Brett Ratner Readies VJ Drama ‘I Want My MTV’

Could the endless weeks of rampant speculation be over? Is it possible that we finally know what Brett Ratner’s next directing project after Hercules is going to be? Not necessarily, but Variety has some news on a new film that he’s definitely involved in as a producer, and that he might end up directing if things work out. His Rat Entertainment is in talks to adapt “I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution,” a chronicle of the early days of MTV written by Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum.

Ratner has earned a lot of criticism over the years due to his ADD directing style, but what better project for him to take on than a historical look back at the people who invented vapid, quick-cut nonsense? Factor in that the man’s last film, Tower Heist, was actually mostly unoffensive, and we may be at the beginnings of a Brett Ratner revolution. Especially now that he has all of that Oscar controversy behind him. Sure, we’re not yet certain that he’s going to end up directing this one, but it’s probably an easy bet that he’ll at least be in the room when they’re auditioning young actresses to play Nina Blackwood and Martha Quinn; so both this movie and the girls should end up with his fingerprints all over them.

All joking about what a sleaze Ratner comes off as aside, the guerrilla beginnings of the MTV network could actually be fascinating fodder for a film. That was a crazy time in early cable television production that we’re not likely to see the likes of ever again, now that the all-powerful corporate hand is so fully in charge of everything. Has anybody taken a look at what this book they’re adapting is like? Is there a whole chapter about Remote Control? Now I’m getting excited.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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