Thursday, January 8, 2009
When I Dream...
Ok, I thought I'd step back for a second...
I don't want to seem like I'm rooting for the remake/prequel of 20K to fail, because I wouldn't want that. And as I mentioned here and the last post, it isn't a sequel or remake so much as an original tale about what led up to the book/film. So it could be good, it might be great. But I just am not a big fan of McG because he seems to be Michael Bay without the substance... and if you know where I'm coming from then you understand that statement. If you don't understand it, then may I suggest a quick course in Geek 101. I've heard he's toned the flash down for his new "Terminator Salvation" film and I'll reserve judgement on that film till I've seen it. I just don't want the visuals to overwhelm the story and if he decides to make a slick, fast cutting, edgy version of the Jules Verne classic I'll hate it. I pray he's got a great script from which to work and I hope he adheres to it.
After posting about it last night, I got to thinking. What Disney movies would I like to see? I mean, I've posted about what movies have been made that could/should have been Disney films, but...
What films haven't been made that I'd like to see? And by that, I divided them up in three categories. Remakes/Sequels/Adaptions.
So here are my "Dream Disney Films."
The Black Hole - remake directed by Danny Boyle and written by John Hodge, Simon Beaufoy and Alex Garland.
Davy Crockett - reinterpretation written and directed by Michael Mann starring Russell Crowe.
The Island at the Top of the World - remake written by John Logan and directed by Ridley Scott.
The Gremlins - live-action adaption of the Roald Dahl story done for Walt in the 40's.
Dungeons & Dragons - a more faithful remake than the horrible adaptions that have been done by other studios that don't know what to do with this property. And I'd get an excellent screenwriter and director for it. My choice would be Joss Whedon.
The Haunted Mansion - an actual "good" version of this attraction. Specifically, the one based on the idea Terry Rossio wanted to do and while we're at it, get Gore Verbinski to direct it as well. The tone of his "The Ring" would be perfect...
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - an actual sequel to the classic Disney film written and directed by Brad Bird.
Roger Rabbit - a sequel to the 1988 film, not necessarily the one that was supposed to star Tom Cruise, but one that continues the adventures of that crazy rabbit directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Michael Chabon.
Mary Poppins - a sequel, not a reimagined or prequel. There's been talk going around that Disney wanted to do something with this and although I know many would be opposed to this, I have no problem "if" it's done right because it's based on a series of books, not just one story. But that said, it's a big IF...
Star Wars - it goes without saying that I'd like to see any Star Wars film with the Disney logo in front of it. Just not by Lucas... let a new breed work in his world. My choice, Peter Jackson on Dark Forces, Zach Synder on Knights of the Old Republic or David Fincher on Episode Seven, ect.
The Chronicles of Prydain - a faithful adaption of the books "The Black Cauldron" was based upon. Perhaps the one that Guillermo del Toro had been in talks with the Mouse about doing?
The Thief of Always - an adaption of Clive Barker's "The Thief of Always" directed by Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz, they seem to work much better together than apart... This would be a great family film.
Ender's Game - an adaption of the great book by Orson Scott Card written and directed by James Cameron.
Huckleberry Finn - an adaption of Mark Twain's pentacle of storytelling directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by David Mamet and David Koepp.
The Graveyard Book - a film version of Neil Gaiman's mesmerising book with a screenplay by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary to be directed by Tim Burton.
Where the Sidewalk Ends - a live-action adaption of Shel Silverstein's classic children's story directed by Kevin Lima.
The Adventures of Calvin and Hobbes - a hand-drawn animated film version of Bill Watterson's award winning cartoon strip. I'll let Lasseter pic whoever he wants for this, but I'd have Watterson write the script and Chris Williams direct it... the funny pages in the papers have been bland ever since it ended. And I know he wouldn't let anyone adapt his work, but hey, it's my wish list.
Artemis Fowl - an adaption of Eoin Colfer's classic book series. Never read it? Think of it in the authors own words: "Die Hard with Fairies." Could be the Harry Potter franchise that Disney's been looking for, although it's more like "Sinister Johnny Quest meets magic" to me...
Hiawatha - I've always thought an animated version of Hiawatha the Native American myth would make a great adaption. Kind of like an American Indian version of Disney's Hercules film.
And this is just what I've come up with off the top of my head... so there you go Disney. Take from it if you will. Of course, if you need any help in making them then give my agent a call...
I work for a wee bit less that McG.