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AICN EXCLUSIVE! Moriarty's High On STARDUST! Casting And Story Details!!

Published at: March 5, 2006, 6:21 a.m. CST

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

I finally figured it out. I’ve known the guy for five or six years at this point, talking occasionally, and it took me this long to pinpoint it.

Matthew Vaughn is Bugs Bunny.

Let me explain. The reason I love the Warner Bros. classic cartoons so much is because of the incredibly specific archetypes that each character embodied, and how I could plug every person I knew into those archetypes easily. We all wish we were Bugs Bunny, because he’s the coolest sonofabitch there is. He’s the Sinatra of the Warner Bros. world. He’s charmed. And he’s incredibly slippery. If Bugs doesn’t want to be caught, he is not caught. He does things on his own terms. And he seems to enjoy himself, even if there is a demented fat man with a speech impediment chasing him with a shotgun.

Watching Matthew Vaughn work is a lot like watching Bugs Bunny work. Vaughn’s got a confidence I don’t see in very many filmmakers. Which isn’t to say that other filmmakers lack confidence. It’s just that Vaughn’s got a particular kind of determination, a sort of fait accompli attitude. You get the sense that there’s no task you could set for him as a filmmaker that he would be unable to accomplish. It’s little wonder he was the first guy picked to direct CASINO ROYALE (before MGM folded into Sony), which may well have led directly to the casting of Daniel Craig, or that he was Marvel’s first choice to step in for Bryan Singer on X-MEN 3, with many of his choices, including Kelsey Grammer and the storyline that he worked on with Zak Penn and Simon Kinberg, still in place. He may have only made one film as a director so far, but when he walks into a room, he’s got that exact self-possessed sense of himself that makes people want to hand over billion-dollar franchises to him.

Like I said. Bugs fucking Bunny. And he’s about to step up and prove that it’s not just an act, too.

Neil Gaiman’s Stardust is a really lovely novel, a fairy tale that manages to strike its own tone. It’s not classic fantasy, because there’s a bit of a wink to it, but it’s not Terry Pratchett, either. It’s not an outright comedy, but there are whimsical elements throughout. When Matthew Vaughn first mentioned to me that he had the rights to the book, it was while he was still thinking about X-MEN 3. STARDUST was this off-in-the-future possibility at that point. And then X-MEN 3 imploded (or at least Vaughn’s version of it), and the last time I saw him before he left LA, he seemed like he was sick of the entire Hollywood game. He was ready to go back to doing things independently, finding his own money and being his own boss. Part of that is the producer in him. He simply seems incapable of handing over control to someone else, and having a director who also knows how to think like a producer in terms of schedule and budget is a pretty damn handy thing. He didn’t say at that point that he was going to make STARDUST his next film, but he obviously had something on his mind.

Then, in late November or early December, a list started making the rounds in LA of the “Best Scripts Of 2005.” Along with the list, copies of many of the scripts were sent aout as well in PDF format. One of the scripts that showed up in my e-mail box was STARDUST, written by Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman. I read it... and then I re-read Gaiman’s novel, which I hadn’t read in a couple of years... and then I read the script again.

And what do you know? Turns out Vaughn can write as well as direct and produce. And remember... the guy’s married to Claudia Schiffer. So, yeah, it’s okay to hate him a little. Just don’t underestimate him.

The approach that Vaughn and Goldman took in adapting the novel is sort of radical. It still looks like STARDUST if you lay out the basic plot points, but there’s an attitude to the film that is all its own. And, no, it’s not THE PRINCESS BRIDE, either, although it did make me laugh out loud in several places. Vaughn and Goldman turned up the funny quite a bit, but in that impeccably dry English way that manages to balance silly and totally serious somehow. The script’s got a real weight to it, but the ways that it reinvents Gaiman’s story are quite canny, and should make for a striking film next year.

The movie got a little closer to reality this past week, according to a friend over at CAA, where it seems like every member of the cast is represented. He tells me that an announcement will be made in the next week or so regarding the major roles that have been filled so far. The star of the piece is whoever plays Yvaine, the fallen star who drives the entire piece. I know that Vaughn was in town recently working on screen tests for the role because I had breakfast with him when he was here (and we’ll talk more about that below) and it sounded like he was going to be seeing every actress of a certain age, English or American or whoever else might possibly work.

