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McG Has A Space Adventure??

Published at: March 15, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

Merrick here...

Details on this one are admittedly scarce at the moment, but it's food for thought none the less.  

Fox has picked up a space adventure that looks to have McG onboard as a producer on the picture, and possible as its director. 

...the project will be scripted by David Callaham, whose credits include Doom and most recently The Expendables

...says THIS piece at Deadline.  

No word on the movie's title yet - but the combining of Fox, McG, and space adventure conjures imaginings of a McG directed STAR WARS film (no, I'm not suggesting that's what this project is).  

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  • March 15, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Food for Thought...

    by ApolloBrowncoat

    that tastes like crap. McG space adventure from the guy who wrote Expendables couldn't sound less exciting.

  • March 15, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Never mind all that, give me this Godzilla script

    by spacehog

    Seems like half the commenters at Deadline have read Callaham's Godzilla script and said it's the best thing in the history of the universe. Let's all pass that around instead of speculating on this near-contentless news.

  • March 15, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Why is McG getting jobs?

    by Sean Shapiro

  • March 15, 2011, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Should have "Uranus" in the title somewhere

    by Behemoth

    Befits this douchebag's work. McG. Can you imagine demanding that people call you "McG"? For that reason alone, I hope he's prodded nightly by an alien with giant sausage fingers.

  • March 15, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    DOOM was horrible.

    by johnnybronto

    The rock gotta eat.

  • March 15, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Godzilla at this time?

    by ihatetalkbacks

    I really don't think any one will be posting about it

  • March 15, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Why is McG getting blowjobs?

    by Denty420

    He should concentrate on making decent movies.

  • March 15, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Ah McG...

    by cushing1967

    McG. I hate him – I do, because he’s called McG. Then I think – you know what it’s just short for McGillicuddy or McGinty or something and it doesn’t seem so bad. Then, of course, I remember that he was born in 1968 and I am only a year older than him and the whole idea of using my childhood nickname in a professional capacity would be a terrible, asinine thing to do. And I hate him. Then I think – Charlie’s Angels was quite good fun. And then I remember that he did Charlies Angels Full Throttle and I hate him. Then I think that he did Terminator Salvation that, while most people seemed to hate I thought was kind of refreshing in some ways as Terminator 3 had mostly sucked and that had been directed by a man with a proper big boy name. Then I remember that he had planned to bring yet more fucking time travel into a series that had dealt with time travel in as much detail as possible and I hate him. Then I think that he produced the OC (which I have never seen but still feel qualified to hate him for) Then I remember that he produces Supernatural, Human Target and Chuck and I kind of can’t hate him. So, in conclusion if he grows up and gets a proper name and produces a Space Adventure series in the style of a Star Wars Space Opera then that’s cool. If he stays McG and directs it I’ll hate him. (I don’t really hate him as I have no idea what he’s like as a human being but he’s called McG and he’s forty fucking two!!!!!) I am also slightly aware of the fact that I am posting this under the name Cushing1967 but I don't go to work and insist that people call me Cushing1967.

  • March 15, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    McG as a producer is actually pretty good

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    Even his tv stuff - Fastlane, Supernatural, etc... it's good stuff. His directing is not always perfect, but he's improving. I was impressed with his more restrained stuff like We Are Marshall.

  • March 15, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    McG...you have something to say to this prick?

    by vettebro

    Do you want me to trash your lights?! Do you want me to trash em?!? You knew it was coming. ; )

  • March 15, 2011, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Cushing1967

    by intonare

    Sound reasoning, old bean. I agree.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:04 a.m. CST

    wouldnt it be funny if McG's project turned out to be a live action "Space Ace"

    by Wilford_Brimleys_Diabetes_Rage

  • March 15, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST

    McG is the Retarded Michael Bay

    by TDH1138

    At least with Bay I get some quality in the effects, there's style in his shooting and a bit of Humor. McG is just an outright tool. Having been to film school and thru animation school and knowing what I know, that guy should get up every morning and look at the contract he signed with the Devil and dance a jig because that's what this fucker did to get where he is. Yea, I hate the fucking guy. I really need to shoot something soon.... I'm not getting any younger.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST

    I wouldn't give this hack money

    by In Action Man Reborn Requiem

    to film a dog food commercial.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    McG is a talentless asshole

    by kwisatzhaderach

    I'll never forget him explaining his original ending of Terminator Salvation to a clearly unimpressed journalist..."Check it out!" Fucking tool.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:43 a.m. CST

    McG... yawn... let's here more about this epic Godzilla script...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Is it the shooting script? Is the Big G a total villainous badass? Other monsters? Details!!!!

