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MOD #18 Show Notes

A clip from Jack of All Trades, the show on which Star Trek scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzmann worked with the great Bruce Campbell.

The guy playing James T Kirk’s dad is Chris Hemsworth, presently only known for being on Australian soap Home & Away, but hopefully to get more attention now.

Our news this week: The Deadpool spin-off. Keanu Reeves cast at Jekyll and Hyde. Ratner off Conan, possibly in favour of James McTeigue.

Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer also worked on The Human Stain and Elegy, both adapted from the work of Philip Roth.

Timecrimes director Nacho Vigalondo’s excellent, Oscar-nominated short film, 7:35 de la Manana Corto (7:35 in the Morning).

Silent Running director was indeed Douglas Trumbull.

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Reeves to Play Jekyll/Hyde

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Keanu Reeves has reportedly signed on to star in a modern retelling of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, the novella by Robert Louis Stevenson and subject of numerous adaptations and interpretations down the years.

Justin Haythe, the writer of Revolutionary Road, has been tapped to write a screenplay with Nicholas Winding Refn, the man behind the Pusher trilogy and the outstanding Bronson, in negotiations to direct.

I would really like to tell you that this made me even remotely excited but, to be honest, two thirds of this news sounds awful.

Reeves having to play a character with different facets to his personality seems like one of the worst casting decisions ever made. I love Keanu. In the right role, one in which he plays characters who have absolutely no idea what’s going on, he can completely work. When he pushes it beyond that, things can get real ugly.

In addition to that, Justin Haythe’s screenplay for Revolutionary Road was terrible, sucking all the pathos and toughness of Richard Yates’ writing in favour of annoyingingly expository moments filled with boneheaded subtext.

Refn’s potential involvement is great because he is a genuine talent with an auteurist touch who could provide a really interesting interpretation of this source material visually.

But the news, also noted in by Rope of Silicon, that Guillermo del Toro is also working on a closer adaptation of the story begs a question of why this motley crue is being assembled to take on the project too.