They want a dark and gritty version of… THE MUNSTERS.

Via GeekTyrant: “The project is titled 1313, and it is described as “a horror series that plays on the Universal Monsterverse, aka a darker reimagining of the 1964 classic sitcom The Munsters.”” …And GeekTyrant doesn’t understand why, either. That takes some doing! The folks over there are even more cheerfully forgiving of movies than I am, which is why I read them. It takes a lot for them to go, “NO!” and smack somebody on the nose with a rolled-up newspaper.

:shaking my head: Just because you can do something doesn’t mean that you should. I know that’s a platitude, but it’s also correct.

Nicolas Cage to do live-action Spider-Noir.

Wellllll… all right? “Nicolas Cage will once again play Spider-Man Noir, but this time in a live-action series. Cage is set to star in the live-action show “Noir,” which has been ordered to series at MGM+ and Amazon Prime Video.” It’d be — okay, fine, if it was anybody but Cage I’d worry that the live-action part would be far too stupid. But Nick Cage lives in the ‘far too stupid.’ He was born to it, was raised in it, he has made it his own*. So this might work.

*Or whatever the quote is. I’m too lazy to look it up right now.

They’re doing a Momo (you may not have heard of this one) movie.

I’m worried. My mom loves this book to death: “There’s a new film project in development for a fantasy film titled Momo, which is based on the fantasy books written by The Neverending Story writer Michael Ende.” I don’t really want to tell her that the movie version of Momo turned out… poorly.

My only consolation? I don’t recognize either the director or the producer. That makes it just a little more likely that they’re not horrible.

#commissionearned

MEGALOPOLIS is apparently baffling critics.

I find this to be highly entertaining. The bafflement, I mean. It’s like Francis Ford Coppola is deliberately trying to make critics’ heads snow crash, because at this point of his life, why not? Or maybe… well, Robert Anton Wilson once put forth the notion that every true guru is quietly desperate to have people treat them like gurus. Maybe this is Coppola’s payback for being treated like his excrement didn’t reek*.

So, will I see MEGALOPOLIS? Danged if I know. It may not be showing near me. I might have to wait until it hits DVD.

Moe Lane

*Seriously, that can be annoying.

Movie of the Week: DUNE: PART TWO.

I fully get that there are people who don’t like DUNE: PART TWO, and I can understand their reasoning. Denis Villeneuve compressed a bunch of the timeline, removed two major characters without much if any in the way of explanation, and altered the ending (presumably to make his vision for DUNE MESSIAH work out better). These are not minor changes. There’s nothing wrong with disapproving of them.

But, you know, I didn’t get particularly upset with the lack of Tom Bombadil and The Scouring of the Shire in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and I’m a lot more emotionally invested in Middle Earth than I am Dune. So I’m maintaining an even strain. Nobody else has to, obviously. It’s cool.

#commissionearned

The ‘I’m talking myself into it’ MEGALOPOLIS trailer.

MEGALOPOLIS has got this really weird vibe to it. I’d almost say Coppola had read THE FOUNTAINHEAD* recently, except that’s almost literally impossible – or at least, he’d never admit to it in public like this if he had. Maybe he just read Tom Wolfe instead. You can still get away with that in Hollywood.

Moe Lane

*Ayn Rand is not really my cup of tea, but we might have been all better off if she had dropped the political stuff and concentrated on writing about architecture.