Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Hollywood Babble On & On #595: Little Bitty Link Pieces

Welcome to the show folks...

Bit of a slow news day... so here are a few quick hits...


Harvey Weinstein's magical hypno-coin still has some magic in it. The Weinstein Co. has been on a bit of a shopping spree at the Toronto International Film Festival, recently picking up the British coming of age comedy Submarine.

The rumor is that TWC offered less cash up front, but made a bigger release commitment.


Sorry, I just blurted that out.

But come on, you have to admit that past
behavior is a pretty good indicator of future behavior, and everything indicates that when the time release the film in 2011 comes... and goes... the only talk about this film will be between lawyers over violated release commitments, and cranks like me liberally peppered with the old chestnut: "I told you so."

I fear that this will join all the other Weinstein Co. acquisitions, which will be propping up the little couch-cushion fort Harvey Weinstein's built in his office.


If you don't know much about
Doctor Who, and want to be one of the cool kids, then check out this handy intro from Chris Hardwick's Nerdist website.


Then thank the good folks at io9, who present The Lord of the Rings... in Finnish.


The ABC network is putting together a Prince of Tides TV series.


Perhaps I'm getting ahead of myself.

If you don't know
The Prince of Tides started as a novel by Pat Conroy. It was all about abuse, family dysfunction, and mental illness in the Old South. It was made into an Oscar bait movie by Barbra Streisand in 1991, but only succeeded in getting co-star Nick Nolte a Golden Globe.

I can see them doing a TV movie that's closer to the book.

I can see them doing a mini-series based on the book. The Brits do it all the time.

In fact, if they were to do it as a miniseries, I'd root for them. A lot of books can't be adapted properly into 90min to 2hr movies, but a multi-part "novel for television" could do it right.

If they're doing that, fine.

But I fear that they're going to try to make it a traditional series, with 22-25 episodes each season, and aim for a 100+ episode run. I don't think the writers could stretch a single novel and its characters out that long without becoming a repetitious litany of misery that the audience will avoid like the plague, or turning it into a traditional soap opera.

I just can't see it.

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