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A look at BROTHER TERMITE!

Alright folks, I've been out taking a gander at what is a happening with James Cameron as of late, and I tell ya... It's tough to find out things. He's really doing a semi-great job of keeping everything on the QT. However, well... there have been some leaks.

For some time now we've all been aware that John Sayles was undergoing the script writing chores on BROTHER TERMITE (of which he has done 5 drafts)... based on a novel by Patricia Anthony. To read what she has thought of this project check out the latest issue of Interzone, the British SF magazine, for a pretty darn good interview.

Meanwhile, back around the tail end of May, we found out thanks to the Hollywood Reporter that Steve "BLADE" Norrington had the directing gig. Well between now and September Cameron and company will have to re-up their option on the property, but that won't be a problem I've heard.

I have also heard that Cameron has been spotted around ILM, so my natural inclination was to FREAK, so I calmed down... took some breaths and started my process of finding out what is a happening out there. Turns out that LIGHTSTORM has been in the process of shopping the effects around on BROTHER TERMITE.

BROTHER TERMITE is a good tale about aliens having been a part of our lives for several decades before coming above ground and joining the ranks of the power elite. They have a nefarious agenda which we do not know. We have one too, wouldn't ya just know it? Well it turns out that ILM, as well as other companies (of which I do not know the list) are creating tests and proof of concept outputs to show that they can handle a digital character that is based on a real actor's performance. Which sounds pretty darn exciting when thought of in the midst of a James Cameron production scripted by John Sayles and directed by Steve Norrington. At ILM there have been some new software advances being looked at for this project... but they don't have it yet.

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  • June 16, 1999, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Look! I'm a retard!

    by JJ McClure

    Brother Termite? What sort of half-cocked dumb-ass title is that? Your might as well call it "Mr Norringtons Shitheap"

  • June 16, 1999, 3:19 a.m. CST

    Sounds like the same plot of Blade

    by paragonian

    Underground creatures come up and take powerful positions with humans, it's exactly the same but if Sayles is involved then I know it won't be like Blade thankfully. That is a dumb title though, it sounds like an animation Bug movie. I guess I'd think The Silence of the Lambs was a dumb title too if I didn't read the book or know what it's about, Anthony Hopkins thought it was a little kids movie when he first got the script. I hope Norrington doesn't use the "A-D-D" method of filmmakng again, combine Blade with Armageddon and it's like being spun around constantly for four hours which would cause me to throw up on my new DVD player resulting in a very pissed off AICN talkbacker!

  • June 16, 1999, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Definitely not Armageddon redux

    by the_jujy

    If you've read the book, you'd realize that this is very much a character driven movie, not an FX driven movie. It has a lot of relevant social commentary even though it is set in ~2050. I think the main reason John Sayles was brought in was because of his deft touch with both scripts dealing with social class overtones and wonderful genre pieces (Brother from Another Planet is a gem)

  • June 16, 1999, 8:01 a.m. CST

    WITH WINGS AS EAGLES, TRUE LIES 2, T3

    by ABking

    James Cameron should make these three Schwarzenegger films be his next EVENTS. After all, they are the two GREATEST action people alive, so they should work together. Especially after taking a long break since TRUE LIES came out in 1994.

  • June 16, 1999, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Great book!

    by Caius

    Don't dump on things you haven't a clue about. The title's dumb, but there's a reason for it. This isn't _Starship Troopers_. Listen, Brother Termite is NOTHING like Blade at all. It's more of a subtle, tongue-in-cheek satire. Aliens are in the White House, and have been since before Kennedy's time. They're all incredibly friendly, nice, polite to humans, and the thing is, it's not an act like umpteen alien invasion movies have shown. They're really very nice and proper. They're also exterminating the human race, and they kind of feel guilty about it. Look, I *know* it sounds stupid. I thought the premise was dumb myself before I read the book. Any lengthy discussion of the plot would sound like a lame X-Files ripoff, but it's not, and this book predates Mulder and Scully. It's very complex and nuanced, and I have no earthly idea how Sayles could hope to adapt it, but it's an ambitious undertaking. Personally, I think Patricia Anthony's _God's Fires_ would make a better movie. But go out and read her current novel, _Flanders_ now. It'll leave you shaken, I guarantee!

  • June 16, 1999, 9:25 a.m. CST

    sounds like the plot of the John Carpenter flick "They Live"

    by mckracken

    either They Live or Bucaroo Banzai II....too cool.....oh well this is a long way off.... :OP

  • June 16, 1999, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Starship Troopers

    by EVIL THE CAT

    Actually, "Starship Troopers" wasn't "Starship Troopers" either. The movie was an excuse to get teen males excited with breasts, special effects and the lamest acting/dialogue this side of "Air America." The book was more of Heinlen's unusual and radical philosophy, not strictly a punch 'em up with alien bugs.

  • June 16, 1999, 11 a.m. CST

    Is it hot in here?

    by Uncle Cracky

    Belive me, I was excited about breasts long before I saw "Starship Troopers." Still am, in fact. Mmmmmmm... so soft...

  • June 16, 1999, 11:02 a.m. CST

    by Uncle Cracky

    Of course, we all know I meant to write "Believe."

  • June 16, 1999, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Hey Kids!

    by JJ McClure

    What can I say? I base my opinions of the title on the...er, title? Sounds rational to me. Just cause the book's good don't mean shit. Hell, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" is a godawful title, no harm in changing that to Bladerunner, eh? My point exactly, sir!

  • June 16, 1999, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Books

    by quiscustodiet

    Anthony's books are brilliant, Sayles is a god, and Cameron get take a big ole bite of my ass cause despite his presence, this movie will be great!

  • June 16, 1999, 1:03 p.m. CST

    PA already said the title is going to be changed

    by the_jujy

    The title of the book is Brother Termite. But the author, Patricia Anthony, said on a few occasions that producers had told her they would be changing the title. At one point, wasn't it known as "Judgment Falls"? Personally, I hate that title, and having read the book, love BT, but i seriously doubt that they'll keep the title, especially since it sounds so campy and the book absolutely wasn't. On another note, I was happy to hear that in Sayles adaptation, he kept the book's ending. Let's hope it stays that way.

  • June 16, 1999, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Rosie O'Donnell eats toasted goat shit

    by Creator_O_LUNACY

    I just wanted to add that Rosie is a fat cow bitch... Thank you

  • June 16, 1999, 9:47 p.m. CST

    termites rule

    by evan

    Oh wow! If only John Sayles stays loyal to the book, incl the stunning ending........ Okay, change the title if you must, but just remember that "Flowers for Algernon" was a hell of alot better title than "Charlie" ever was. What's the timing on this?

  • Aug. 3, 2006, 12:38 p.m. CST

    She runs a toasted goat shit restaurant.

    by Wolfpack