  • March 15, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Charlie's Angels: In Space...

    by Jeditemple

    I saw Full Throttle recently and wanted to vomit...again. McG sucks.

  • Really, he committed an unforgivable sin for fucking up the Terminator franchise, and for forcing Christian Bale to work with Shane Hurlbutt, who is the most unprofessional DP in the history of motion pictures! Really, Hurlbutt should have been exiled from Hollywood and never allowed on a movie set again! What he forced Bale to endure was unforgivable!

  • March 15, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    Scott McCloud, SPACE ANGEL!

    by rben

    and only the mouths move. make it so!

  • March 15, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Can't be worse than Lucas

    by ImMorganFreeman

    At least it'll be short.

  • March 15, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Merrick, that is how rumors start.

    by ROBRAM89

    If I have to deal with a bunch of screaming twelve-year-olds now in every corner of the internet wailing about how the guy who killed Terminator is going to buttfuck Star Wars, it will be on your head.

  • March 15, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    A space adventure film that isnt based on a ......

    by Father

    ....video game, a comic book, a theme park ride or tv show ? Really? Damn!

  • March 15, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    how can a guy who's afraid to fly on an airplane

    by oisin5199

    direct a space adventure?

  • March 15, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Is Merrick being Sarcastic or is he being serious..?

    by D o o d

    McG + Fox = Star Wars...??? Where did THAT come from..?? Hey Merrick, this is the formula and don't forget it:- McG + "Anything" = Shite!

  • March 15, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    You had me until you said Doom

    by jimmy_009

    What a waste of great potential. Now if Zack Snyder could get a hold of Doom...

  • March 15, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Man, I am DYING to read this Godzilla script.

    by fustfick

    Oh, and "Hurlbut" is just about the greatest name in the whole wide world.

  • family drifting through the space colonies after the eco-disaster on Earth with funny friendly alien guide and not-too-threatening space pirate guy and . . . <p> The usual trope tripe.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    So McG is envious of Abrams Trek and also wants his own space movie?

    by AsimovLives

  • March 15, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST

    ... McG's track record...

    by bubcus

    Charlie's Angels was silly and well... dumb. We Are Marshall was good. Terminator Salvation was mediocre. He produced / co-produced Chuck, Human Target, Supernatural, Nikita, and The OC. His track record isn't bad enough to merit the flame fest. He's not George Lucas or Michael Bay. Lucas is a great storyteller that had too many yes-men around when assembling the dreadful SW prequels but retains my admiration for giving us the original SW films, Indiana Jones, and Willow. Michael Bay loves Victoria Secret girls and big explosions.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:26 p.m. CST

    More like a McG-directed Wing Commander...

    by Royston Lodge

    So say we all.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Someone lists DOOM on their resume?!?!?!?

    by impossibledreamers

    Dude, are you that hard up?

  • March 15, 2011, 12:50 p.m. CST

    FOX + McG = steaming pile of shit

    by ATARI

    You know it to be true.

  • March 15, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Let's hope he never comes back.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • March 15, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    McG is better than Michael Bay...

    by Andrew Coleman

    The Rock was great... But Transformers 2 was horrible in every possible way. It's not even a movie. It's also racist as shit. Michael Bay has proved he can never turn it down a notch. The Island was half good until the mid point where he lost control. McG made We Are Marshal which was a pretty decent sports film. Sure Terminator Salvation should have been better but it isn't a straight fucking abortion which Bay likes to make these days.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    This is seriously...

