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It's no longer Confidential who is writing Michel Gondry's MASTER OF SPACE AND TIME, if you guess you might be Clowes!

Hey folks, Harry here... As I usually do, a little bit each day I spend... readi... well, oogling the stunning beauties at SuicideGirls and in particular laughing at the GHOSTBUSTERS parody they got up over there, when after my brain can take no more stimulation, it became time for me to mentally masturbate over Daniel Robert Epstein's wonderful interviews. This time, he sat down with no less than the genius Michel Gondry's upcoming film MASTER OF SPACE AND TIME! Oddly enough, while writing my own first article for PENTHOUSE's MAY issue, out around the first of April... I had the chance to talk briefly on the phone with Daniel Clowes where we spoke about ARTHOUSE CONFIDENTIAL... and about the fact he'd just turned in his RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK kids' obsessive shot for shot remake script and how he hoped it would now find the right director. But he was tight lipped about what his next project would be last month, and now... Michel Gondry spills the beans to Daniel that Clowes is pounding out the adaptation of MASTER OF SPACE AND TIME by Rudy Rucker! A book that is perfectly suited to the screenwriter, director and star of this project. Genius could be the result!

SG's very own Daniel Robert Epstein spoke this morning with acclaimed filmmaker Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and got a juicy tidbit about his upcoming film, Master of Space and Time, based on the novel by Rudy Rucker and set to star Jack Black.

According to Gondry, Daniel Clowes, the master behind such screenplays and graphic novels as Ghost World and Eightball, will pen the script.


Daniel Robert Epstein

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  • Feb. 17, 2006, 1:14 a.m. CST


    by Azlam Orlandu

    Interesting, I guess. I like Gondry soooooo...we'll see. -Az

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Firsties suck!

    by Azlam Orlandu


  • Feb. 17, 2006, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Holy hell.

    by TequilaMocking

    Well, he may actually top Eternal Sunshine. I don't think anyone expected that. It's like QT topping Pulp Fiction. He's no longer doomed to live in it's shadow.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Harry, are you drunk?

    by 3 Bag Enema

    You sat down and interviewed a movie? "ARTHOUSE CONFIDENTIAL?" Dude, you're delerious from the yogurt. Have a sandwich or something.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 2:01 a.m. CST

    wait, wait...Harry?

    by vinceklortho

    He's writing the script about the kids that did the Raider's remake? That story? He's writing that? Wow...that kicks ass! ummm, can't wait to see Art House Confidential, looks hilarious. Now, I'm going to watch that Ghostbusters spoof. Now, I think Clowes should speak with Alan Moore about writing a Watchman script. Convince him, dammit!!

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Are you even trying anymore Big Red?

    by Det. John Kimble

    worst. pun. ever.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 3 a.m. CST

    Is this the sequel to "The Wizard of Speed and Time"?

    by dastickboy

    Films about lovable losers always get my money!

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 3:07 a.m. CST

    I don't know which is scarier...

    by Ribbons

    ...the grammar in that article, or the fact that I understood it perfectly...

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Oh, 'bout this movie

    by Ribbons

    Sounds v. v. interesting. I like Michel Gondry, like Jack Black, and I liked 'Ghost World.' Hope this movie turns out to be as cool as it sounds.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 3:57 a.m. CST

    I saw an early cut of Art School Confidential.

    by DarthCorleone

    I liked it quite a bit. I hope the finished product isn't too different.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 4:11 a.m. CST

    "RAIDERS kids' obsessive shot for shot remake script

    by Bass Ackwards


  • Feb. 17, 2006, 4:17 a.m. CST


    by Negative Man

    ...I thought this article would be about the The Wizard of Space and Time ( Time. ). Nice little flick... Now, this just sounds like a BRUCE ALMIGHTY/CLICK! type knockoff. Studio against studio action. Not as excited now. But did anyone else hear that Colossus is Bi in X3? That sh*t pisses me off! I have no issues with nearly any of the X-Men being Bi/Gay/Straight, but ol' Peter...? Colossus is too cool to be used as a tool (marketing wise)! Wolvie, Beast, Gambit...I could see it. But Colossus, he has Kitty. And what geek wants to see him all gushy after any X-Man?! Just sayin'...

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Bass Ackwards, Raiders...

    by Negative Man

    ...Yeah, several kids made a shot for shot remake of Raiders and are now the next Hollywood golden children. How dumb is that? Sorry. I like the passion, but there are WAAAAAAAAAY too many professionals making remakes. Um...PSYCHO anyone? Wait, he already made movies, so we should hate the idea that he did a shot for shot remake... But kids doing it, it's freakin' brilliant! And Peter Jackson says what?

