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Neil Gaiman catches us up on the latest on CORALINE, STARDUST and DEATH THE HIGH COST OF LIVING!

Published at: Oct. 1, 2006, 6:05 a.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks, Harry here with a report from a couple nights ago on Neil Gaiman's latest updates on his projects. STARDUST is getting done quickly here. Can't wait to see that. Here ya go...

Howdy - I don't know if this qualifies as a scoop (I couldn't find it on the site), but last night Neil Gaiman caught us all up on all his movie news. He was doing a conversation with John Hodgman (AREAS OF MY EXPERTISE and Comedy Central), at F.I.T. and only about 500 people got in. Stardust — he hasn't seen the first cut yet, he was supposed to see it Tuesday but they weren't ready - he loves Claire Danes and says it is very faithful so far. Coraline — being done in stop-motion by the team that did Nightmare Before Christmas - but, big news that Neil seemed very upset about - it seems TERI HATCHER is going to voice Coraline's mom. Ugh. Death the High Cost of Living — the rights are owned by Warner Bros. under the DC comics deal, so they have to do it under one of the Warner houses...New Line had given them a yellow light, but then backed off. Neil has written the script himself, and is insisting on directing it himself ("If anyone is going to screw this up, I want it to be me." He said) - but he was very excited about it moving forward soon because GUILLERMO DEL TORO has signed on to Executive Produce! Heaven to us fans, I think - If Neil needs a perfect wing to be under while he gets this done the way he wants to, Del Toro is it! Very exciting news. Also, Neil says there is a ton more in the script that he had always wanted to do but didn't have room in the comic — Buddhist monks running around, and the like. Unfortunately, absolutely no movement on Good Omens. Damn. Thanks, Phoenix.

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  • Oct. 1, 2006, 6:10 a.m. CST

    first...?

    by occidere

    The Terry Hatchet news is old, but the rest is good.

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Neil Before Zod

    by darquelyte

    Neil is still a great writer, I sure hope that these projects turn out as good as the comic...so far the tv and movies based upon his writings have been so so. One of my favorite items is a hardback collection of Sandman stories that Neil not only autographed but drew a picture of Dream on the inside cover page. Awesome. ~ÐL

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 8:05 a.m. CST

    What's the big deal about Teri Hatcher?

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    I'm no fan of hers, nor do I care for Desperate Housewives at all. But all she's doing is a voice for a character in an animated film. As long as she does the character's voice well, who gives a frack, Neil?

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Just like Watchmen, it's time to give up on Good Omens

    by chrth

    It's unfilmable, and frankly, the story has become dated. Unless it was rewritten for the screen, it'd be an unmitigated disaster.

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Interested that theyre making Terry Pratchetts movie?

    by Teamwak

    Neils co-author on Good Omens. Theye making a mini series of Terry Pratchetts Hogfather with an all-star British cast. I did email every AICN reviewer about a month ago, but it obviously wasnt cool enough news for this site.

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 10:26 a.m. CST

    After watching an old episode of Lois & Clark

    by Lone Fox

    I can't believe how haggard Teri Hatcher turned in 10 years. Oh. Neil Gaiman stuff. Woo. Etc.

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Sandman

    by Admiral_Snackbar

    Personally, I'd like to see a movie based on the first volume of Sandman (Preludes and Nocturnes) before they make a 'Death' movie. I just really liked how she was introduced in that one. Plus, it could be a franchise for WB if it worked. A bunch of Sandman movies, a few Death movies, maybe even a Lucifer movie or two. Or even Sandman Mystery Theatre? So many good Vertigo properties, and they gave us a Keanu Reeves vanity project.

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Michelle Pfieffer was supposed to be Other Mother

    by DOGSOUP

    ...But she apperently went on to be the Lilim in Stardust. She sure loves Neil though! Don't we all? So AICN, who's perfect for everyone's favorite cute-as-a-button goth reaper? Fairuza Balk was tossed around years ago but now?

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Sandman Mystery Theatre

    by eelobrien

    Doesn't really have anything to do with Gaiman's Sandman book. Phillip Seymour Hoffman would be great as Wesley Dodds if it made it to the screen though. Maggie Gyllenhal as Dian Belmont would be nice as well.

