Quick Cuts: I Want to ____ Your Sister, The Boys, Where the Wild Things Are

Okay, this is a new regular(?) feature here at Movie Make-out: Quick Cuts, a round-up of news items that I think are worth mentioning but don’t necessarily have much to add to, whether because information is kind of scare, or because I’m sleepy. (Or, like tonight, both.)

Blades of Glory co-directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon are set to direct Melissa Stack’s script, I Want to ____ Your Sister, for Paramount. The film is about a young man who tries to protect his kid sis from cads like himself. I really enjoyed Blades of Glory; it was no Anchorman, but it had some moments of brilliance, so I’m curious.… They are also developing an "artificial insemination comedy" called Baster for Columbia Pictures. (Source: Variety)

• Producter Graham King (The Departed, Traffic, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys) has hired John Logan to write an animated film for director Gore Verbinski. (Wasn’t Pirates of the Caribbean an animated film?) The story from Variety oddly does not give any specifics as to what the story is about and no title, so… I have no idea why this is news. Someone in Hollywood is going to make a movie?! OMG. UPDATE: Reuters adds that the "action-adventure film is based on an undisclosed idea developed by Verbinski’s Blind Wink Prods. and producer John B. Carls," and that Logan is "in talks [not signed?] to pen the film with sequels in mind." Last I heard, "will write" (Variety) and "in talks" (Reuters) meant two very different things from a business standpoint.…

King is also developing The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a children’s movie, also scripted by Logan, about "a 12-year-old orphan living in a Paris train station in 1930 and embroiled in a mystery involving his father and a robot," with Martin Scorcese attached to direct.

• The Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson comic book, The Boys, has been optioned by Columbia Pictures. The filthy, filthy series about a CIA team whose mission is to keep superheroes in check — or eliminate them, if necessary — was originally published by DC’s Wildstorm imprint and is now with Dynamite Entertainment, and I seriously doubt this movie will ever get made. Still, if it happens, it would be cool if Simon Pegg were signed, since the main character is obviously modeled after him. (Source: Variety again)

• From the AP (via Yahoo!), the Directors Guild has ratified the three-year contract which "increases compensation for projects distributed on the Internet or other digital media." The deal was tentatively agreed to back in January, and was instrumental in getting the WGA and the AMPTP back to the bargaining table during the writers strike.

CHUD believes that Legendary Pictures and Warner Brothers plan to "essentially reshoot the entire film" of Spike Jonze’s adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are. "Sources" have told CHUD that "the suits at Legendary and Warner Bros are not happy with… the actor playing Max, [and] worse than that, they don’t like the film’s tone and want to go back to the script drawing board, possibly losing the Spike Jonze/Dave Eggers script when they do it." I call bullshit on this one. Call it a hunch, and I’ll readily eat my words if I’m wrong, but only three days ago, Jonze was responding to the leaked test footage and made no mention of any impending catastrophe. Even if Warner and some test audiences aren’t happy with it, I just can’t see $75 million getting pissed down the toilets because of that. Keeping a strict cap on the budget and burying it in release, perhaps, but shoveling another $50–75 mil on top of that to salvage a movie in hopes of landing that Cat in the Hat-sized hit they were probably hoping for? Yeah, no. I just don’t see it happening.

Posted on February 21, 2008 at 01:03 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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