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Indy 4, Books of Blood, Fahrenheit 451, Buckaroo Banzi, I Am Legend, The Descent, Blade 3 and Mucho Mojo!!!

Hey folks, Harry here... Word has it that Mr Beaks will be reporting in on this Expo as well, and I know he actually got a chance to talk with Darabont and Condon one on one, so we'll get the skinny on what his magnifcently sculpted buttocks carved out for themselves. Till then however... Well we have this report which gives you all the nitty gritty...

Hi Harry,

This is my first time writing to you, but my friend and I just came back from this year's 2002 Creative Screenwriting Expo in L.A., which took place this weekend at the L.A. Convention Center. The expo featured a number of guest speakers, which were David Goyer, Harlan Ellison, Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost, My Life, Jacob's Ladder, Stuart Little 2), Richard Matheson, Frank Darabont, Bill Condon, Scott Rosenberg, and David O. Russell (who we missed because we had to catch a flight home).

Anyway, some interesting news came out of this, which I figured you might be interested in:

David Goyer: he mentioned a project he's producing and adapting called 'The Descent,' which is a book by Jeff Long. The story is about a group of people who lives in a series of tunnels below the earth's surface. Below these tunnels runs a river, which turns out to be the genesis of the river Styx. Anyway, these people soon encounter savage horned tribes and civilizations that existed before human civilization ever existed.

Another Goyer project is yet another adaptation, but this time I believe he plans on directing. This is based on a book called 'Mucho Mojo,' by Joe Lansdale. The book is being adapted by Ted Tally and Don Cheadle is set to star.

Goyer also mentioned that he did a script polish for Ronny Yu's Freddy vs. Jason and that Blade 3 is still set to go forward.

Richard Matheson: he's busy writing a play that will be playing in London, but all I know is that its about a magician. Someone asked him about the status of I Am Legend, but he didn't know where its really at right now, but he did say that the latest draft replaces the vampires with something else......thats too bad!!

Now on to Frank Darabont, who had quite a bit of cool news (hint: Indy!!)......ready?

1. Books of Blood TV anthology series: although anthology's are very difficult to pull off and make successful, Darabont is planning on making this with Clive Barker. This series will be story and writer driven and so far he has only had preliminary discussions with Barker. The two of them are waiting for both of their schedules to clear before going forward. However, he did say that unlike Tales From the Crypt, this anthology will be serious and not campy.

2. Buckaroo Banzai TV series: NOT HAPPENING. Due to "corporate needs" this show will not go forward. MGM, which owns the rights to the property, wanted a 2 hour pilot, but Darabont believed that because it needs to be fast paced, a 1 hour pilot would suffice. MGM didn't think so.

3. Indiana Jones 4: Darabont is currently going through the 1st Act and he has weekly/twice weekly story meetings with Spielberg. The two of them are still coming up with the 3rd act, but Lucas has basically handed the ball off to Spielberg. Darabont said that he's trying to be very true to the character, but without being repetitive.....he doesn't want to simply give us a rehash of the last 3 films.

4. Fahrenheit 451: Once he's done with Indy 4, Darabont plans on doing Fahrenheit 451.

And thats basically it.


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  • Nov. 18, 2002, 12:45 a.m. CST

    remake mania?

    by holoholojoe

    what a bore!

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Great, that Sappy Piece of Crap is Going to Ruin A Perfectly Goo

    by Aquatarkusman

    Damn, shot my wad in the subject line

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 1 a.m. CST

    Books of Blood

    by Toranaga

    I don't know about that one. I thought they were good in comic form with the Tapping the Vein series, but I dont think many of those stories would translate well. In the Hills, the Cities particularily comes to mind. Also, if this is done, it really needs to be Pay cable, like HBO or something. I don't think theres any other option, without making this another cheap, run of the mill horror anthology. But then again, Twilight Zone was awesome. Yet Twilight Zone is another beast altogether. I also get a little scared when thinking that its Frank Darabont. Shit man, I think the Majestic was one of the worst films I have ever seen. But then again, he does better with adapted material. Hmmmm. So many mixed feelings, I guess I have to wait to find out. But then again, half of the Clive Barker film plans usually fall apart anyways. Hell, I'm still waiting for Weaveworld and the Thief of Always.

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 1:07 a.m. CST

    No Banzai because of PILOT?

    by JamieGuy

    They couldn't agree on the length of a pilot, and cancelled the whole damn series? That blows. I think someone's not telling the whole story here. Hanoi Xan's probably involved...

