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Oliver Queen talks briefly with Neil Gaiman about upcoming stuff

Hey folks, Harry here. Well, Oliver Queen, that tights wearing bow-plucker, has written in with a description of his talk with Neil Gaiman about his upcoming filmic projects. It's brief... I know. That's why Robogeek went down and spent an Hour and a Half speaking with Gaiman to get the ENTIRE scoop on what's going on with all things Gaiman. That should be running sometime relatively soon (next couple of weeks, Robogeek is very busy on deflecting that asteroid that is en route). But for now... here's a taste that came in on an emerald arrow...

Hey Harry, Oliver Queen here, coming at you from the Netherworld. I'm getting pretty tired of waiting for Kevin Smith to resurrect me, so I decided to get proactive, and tracked down Neil Gaiman in Austin of all places, to see if he could use his influence with Death to get this Emerald Archer back among the living. Alas, no such luck on that front, but he did divulge a couple of tidbits about his other projects.

The Neverwhere feature film project is going great guns. He's finished the script, and Jim Henson Productions is currently searching for a director. Mr. Gaiman seemed quite pleased with the work they've done so far, especially with the Beast of London. "The Henson people are doing it right," he said, in reference to the infamous cow incident the BBC tried to inflict on the original Neverwhere series. It sounds like he's fairly deeply involved with almost all areas of the film, which is as it should be.

He was also quite keen to analyze the goings-on with Princess Mononoke. Harvey Weinstein, Mr. Gaiman said, is convinced Mononoke could do whiz-bang business Stateside, maybe hitting $50 million, if perhaps 15 minutes or so of the ending would be trimmed (this is where people ride around in the forest, with the audience unclear as to the motivation of all this riding around). Miyazaki's people said no to any cuts. Then Mr. Gaiman added some voice-over dialogue, to try to clarify the situation for western audiences. This too, was rejected. Mr. Miyazaki, they were informed, has no interest in box office glory--he only wants a faithful dub of his film show to American audiences.

Mr. Gaiman described it as the "huh?" factor. In Japan, audiences like to leave a movie and go "Huh? I didn't understand that. I must see the film again and pick up on what I missed the first time." In America, if that happens to an audience, the reaction is "Huh? I didn't understand that. It must be a total pile of shit." That Gaiman's a card, I can tell you.

So now Miramax plans to open small, on less than 200 screens, and hope that good word of mouth warrants an expansion onto larger screens after a few weeks. Mr. Gaiman didn't expect an Iron Giant fiasco with Mononoke, because A) The people at Miramax aren't complete morons like Warner Brothers, and B) Miramax only has $1 million invested in this film, so they can afford to give it a good push and not worry about losing their shirts if it bombs. The current thinking is that it could either be a big success or an interesting footnote to cinema history.

Well, that's it for me. Looks like my buddy Hal Jordan's just gotten an E-Ticket ride outta the Dead Lands by hitching up with this "Judgement Day" B.S., so now I'm stuck looking for another racquetball partner. Hey Kevin! Get off the pot, why don'tcha?

Oliver Queen

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  • Sept. 13, 1999, 6:46 a.m. CST


    by Hunter Rose

    I'd heard that Neil was publicly bashing the Neverwhere series that he & Lenny Henry did for the BBC. I've seen it, as well as the "Making Of" video that was basically just an interview with Neil. Aside from the fact that it was shot on video (instead of film transferred to video), it wasn't that bad.

  • Sept. 13, 1999, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Miramax knows what it is doing?!?

    by Kurgan

    If that indeed is the case, then why in the seven hells did they manage to put together _such_ a lousy trailer for Princess Mononoke then? I mean, come on! Only the trailer for Anna and the King had a more cliche-ridden Deep Sound Trailer Voiceover than Princess Mononoke. "From <film maker>, <praising words about film maker who no-one has heard of>, comes a groundbreaking motion picture event." Ok, that I can understand, you gotta let the unwashed masses know who we are talking about . . . but wait! It gets worse. "In a time when gods walked the Earth, and epic battle rages between the encroaching civilization of man and the gods of the forest." AARGH! Trailer Voiceover 101. Hey folks, they use these only as examples in the Trailer College! You are supposed to come up with something original, you know. Well, then some yadda-yadda and dialogue from the film, then we continue on the cliche front: "Now, the fate of the world rests on the courage of one fearless princess . . ." Blearrgh. ". . . and one brave warrior." And then, the predictable battle scene cuts with rousing music. Finish with a philosophical piece of dialogue, some moving music from the film and a list of the voice talents. Listen folks, if this is the interest Miramax is showing for this film, forget it. It will not get any more success than the Iron Giant did. Face it, the trailer sucks.

  • Sept. 13, 1999, 8:57 a.m. CST

    That Gaiman Interview

    by mothoc

    That interview with Neil is gonna be a great article. I happened to sit all the way through the interview whil it was taking place, and he's got a lot of good info to tell us. I can't wait to see what it's like without the loud peopl ein the background of the hotel lobby. I'm looking forward to it.

