There have been a few times when Tom and I have wondered how easy it must be to make a film these days. Quite often we can have little brainstorming sessions wherein we create masterpiece after masterpiece so we decided to start sharing these little exchanges. Starting from today The Movie Overdose is proud to present a new series of articles that will give you a glimpse into the wonderful world of two of potentially the most awful film producers ever…
This week we present to you a bold re-imagining of Andrei Tarkovsky’s seminal science fiction masterpiece, Stalker.
Tom: still could have done with a bullet-time gun battle with aliens at the end
wonder if Paul W.S. Anderson has thought about remaking it
John: you live to torment me, don’t you tom?
Tom: Woody Harrelson as the Stalker (as that Russian guy reminded me of him)
John: i’ll give you that one
nic cage as the Scientist
Tom: now you’re on board!
John: not sure about Writer
Tom: he can die early on. The Zone can be filled with literal traps. maybe he steps on a disintegration bomb
it’ll be called Stalker: Get In The Zone
John: yes yes yes
like Cube but in a field
Tom: yeah. with a bit of Labyrinth
set it in the US. no one knows where Russia is these days
Tom: also the scientist is evil and he wishes to transform into a CGI monster
John: stalker’s wife Charlize Theron follows him into the Zone
also, the meat grinder is an actual meat grinder
everyone is telekinetic in the zone
Tom: it has to be guarded by some creatures too
John: bad shadow creatures like the stuff out of The Darkness
i’ve got it
the zone is the result of an experiment with alien technology GONE WRONG
the person now in control of the zone is an evil scientist
ladies and gentlemen
Tom: AND the Stalker was one of those aliens but got amnesia. that’s why he knows the terrain so well because HE WAS BORN THERE
John: he’s also dead
like a thetan
got to get some kind of Scientology slant in there somehow
Sasha Baron Cohen’s next project will, according to The Sun, be another mockumentary about character trying to enter the Eurovision song contest. I would love to see him walk away from that style as Borat and Bruno were too hit-and-miss for my tastes. Isn’t this well dry?
Terminator Salvation/Avatar duffer Sam Worthington is in talks to star in The Tourist, alongside Charlize Theron.
Hugh Jackman is going to star in The Greatest Showman on Earth, a biopic of PT Barnum.
Carla Gugino is to reteam with Watchmen director Zack Snyder on his Sucker Punch.
The trailer has shown up for The Road, the John Hillcoat-directed adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy masterpiece. The film, starring Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron and the always great Garrett Dillahunt, has been much-delayed but is now due to hit cinemas in the US at the end of this year and probably the UK a few months later.
The trailer, for those who have read the book, seems to play up a great deal of action which always seemed more implied than explored. The book is much more a study of a post-apocalyptic landscape and the relationship between father and son roaming the empty planet. I’m not sure I completely dig that feel but, with amazing source material, a superb cast (including The Wire’s Michael K Williams) and director (of The Proposition) and assurances from Esquire’s Tom Chiarella of its importance, I’m willing to put my trust in the production for the time-being. Check out the trailer below.