§ Hero Complex has a long, detailed, fascinating article on a long ago attempt by Pixar’s John Lasseter to make THE SPIRIT:
But if the world had turned a little differently, if fate had been a little kinder, a “Spirit” feature film would have debuted in the 1980s that would not only have been revolutionary but — those of us involved in it were convinced — a huge hit, possibly the first $100 million-grossing animated feature. And the futures of such filmmakers as Brad Bird, Gary Kurtz, John Musker and John Lasseter might have taken alternative paths.
§ Splash Page reminds us that Kenneth Branagh is making a THOR movie!:
He continued excitedly, “There’s science fiction and science fact and fantasy all woven into one. It’s based on Norse legends which Marvel sort of raided in a brilliant way.
So who will play Branagh’s hero? Asked about the rumors of Kevin McKidd being up for the role, the director waved it off as premature speculation.
“There’s been lots of talk [about casting] — I sound like a politician — but we are too early at this stage. We’re getting the story and the visual effects together and all of that is very exciting. Someone sensational is going to play the part but it is early days.”
§ Io9 reminds us that SPEED RACER has become a whipping boy:
I understand that this summer’s big screen version of Speed Racer may not have been everyone’s cup of tea, but I did think that those who saw it all admitted that the special effects were amazing… until I found out that the movie wasn’t on the short list for Oscar recognition in visual effects. The argument that, “well, there were a lot of other movies with great special effects this year, maybe Speed Racer wasn’t as worthy of recognition as those” loses all respectability when you see that Hancock and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull are two of the fifteen films up for selection for the Oscar Short List. Can anyone out there really argue that Indiana Jones was more visually impressive than Speed Racer?
We predict vindication some day. Some day!
§ Speaking of vindication, or at least resurrection, against all odds, Steven Norrington is going to be allowed to make a movie again, after taking a five-year break following his last film, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN. And surprise, it’s a comic book movie, namaely a reboot of THE CROW franchise:
For Norrington, “The Crow” deal marks the end of a long screen sabbatical. After making his breakthrough with the Marvel Comics hero “Blade,” Norrington took on a big-budget comic transfer with “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” Neither the director nor his star, Sean Connery, has made a film since.
Norrington said he felt demoralized by that experience, and the accomplished sculptor spent the next five years writing and working on his art. He made a deal to direct “Clash of the Titans” for Warner Bros., but left the project, he said, because he was “unable to excite Warner Bros. with my take, or influence the screenplay to any comfortable extent.” That pic goes into production early next year with Louis Leterrier at the helm.