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Upcoming Project: Terminator Reboot TV Series & Film
Look — I love this world. I love Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. But I don’t want to go back to this world.
My heavy remake fatigue doesn’t stem as much from the worlds themselves. As ideas, killer robots and time travel are just always going to be interesting. But modern science fiction, as this article points out, has problems.
As I reflected today on the content of a film, I realized the question I always ask is: what are you saying? The response I have to a film is always in direct reaction to that question. The only reason I enjoyed the television show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is that it dealt with time, love, cognition, life and death. It respected the world of the two great films — and it had something to say.
The films we remember, the reason to even bother rebooting in the first place, is because the original filmmakers had something to say — something that became memorable, powerful, and influential. Sci-fi that changed the world.
You’ll pardon me if I don’t want to go back but today’s remakes have nothing to say. If they did, they’d say it in their own worlds.
Ever since Graham Linehan dangled a potential IT Crowd special in front of his audience after the series four finale, we’ve been waiting to hear more. Now, thanks to a fan on Twitter this weekend taking the journalistic initiative to ask @Glinner what the progress was, we learn that the special is pencilled in for “…the middle of next year” (though whether that means filming or broadcast we don’t yet know).
by Nathan Adams
Let’s take a trip back in time to the magical year of 2010…Terry Gilliam was going to make a movie about Don Quixote starring Robert Duvall and Johnny Depp. A lot has changed since then. Ewan McGregor replaced Johnny Depp in Gilliam’s movie, then Gilliam’s movie got cancelled completely…
Even after all these years though, one thing hasn’t changed: Johnny Depp is still really into the character of Don Quixote. That’s why he’s teaming up with Disney to start developing a new feature film about Miguel de Cervantes’ creation. Deadline has the scoop that the untitled pitch has been shipped out for screenwriting duties to Steve Pink (Grosse Pointe Blank, High Fidelity) and Jeff Morris (The True Memoirs of an International Assassin). Little is known about the project at this point, but it’s said that it’s going to be a modern imagining of the Don Quixote story.
Seeing as he’s on as a producer, does that also mean that Depp will eventually be attached as an actor to play the title character? One can probably assume. So far Martin Scorsese’s Hugo is the only thing he’s got a producer’s credit on that wasn’t a starring vehicle for him as well. What do you think? Could Depp pull off playing the traveling romantic, trying to bring chivalry back to the world? Yeah, probably that’s not a stretch for him at all…
One of cinema’s lost potential gems remains Terry Gilliam’s ambitious attempts to bring the Don Quixote story to the big screen. Gilliam’s struggles, which included beginning shooting before the production was shut down, were charted in the terrific, if melancholy documentary Lost In La Mancha. If you’ve not seen it, we can’t recommend it strongly enough.
Gilliam had cast Johnny Depp in his film, and it was to be a period take on the tale. And the director had always given the impression that he’d like to get the film moving again, if circumstances prevailed…
The question, then: will Terry Gilliam get the chance to direct this one? It’s too early on the project for news of a director, it seems, but it’d be pretty crappy after everything he went through last time around for Gilliam to not at least get a phone call.
by T.J. Barnard
Despite their decade-long struggle to get a film made out ofCervantes’ Don Quixote – a book whose scope and length has reduced many a patient reader to sobs and tears - Johnny Depp is apparently moving on without Terry Gilliam for an adaptation with Disney, presumably because he secretly wants Tim Burton to get involved instead. Yes, Depp’s own production company has partnered with the House of Mouse for a “modern-re-imagining” of the classic tale, a classic tale that will absolutely get the treatment it deserves through the hiring of Hot Tub Time Machine‘s Steve Pink as screenwriter.
Depp and Gilliam’s perilous attempt to transform Quixote cinematically can be glimpsed in 1997′s documentary Lost In La Mancha, in which Gilliam’s personal journey is contrasted with that of the novel’s titular character, despite the fact that funding and weather issues and elderly cast members prevent him from ever getting the thing made.
Perhaps fearful that Don Quixote will get made elsewhere if he doesn’t snap up the opportunity to film it at some point soon, the project also gives Johnny Depp another chance to dress up and talk in a funny voice, should he decide to cast himself in the movie. Don’t worry, Johnny… you go ahead and make this. It’s not like this is Terry Gilliam’s dream project or something.
What the email actually said:
What I read:
I might have to cancel my memberships simply because of the name Qwikster. What an F’in joke.
jnelchef on September 19, 2011
Just proves that marketing is 5% intelligence, 5% intuition, and 90% alcohol.
Timothy S. Carlson on September 19, 2011
"I feel now, doing ‘Looper,’ is the result of what happened with ‘Inception.’ It is something I have been working for my whole life. It is like nothing I have seen before. It has action. It has romance. It also deals with philosophy. I really like it.” - Joseph Gordon-Levitt
A killer who works for the mob of the future recognizes one of his targets as his future self.
Can’t. Freakin’. Wait.