The result of that search is that Claire Danes is going to play Yvaine. Great choice. I can only imagine how she chose to play the character as written. It’s tricky stuff. She’s much wiser than she should be, with a huge attitude, but she’s a star. She’s a beautiful, remarkable thing in the script and in the book. She’s playful, she’s angry, she’s very tough at times, but she’s also unbelievably fragile when you get down to the core of who and what she is. It’s one of the big jobs for any actress next year, and Danes has been warming up to it for a long time. Recently, I thought she did sterling supporting work in THE FAMILY STONE, and she’s ready for a starring role of significance. If she works, it’ll be magic. You’ll have to fall in love with her. You’ll have no choice.

Say it with me now... who the fuck is Charlie Cox? Well, evidently, he’s the lead. He’s Tristan. This is his journey. This is his story. He’s the one who is trying to win the love of Victoria, who is going to be played by Sienna Miller. Tristan’s origin is explained in the film’s first ten minutes, and it’s sort of like it is in the book. About ten pages in, we make a jump forward by twenty years. That’s when we meet him. So Charlie Cox, who was evidently in CASANOVA (which I didn’t see) and THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (which, also, I didn’t see) and DOT THE I (ditto), needs to be young. He’s 24. Playing 20. Playing a guy just on the edge of getting his shit together. His dad, Dunstan, knows that Tristan’s special in ways that he doesn’t even dare tell him. Tristan doesn’t know. Tristan feels like he can’t compete with any of the other guys in his village. He wants to prove himself to Victoria. He wants to deserve her.

Tristan confesses his feelings to Victoria one night over a bottle of illicit champagne, and it’s a pretty great version of the scene from the book. It’s seductive... it’s funny... and it sets the film in motion perfectly. When they see a shooting star, Tristan turns to her and says, “For your hand in marriage, I’d go to Stormhold and bring you back that fallen star.” She considers it and responds, “Hmmm. My very own star. It seems that we have ourselves an agreement.”

But the thing is, you don’t go into Stormhold. And you don’t pick up fallen stars. Or at least, you have to realize that you’re not the only one who will be looking. See... stars have all sorts of power. They have literal power, like the power that Lamia, Empusa, and Mormo will be able to extract from it if they get their hands on it. These three witches see this fallen star as an opportunity... a vital part of their own survival. Stars also have symbolic power, like that bestowed upon the star by the dying King Of Stormhold, who sends his murderous sons out to retrieve a sapphire that is linked to the fallen star, each of them desperate to kill the others while chasing the stone. The witches pick Lamia to go forth, transforming her into a beautiful woman. If I understood correctly, this is the witch that Michelle Pfeiffer is playing. She spends the movie trying to track that star down, and she’s willing to do anything to get it. It’s a genuinely scary role as written.

Tristan can’t just leave to go get the star, because of The Wall. There’s a wall that you just don’t cross, guarded by one person. It’s not a particularly high wall, but any attempt to get over it doesn’t work. Magically, you’re unable to do it without permission, which he doesn’t have. It’s only when his father reveals the truth of Tristan’s lineage to him that Tristan is able to follow the star in rather dramatic fashion.

When Tristan and Yvaine meet, it’s not cute. It’s sort of painful and antagonistic, and then Tristan does something that connects the two of them whether she likes it or not. Tristan has no idea that all the sons of Stormhold are descending on him, nor that he’s got to look out for Lamia as she moves in on behalf of her sisters. All he knows is that the star has a broken leg, they’re a long way from home, and he’s not really sure how he’s going to get her back to his village to give to Victoria.

As with any fantasy film, you’re going to have your favorite characters or scenes, and for me, it’s Captain Shakespeare, leader of the Air Pirates, who I can’t get enough of. Vaughn’s apparently signed Robert De Niro to play the Captain, which has got to be sweet for the director. He recently commented to me that the film that he feels most indebted to when thinking about how he’s going to be approaching STARDUST is... MIDNIGHT RUN?! Yes, actually. Martin Brest’s anti-buddy film is an underappreciated classic that I think got a lot better with age. Watch it now and you’ll see just how perfectly built it is. The back and forth between De Niro and Grodin as they stay one step ahead of their troubles in that movie is great. Perfectly played. And that’s what Vaughn’s going to be expecting from Claire Danes and Charley Cox as they make their way through this grand adventure.