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Truffaut's Fahrenheit isn't a very great film

    by Andy Travis

    I understand that there were limits to what could be done at the time it was made (i.e. no Mechanical Hound, etc), and Truffaut was certainly a great director and a smart guy to boot, but it seems a bit flat to me. Little things bug me about it, like the fact that Montag has blond hair in the film (all Firemen have dark hair, for some reason), and the relationship btwn Montag and his wife seemed underplayed. Also, Montag was much more antagonistic towards the beginning of the book, and believeably alters his point of view as things the film he seemed to have more of a "I dunno, I'm just going along with all this" feel about him.

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 1:41 a.m. CST

    This Movie Getting made Is Legend...

    by Spelunker Gregg

    ...and I for one don't wanna' see it made unless it at least has Vampires. Sorry. I'm a geek when it comes to this book. And speaking of this...go out and buy the original movie, titled "The Last Man On Earth" starring Vincent Price. It's pretty damn faithful to the book. And it's cheap too. I got mine at Best Buy for like six bucks (that's $6 to the unintiated).

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 1:43 a.m. CST

    What the fuck?

    by Distorto25

    Why does Hollywood have to screw up a perfectly good story with this revisionist bullshit? Christ, I was looking forward to I AM LEGEND until I heard they were replacing the vampires with "something else." Apparantly Michael Bay felt that Bruce Willis and his rag tag team of oil drillers would be more frightening than a hoard of blood sucking vampires. All we need now is for Nic Cage to spring Sean Connery from prison so we can break back into Neville's mansion. Damn... this shit writes itself.

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 1:52 a.m. CST

    I love Krakauer

    by God Shamgodd

    But why would he be giving a cover quote on a work of fiction that has nothing to do with outdoorsy stuff?

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Descent - More to it than that

    by Spankenstein

    Descent is actually about a subterranean culture and humankind's history and eventual conflict with that culture. It explores a number of topics including the fact that this culture could be the basis for christianity's belief in Satan and demons in general. It was a creepy read. An underground tunnel traverses the Pacific Ocean and it eventually leads to an subterranean city that may or may not be... Hell. A great chase that goes on for months with horrific deaths, epic battles between the gargoyles and war-hardened soldiers escorting the scientific survey team. It's a great read.

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Oh, who am I kidding... Hollywood will screw it up

    by Spankenstein

    The poster above e-mailed me and told me they were replacing the gargoyle-demons with hippies.

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Please tell me Don Cheadle isn't gonna play Leonard Pine!!

    by Cash Bailey

    That'd be fucking ridiculous! Cheadle is a very fine actor but he most certainly isn't Leonard Pine. Who's gonna play Hap Collins? Paul Walker?

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 2:50 a.m. CST

    "...the latest draft replaces the vampires with something else..

    by God Of Forkery

    Too fucking bad indeed. This book has yet to see a decent adaptation . . ."The Last Man On Earth" was only OK, and "The Omega Man" was campy bullshit. Sigh.

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 3:03 a.m. CST

    by joeypogi

    Frank Darabont making an Indie movie and Fahrenheit 451, that might work. I never did watch Majestic.

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 3:18 a.m. CST

    No, no,no! Books of Blood will work perfectly!

    by Silvio Dante

    It will work perfectly as TV series! Especially "In The Hills, In The Cities". "The Yattering and Jack" is another good one. Don't worry about how it will look or are effects are up to par: whatever Frank Darabont has done, visuals have always been top notch - yes, even "Majestic", which was pretty boring otherwise. Heh, I'd love to see stuff like "Pig Blood Blues" on TV. For production values, of course it should be HBO - I think everybody agrees on that.

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 3:34 a.m. CST

    "Ferris Bueller's Pants Off"

    by Uncapie

    "The Descent" should stay a book. Now, it sounds like a poor man's version of "Raw Meat" (aka "Death Line" good Hammer film.) and "Eaters Of the Dead."(Good book, terrible movie.) While were at it, just replace the vampires in "I Am Legend" with "Count Floyd" carrying a walkie-talkie "Whooooo, scary kids!" Hollywood is so fucked up.

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Lucas blows dogs for quarters!

    by Syphilis

    And his latest contributions to film smell worse than a bag of assholes!

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Sorry! I was mistaken!

    by Syphilis

    Sorry, what i meant was that his latest contributions to "video" smell worse than a bag of assholes! And yes he still in fact blows dogs for quarters!

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 5:45 a.m. CST

    You know, "BLADE 3 is like the clit"...

    by Respect The Cock

    Oh, forget it...I just threw up a little in my mouth.

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Any remake is better than "Omega Man"

    by satsuma

    i mean it - and i don't mind who's the last man on earth as long as it's not charlton heston.

