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Themaster20000



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 11:56 am Reply with quote
Still need a better director than the one they have. I can't see it being anymore than being generic sci-fi action schlock.
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None of these name seem to fit the project... I guess Johansson could sorta pull Motoko (ignoring the obvious non Asian part, but I'm assuming the movie is not set in japan).

How do these decision even happen?

-"We need someone to touch up the script of an action heavy sci-fi with some philosophy"

-"How about that guy, his last movie was about a rap band"

-"Genius!"
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 1:19 pm Reply with quote
It's more likely it's that he received a reputation for writing a well-acclaimed, high-box-office, intelligent story with a gritty setting and with hardboiled characters. That's the strongest connection I can think of.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 2:16 pm Reply with quote
Yeah, say what you will, but Straight Outta Compton did very well commercially and critically.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 2:26 pm Reply with quote
And it became a meme! Laughing

  • As with Ghost in the Shell, Herman was brought in to do an overhaul on the long-gestating Straight Outta Compton, writing the draft that got the go-ahead from Universal. The film became a surprise late-summer hit for the studio and is nearing the $200 million mark worldwide.

    Herman wrote a new draft of the Scarface remake in the works at Universal. He also is currently in development on The Demonologist and The Birds remake at Universal.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 2:29 pm Reply with quote
meiam wrote:
None of these name seem to fit the project... I guess Johansson could sorta pull Motoko (ignoring the obvious non Asian part, but I'm assuming the movie is not set in japan).

How do these decision even happen?

-"We need someone to touch up the script of an action heavy sci-fi with some philosophy"

-"How about that guy, his last movie was about a rap band"

-"Genius!"


Yep, that's how "Flavor of the Month" works.
(And it seemed like such a great idea at the time when Fox wanted to hire a new indie cult-movie director to do a big-budget superhero movie, just because he'd done the big breakout critical hit of the moment...)
When the GITS producers saw the Compton writer, they didn't think "Rap", they thought "Urban thriller" and "Oscar buzz...Get him now and first, while he's cheap!" (Compton's still going to be steamrollered by the Pixar movie, though.)

As it is, I still see Johansson in the role, and think it was only envisioned as another generic whitewashed empowerment-fantasy "sandbox" movie for another A-list actress to spend a couple of fun weeks running around and playing badass-cops-and-robbers in.
IOW, "Lucy", only less French. Rolling Eyes

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enurtsol wrote:
And it became a meme! Laughing
    Herman wrote a new draft of the Scarface remake in the works at Universal. He also is currently in development on The Demonologist and The Birds remake at Universal.


They're STILL doing a Scarface remake? Last I'd heard of it was the previous script draft three years ago on a viewer-interest survey--which studios usually do to back off their bets on disasters-in-the-making--where it was going to bear absolutely no resemblance to the Pacino movie (except for the obvious geek-gasm refs), be reset in the Mexican drug cartels, and throw in a crazy subplot where the titular scar was some prophecy of our hero's "destiny".

One can see why they're redrafting it Shocked , but no crazy abandoned script draft is ever truly lost in the final script...Oh, and at the time, they also asked us what other 70's-80's action movies we wanted to see rebooted: Godfather, Pulp Fiction, Die Hard or Magnificent Seven?
That was literally an industry cry for help--"Help" as in "We've forgotten how to make action movies! Why don't domestic US audiences go to see action movies anymore, like they did back in the old days?"

(Oh, and the Birds thing was some looney Michael Bay idea they never got around to throwing out at New Line, so it sat around, got moldy, mutated, and was picked up by Universal during one of their icon-happy moments...)


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BadNewsBlues



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 3:13 pm Reply with quote
meiam wrote:


-"How about that guy, his last movie was about a rap band"


Rap band?

NWA are a "rap band"?

Like seriously Mad
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 6:41 pm Reply with quote
Beatdigga: Yeah, but it works, because it's based off a true story.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 11:50 pm Reply with quote
This is not going to end well.
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When keepin it real goes wrong.
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back to the depths of development hell you go!
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