The film starts shooting next month in England, which makes that the hippest place to visit in the world right now for a film freak between this project and HOT FUZZ. The draft of the script I read is out of date at this point, but not radically so. It’s just that Neil Gaiman’s become involved with the film, working to take Vaughn and Goldman’s ideas and then play with them and finesse them and make sure that the voice of the book is in there, loud and clear. I found that out last month, when I got an invite to meet Vaughn for breakfast at the Four Seasons. It was insanely early for me, since I work all night, but he promised he’d have some cool STARDUST stuff to show me. When I arrived, I saw that he was sitting with Tarquin, his omnipresent and always cool right hand man, and with someone else. It wasn’t until I got closer to the table that I realized it was Neil himself. I haven’t seen Neil since he was out on the press circuit for PRINCESS MONONOKE. We chat via e-mail occasionally, but it’s been a long time since we’ve had a chance to really talk. Great surprise, and it set a nice tone for the morning. Neil talked a bit about BEOWULF, and I’ll tell you the truth... he didn’t sound like any less of a gushing fan than Quint did a few weeks ago. It’s nice to see a guy as experienced and as gifted as Neil pumped up about something he’s involved in. He also talked about how intrigued he is with the notion of adapting BLACK HOLE by Charles Burns into a film for Alexandre Aja to direct, co-writing the script with Roger Avary.

And then, once we’d ordered and the waiter was gone, we talked about STARDUST. Vaughn had a portfolio full of the film’s production art with him, most of it stuff he had paid for himself before Paramount even got involved. What struck me right away is how the visual palette he’s going for is N O T H I N G like I expected. It’s bold, and if he pulls it off, it’s going to be unique. It’s certainly not a case of someone aping LORD OF THE RINGS or NARNIA, which we’re going to see a lot of in the next few years. He’s using a lot of practical locations in the UK that I’ve never seen on film before, and he’s building as much of the movie practical as he can, including the flying ship that Captain Shakespeare and his crew command, which should be spectacular. Same thing with the Witches’ Castle, or the Castle of Stormhold. These are big sets, and it looks like he’s really pushing for a fairy tale look that’s all his own. STARDUST has its adult moments, so it’s fine that he’s pushing this, making something that isn’t obviously family-oriented. Instead, this is a sort of ageless fable, and only very little kids are going to be unable to watch it. This plays rough in places, but only in the way that the real fairy tales do. We talked about the film for about an hour, and then the two of them had to run off to start the screen tests for Yvaine for the day. They couldn't tell me any of the names of anyone testing, no matter how much I needled them, so I have no idea if that was when they found Claire, or if it was later.

There are a lot more roles to be cast, and I think both Alfred Molina and Mark Strong (the dude who beat the shit out of Clooney in SYRIANA) are joining the cast as well, although I’m not sure exactly what they’ll be doing. Right now, my guess is that Vaughn’s back in England, working his ass off to get everything ready, working to finalize the cast, working with his design teams and his visual collaborators and his costumers and every other department head and he’s probably loving every second of the chaos, thriving on it, slip sliding his way along and revving up for what I’m hoping really delivers the goods, and I’ll bet he never breaks a sweat, no matter what.

’Cause like I said... Bugs fucking Bunny.

"Moriarty" out.





Readers Talkback

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  • March 5, 2006, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Muchas Gracias for the review Mori

    by seppukudkurosawa

    And even more Gracias for the Midnight Run love, that needs to be name-checked more often.

  • March 5, 2006, 6:28 a.m. CST

    MIDNIGHT RUN

    by drew mcweeny

    Thank Vaughn for it, too, man. I love the film, but he's the one who mentioned it so emphatically in terms of what he's trying to do. At least he's got taste, right?

  • March 5, 2006, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Did I say review?

    by seppukudkurosawa

    I meant write-up. Silly seppuku.

  • March 5, 2006, 6:41 a.m. CST

    I've got nothing against Vaughn-

    by seppukudkurosawa

    and wouldn't understand anyone who did. The Bugs Bunny analogy works with me, definitely. The guy seems to have as much energy as talent, so if he doesn't make it big then I'll be shocked. I'm also very, very pleased at the Claire Danes casting. I love that gal, especially in the Thai prison flick. The best news to me is that Gaiman's going to be involved in the production, because this means that we're one step closer to seeing a screen version of Good Omens (one step out of a thousand that is). So...good news all around then.

