John F. Breglio, and Donner seems confident things are moving in the right direction.” Wait. You’re not kidding? “[Donner’s] even figured out where to break for intermission: right after the kids fall through the hole, with the second half unfolding underground.” Wow. You are seriously not kidding. Wow.
For our American readers, you don’t need to know this, but it might make you feel better: the British government, because it’s fixed all of the other problems facing its citizens, is apparently trying to outlaw amplified sounds in places that serve alcohol. Also, mandate the display of “sensible drinking” messages on all the tables and restrict the naming of cocktails. You can read about it here. Our friends across the pond, you have our sympathies. There’s no problem quite like the government trying to step in to fix problems, is there?
An anime film about the famous swordmeister Musashi is being developed and scribed by Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell). Musashi Miyamoto: Dream of Riding With Two Swords is the English title. Mizuho Nishikubo is helming and you saw his stuff in Kill Bill: Volume 1–he was animation director of the O-Ren anime flashback sequence. Source: Variety.
Wow. Sorry, I’m still processing the idea of a Goonies Musical. Do you think he was serious? I mean…he sounded serious. Anyway, sorry. Moving on.
First Showing reports that Rendezvous With Rama has gone further into development hell (as it had not crawled out to begin with). Not helping things was the recent injury of Morgan Freeman and certainly not what was related by David Fincher (who had been attached)–that they never even got past the script stage.
Those of you waiting to see if The Road would be the feel-bad movie of 2008 are going to have to wait until December instead of November–if it shows up this year at all. It’s in post-production and simply might not have enough runway. Now the article states that it might not be as critical awards-wise, at least for the Weinstein Company, to get this on the 2008 Oscar slate. But I’m not sure that’s a wise strategy. If they pull off the movie, then that’s a nom for Viggo–regardless. Then noms for at least writing, directing and picture depending on if the voters’ therapy is done in time for them to actually vote. If they actually put the book on the screen, I don’t think I’d be able to sit through the movie. That book is a brilliantly written piece of prose that I do not want to allow in my house, much less read again. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
Anyone looking for the Sleeper movie: two things. One, Brad Ingelsby is scribing. Two, Variety reports in the body of the story that DiCaprio and Ridley Scott are attached to Ingelsby’s last script sale: a project called Low Dweller. However, the subheading makes it seem like they are in Sleeper instead. The New York Times appears to agree with how I read the story, anyway. So don’t get confused. No matter how hard they try.
Well, shit. I had bid ninety cents on TV Guide but MacroVision ended up selling it for a dollar to OpenGate Capital, who I swear were using sniping software. Source: Village Voice.