Arsenic and Old Lace – DreamCast

To learn more about this, we suggest checking out the DVD of the original, available here. Or if you just want the original play, that’s here.

Also, in reviewing this to port it to the new version of the site, I thought I was satisfied with the cast. Then Cosette threw doubt on my Mortimer choice…and it all unraveled from there. So there I went and moved the majority to the Ultimate side of the house. Then that meant we needed a new Mortimer–and she nailed the new one. So that’s why we’re here. Let’s proceed.


Role DreamCast Ultimate DreamCast

Mortimer Brewster Simon Pegg Tom Hanks, circa Apollo 13
Jonathan Brewster Jeremy Irons Boris Karloff, circa 1941
Dr. Einstein Billy Crystal Peter Lorre
Abby Brewster Joan Plowright Joan Plowright
Martha Brewster Maggie Smith Maggie Smith
Teddy Brewster Nathan Lane Mel Blanc
Elaine Harper Amy Adams Audrey Hepburn, circa Charade
Officer O’Hara Dylan Moran Spike Milligan, late 60s
Mr. Witherspoon J. K. Simmons James Whitmore, early 70s
Lt. Rooney Brian Doyle-Murray Ron Carey, circa History of the World
Directed by Frank Oz Frank Capra


By | 2017-09-24T23:05:54+00:00 February 14th, 2009|DreamCasts|6 Comments

Watchmen: The DreamCast (Slightly Updated)

Watchmen book cover art

So, reworking the DreamCasts, we do see that Watchmen is rather popular. Go figure. The actual film is about to happen–lawsuit behind us, everybody happy–so it makes sense to revisit this thing…about ten years after we first worked it up. And sadly, it’s woefully out of date. Both our Nite Owls have left us, for example. And the actors we had in mind have aged…hell, it’s been around a decade since we first did this thing. So we’re not going to do a regular DreamCast–this close in to the actual film, it doesn’t make sense.

Instead, we’re going to go the Ultimate DreamCast route–where we cast the thing as we would have on hand if we could go to any time period and, like some kind of casting version of The Monitor from Crisis on Infinite Earths, pluck any actor from any point in the timestream. So in that vein, we’ve taken our original Watchmen cast and reworked it a bit.

So, as always, if you haven’t read the original graphic novel, you might want to go no further–because there will be spoilers. And if you haven’t, click over to Amazon and buy it.


By | 2017-09-24T23:06:00+00:00 February 9th, 2009|DreamCasts|2 Comments

DreamCast: Law & Order: London

Law and Order: London

Law & Order: London (or Law & Order: UK as we’ve also seen it called–since LOU is a less unfortunate acronym than LOL) airs in the spring with thirteen episodes. Can’t wait to see it, with Bradley Walsh (Coronation Street), Jamie Bamber (Hornblower), Harriet Walter (crapload of TV and theatre and Christopher Lee‘s niece…how cool would it be to have an “Uncle Chris” like that), Ben Daniels (Beautiful Thing), Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who) and Bill Paterson (Traffik).

I know the first series has probably long since ceased production–and I have no idea who they have as the guest stars for each episode–but if it goes to a second series, we thought they could use some suggestions for who should appear.


By | 2017-09-24T23:06:29+00:00 February 1st, 2009|DreamCasts|5 Comments

I Am Legend Dreamcast Mark II

I Am Legend book cover art

Okay, as promised, here we are back with another revamped Dreamcast. This time around it’s Richard Matheson’s vampire classic, I Am Legend. Which has one of the most chilling opening lines ever: “On those cloudy days, Robert Neville was never sure when sunset came, and sometimes they were in the streets before he could get back.” Love it.

Now, when we first did this Dreamcast ages and ages ago we told you they were going to screw it up, and I’ve seen the trailer and it’s guilty until proven innocent as far as I’m concerned. I’ve got nothing against Will Smith, mind you. Smith looks like he might actually play a serious Neville and not, as reader Kede put it, ID4 Am Legend. However, I read a draft of the screenplay they decided to write for when Schwarzenegger was attached to play Neville and it was dreadful. And I somehow doubt that Akiva Goldsman (I, Robot, Batman and Robin) has done much to improve it. I would love to be proven wrong. But it’s rare.

So here we are. You know the drill. Two casts. How we would do it given the constraints of who we have on hand today and another Ultimate DreamCast where we bend the rules of space/time and can snatch anyone from anywhere and cast them.


By | 2017-09-24T23:27:00+00:00 September 30th, 2007|DreamCasts|0 Comments

Good Omens Dreamcast Mark II – The Explanation

Good Omens book cover art

Need to check out the cast list? Find both updated versions here.

Why Good Omens? Packed with nine essential vitamins and Gaiman and Pratchett‘s trademark twisted whimsy, it’s a Brit humor cornucopia. We wanted to cast it because it’s in some stage of development somewhere in the tar pits of Hollywood, and yes, you guessed it–it’s so far been in a sorry state, indeed. In fact, when I first presented this DreamCast to The Neil himself back in 1998, Gilliam had not been announced as director. When The Neil asked me who we had down for director, and I told him, his response was “I can neither confirm nor deny Gilliam’s involvement with this project.” A shining moment in DreamCast history. Anyway, if somebody could just fund Gilliam, he’d make the movie. I personally think Gilliam’s idea of raising money for films via the Internet is a damn good one. I’d throw some serious coin in a tip jar for a Gilliam movie done right, wouldn’t you?


By | 2017-09-24T23:29:13+00:00 July 22nd, 2007|DreamCasts|0 Comments

Good Omens Dreamcast Mark II

Good Omens book cover art

Howdy folks. The DreamCasts are re-opening for business. We’re starting with what it is, without a doubt, our most popular DreamCast ever: the Terry Gilliam-directed adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s classic “What if Monty Python did The Omen?” novel, Good Omens.

Now, we’re doing this a bit differently. We were sitting around Needcoffee HQ, and I was snorting ground espresso beans, when it struck me what we’ve been doing wrong this entire time. That’s right…it’s a DreamCast for Buddha’s sake! Go ahead and dream like maniacs!

So now every updated DreamCast will be two–two–two DreamCasts in one. You get the cast we would advocate if the project were to be shot today. Then you get the cast we would have on hand if we could go to any time period and, like some kind of casting version of The Monitor from Crisis on Infinite Earths, pluck any actor at any point in the timestream.

We’ve gone apeshit, in other words.

So here’s the cast. Sadly, because comment spam bastards circle this site looking for chinks in our armor, we can’t open up comments. Because if we did, the site would blow up. Instead, we’ll have to direct you to the Gabfest if you want to give feedback. Or widge sucks at need coffee dot com.

So, as always, if you haven’t read the original novel, click over to Amazon and buy it. You’ll be glad you did.

Both casts appear after the break. The explanations for all this appear here.


By | 2017-09-24T23:29:49+00:00 July 12th, 2007|DreamCasts|6 Comments