  • March 5, 2006, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Mrs Jonathan Ross had a hand in writing this?

    by supertoyslast

    Wish that I had read her dystopian themepark novel Dreamworld now. And there's a Dreamworld II book being released this year? I may have to pick both of them up.

  • March 5, 2006, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Sounds incredible!

    by brokentusk

    Neil Gaiman man, sign me up!

  • March 5, 2006, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Mori, I think it's spelled "Tristran" with an R

    by Nachokoolaid

    Oh, and I just simultaneously had an orgasm and exploded from this news. Stardust is a great work of fiction, although I have to admit the leads are a bit older than I expected. I saw them as mid teens, like possibly Emma Watson playing Yvaine. But this sounds beyond great. There were a few changes there that didn't sound like the book, but I suppose that required sometimes. This is now one of my most anticipated upcoming films.

  • March 5, 2006, 7:20 a.m. CST

    As long as Vinnie fucking Jones doesn't end up in it.

    by kiddae

    If that cunt could die any time soon, the world would be a better place. Also, there's no "bit of a wink to it". It isn't some knowing, post-modern silly-bollocks. If that's what Vaughn has written, then he's a shit.

  • March 5, 2006, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Tubby_Bitch

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Nice to see there are folks like you keeping up the reputation that us Brits are well-spoken, cultured dilettantes...

  • March 5, 2006, 7:51 a.m. CST

    I hope to God there aren't any fucking gangsters in it

    by martinsmith93

    The guy clearly knows one of the camera from the other but Layer Cake was a stale turd, a rip-off of a rip-off of a rip-off. Maybe the Americans like this shit because it's a bit of a novelty, but Layer Cake was unwatchable tosh without a single original bone in its flabby pus-ridden body. Best of luck to the guy though, as long as he stops with the cheeky chappy gangsters.

  • March 5, 2006, 8:23 a.m. CST

    you know what would get me into the cinema for this?

    by ian216a

    ... Jane Goldman getting her tits out in the film - they are MASSIVE!! (strike two for all of us unrefined brits here)

  • March 5, 2006, 8:28 a.m. CST

    I'd be more interested...

    by seppukudkurosawa

    to see if her hair's that bright red anywhere other than her head, if you know what I mean.

  • March 5, 2006, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Kofi...

    by drew mcweeny

    ... I've got script reviews coming for CASINO ROYALE and ALIEN VS PREDATOR 2 and RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! and DEJA VU and a few other things, but unfortunately, there are only so many hours in a day. I'll do my best to catch up, man.

  • March 5, 2006, 9:34 a.m. CST

    AH! The Ripley's script!

    by ILK

    Really want to hear what you have to say about that one.

  • March 5, 2006, 9:41 a.m. CST

    seppukudkurosawa

    by kiddae

    I am all those things and more - I'm merely dispensing the truth, and cannot help it if the truth is ugly. Ugly like Vincent Jones's awful, murder-worthy face.

  • March 5, 2006, 9:47 a.m. CST

    I'll give you that...

    by seppukudkurosawa

    his mug just screams, "batter me in with a golf club". Personally I'm willing to give Vaughn the benefit of the doubt, I know he's new and all, but like martinsmith said, the guy clearly knows his way around a camera. If he manages to leap from Layer Cake to Stardust in one movie, and make it a success, well the whole damn market will be ripped right open for him.

  • March 5, 2006, 10:10 a.m. CST

    OK, last post on this article I promise.

    by seppukudkurosawa

    But Mori Kofi had a point, you seem to be constantly privy to news that you're unable to share with us because we all know the real Drew. So, I think it's time you invent a new fictional reviewer to bring to AICN...call him Dr. Watson or something. And after we've all gotten to know him, you can kill off Moriarty (and thus Drew McWeeny) altogether. This will leave you free to feed us any news that enters the building. The fact that Dr. Watson writes just like you can be sorted out by giving him a phony Australian accent- meaning just add a few That's a real whoppers and G'days, and nobody will ever know... You can at least think about it anyways ;^).