    by jasper Stillwell

    ...among one of the funnier talkbacks I've read in a while. And I don't think McG deserves anything less. I'm so glad his version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was shitcanned. Can you fucking imagine? McG's only decent contribution to cinema that I can recall was the sound design to the giant robot attack sequence in T: Salvation. But of course that fell apart when you wondered how a 60 foot fucking war machine managed to creep up on everyone without them noticing. I don't know what's more stupid, the director who thought it was a good idea in the first place or the studio/production team who didn't tap him on the shoulder and get him to think about narrative logic. Cushing1967 - you are my poster of the day.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    'Who's credits include Doom & Expendables!!' Who'd admit to that?'

    by Arkhaminmate001

  • March 15, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Damn!

    by grev

    I thought 'McG has a space adventure?' meant he was getting thrown out of an airlock! Colour me miffed! :(

  • March 15, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Saying McG is better than Bay is like ...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    ... saying lung cancer is better than colon cancer.

  • March 15, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    "no, I'm not suggesting that's what this project is"

    by Bash_Branigan

    Actually, look again. That IS what you are suggesting it is.

  • March 15, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    McG Consider your lights trashed....

    by DangerDave

  • March 15, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    now go away.

    by DangerDave

  • March 15, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Is anything in space NOT an adventure?

    by Fred

  • March 15, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    So since McGee is attached that pretty much means this will never happen.

    by Professor_Monster

    And even saying McGee could get close to doing a Star Wars type film is a little much, don't cha think?

  • March 15, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    McG has a Space Adventure

    by cushing1967

    Sounds like one of a series of children's books. Sort of in between 'McG has an Undersea Adventure' and 'McG has a Centre of the Earth Adventure'. A bit like Tin Tin but where the hero is a middle aged man who is called Mc Fucking G.

  • March 15, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Ironic since a-scared of planes

    by Jaster

  • March 15, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Space Opera

    by cushing1967

    Not that I want McG to direct it but I really do miss fun Space Opera flicks. I'd love to see something like a decent Battle Beyond The Stars or something like that. I'm not really talking about further Star Trek movies - though I did like Star Trek and look forward to any sequels. I am talking about something with new characters and dogfights and robots and blasters and something fun and exciting. I like grit in my movies but not always at the expense of fun.

  • March 15, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    fred: "Is anything in space NOT an adventure?"

    by spacehog

    Solaris? Maybe that episode of ST: TNG where Data is on trial to decide if he's a person or a thing? ... This is actually quite the brain-teaser.

  • March 15, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    McG brings to my mind the forgotten McDLT.

    by Frank Conniff

    The hot side stayed hot, and the cold side stayed cold. Terminator: Salvation sucked. I liked how John Connor was totally cool with just taking the superfluous cyborg guy’s heart at the end. Kill my perfectly healthy friend so that I can live? Don’t mind if I do!

  • March 15, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    We should officially name this guy McGina

    by _Venkman

    Gina as in Vagina

  • March 15, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    sounds like a shit sandwich

    by alienindisguise

    too bad mcnuggets gets to make movie while real talent starves.

  • March 15, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    funniest part of the Christian Bale T4 set meltdown audio...

    by Billy_D_Williams

    was when he called McG "McG"...do people really go around calling this guy McG? lmao

  • March 15, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Who gives a shit

    by KilliK

    The McG name guarantees that it will be a PIECE OF SHIT.

  • March 15, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Is this the "Untitled Ouija Project"

    by oogles

    ...listed on IMDB? I can't wait for Monopoly or Chutes and Ladders the movie.

  • March 15, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    fred

    by Monolith_Jones

    2001

  • March 15, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST

    cushing1967

    by lv_426

    Amen. Bring on some new space opera films. Or at least they could adapt some space opera novels or video games or something that hasn't been seen in film form yet. I do find it funny though, Battle LA has a good opening weekend and you've got McG sliding in there and riding Battle LA's coattails to sell a space-related sci-fi film. You would think that other writers and filmmakers have some actual fully written sci-fi or space opera screenplays out there that you know, actually have a real title and could be pitched as something non-generic sounding like "McG's Space Adventure" for fuck's sake.

  • March 15, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Hey McG...

    by AllThosePowers

    ...go suck a bag of dicks you shit slurping motherfucker!! i barely got time to type these words to you, so fuck off!!