  • Sept. 13, 1999, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Kevin Smith

    by Caius

    Smith's not STILL working on Dogma, right? So why is it that it takes 3 months for him to do an issue of Daredevil? And we're still waiting to see his Green Arrow 2 YEARS after he was given the project. Does he, or does he not want to do these things? Oliver Queen's right--poop or get off the pot!

  • Sept. 13, 1999, 9:57 a.m. CST


    by Rogman

    I thought Neverwhere was cool. I taped each episode as it was broadcast and have got them all on one VHS cassette. I particularly enjoyed the two "enforcers" who wore clear plastic raincoats, the black dude who kept his soul in a box for safe keeping and the Black Friars. I don't remember much about the details of the story... I think I'll go and watch it again.

  • Sept. 13, 1999, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Miramax Trailers

    by Reg

    Miramax have always made crap trailers for foreign language films. Look at what they did with Life Is Beautiful, il Postino or Central Station. Judging by any of them, it would appear that none of the characters speak at all

  • Sept. 13, 1999, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Sandman movie

    by Caius

    The reason Gaiman doesn't ever talk about progress on the Sandman movie is because he's in no way involved with it. Jon Peters is the man destroying that project, and Gaiman has tried to distance himself as much as possible. I AM curious tho about any possible Death or Stardust film treatments.

  • Sept. 13, 1999, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Robogeek! Your Public Awaits!

    by Lizzybeth

    It's been far too long since we've heard a lot from the metal guy, and I WANT THAT GAIMAN INTERVIEW!!!!! I'm on pins and needles.. Is Death really going to make it to the big screen? Are we going to get a Neverwhere more along the lines of the book version? Does Neil have any future plans in store for Endless characters? More books? What about Stardust? Now THIS is something exciting!

  • Sept. 13, 1999, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Sandman Movie

    by Ender Wiggin

    Noooooooooooooooooooo!!!!! Say it isn't true. Neil Gaiman is having nothing to do with the Sandman movie!!!! I spent many a night reading Sandman. If Gaiman doesn't back it, then it's going to turn into some lame ass glossy, hey look at dream, aren't his duds fancy crap-fest. If there's nothing more than, based on characters by Neil Gaiman, then I say we boycott the flick.

  • Sept. 13, 1999, 12:12 p.m. CST


    by Stenbeck

    Other than the upcoming Dream Hunters book with Yoshitako Amano, which he's described as a 'thank you' gift to DC's Jenette Kahn for her attempts to get Warners to abandon the idea of producing a Sandman movie, Neil is kinda holding back giving DC any more Endless material right now. He wants assurances that Peters won't make a movie. Also, he's busy with a number of other things, of course. But when the dust settles, we've long been promised a Neil 'n Jill Thompson Delirium series... 'One of these days'...

  • Sept. 13, 1999, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Is Neverwhere available on VHS?

    by geekzapoppin

    Just curious. I love the book and would love to see a decent film of it. Geek

  • Sept. 13, 1999, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Neverwhere video

    by Caius

    I had a copy, until my baby daughter started playing with the remote and taped over two episodes. :-( <br> <br> There are bootleg copies floating around out there on EBAY and at SF conventions, but the picture quality's not great on them. A few PBS stations stateside aired it before Henson got the film rights, but these were few and far between, and it doesn't happen anymore (to preserve a "virgin" film audience). And despite constant pressure to relocate it to New York and "Americanize" it, Gaiman's held firm, and it's still got a London setting.<br> <br> That said, the BBC mini is really pretty good, with interesting casting, especially the Marquis, Croup and Vanermeer. The production's typical cheap BBC, though, with lots of sleight-of-hand camera trickery that tries, and fails, to make up for the obvious lack of budget. The floating market's a spectacular disappointment. But the script's good, and the actors are very earnest in their roles. Too bad Henson Productions isn't redoing the entire mini -- now THAT would be worth seeing with a budget!

  • Sept. 13, 1999, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Stuff Neverwhere -- What About Good Omens?

    by DoctorFaust

    Like the subject says, anybody have any news on the "Good Omens" project? Much as I liked "Neverwhere," I'd much rather see GO in theatres first. And hey, if "Dogma"'s a success at the box office, maybe certain folks will take that as a green light for the tale of Crowley, Aziraphale, and everyone's favorite Antichrist.

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Hellblazer film

    by Devi

    Um... Mickey Rourke may be good and all, but you seem to have missed something: John Constantine is BRITISH! Some people...

  • June 16, 2001, 1:34 p.m. CST

    NeverWhere - great book, great series.

    by Kiki

    I happened to quite enjoy NeverWhere...and with low expectations too. I saw it about a year and a half ago, I think to see Gary Bakewell in a role other than Paul McCartney, but had read good review of it. I got right into it! The writing and acting are so good one forgets all about the poor BBC production quality and just enjoys the ride. I ended up taping it for myself. Of course after I had to read the book (now, as everyone knows, books that are written after movies/series are generally pretty crappy..but I figured because they were both Gaiman I'd give it a whirl) It was almost exactly like the series only more detailed, which was great. I loved them both.

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Nooooooobodddyy herrrrreeee!

    by Wolfpack