  • March 5, 2006, 10:56 a.m. CST

    What about 'Stardust' - the comic?

    by Prague23

    Before the novelization, there was a comic of this story, more limited than the book, and I only loosely describe the book as a novelization, but obviouslly there are frames of storyboards laid down, if you choose to see them that way, which I didn't hear mention of at all in the write up. So, this new concept art, is it done by Charles Vess or someone new? There's no comparison to the comic at all, which is pretty damn beautiful in it's own right. I'm super excited to see this filmed, but why no energy to compare this film to the true source material? Unless Gaiman wanted to start over, due to the script, etc.. Is Charles Vess involved at all? Also, any idea on the length of the script/estimated finished product? Seems lots of stuff will take a snip, especially if the script was adapted from the novel and not the comic.

  • March 5, 2006, 11:16 a.m. CST

    apparently, Matthew Vaughn pisses Guinness..

    by HypeEndsHere

    and it seems that someone likes to drink it straight from the tap.

  • March 5, 2006, 12:58 p.m. CST

    I'd be confident too if I was banging Claudia Schiffer.

    by Batutta

    Layer Cake was overrated.

  • March 5, 2006, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Best Scripts of 2005

    by RenoNevada2000

    Hey Mori- When you get a moment (yes, I'm joking), a write up of that Best Scripts of 2005 email sounds interesting. If you're too busy, I'll take a crack at it for ya...

  • March 5, 2006, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Prague23...

    by John Maddening

    STARDUST wasn't really a comic originally, it was an illustrated story. Neil says the novel is "for people who aren't mature enough to handle books with pictures."

  • March 5, 2006, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Jane Goldman

    by Cedar_Room

    indeed does have massive tits but I think it's fair to say collars and cuffs don't match. Claire Danes in the buff though would be a thing to behold. By the way the only Stardust I've ever heard of is Alvin. This film sounds cack and whats the odds on Vaughn leaving it mid-way through??? probably doesn't like spending time away from boning Schiffer, which you can't really blame him for.

  • March 5, 2006, 3:24 p.m. CST

    midnight run

    by blackthought

    is pretty damn good for sure...and besides all the script rev's you have to do mori...you still have to get that monday dvd column out.

  • March 5, 2006, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Goddamn it, get those script reviews up soon

    by SmileyBone

    Really, really eager to see all of them. Even (maybe especially) AVP2, though that's more out of morbid curiosity.

  • March 5, 2006, 4:06 p.m. CST

    EmeraldBoy...

    by drew mcweeny

    I removed your insanely long and very, very off-topic posts. Please do not repost them. They have nothing to do with what's being discussed. Go to the Phantom Zone if you want to start that conversation.

  • March 5, 2006, 4:15 p.m. CST

    emeraldboy: You Americans sure are wacky...

    by Killah_Mate

    ...and hypocritical and paranoid, of course. But so what? Why should I care? I *do* care about Stardust, and WOOOHOOO!!! This sounds AWESOME! Fucking DE NIRO? FUCK! Molina? HELL YEAH! Gaiman is IN ON IT? Holy SHIT! This *almost* makes up for The Golden Compass taking forever to film... Still, emeraldboy - whatever, man. Go put up your own site - link to it from here, if you've really got a hard-on for AICN, but do it so that the rest of the world can ignore it.

  • March 5, 2006, 5:14 p.m. CST

    I really don't know what to think of Vaughn

    by Killah_Mate

    Martinsmith up there has a bit of a point - whatever you and I thought of Layer Cake, tough gangsters aren't fallen stars. It's a different sensibility. But fuck it - I'm gonna hope for the best on this one. Gaiman's IN ON IT!

  • March 5, 2006, 5:14 p.m. CST

    "For starters, my name isn't Matthew Vaughn..."

    by Killah_Mate

    :-)

  • March 5, 2006, 5:35 p.m. CST

    The Stardust graphic novel...

    by Jaka

    ...which was a 4 part prestige comic even before it was a graphic novel, with painted art by Charles Vess that is absolutely wonderful (OK, sure, you can call it "illustrated if you want" due to the lack of word bubbles - but the graphic novel is MUCH shorter than the straight prose novel). The work also deals with characters and places that Gaiman has used through-out his other works (not the least of which is the land of Faerie). If they do production and set design that even slightly resembles the look created in the graphic novel I will be most pleased indeed. And while I think Claire is actually a good choice as far as casting goes - fucking with Gaiman's story was NOT necessary and it's really getting quite old. Why won't somebody just make something the way he's written it. It's maddening.

  • March 5, 2006, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Vaughn

    by masheen81

    I would have been interested to see what Vaughn's X3 woulda been like. The production designer in the press junket said that at one point the movie was too dark. I guess that's when Vaughn was on it, saying things like it'll be rememered like UNFORGIVEN. It would have been neat to see it.