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 4:27 a.m. CST

    Good luck!

    by SnapT

    I don't see how they're going to turn this into a successful big-budget movie, unless they change it a LOT.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 5:09 a.m. CST

    Can Gondry do for Black what he did for Carrey?

    by Tubbs Tattsyrup

    I know he was good in Kong and all, and that Carrey had Man on the Moon/Truman before "Sunshine"...but you know. Clowes rules.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Anyone remember the WIZARD of Speed and TIme?

    by Cameron1

    That was a great fucking movie, I have an original VHS copy of it. Some shmuck will probably buyit for 200 dollars should I put it on ebay. Oh yeh and er, I'm excited for this, but Clowes is not that great at adaptations.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 8:12 a.m. CST

    I thought it was "Art School Confidential"

    by HypeEndsHere

    i could be wrong. but i'm not.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 8:27 a.m. CST


    by sevadro

    His body of work is mildly entertaining at best. But the scary critiquing talents at AICN and IMDB all claim he's the next coming. Didn't you guys love "Doom?" Get over yourselves. BOF. Fock Ewe! - Bela Lugosi

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Clowes Is A Genius

    by Hokeybutt

    The only people who have anything bad to say about him are the clueless losers who he so savagely lampoons in his work.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Oh fuck. I meant Steve Kloves, the guy who did the...

    by Cameron1

    Harry Potter adaptations. FUUUUUCK, the Ghost World guy is indeed a genius.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 9:03 a.m. CST

    homeless on ice should be a musical

    by RealDoubleJ

    seriously, wtf is wrong with that link? It's a guy raising money to take a homeless guy on a trip to the Antartica with him & he's going to film it like a documentary.....Wouldn't be a very good doc but kudos for the good intentions on giving a homeless guy a free holiday. Bahamas booked out though?

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Rucker is a genius

    by bonkers

    what, am i the only person who's read the book? Master of Space and Time is perfect for adaptation to film, it's very visual, and if Black is playing the nutso scientist character, i am fully prepared to laugh my ass off, ah what the hell, i'll see it even if he's playing the straight man

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 9:54 a.m. CST

    How the hell is Harry writing an article for Penthouse?

    by Atticus Finch

    The guy is the worst writer on the planet. Just read the above "article". It is barely coherent.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Rudy Rucker

    by Hugo Danner

    You people need to get to a book store or library and pick up a copy of Rudy Rucker's "Master of Space and Time" (which was recently re-issued). It's a hilarious book filled with mind twisting concepts that would fit perfectly with Gondry's style. While you're at it, find a copy of Rucker's "White Light". MOSAT has tons of scenes I want to see. Like a pet Iguana that becomes Godzilla sized after it's sent back in time (the universere is expanding, you see) and a mind boggling demonstration of the concept of infinity. I'm a little concerned with Jack Black's casting. He really doesn't come to mind when I think of any of the characters. I'm guessing he's going to be Fletcher.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Harry's in The Onion!

    by Ghoti

    No idea where to post this, but this was in this week's issue of The Onion: Hollywood Plans Big-Budget Remake Of Mr. & Mrs. Smith February 14, 2006 | Issue 42

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 10:58 a.m. CST

    How to say "Clowes"

    by Jar Jar 4 Prez

    Say it like "Klaus" and not like "Close" or "Clothes." Get a clue, Harry.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 11:16 a.m. CST

    re: Wizard of Speed and Time

    by Lance Rock

    wasn't that the movie about a film geek who loves stop motion? i remember the theme song and that there was a LOT of live action stop-motion. "I am the wizard of SPEED and TIME!"

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 11:27 a.m. CST


    by Tony Mike Hall

    I am certain now that I am... Anyone who says Gondry is overrated is just playing against the hype. No quesion he is immensely talented. It's like how people view Shakespeare: Despite all those who says he's a genius, he really is that good.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Ghostbusters parody?

    by young1

    Where? I couldn't find it?

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Hey Harry,

    by Jonesey1111

    is a free subscription included in your Penthouse deal? Hope so!

