Captain Canuck


Taking stock is perfectly natural this time of year. A fresh start always offers the best microscope through which to observe the goals we achieved or left incomplete (like the goal of making a list of goals (I’ll get to it soon, stop bugging me)), and one of the most fascinating ways I know to take stock is to look at what movie projects never made it to the finish line. I’ve looked at 16 recent abandoned movies so far, all of which remain unmade (including the Arrested Development movie whose inclusion in the first list commenters bitched about so vehemently), and there are plenty more where they came from. On the deeper level, it’s a reminder of the fragility of the seventh art, but as pure trivia, it’s an excellent exercise in What If. Great ideas unrealized and bad bullets dodged, here are 8 more non-movies to add to the collection:


Captain Canuck Movie

If Marvel Comics can do something as ridiculous as publish a star-spangled, nationalist hero called Captain America, then it doesn’t make any sense why somebody else can’t let their Canadian freak flag fly and publish a comic book called “Captain Canuck.” Or, at least, that’s what Comely Comix thought back in 1975 when they debuted the character. Though he’s remained something of an underground figure for these last few decades, the good Captain has been published sporadically all the way up through the 2000s, and now it’s looking like he might be making a super-sized jump to the big screen. The Vancouver Sun (via Cinema Blend) reports that Minds Eye Entertainment is looking to put a movie adaptation of the character’s adventures together, and they’ve hired screenwriter Arne Olsen to get the job started. Olsen was picked out of hundreds of candidates who sent in 15-page proposals for what Captain Canuck’s adventures might look like in film form, and the 50-year-old says of his hard-won job, “Ninety-nine per cent [of the answers you get] is bad news. It’s so rare where you get some-thing like this. And right now the industry is very tough, so it’s doubly exciting.” Sounds like something of a heartwarming story indeed, but what was Olsen’s vision for the Captain, exactly?


We reported yesterday that a Captain Canuck movie might be in the works (according to the creator), and it might ring in for a $15 million budget. Now, the story gets weirder as Richard Comely (said creator) claims that he might change the title for its US release out of fear that Americans won’t want to go see a movie about a Canadian superhero. And you thought female superheroes had it bad. The Hollywood Reporter is right to point out that some overseas markets will change Captain America: The First Avenger to simply The First Avenger, which is fair. This is a similar case, if the movie ever actually gets made. Also if it does, Comely wants to write in a part for Justin Bieber to capitalize on his Canadian-ness and his super stardom. Maybe he can play Bucky. I’m sure Captain America wouldn’t mind sharing with his Great White Northern counterpart. Our countries have always had an open trade agreement. This all comes with an entire rock of salt because the creator of a property slinging press about interest in his property is not the most reliable source for forthcoming productions. This, especially with the Bieber comment reeks of that sort of unreliability. Still, the question remains. If it gets made, would you avoid seeing Captain Canuck because he’s Canadian or because you have no idea who he is?


It’s 1993, Canada has become the most powerful country in the world, and their fair land is protected by the red and white spandex of Captain Canuck. It’s a world far different from our own, but the good Captain might be coming to save us from the repetition of the same superheroes getting reboots and more movies. Creator of the popular indie comic Richard Comely is claiming that he’s in talks with a Canadian production company to film a $15 million movie featuring the eh-grade super hero. Toronto-based Sinking Ship (which is a foreboding name if there ever was one) had the option up until last year, but according to the LA Times, it’s unclear which production company Comely is in talks with. The prospect of seeing Captain Canuck anytime soon is a slim one, but it seems logical to assume that the character’s continued appeal, coupled with the Captain America movie might have stoked the fires a bit. This news at least means that the character is one step closer (again) to hitting the big screen with his alien-granted powers. Although, it’s important to note that the comic book creator sharing the news is the worst possible source, so until a production company comes out and waves their intentions proudly, it might just be Millar-style bluster. On the bright side, it would be nice to see a hero being extra polite while kicking ass.

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