  • March 5, 2006, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Hey, remember how...

    by darthferris

    ...Neil Gaiman was going to direct "Death: The High Cost of Living"? Yeah, whatever happened to that?

  • March 5, 2006, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Darthferris...

    by drew mcweeny

    ... he's still going to. In fact, Neil was cackling about how, by sitting in on the STARDUST screen tests, he was sort of getting a chance to see all the candidates for Death work, too.

  • March 5, 2006, 7:43 p.m. CST

    The more Gaiman movies, the better.

    by FezMonkey

    STARDUST was definitely very good, though I'd give my left hand to see a well-done treatment of AMERICAN GODS. Good to hear that DEATH is moving ahead, too! By the way, you really should see MERCHANT OF VENICE, M. I thought it was a great film.

  • March 6, 2006, 3:43 a.m. CST

    He was also tapped to direct 'Order of the Phoenix'

    by Ribbons

    Or at least, he came in and interviewed for the director's chair. Supposedly he scared the crap out of the suits at Warners when he said that this was to be "the Dirty Dozen of Harry Potter movies" or something like that. Kind of understandable, I guess, although that would have been interesting to see.

  • March 6, 2006, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Tristan and Tristram

    by oisin5199

    Just wanted to add a note - these are two different versions of the same name. I believe Tristram is the Cornish version, if I'm not mistaken. I remember because it was the nickname of one of my Cornish ancestors, who used to be a travelling minstrel in the Elizabethan era. He was the son of one of the leaders of Prayer Book Rebellion in Cornwall in...oh, never mind.

  • March 6, 2006, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Tristran

    by kiddae

    Is how it's spelling in the book.

  • March 6, 2006, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Gainman, Moore and Miller

    by Bicycle Thief

    I cannot believe how many films are being realised by these comic gods. Bring on a Sandman movie I say.

  • March 6, 2006, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Text to Screen?

    by QcWalenth

    I have to wonder if this movie will succeed at transferring to the screen any of the, for lack of a better word, wistfulness, of the original Stardust text. There's definitely an amazing story there, but the novel succeeds at more than just that: it also has an almost completely unique, poignant, wistful, beautiful, happy and sad tone to it, and that's where the real magic and success of the novel lies. I have a hard time believing hollywood will be willing (even if able) to transfer anything that nuanced onto a modern screen. I guess I'll see.

  • March 6, 2006, 1:15 p.m. CST

    gaiman's novels and engaged men

    by jloder240

    I'm reading "Anansi Boys" currently, and I'm wondering why Gaiman likes to write about guys escaping from uptight/controlling fiancees/girlfriends and falling for the pixie-looking girlfriends?

  • March 6, 2006, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Moriarty....

    by longshot7

    if he's going the independent route - who's doing the distributing/releasing? Or is it one of those indies-within-a-studio things?

  • March 6, 2006, 6:32 p.m. CST

    jloder240

    by Killah_Mate

    'Cause it's an archetype as old as time... Or at least as old as Romanticism, I think... Although the genders used to be reversed.

  • March 6, 2006, 6:39 p.m. CST

    As for Sandman - no, it's not happening

    by Killah_Mate

    To quote Gaiman himself, from his Guardian Unlimited article: "I confess that I am always relieved when another year passes without anybody making a bad film based on Sandman, the comic on which most of my reputation within the medium rests." --- Of course I'd like to see it, but he's right. The probability of suckage is high. (For the record, someone should give it to Kaufman to adapt and Gondry to direct, using Linklater's rotoscope process. I have _no_ idea about the cast.)

  • March 6, 2006, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Gaiman

    by Everett Robert

    wrote a novel a couple of years ago about all the Gods/Goddess of mythology being real and coming to America with the immigrants. I always thought that would make an interesting movie...does anyone know what I'm talking about

  • March 7, 2006, 12:12 a.m. CST

    top scripts of '05

    by tarpozo

    I didn't realize there was a "list" that was going around. Anyone know what other scripts made it onto this list of top scripts of '05?