  • Didn't he do some goofy short-infomercial thing where he pimped Pizza Hut along with Terminator Salvation?

  • March 15, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Everyone check out this article if you haven't already.

    by Monolith_Jones

    http://www.gq.com/entertainment/movies-and-tv/201102/the-day-the-movies-died-mark-harris?printable=true

  • March 15, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    McG showed SOME promise on Terminator Salvation

    by SilentP

    It was the script/story that ruined that movie. But I still think that with a good script, he might be able to make something actually impressive. Is David Callaham the man to help him? Yeah, probably not. Also, he needs to stop calling himself McG. Seriously man, it's enough, nobody has warmed up to it, it sounds stupid.

  • March 15, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST

    I'll give McG some points for Terminator Salvation

    by lv_426

    If the script was better, and they weren't trying to start another terminator trilogy franchise beast-thing to make gobs of money and instead made a darker man vs. skynet war film set in 2029 with 40-watt plasma rifles and all the stuff that Cameron's future sequences had... etc. But he did direct the action very well and it was at least a try for something different than T3's greatest hits style rehash of T2. Casting Anton Yelchin as a young Reese was a great call too. Too bad the film didn't focus on Reese and Connor. They had to have it be all about Sam Worthington's Marcus the cyborg, who just conveniently happened to be a much better infiltrator unit and more advanced than the T800's and beyond. Then there were McG's awful sounding ideas for a sequel to Salvation. The stuff about John Connor and terminators time traveling back to and warring in present day London while Robert Patrick would play some doctor or scientist doing experiments with biotechnology or something. All that proposed mumbo jumbo actually made me glad he wasn't going to be doing another one.

  • March 15, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    What the Mcg don't you understand?!?!

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • March 15, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    What the Mcg don't you understand?!?!

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • March 15, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Mass effect movie? McG???

    by Norman Colson

    That's what im thinking.... I want james cameron on that asap with mattew fox as commander sheppard! lol.

  • March 15, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Aint It McG News (nt)

    by Triple_J_72

  • March 16, 2011, 5:15 a.m. CST

    AICN, be cool and call him Joe McGinty all the time

    by Koborover

    Someone must take a stand against that ridiculous nickname.

  • March 16, 2011, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Bale rant is everything you need to know about McG

    by Bass Ackwards

    Bale going off while McG just sits there, then Bale asks McG if he's going to do something and McG says " uh, let's take a break?" To which Bale just responds no, we're not taking a break, so then they don't take a break. McG probably signs off on the schedule, and that's about the extent of his control as a director. If McG's movies come off like half assed ideas he saw in other movies smooched together by a process of studio notes, that's because that's exactly what they are. McG doesn't have the backbone or balls to come up with his own vision, he gets signed onto a project and just says yes to whatever ideas are brought to him.

  • March 16, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Godzilla could eat the 3 nuke reactors and save Japan

    by UltraTron

    in this installment.

  • March 16, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Well whoopty fuckin do!

    by Rectal Blowout

  • March 16, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Abortion In Space!!!!!

    by Luscious.868

    Why is McG still allowed to direct films? When's the last time he directed anything that wasn't a steaming pile of crap? I gave him the benefit of the doubt on the last Terminator flick. Huge mistake. What a freaking abortion that turned out to be. You've got Christian Bale in the lead as John Connor with the Terminator franchise to play with and the that was the result? The only camera McG should be allowed to pickup ever again is one built into a cell phone.

  • March 16, 2011, 11:31 p.m. CST

    McG is like the Sarah Palin of movie directors...

    by blue meanie

    All talk, no walk. Totally brainless and talentless. He's beyond his 15 minutes of fame, and yet he keeps putting out shit after shit movie, and torturing us with some of the worst movies ever made. Someone PLEAASSEEE...get a gun and put this motherfucking dog out of it's misery!!!

  • March 17, 2011, 5:22 a.m. CST

    McG Has A Space Adventure??

    by Johnny Wishbone

    To quote Christian Bale: "Ohhhhhhhh. goooood for yoooouuuu!"

  • March 17, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    INTRODUCING THE MCG FROM MCDONALD'S

    by J-Dizzle

    Its enough crap to give you a cardiac arrest!