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 7:12 p.m. CST

    I'd rather see Sandman as an HBO-series

    by WONKABAR

    But it might be cool to see a Death movie if it helps pave the way for something like that.

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Natalia Tena as Death!

    by DOGSOUP

    She's going to take off when the world sees her as Tonks in The Order of the Phoenix so now's the perfect time! See for yourself: http://tinyurl.com/jk9he

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 7:43 p.m. CST

    That girl

    by HessenRoots

    looks a lot like the girl from Mirror Mask. PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD don't make Death a marketing tool for Hot Topic. I've met Neil a few times and know his son quite well, I've nothing but faith in Neil...it's the exec's looking for that almighty dollar that scare me.

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 7:52 p.m. CST

    If Neil is directing it, Death won't look like a .....

    by DOGSOUP

    ...Slipknot fan. She'll look like Chris Bachalo drew her in the series. The Mirrormask girl is Stephanie Leonidas and her next project is a Dracula TV movie as Mina. I'm sold though on Natalia. She's perfect.

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 8:14 p.m. CST

    So will the condom instruction be over the end credits,

    by chrth

    or will they intersperse it throughout the film?

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 8:19 p.m. CST

    The Condom Instruction should be an Intermission

    by DOGSOUP

    And they should get James Marsters for the Constantine role. Or just have Dave KcKean animate it.

  • Oct. 2, 2006, 12:52 a.m. CST

    When are they going to do American Gods?

    by Sulis

    By far his best book...

  • Oct. 2, 2006, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Good Omens

    by Sunqist

    I've read (what was alledged to be) the screenplay, and I think we're all going to be much happier if it never gets made. The GOOD OMENS movie currently on offer would do nothing but infuriate old fans and confuse the hell out of new ones.

  • Oct. 2, 2006, 10:08 a.m. CST

    you're right about hbo!

    by occula

    how brilliant would it be...a 'death' series...titling by dave mckean...exec'd and guided by del toro...goddamn that would be a pleasure.

  • Oct. 2, 2006, 1:33 p.m. CST

    never been a big fan of "Death: The High Cost of Living

    by beamish13

    I thought it wasn't very engaging, and not terribly sublte. Definitely not one of Gaiman's stronger works.

  • Oct. 2, 2006, 1:42 p.m. CST

    I agree about an HBO or Showtime series for Sandman

    by oisin5199

    You just cannot compress the Sandman mythos. It would totally ruin it. It'll never happen anyway. The Death story is self-contained, so it's more likely. Though I don't see a British actress playing her. Or at least the character strikes me as being very American, which is how she's written. Morphy might be British, though. On another note, just saw an ad for the Dresden Files, and immediately noted how much of a Hellblazer ripoff it seemed. Too bad we'll never get an honest to goodness British, Garth Ennis-influenced John Constantine, thanks to Keanu and the PTB. In my version of Lucien's DVD collection, there's an entire network producing amazing adaptations of Vertigo properties. Available for rent through Dreamflix (but watch out for those late fees. They're a nightmare!)

  • Oct. 3, 2006, 9:01 a.m. CST

    On "Stardust"

    by Anna Valerious

    Very sad that Noel Fielding had to drop out. I haven't heard of the guy who took over his part (A radio show host in the UK), but I'm not sure if I'll like him. But, there are things they've changed and added in this film, like Humphrey, a guy Victoria likes better, the shifty shopkeeper Freddie the Fence and (Spoiler alert) how Septmus is offed...it was a snake in the book, though he's being treated like a voodoo doll from what I've heard(End spoiler) which I don't mind as long as they keep most of the original stuff intact. I mean, there has been one instance where they took a book and screwed it up and that was "The Time Machine" with Aussie hottie Guy Pearce. Why oh why did they forget the story was in retrospect? That ending SUCKED and goes up there with the "Bedazzled" remake as the most shyte ending to a film. "Coraline", however, I don't mind Teri Hatcher but I'm very happy that Misses Focible and Spink are being played by French and Saunders. :D I enjoyed the book and I can't wait to see that one.