In today’s news that will make you throw up in your mouth a little before swallowing it back down and bitterly twisting your face, Rocklin Entertainment is moving forward with a production entitled E-Venge that borrows directly from the real life events surrounding the suicide of Megan Meier.
“Who is Megan Meier?” you ask rhetorically. She’s the thirteen-year old girl who took her own life after being intensely harassed over the internet by a classmate and that classmate’s mother. It was a major news story last year because it brought to light the sometimes-dire consequences of cyber-bullying.
Now, Rocklin Entertainment wants to take what must be an incredibly painful and intimate event and translate it into a generic thriller/revenge movie. Excuse me, E-Venge movie. Seriously. It’s not REvenge. It’s E-Venge. Because, you know, it’s done on the internet. Because everything on the internet has “E-” in front of it. Holy crap, can you tell I’m irritated by this? I guarantee a group of fifty-year olds came up with that title while E-Texting on their E-Phones and E-Surfing E-Tube instead of paying attention during the brainstorming session.
The synopsis via Production Weekly:
Inspired by recent events, a grieving mother retaliates against those she feels were responsible for her daughter’s death.
The people in involved with this production are jackasses.
I know I usually only editorialize fifteen times a day, but this news is just sickening. It’s exploitative and opportunistic. Not to mention the whole thing sounds about as low rent as you can get. If you disagree, please see Exhibit A : The Title of the Movie.
Rocklin Entertainment is a newer company – unless someone can correct me – that currently has zero projects under its belt, one in production, and several more in development. To be fair, untested doesn’t mean unskilled, but even if Spielberg were directing this project, I don’t think I could get behind it.
What do you think? Am I overreacting? Is there anyway this doesn’t sound totally generic?