For a number of years, this was one of the many films that Steven Spielberg comtemplated making, along with Memoirs Of A Geisha, Minority Report, a biography of Charles Lindberg and about 15 other projects based on literary works. Eventually, Spielberg lost interest in the idea of Big Fish and allowed producers Richard Zanuck, Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen to find someone else to helm John August’s adaptation of Daniel Wallace’s book “Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions.”
Will Eisner Ever Learn?
A few days ago, we reported a major shakeup about to happen at King Rat. Variety today will run a story that Peter Schnieder, the man who sort of revitalized the animation department after Jeffrey Katzenberg’s departure and was rewarded with the chairmanship of the Disney Pictures division when Joe Roth departed, is on his way out the door as well after a scant seventeen months.
One nut goes to Moriarty at AICN, one nut goes to our buddy Patrick at Corona. Viva la revolution!
I’d also like to send a thank you and a warm “fuck you” to all our new friends who have stumbled upon the site lately. We have a whole slew of shit to cover, so let’s get cracking.
Simon West and the producers of the recently opened piece of shit Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Opening this past Friday to near universal scorn and a box office gross even more inflated than Angelina Jolie’s tits, it seems West and company are more concerned with protecting their fragile egos than about making the best film they could. Check out the cavalier attitude of the producers as they announce their plans to franchise LC:TR even before the first film opened. Last year, another group of haughty producers did the same thing. Unfortunately for them, Battlefield: Earth has a dreadlocked alien John Travolta instead of a mammary enhanced Angelina Jolie in hot pants and a mini T. I doubt B:E 2 will ever see the light of day. Despite the near $50M opening weekend, don’t be too shocked if LC:TR doesn’t clear $80M after six weeks.
Mr. X was nice enough to visit me again to talk about the ending he saw of this very early director’s cut. I usually have a problem who come into my bathroom while I am taking a shower, but Mr. X was kind enough to loufa my back, so I forgave him this time. With only a few weeks until opening day, we’ll see if this is the ending Tim Burton uses.
Sorry, Ma, I Won’t Be Home For Chanukah
Those biding their time until Eight Crazy Nights, Adam Sandler’s animated holiday musical, gets released, are going to have to wait a little while longer. Sony has quietly moved the film out of its prime December 14th opening and stacked it on the dreaded “2002 TBD” list.