Quick Cuts: Elfquest, Red Dawn remake, Aronofsky on RoboCop?, Inglorious Bastards

Hollywood Reporter breaks the news that Rawson Thurber (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) has convinced Warner Brothers to let him write, produce and direct the long-running fantasy comic Elfquest for the big screen. Although the director’s adaptation of Michael Chabon’s The Mysteries of Pittsburgh didn’t manage to find distribution at Sundance (but did manage to generate a few negative reviews), it shows he’s willing… if not necessarily able… to do something other than mainstream comedies. It has not been determined whether this will be a live-action or animated film.

Hollywood Reporter also broke that one of my favorite not-nearly-as-great-as-I-thought-it-was-when-I-was-a-kid movies, John Milius’ Commies-Invade-American pic Red Dawn is getting remade for the new millennium, for MGM. Carl Ellsworth (Red Eye, Disturbia) is set to write the adaptation, which will update the tale for a “post-9/11 world” somehow. Hm. The only exciting part of this news is that Dan Bradley is set to direct; Bradley was a “second unit director and/or stunt coordinator on The Bourne Ultimatum, Spider-Man 3 and the forthcoming Quantum of Solace,” so you know the action will be good… if nothing else.

The same Hollywood Reporter article also casually drops that MGM’s Darren Aronofsky met with the studio about the upcoming RoboCop reboot. “Meetings” don’t mean anything, but how fucking weird would that be?! (EDIT: I naively thought the other news sites wouldn’t run with this info, because it’s not fucking news until he signs, but sure enough, they’ve all seemed to explode that little sentence fragment into several paragraphs of fanwank. Christ.)

Quentin Tarantino talks a lot about his upcoming projects — so much so that it’s hard to take him seriously sometimes. But his World War 2 “epic,” Inglorious Bastards (very loosely based on the 1977 Italian original) is currently looking for financing and aiming for an October shoot, in light of his long-time producers’ financial woes. Weinstein and Lawrence Bender are still producing, but the money will have to come from outside the Weinsteins for the first time in Tarantino’s career.

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Posted on July 9, 2008 at 07:22 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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