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 12:16 p.m. CST


    by erich

    I know it will take harry for ever to report this.............After nine years, three documentaries, one Entourage stint, and about 15,000 Celine Dion jokes, the shock isn't that James Cameron is back. It's that his first feature since Titanic won't be Battle Angel, the sci-fi-meets-anime project (based on Yukito Kishiro's Japanese graphic novels) that Cameron fans have been anticipating for years. ''We've moved Project 880 into first position,'' Cameron told Entertainment Weekly at the Santa Barbara film festival. So just what is Project 880? Don't ask Cameron: ''It's as classified,'' he says, ''as the Manhattan Project.'' (That secrecy hasn't stopped some industry observers from guessing that 880 is actually a version of Avatar, the director's oft-rumored love story set against interplanetary war.) Whatever it is, Cameron is ready to shoot 880 at Twentieth Century Fox

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Gondry is overrated

    by Bass Ackwards

    I loved loved loved Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but that we're throwing around the word "genius" to describe a guy for a handful of music videos and two movies (one of which, Human Nature, is average at best) would be exactly what the term overrated is reserved for. Course maybe not, considering how meaningless the word genius has become these days.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 2:05 p.m. CST

    "Raiders kids"

    by Bryan

    I always thought it was an interesting story but a movie about them sounded like a bad movie until I read that Clowes was writing it. Since then I've been dying to see this movie and I'm glad he's still involved. I don't think he will be as precious about it as anyone else would. He's the only guy I can imagine has a chance of pulling it off. As for him being a "one trick pony," at least as far as his comics work goes, that's completely ridiculous. I always loved him for his mean little essays (like Art School Confidential and his parody of Jack Chick tracts) and creepy surreal stuff (Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron) and I never would've guessed that he would evolve into the guy who made Ghost World. And that's not even my favorite of his stuff - I think his last two stand alone issues of Eight Ball are some of the best things he's ever done. I love Charles Burns too but I see no reason to pit them against each other like Alien and Predator.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 2:55 p.m. CST

    I know it will take harry for ever to report this

    by ewokstew

    Yeah, well, forever must have come about a week ago. This was already reported here. Nice try, though.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 3:21 p.m. CST


    by Tony Mike Hall

    I didn't say Gondry was a genius, I said Shakespeare was. I said Gondry was immensely talented. ESOTSM was brilliant. So what if he directed videos? So did Fincher. Why does saying a director who has directed one great film (perhaps two, haven't seen The Science of Sleep yet) and music videos (which I have seen and am impressed by) mean that he's overrated? Answer me that. Or don't, and your silence will be construed as unfettered agreement to my infallible argument.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 4:55 p.m. CST

    The Wizard of Speed and Time

    by Hugo Danner

    TWOSAT was made by Mike Jitlov. He's a stop motion animator who was best known for a film he did for Disney. I love all the shots he takes at Hollywood bureaucracy. Especially the unions. The superspeed scenes are still the best depiction of that ability that I've seen. The film includes excerpts of a number of Jitlov's fan films. I keep hoping for a special edition DVD of the film with the complete short films as extras. I think Anchor Bay has the DVD rights to TWOSAT. Since they seem to have the rights most of Media Home's catalogue.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Clowes a "genious"...ehhhhhh

    by Jaka

    No. He's talented and he represent and supports the indie scene nicely. But I don't think he's "genious". DRE, I have been saying, is doing some of the best interviews around over at SG. Just, really great stuff. Search through the interviews - pretty much a geek heaven. And there is OFTEN info there that I don't see anywhere else.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 9:20 p.m. CST


    by seppukudkurosawa

    Seriously rethink including Harry's article in your magazine (or at least give him a pseudonym, something like Ginger McGurt), because frankly your mag has one purpose and one purpose alone, and thoughts of Harry really get in the way of said purpose. Just kidding Harry me old pal, me old chum, me old buddy, you're alright by me.

  • Feb. 17, 2006, 9:45 p.m. CST

    I didn't say you said he was a genius

    by Bass Ackwards

    Harry says it in the article, which is what prompted the "overrated" post in the first place. Nor did I say there was anything wrong with directing music videos, nor did I say that saying a director has directed one great film and music videos means that he's overrated (I'm not even sure how a claim like that would make sense). I was simply pointing out that his resume is sparse, too sparse to be making any grandstanding statements on the guy's talent like calling him a genius. Simply, all I said was calling a guy a genius based on one film is overrating him. Let's see how he does post-Kaufman, then maybe its something worth discussing.

  • Feb. 18, 2006, 11:46 a.m. CST


    by dharmageek

    I LOVE that book. For those who don't know, Rudy Rucker is a math and computer science professor at San Jose State (, one of the original cyberpunk SF writers, and an incredible fuckin' weirdo who's smarter than all of us put together. This will be a very cool movie. Two questions: (1) Will they dumb down the stuff about the gluons and the Planck length? (2) Will they keep the part where the narrator, Harry, transforms himself into a luscious blonde? We will see.

  • Feb. 18, 2006, 3:54 p.m. CST


    by HypeEndsHere

    if you talked to Clowes on the phone, have the fucking decency to get the name of his film correct. if the name has been changed and you have the inside scoop, let us know that. i have no rational explanation as to why this annoys me so.