Making Out with the Media: Roman Emperors and Aliens from Mars, Oh My!

U.K. Director Plunders Own Country’s History Again for Next Flick
John Boorman, whose film career includes the rather sad Excalibur (yes, I am speaking of the ’80s version) and the rather terrifying Deliverance is ready to put into production a dream project of his about the life of Hadrian, the Roman emperor who built the wall between England and Scotland. If you are unaware that such a wall existed, then it’s completely evident that such a movie needs to be made. Principal photography is set to start next spring in Morocco, Rome, and Spain.

Warner Bros., Alcon Entertainment to Produce Live-Action/CGI Marvin the Martian
One of the producers named in the Variety article is Steve Crystal, who was the executive producer behind 2003’s The Missing. He has pitched the movie as “a Christmas story, with Marvin coming to Earth to destroy Christmas but being prevented from doing so when he’s trapped in a gift box.” No one else has been attached yet, so there’s a good chance this bad premise could be scrapped in favor of something else.

Also, hasn’t Warner Bros. learned its lesson yet with live-action/animated movies? Not that it can’t be done well (hello, Roger Rabbit!) but that it takes a very special story to do so. I’m not convinced that the B-list Warner Bros. toon has enough depth as a character to carry his own movie.

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 06:01 by Trisha Lynn · Permalink
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  1. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-07-30 at 10:57

    Space Jam turned a decent profit:

    And Looney Tunes: Back in Action may have bombed, but it was by Joe Dante! JOE DANTE! (Okay, I never saw it either.)

  2. Written by Trisha Lynn
    on 2008-07-30 at 20:08

    Yes, and I went to see it in the theater. Doesn’t keep it from being a bad movie, though. ^_^

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