‘Cal of the Wild’ Seems a Few Years Too Late


So I know we’re all going crazy about Shia Labeouf thinking his mom is sexy and wanting to marry her and being a crazy alcoholic, but I’m gonna need you to focus for just a second so I can report the news that a movie is being developed over at DreamWorks. Calm down. Good? Good.

Jonathan Goldstein, whose written for “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” and John Francis Daley, who you’ll remember best as that one kid from “Freaks and Geeks” that wore that powder blue jumpsuit that one time, have been hired to write the script for an in-house developed project called Cal of the Wild.

According to Variety, the project will poke fun at reality television programs when a star of a survivalism show and his assistant find themselves in a real-life, bona fide life-or-death scenario. Which leads me to two points:

  1. Shouldn’t this film have come out in 2002? You know, back when “Survivor” was actually relevant? Or at least in 2007 when we all started making fun of “Man vs. Wild” for being totally fake?
  2. What DreamWorks executive saw how successful Tropic Thunder was and figured they’d do a television version of it?

That’s right. I’m back to shitting all over projects before they’re even written.

Who knows – the premise sounds seriously out-dated, and I can’t help but instantly see the connection to last year’s hilarious film about Robert Downey Jr being in black face (that’s what it was about, right?), but there might be some comedy gold lurking around in it. If there is, Goldstein and Daley are strong candidates to find it.

Oh, and you’ll notice I refrained from making fun of the title. I figured you’d want something to do in the comments section.

What do you think? Do people even still watch Man vs. Wild? Survivorman all the way, baby.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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