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A New Tony Manero Movie?? + The Opening Scene Of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES May Be...

Merrick here...
Harry generally doesn't like for us to combine two subjects into one article - but as the following involves the same source, the same linkout, and the same disclaimer, jamming these disparate topics into the same piece made a bit of sense in this case. The folks over at WhatsPlaying have a new source - called Hollywood Insider. As this source is new, and as we haven't done much linking out to WhatsPlaying in the past, approach the following infobits with an open mind (these stores right), but also with a few grains of salt...until either Hollywood Insider's scoopage becomes more proven & time tested...or until we see how these specific topics play out. With this in mind, consider the following. TOPIC 1: Possibly inspired by Mr. Stallone's recent resuscitation of his Rambo and Rocky characters, John Travolta is said to be toying with developing another Tony Manero film that would catch up with the (real-time aged) character he established in John Badham's SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER back in 1977. We last saw Tony back in 1983's STAYING ALIVE - directed by Sylvester Stallone - which widely regarded as one of the most tragic and humorous sequel misfires in film history (I really. truly dig Sly as a whole, but...damn...) A third Tony Manero film...could be quite a stretch. But, I could see it working if age issues are addressed, and the character is (perhaps) forced to return back to the frustrating and limiting roots he escaped from in the first installment. Sure do love that character, though. So much truth about him... TOPIC 2: The opening of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES is said to involve...

SPOILERS!! The recovery of a body from the ocean by Spansih fishermen. Looks dead enough, but...

CLICK HERE to learn more about both projects (there are a few more SPOILERS for PIRATES 4, so be warned), then register your thoughts in the Talkbacks below.
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  • Sept. 10, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST


    by Strangelover

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    I actually like the idea of another Tony Manero film

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    It's John Travolta's best character. A washed up Tony Manero living in Brooklyn today could be very interesting.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Cool, double post, Harry!

    by Nice Marmot

    Now we can all type, "who gives a shit?" only once. Get back to me when Sly directs a flick about Frank Stallone's character from Staying Alive. That would be NEWS!!!

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    What about the oft-rumored Travis Bickle 30 yrs later movie

    by Ronald Raygun

    Though at this point, to paraphrase the great Ray Stantz, I doubt Scorsese wouldn't touch De Niro with a ten foot cattle prod.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    wouldn't, would, whatever

    by Ronald Raygun

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    I like Tony Manero coming back! Let's check in TM!

    by Mennen

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    You assholes almost broke my pussy finger!

    by Somerichs

    Keep it a hard "R", and ditch the dancing angle completely--because really, making him a heart throb dancer at his age and weight is really stretching the bounds of credibility--and you might have something. Just a slice of life character study focusing on Tony Manero, and you may have something. OOOORRRR, make him an old and aging, washed up wrestler who's trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter. Oh, wait a minute...

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    What the fuck does this have to do with each other?

    by D.Vader

    Combining the articles= BAD IDEA.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    That is a very tame spoiler

    by D.Vader

    I expected inviso-text!

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    I say that because...

    by D.Vader

    I half-expected Tony Manero to show up in the new Pirates movie.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Fat Tony Manero

    by schadenfreudian

    The thought gives me douche chills.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Satan's Alley

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Please bring back Frank Stallone. Have him pop out from behind some bushes singing, "PU-SHIN' getting READY for the FIGHT" in a tux with a ruffled pink shirt.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Whatever the Plot

    by D o o d

    This will suck just as much as the others. Pirates 1 was great fun but everything after that was just complete and utter shite!

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    needs more Robocop

    by Sailor Rip

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Travolta hires one of the Jersey Shore mooks to play his son,

    by fiester

    People vomit across the globe.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    I took this to mean...

    by HideouslyWrinkled

    ...that the opening scene of POTC:OST would be Captain Sparrow stumbling along a street with a paint can to the tune of "Staying Alive".

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Should be two stories

    by Adelai Niska

    Unless John Travolta is in Pirates 4, then OK I guess this made sense.

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  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

    John - "Saturday Night Fever" is great because it captured a SPECIFIC time and scene. While Tony Manero was a solid character with a good character arc, he wasn't the reason this film became memorable. The BEE GEESand the DISCO DANCING were the thing. And I don't know how the eff you update those two things to this time and age.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST




  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST

    First I was like "Fuck that!", tehn I was like "I don't know"..

