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Updated! - John Landis to direct new horror musical - BATBOY!

Hey folks, Harry here... Seems that John Landis, like the creature of his upcoming film, will soon be on a cinematic rampage, by bringing BATBOY to the screen. From the poking about the site, it seems this play is "HIGH CAMP" and god willing... Landis will talk Rick Baker out of retirement and make a spectacular return to the silver screen - with a project that has Cult Cool written all over it. Here's the scoop...

Hi Harry.  

It's late so I'll be brief (and probably mis-spelt), but the influence of cute and very appealling lady lead to me enjoying a cultured night in london and a muscial called Batboy. A very cheesy and very fun muscial in the tradition of the rocky horror show. (BatBoy)  

Now not only was this a cultural night, but it happened to coincide with the 100th performance of the show, and the producer took this opportunity to make very grand announcement.  

Now this may already be known, but from the excitement of the producer Micheal M(can't remember the last name), it did sound like he was breaking some news. Long story short he announced that the 100th performance was the perfect time to let it be known that Batboy the musical was about to become Batboy the musical the movie. Directed by none other than...  

John Landis.  

Okay I know his output has been quiet of late. But imagine Blues Brother's crossed with American Werewolf (and a brief dalliance with Rocky Horror) and never before has material been more suited. This could be very special. Sod Chicago.  

If I'm used you can call me Kenbupa.  

Cheers. Hope it's of use.

Hey folks - Harry here with the updated news on this exciting bit of coolness!


It's true. John Landis is going to direct the Bat Boy: The Musical movie. I'm one of the playwrights, along with Keythe Farley and Laurence O'Keefe. Despite some interest since 2001 (the New York premiere of the play), the three of us have held out on making a movie deal until now, because we wanted the right director attached.

I'm glad we were patient, because John Landis is definitely the guy. Hollywood has been offering him movies that don't interest him recently, so he's been doing his own thing (Slasher--good doc). I feel we're lucky that he's such a fan of Bat Boy. His ideas for turning this into a movie are insanely good. I think we're going to make a kick-ass flick.

Here's a link to the stage musical's website if you're interested:


Congrats on the scoop (you even beat the London press!)


Brian Flemming


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  • Nov. 17, 2004, 8:44 p.m. CST

    I said before and I'll say it again...

    by splbrg75

    I love that John Landis! This is good news!

  • Nov. 17, 2004, 8:45 p.m. CST

    I saw the musical...

    by JustinSane started out good, but I thought the explanation of Batboy wasn't as interesting as it should have been. I just hope they go all-out makeup-wise and give Batboy those huge, owl-like eyes and razor-sharp teeth...

  • Nov. 17, 2004, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Being first

    by Bart of Darkness

    Once you've been first more than 10-15 times, you can put it into its proper perspective. It's no big deal really.

  • Nov. 17, 2004, 9:17 p.m. CST

    John Landis

    by neemz

    belongs in jail.

  • Nov. 17, 2004, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Oh Boy I can't wait.

    by AshesOfDonnie

    For you L.A readers out there, I can't wait for Kevin & Bean's take on this Bat Boy movie.

  • Nov. 17, 2004, 10:04 p.m. CST

    I hope this will cover Bat Boy's tour of duty

    by SuperTooth

    cuz last I saw he was fighting in Afghanistan.

  • Nov. 17, 2004, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Landis' Work Has Been Shit Since Vic Morrow Died...

    by Hokeybutt

    ...not trying to pin blame or anything... just saying. Landis's work before TZ:The Movie was sheer comic genius. His work after: nearly worthless.

  • Nov. 17, 2004, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Batboy can fly right?

    by I Dunno

    Like, he wouldn't need a helicopter for any reason would he?

