St Nick tells of the Hughes Bros' JACK THE RIPPER flick called FROM HELL...
Alrighty... Now just so you folks know... this is what we call RUMOR. I know St. Nick below, so I have no doubt whatsoever that he met the Hughes Brothers at Sundance, and I have no doubt that they gave him the names he claims they gave him.... BUT that was late January. And we haven't heard any commitments in the Trades (Hollywood Reporter/Variety) yet, but for all of those familiar with the FROM HELL comic... here's some names that the HUGHES were considering about 2 months ago....
Anyway, this is St. Nick from Phoenix. I sat on the bench and watched Born to Kill at your house during SXSW. I wanted to say thanks again, we all had a great time. Also, although I don't know if it's important, when I was at Sundance I talked with the Hughes Brothers regarding their Jack the Ripper film coming up. They are going to shoot it this summer in London and it is going to be an ensemble cast. Supposedly Ian McKellen, Geoffrey Rush, Gary Oldman, and Tim Roth have all been approached about parts and are interested, too. Talk to you later!
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April 6, 1999, 3:45 a.m. CST
by Evil Dead
The comics were great. Personally I would like to see Sir Anthony Hopkins in this movie, but the thought police would probably cast Freddie Prinze Jr.
April 6, 1999, 3:51 a.m. CST
I hope they do it properly this time = really spooky, really gory, really Oldman and really Victorian.
April 6, 1999, 7:13 a.m. CST
by clark thorne
If this becomes a reality I'm going back to church 'cause there must be a God. It's about time Moore's works were recognized by Hollywood, and it'll begin to make up for the way Gaiman's been screwed.
April 6, 1999, 7:29 a.m. CST
I must admit, I've never read the From Hell comic series, so have no idea of it's approach to the enigmatic subject matter of Jack The Ripper. But I have read more factual books / theories on the matter than is probably decent and I'd love to see a really big, well-researched and chilling film of these macabre events of Whitechappel. I just hope the Hughes brothers don't do one thing: name the Ripper. I know movie convention adheres to one basic rule of villainy: if you have a villain you see who it is. Sure, all Ripper movies so far have named the dreaded butcher - even Hitchcock in The Lodger. But most of the theories as to who he really was suck! All that bullshit about Royal connections and insane physicians! I'd love to see a movie have the courage to say, hey, we ain't got a clue who he / she / they were, why they did this or why they stopped! That, ultimately, is the scariest thing about he Ripper reign - that he elluded capture (and I don't believe any of those theories that suggest he was caught but his identity withheld for some sinister reason). However, I imagine this won't be the case. Hollywood has to have a villain that pays for his sins. So, if they do, who gets named as the Ripper in the comic series? Is it Maybrick?
April 6, 1999, 8 a.m. CST
If this list is even close to accurate, so much the better for the film. The Hughes Bros. have the chops for such a project, as does each actor mentioned. Where things have the greatest chance of falling apart is in the script. It took Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell 10 years and 16 installments to make From Hell the work of art that it was. Even if the movie goes 150 (or even...tho doubtful...180) minutes, I find it hard to see how the central themes of the book can be faithfully preserved...never mind any extraneous subplots. I view this project along the same lines as Moore's WATCHMEN series (from way back when Terry Gilliam was to direct and Schwarzenegger was to star): too big and too much for a single 2- hour movie. Now as a mini-series on one of the pay channels (HBO for starters)...that would serve the story much better. Of course, this is all IMHO. Peace to all Mirth
April 6, 1999, 8:31 a.m. CST
Is this anything to do with the (brilliant) novel by Peter Ackroyd called 'Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem' (published in the US as 'The Trial of Elizabeth Cree)? If not, it definitely should be.
April 6, 1999, 9:11 a.m. CST
AC (and that IS who you are), at first, I thought your rants against Lane were a joke. When I read your treatise in the BWP talkback, I knew that it just had to be tongue and cheek, and that you, like JMS in his own way, were just trying to rattle us here at AICN. However, when you post messages like the one above me, things really change. You cross the line from being annoyingly amusing to being just a plain vulgar jerk. Your joke is over - go away.
April 6, 1999, 10:41 a.m. CST
today's my birthday!
April 6, 1999, 11:04 a.m. CST
by spike lee
It has been along time since we have had a film from the Hughes Brothers. Did'nt Dead Presidents come out in like 1994? And will American Pimp get released wide, it sounds interesting. This film will hopefully bring some respect back to horror. P.S. Happy Birthday L'Auteur!
April 6, 1999, 11:42 a.m. CST
I can't wait. I've been hearing about this project for so long, and I wish they'd hurry. Once people see how cool "From Hell" can be, maybe, just maybe, "Watchmen" can see the light of day, and maybe a mini-series of "V for Vendetta". For the poster who wanted to know if they name the Ripper in the comic: Yes, but it's not really what you might think. And in the Epilogue to the series, titled "Dance of the Gull-Catchers", Moore acknowledges that the "Ripperologists" of the past century have done so much to muddy the waters that the case is beyond solving. But he makes the point that it really isn't important who the ripper is, what's important is the effect the case has had... All the writing on the Whitechapel murders reveals more about us than the serial killer. He concludes that the ripper as a man will probably never be known or understood. But the ripper as a phenomenon must logically be all of the suspects offered: insane physician, royal half-wit, gentleman, demon. He really represents the dark heart of mankind to those who become obsessed with the case, and the varied suspects may be a way of rationalizing that darkness, giving a face to it which reflects the prejudices of the observer. Anyway, let's hope those incredible actors sign up. This film could be BEYOND BELIEF... And happy birthday, L'Auteur...
April 6, 1999, 11:44 a.m. CST
I am genuinely pyched about this project. The Hughes are solid, interesting creators, the source material is stong, and I like how we have a lot of different points of view converging on this project. Besides, ever since there almost was a Watchman movie, I've been waiting for someone to give Moores work even greater mainstream exposure.
April 6, 1999, 3:11 p.m. CST
by Joe Buck
This sounds like much coolness on the way from the Hughes Bros. But I think Hollywood should stay away from The Watchmen and V for Vendetta. I just don't think they could do it justice.
April 7, 1999, 1:13 a.m. CST
by Crack Monkey
There's no chance a two hour movie could do justice to what I consider Alan Moore's masterwork (thus far, anyway). Casting a decent actor in the lead role, filming it in black & white, and including at least a scintilla of Moore's thoughts on society, the 20th century, and serial killings would be a good start... But perhaps even these minor criteria are out of Holywood's reach. Ultimately, I expect the film to be crap, but I'll be praying it won't be...
April 7, 1999, 2:53 a.m. CST
Sam Hamm wrote original Watchmen draft. Alan Moore did not like it.
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