The Movie Overdose’s newest, and essentially lone writer Chris Inman outlines his most anticipated movies of the coming year. Listen to Sam, Tom and John’s choices on Episode Number 48.
The Rum Diary
Why the buzz? : Johnny Depp has been a little disappointing of late, starring in major films where he seems to play a caricature of himself, so a return to a more intimate character-driven role will hopefully see a return to form. His performance in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas shows that he is able to ply his trade in supposed ‘unfilmable’ Hunter S Thompson adaptations. Giovanni Ribisi and Aaron Eckhart also star in this story of a freelance journalist writing for a paper in the Caribbean who develops a fixation for rum and a businessman’s fiancée.
In further writer news for the day, two Oscar-winning scribes have signed up for new projects.
Slumdog Millionaire’s Simon Beaufoy, wrongly rumoured in the past week to be attached to the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, has signed up to write the DreamWorks Animation picture Truckers.
Truckers is the title of the first of the three books. The trilogy tells the story of the Nomes, a race of tiny people from another world who now struggle to survive in the world hidden among humans. They find an artifact known as “The Thing” which teaches them about their secret history and make plans to return home.
Sounds like it could be very interesting and will probably chime with the sensibilities of Beaufoy as a British writer. It could also provide DreamWorks with a chance to show off some real technological mastery.
Separately, Departed-writer William Monahan, who also penned Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies and the upcoming Edge of Darkness with Mel Gibson, has signed up to write and direct The Essex, described on First Showing as ‘a historical drama about Capt. David S Porter and his daring sea battles against the British during the War of 1812’.
Monahan has a chunk of projects going at the moment, including his debut directorial effort London Boulevard, with Keira Knightley and Colin Farrell, and The Art of the Heist, an adaptation of the memoirs of criminal Myles Connor.