  • Nov. 17, 2004, 11:03 p.m. CST

    "No Vietnamese kids were harmed in the production of this film"

    by NFLRefugee

    I'd be excited about a new John Landis film if it were 1984. Hasn't made a good film since Trading Places (which just ended on Cinemax) and that was 21 years ago. I don't consider him a murderer (no intent to kill), but what happened on the Twilight Zone could have easily been prevented had he been less arrogant and reckless. It is very tough for me to find respect for this man. I find Landis to be the equivalent of a drunk driver: Not intention to kill, and it could have been anyone behind the wheel, but whem you act that reckless and careless you must pay the consequences.

  • Nov. 17, 2004, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Bigfoot Hooker, Bat Boy, Satan's Face in Clouds...

    by ZeroCorpse

    Weekly World News is a riot! I hope the Batboy musical includes some references to the other WWN headlines. Weekly World News and Fox news are at about the same level of trustworthyness, but WWN is a lot funnier. Fox news is just tragic and scary.

  • Nov. 17, 2004, 11:47 p.m. CST

    My God can beat up your god...

    by Hung-Wei Lo

    ...and knowing is half the battle.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Given the whole Twilight Zone thing

    by Archduke_Chocula

    Landis geeking out over a decapitated policeman in the Werewolf in London DVD.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Thenewpulp: "So lets stop beating the dead horse (comic book mov

    by Triumph poops!

    How exactly are comic book movies NOT "original films"? I think it's safe to say that BY FAR the masses who saw a flick like HELLBOY were introduced to the character and storyline (and supporting mythos, etc) for the very first time AS a movie. Given the current sales levels of comics -- which is NOT that good at all compared to most markets and goods -- in some cases (like HELLBOY) the movie IS as original to the masses as any published incarnation it's ever had. Hell, putting together it's theatrical run, DVD home video run and finally cable TV run, even the upcoming FANTASTIC FOUR movie, for better or worse, will be seen -- yes, even if it fails at the box office-- by MORE people that way than EVER read the comic. So if you're tired of "heroic heroes" or "heroic fiction" onscreen, that's one thing...but come on, it's not like comic book movies are utterly clogging your local multiplex or drowing out other movies. Certainly not THIS time of year, and certainly not even in the midst of summer popcorn flicks. If anything, I want MORE since there's plenty of comics I'd still love to see brought to the big screen!

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 1:59 a.m. CST

    Excellent News

    by pomattovich

    I saw this play several times when it played off broadway in New York. It's hilarious. Makes fun of musicals just as much as it is a great example of the genre. This is a perfect project to bring Landis out of retirement. He'll show us a thing or two. (Wink Wink)

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Quick -- name a completely original movie that has come to the b

    by Hung-Wei Lo

    One that doesn't take anything from any other movie made before it, whether it be a gimmick, climax, storytelling style, directing style, hidden agenda, hidden meaning, whatever. All movies are formulas of one form or another. The originality is in its freshness from the herd of that time, nothing more. Did LOTR bring anything new? Not really, but I bet you in 20 years it'll be considered a modern classic. Same goes with Toy Story. My point is, people crying for originality don't know what they want (hence the term 'originality'). But quit yer bitchin, you just come across as being whiny. I bitch because I am one. One sleazy, skank-ass, gay, lezbo, retarded, motherfucking biatch, as I've been told. And you know what, it hurts on the INSIDE :)

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Cameltoe, how about these?

    by Some Dude

    Off the top of my head... Cube, Songs from the Second Floor, Being John Malkovich,The Matrix. Yes, I am kidding about the last one.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 6:24 p.m. CST

    I've never heard of Batboy, but...

    by Daredevil

    ...if John Landis is doing a horror-comedy musical? I'm THERE!

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Holy incestuous potato sacks of ugly in a broken conservative bl

    by Neosamurai85

    I have seen the musical performed. I liked it. It is not a masterpiece, but that

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 2:04 a.m. CST

    John Landis?


    Wait a minute. John Landis? no. Don't they REALLY mean John WATERS? Isn't Batboy more up his alley?

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Bats can fly, so there should be no need for helicopters on the

    by SalvatoreGravano

    Right, Johnny? Just stay away from those underage Asians.