VFX Mastermind Gets Directing Debut with ‘Goblin’


I got a chance to talk to Charles Gibson, the man behind the effects for Terminator Salvation as well as Babe, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Ring a bit ago regarding how he built Terminators for the screen. I asked him if there was any specific character that he was passionate about creating, but apparently I should have been asking whether there was a project he was passionate about directing.

According to Variety, the Academy Award winner is going to step behind the director’s chair for the first time with the family film The Goblin.

The story focuses on a family that moves into a house where an unfriendly goblin resides and his efforts to get them to leave. I can only assume that he’s also constantly throwing pumpkin bombs on innocent people and trying to kill Spider-man.

It sounds fairly par for the course as far as family films go – being written by Geoff Rodkey, the same writer that brought the world Daddy Day Care and RV. It still only has a rough synopsis, but it sounds a little bit like that Disney television movie that was made in the 1980s called “Mr. Boogedy.” Which is awesome. So hopefully this will be equally so.

Gibson has massive experience with visual effects, but also has spent a large amount of time as a second unit director and shares his name with the anchor for ABC World News.

What do you think?

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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