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    Now I'm like "Bring that shit!"</p><p>Travolta is a good actor. He unfortunately hasn't really had a chance to showcase that in awhile. I would love to see him reprise that character in a serious story about a guy who was arrogant because of his talent, quickly realized it wasn't enough to get him what he wanted and fell into a shuffling, menial job that he hates himself for doing.</p><p>Then some hot milf inspires him to get back on the dance floor and regain his youthful exuberance. It's not without cost, it's not without pain and dissapointment, but at the end of the day he sees what he wants to be in life and the proper place for dance in it.</p><p>I'm all fucking over that shit!

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Don't be bossed around by Harry, Merrick.

    by rbatty024

    What other rules does Harry have. Harry generally doesn't allow us to spit. We always have to swallow.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    A really fat professional dancer

    by SmokingRobot

    Yeah, that'd make a great movie.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST



  • Sept. 10, 2010, 2 p.m. CST

    never trust Spansih fisherman...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Tony could be one of the professional dancers

    by alan_poon

    on Dancing With The Stars. Partner him up with Kelly Preston and they fall in love. This shit writes itself.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Bring back Fran Drescher. She's still

    by Dennis_Moore


  • Sept. 10, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Saturday Night Fever 2: Electric Boogaloo

    by Somerichs

    Wherein Tony Manero becomes the hippest breakdancer in NYC. That's how you make it timely, Busey, with the break dancing... :)

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    John Travolta needs a hit

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    For some reason, I have a good feeling about Pirates 4

    by Dapper Swindler

    And I'm oh so jaded.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    John Travolta needs to eat

    by TrainWreck1969

    oh wait...

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Tim Tams

    by Wyrdy the Gerbil

    I guess hollywood insiders an Aussie or Kiwi then

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    "same link out". Pathetic Merrick.

    by Neck_Lucas

    does Merrick have ANY original stories anymore? Jesus man what do you all day? just surf other movie sites and re-post their work? Its ridiculous re-post others work and research and just try and fail to make flippant comments on it..

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Without Norman Wexler writing you got nothing

    by Cagliostro

    "Y'know, I work a long time on my Hair Piece an', an' ya hit it. He hit's my Hair Piece."

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Tony Manero 2010 = Disco Stu

    by ricarleite2

    Just saying

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Disco Stu doesn't advertise!

    by Somerichs

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    POTC is the corniest shit ive ever seen

    by MelGibsonsRacialTirade

    It's a shame that so many infants were involved with that series. It could have been great. It had its moments, but it was filled with so much shlock that it's unbearable for me to watch it.<BR><BR> the worst thing ive ever seen in film history happened in the last one...the fucking douchey as hell boat marriage at the end was the most retarded fucking thing ive ever seen in my life.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST


    by Ender's Jeesh

    They already did this film, it was that Richard Gere remake of the Japanese dance flick from a few years back. How Tony Got His Groove Back ro some shit. But done well it could be poignant. Just need Danny McBride in it somewhere as his rival dance studio owner.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Saturday Night Fever 2: Step Up to the Meat

    by buggerbugger Xenu-pleasing 3D.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Remember that dance studio owner from the original

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    The weird looking dude who fucks a certain percentage of the chicks who come to his studio. Tony can be like that. A greasy middle-aged guido who fucks chicks of all ages at his studio. He's divorced and has a couple of grown kids he sees occasionally. His brother Frank, the former priest, has come out of the closet and is living with his male partner in the village and their pet chuhuahua. Tony goes to the bar in his Italiano neighborhood every night, but now, instead of talking about the "niggers and the spics", and dumping on them, they talk about 9/11 and the "a-rabs". Tony's a has-been, a nobody, with nothing to show for in his life. He's too old for dance competitions, and has no education to go upward in a career path. <p> So that's where the story begins. It's about this middle-aged guido trying to find some meaning in his life. It could be very interesting. But if they try to make it a happy-go-lucky Hollywood pic...then fuck it.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST


    by Jehovahs_Witness

    ...there could be scenes in the dance studio where Tony steps on the dance floor and just shines, and wows everyone with his moves and shows that he's still got it. And during those moments, the lights are bright, the crowd is in awe, and Tony is living the dream. But once the dance is over, he's back to reality, and with the realization that his skill as a disco dancer is useless in this world.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    of course Tony will be miserable and dealing

    by Ingeld

    with broken dreams and a dead end kind of life. What? You are going to make him a happy blue collar worker living in a stable family setting in Queens?