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Official Banzai site

    by Declan_Swartz Why are they not making an anime series out of Buckaroo?

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 10:18 a.m. CST

    My Favorite Line In This Story: Bruce Joel Ruben (GHOST, JACOBS

    by Buzz Maverik

    How's about "Bruce Joel Ruben (GHOST, JACOB'S LADDER and HE NEEDED THE MONEY)?

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Darabont and Banzai-

    by RenoNevada2000

    When the hell was he involved in the BB TV project? Also, does that mean the books Earl Mac Rauch was working on aren't coming out either? MGM you stupid f---s...

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 4:41 p.m. CST

    I like how each and every one of these projects mentioned from t

    by user id indeed! an adaptation, sequel, or remake. How UTTERLY creative!

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 7:25 p.m. CST

    When the tides eventually turn...

    by Master T-MACK

    Indy 4 will come out in July, opening weekend make 67 mil, 2nd weekene, make 31 mil, third weekend make 14 mil...and will make less than 200 mil. Why? Because it has taken too long to get this sequel made! That's why you won't see mad Max 4, Die Hard 4, and those Pitch Black sequels will never happen.

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 8:18 p.m. CST

    I don't mean to brag -- but I knew about the Darabont remake of

    by Ted Striker

    ...but like I said, I don't mean to brag, I don't mean to boast, but I'm like hot butter on breakfast toast... I saw Darabont on a talk show many moons ago proclaiming such a thing.

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 8:20 p.m. CST

    So Goyer is ruining a pretty good book

    by stjohnixx

    This description of The Descent is not even close to the story in the book. Oh well.. another "Based on.." David Goyer: he mentioned a project he's producing and adapting called 'The Descent,' which is a book by Jeff Long. The story is about a group of people who lives in a series of tunnels below the earth's surface. Below these tunnels runs a river, which turns out to be the genesis of the river Styx. Anyway, these people soon encounter savage horned tribes and civilizations that existed before human civilization ever existed.

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 9:33 p.m. CST


    by TomVee

    "The Temple of Doom was ruined by Spielberg putting his homewrecker bimbo girlfriend in the film." I couldn't agree more. I wanted to shoot her in the head from the moment she appeared on screen. But the film also suffered from being mean-spirited and repellent in its violence. It is the same thing that sank BACK TO THE FUTURE 2.

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 11:05 p.m. CST


    by Johnny Ahab

    God-fucking-dammit, I KNEW Hollywood would fuck up "I AM LEGEND", one of my favorite books of all time. JUST READ THE BOOK, you fucking idiots!!! It's brilliant! Okay, so it's grim and existential and fairly static as we get inside Neville's despair while he's all alone, fighting vampires, staying alive God only knows why. But guess what? CASTAWAY was grim and existential and static too, and a story about loneliness and harsh survival, AND IT MADE SHITLOADS OF CASH! Christ Almighty, this one has vampires in it! VAMPIRES!! What's wrong with vampires?? What are you going to replace them with that could possibly be cooler or scarier?? How about soul-sucking, creative-sucking, cock-sucking studio executives? I hate Hollywood. I truly truly do.

  • Nov. 19, 2002, 4:05 a.m. CST

    i tHoUght PetER BeRG waS dOiNG FahReNhEiT 451?!?!

    by Louis P.

    He was on "Diner for Five" talking about directing that movie. What happened? Did he write in a scene with a hooker being impaled on a towel hook?

  • Nov. 19, 2002, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Good for Lucas.

    by EliCash

    For handing the ball off to Spielberg. Lucas needs to focus all his attention on Episode 3. After seeing Episode 2 on IMAX a few days ago, I've determined that it's not the scripts that need work, it's not the digital's the acting. All the actors in these new Star Wars movies need to loosen up a bit, and Lucas needs to help them with that. The dialogue in these new films is about the same quality as in the original trilogy, the difference is the actors delivered the lines with more energy and spunk. I WANT Episode 3 to be kick-ass, but the dramatic angle the film will inevitably require needs the support of believable acting. As for Indy 4, with Darabont and Spielberg taking control, I am confident it will be a worthy film.

  • Nov. 20, 2002, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Erm ... yeah, I thought the same thing, Cash Bailey.

    by nightwatchman

    Leonard ought to be played by Ving Rhames or Michael Clark Duncan. Don Cheadel??

  • Dec. 5, 2002, 12:54 p.m. CST


    by Halestone

    Maybe since we will have a geriatric indy he could battle geriatric nazis in south america... like boys from brazil.