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Archive for August 26, 2011

Ghostbusters 3

Ghostbusters 3 has been in developmental limbo for years, held up in large part by the studio’s inability to get leading man Bill Murray to commit, or for that matter even read a script. Yesterday, franchise co-star Dan Aykroyd said the film will shoot next year, even if Murray’s not in. “That is our hope. We have an excellent script,” he said on radio’s The Dennis Miller Show. ”What we have to remember is that Ghostbusters is bigger than any one component, although Billy was absolutely the lead and contributed to it in a massive way, as was the director and Harold (Ramis), myself and Sigourney (Weaver). The concept is much larger than any individual role and the promise of Ghostbusters 3 is that we get to hand the equipment and the franchise down to new blood.” Somebody better tell the execs at Sony, where it’s still no movie. And for that matter, Murray.

Frankenstein Update

How many remakes, reboots and reimaginings are currently being shot, written or ‘brain-stormed’ by various studios? I love the Mary Shelley novel, the old Universal classics, the Hammer versions form the 60’s and Kenneth Branaghs more faithful, shirt-ripping tale from 1994. However, the majority of movies based on the popular tale are generally awful… apparently there are as many as 8 versions in the works at various stages.

It appears that Shawn Levy is about to helm a version for Fox. For those wondering who the hell is Shawn Levy, he made Date Night, Night at the Museum 1 & 2, Pink Panther remake and Cheaper by the Dozen… Wow… an obvious choice! I just don’t get it. Max Landis has written the script, described as a new take on the novel..

There was National Theatre version, directed by Danny Boyle and screened around the world.

NBC are planning a version written by ‘House’ executive producers Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner. At least they have a bit of form…

In some good news on the subject, Guillermo Del Toro is working on his own version of which it has been previsouly reported that actor Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy films) would play the creature, and it would be based on Bernie Wrightson’s art. That’ the version we want to see!

Oh, and Bruce Campbell is planning to appear in Bruce Vs Frankenstein, a sequel to 2007’s My Name is Bruce. It was announced in January and described then as “The Expendables of horror.” So is Bruce Vs Frankenstein still on the cards? Campbell reveals: “It is if the script is shootable, as they say. “One thing I’ve learned over the years is that a bad script will equal a bad movie, so we’re trying to get it to be a good script so it’ll be a good movie.”

We’ve had so many variations on the Frankenstein theme it’s hard to keep up: ‘House of Frankenstein’, ‘Revenge of Frankenstein’, ‘Curse of Frankenstein’, ‘Horror of Frankenstein’, ‘The Evil of Frankenstein’, ‘Tales of Frankenstein’, ‘Ghost of Frankenstein’, ‘Son of Frankenstein’, ‘Lady Frankenstein’, ‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’, ‘Frankenstein Vs. the Wolfman’, ‘Dracula Vs. Frankenstein’, ‘Frankenstein Created Woman’, ‘Mistress Frankenstein’, ‘I Was A Teenage Frankenstein’, ‘Young Frankenstein’, ‘Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell’, ‘Flesh for Frankenstein’, ‘Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein’, ‘Alvin & The Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein’, ‘Frankenstein Conquers the World’, ‘Andy Warhols Frankenstein’, a slew of TV adaptations and something called ‘Bikini Frankenstein’. 

I think I should go home and watch ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ from my old Universal Classic DVD.