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Did you see Staying Alive?

    by Jehovahs_Witness

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Staying Alive 2:

    by Nic_Cages_Real_Hair

    Stay Dead

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST

    And as he disco dances, a pair of Amazonian girl scouts

    by CreasyBear

    will beat the shit out of each other around the edges of the frame. Wait, that's already been done.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Lemme guess: Will Turner's body, right Beer me!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST

    It should say "right" in my last post...

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST


    by CreationistTechnophobicManiacs

    In a tale oh homosexual lust. I call it......White Tigers.....They're hungry for meat!!!

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Tony gonna be krunkin', yo....

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Tony becomes involved in a project where

    by RPLocke

    his mind can be transferred to a body of a super dancer.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Did ANYONE see SNF?

    by white_vader

    I haven't watched it for decades, but he ended up as a RAPIST, right? Maybe everyone only saw the PG version. <p> And Merrick "loves" the character...

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Opening scene confirmation

    by Grinningsmile

    ....definitely the opening scene by the way guys, a boat pulls in an old dead looking man, who seemingly dead suddenly wakes up and says something...which i can't remember, want to say isla de do i know this, a friend of mine here in the uk was up for that part, wether he got it or not...i'm not sure, but he did tell me about this scene about 3 months ago....he also mentioned the king of spain??? i think he's a character mentioned in the first scene too...possibly in the film, i know no more than this

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST

    The opening to Pirates 4...

    by Sailor Rip

    The lights dim, the crowds is hushed, the lights come back on, ushers go through each isle handing out refunds and apologies. Roll credits.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 11:25 p.m. CST

    white_vader, no, he doesn't end up a rapist.....

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    ...but his friends do. His friends rape Annette in the back of his car while he's up front. She had the hots for Tony, Tony drops her as a dancing partner, and eventually goes out with his friend to make him jealous, but then his friend rapes her in the back, and then his other friend takes his turn afterwards. Tony adds insult to injury afterwards and says, "Are you happy? Now you're a pig?"...or something. She then runs out of the car crying where their other friend eventually falls to his death....the dude who knocked up some chick.

  • Sept. 10, 2010, 11:36 p.m. CST

    The ending of Pirates four

    by RPLocke

    Ends on a cliffhanger where Will and Elizabeth Turner come back. Roll Credits, wait until next year for the conclusion.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, midnight CST

    Ah thanks JW I was wrong

    by white_vader

    I remembered it was in the back of a car, but thought it was Tony. And I saw this on free-to-air television in the eighties! Maybe they had the r-rated version in by mistake as it's always been the PG/PC version every other time. <p> So he just does nothing while a gang rape goes on then? My point still stands - I still don't know how you can LOVE that character...

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 1:01 a.m. CST

    I know what you mean, sort of....

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    ...there's a feeling you get after watching Saturday Night Fever where you're just disgusted with all of them, kind of like watching Jersey Shore. But at the same time, you also see, Tony's drowning in his environment. All he knows are his small-minded Catholic parents, his idiotic friends, the disco he goes to at night, the paint shop he works at by day, and the girls he fucks or dances with. That's it. Despite that, he's sick of all of it. He knows he wants something more, he just doesn't know what it is because he hasn't known anything else. <p> There's something about that I think everyone can relate to. You don't have to be a guido, or to even like disco. You just have to have grown up in a town where you had idiot friends you eventually grew tired of and you knew you wanted more from life but you didn't know what. For a lot of us at this site, we turn to movies for those answers. I know I did.

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Travolta doesn't get it. Stallone USED a lot of Old, Great, Star

    by french707

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 2:10 a.m. CST

    A new Tony Manero picture sounds HORRIBLE, BORING!!!!

    by french707

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 2:12 a.m. CST

    Did anyone else check out the link where

    by southafricanguy

    they also mention that Twohy and Vin Diesal are working on new Riddick animation to coincide with the new Riddick film? Thats way more interesting to me (though I think On Stranger Tides sounds promising). Anyone else think Dark Fury was a pretty damn cool animated short that worked really well to bridge the gap between Pitch Black and COR?

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Will Tony Manero come out of the closet?

    by jawsfan

    Or will he just pass out Scientology pamphlets?

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Original Guido

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    I used to like Travolta...

    by Triple_J_72

    ...but I'm still pissed off about "Michael."

  • Sept. 11, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST

    That was a silly spoiler.

    by rev_skarekroe

    It's like if I said "It's rumored that Star Wars begins with SPOILER: two robots on a spaceship! They appear to be trapped, but... END SPOILER".