  • March 7, 2006, 1:25 a.m. CST

    cool

    by Magnethead

    effin cool

  • March 7, 2006, 4:42 a.m. CST

    Same problem with this as Vaughan linked to X3

    by elab49

    He has no track record - Layer Cake gives is a decent job but gives no indication of the level of imagination needed for something of Gaiman's - and after Neverwhere I am sick of inadequate hack jobs on Gaiman's work. And Goldman's book is OK - but her writing is decidedly average. It didn't do that well at the time so surprised to see there is going to be a sequel. Great if this works out - but hardly reassuring so far.

  • March 7, 2006, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Nice one Mori

    by DannyOcean01

    Based on this article I'm going right out to buy me a copy. Fantastic casting on acting chops along, especially Mark Strong who was so good in The Long Firm. Really intrigued by the falling star concept and I never thought an actual actress would be starring in the role. Is it a VO or does the star actually take female form?

  • March 7, 2006, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Everett Robert

    by DannyOcean01

    That was called American Gods. Liked it for the most part, and loved the concept.

  • March 7, 2006, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Trust me

    by seppukudkurosawa

    I may not have put FIRSTIES!!! in the headline, but I'm still a major asshole.

  • March 7, 2006, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Oh Shit

    by Darth Busey

    They are making an Aliens vs. Predator 2?!?!?!? Unless John McTiernan or Jim Cameron is involved...f-that.

  • March 7, 2006, 6:42 p.m. CST

    here's hoping they do Gaiman's...

    by zarandimoviefan

    ...Anerican Gods. Or at least I think it was named that title. That was a very good novel, might give it another read. As for Vaughn hmmm I am not convinced. I thought Layer Cake was good (less of a mockery of those chivalric codes of London...lol) yet it felt meandering at times. It definately did not deserve the praise it got IMO. Want a good gangster film? Go watch Goodfellas or Angels with Dirty Faces.

  • March 7, 2006, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Neverwhere Was A TV Script First

    by puddlemunkee

    They didn't hack up Neverwhere as you say. It was conceived to be and written to be a TV series first. The Novel was written after, so he could fix things he didn't like about the series. I thought it was a damn good show considering the limitations of being a BBC production. Stardust has never been a comic or a graphic novel. As originally published as "Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess' Stardust" it was an illustrated novel published in four parts in prestige format. Just because its main means of initial distribution were comic shops does not make it automatically a comic or graphic novel. Ivory

  • March 8, 2006, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Sandman Movie - Killah_Mate

    by Bicycle Thief

    I agree with you Killah_Mate, but it seems Gaiman is getting more involved with movies. Warner Bros could bring him onboard to write the script. Warner Bros seem to treating their properties with more respect these days.

  • March 8, 2006, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Sandman movies...

    by Jaka

    ...could be made brilliantly if somebody, as mentioned above, would go a slightly smaller more independent route with them and allow each story arch to be it's own film. Their could even be a film(s) that were a collection of the short stories. The problem, my opinion of course, is that with the success of LOTR and HP the studios are looking for a new mega-billions franchise and Sandman just isn't it. But could you imagine Season of Mysts and A Game of You as films? Wooooohoooo!

  • March 8, 2006, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Coraline

    by the_dork_avenger

    Any work on Gaiman's book Coraline? Its listed on IMDB but I dont know if it has seen and type of development. I believe it lists Henry Selick as director whom I think is a great choice to bring the book to the big screen.

  • March 9, 2006, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Coraline

    by puddlemunkee

    Work has begun on Coraline which is indeed being written and directed by Selick. It will be a mix of live action, stop motion, and CGI and is being produced by the former Will Vinton Studios (whose new name escapes me). Easily one of my fave Gaiman books. With Selick at the helm it should prove to be a wonderful film. Ivory

  • March 9, 2006, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Hi everybody! I'm Matthew Vaughn!

    by IAmMrMonkey

    I directed one film and have then proceeded to run away from every other opportunity offered to me! Is it because I'm picky or because I can't handle it in the world of directing? I'll let you decide! But fear not... my ONE film has made me the talk of AIC and apparently Hollywood. Is it because I have genuine promise or because they're all idiots? I'll let you decide! Anyway, I'm off to slip one to Claudia so see you later!

  • March 9, 2006, 8:27 p.m. CST

    DannyOcean

    by Everett Robert

    that's right American Gods, I remember now...great concept, and I live in Kansas so I have a soft spot for the act that takes place there, but I wans't entirly happy with the ending, not sure exactly why but wasn't happy with it, anyways, don't know if you'll catch this or not but thanks