Ehren Kruger

Dumbo Drunk

Cue the most appropriate tagline: You will believe an elephant can fly! Minus a new version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which it forfeited, Disney seems to be planning a live-action remake of all of its animated classics. The good news is that eventually they’ll get to a proper redo of The Black Cauldron. The bad news is that, yes, it’s raping your childhood, your parents’ childhood and in some cases your grandparents’ childhood. I can only imagine what 80 year olds think of the news that now Dumbo is up on the board for another go, according to The Hollywood Reporter (and honoring the wish of Elle Fanning). I also can only imagine what my two-year-old son, who has already seen Dumbo maybe hundreds of times (thanks Netflix iPad app!), will think when he can comprehend what it’s like to hear that your favorite movie of all time is being remade. Because my son has seen Dumbo over and over and over (at only 64 minutes, there’s room for those repeat viewings to occur immediately), I have seen Dumbo over and over and over, too. I know it inside and out. And here’s my reaction: how’s that going to work? The thing about Dumbo is it’s mostly about anthropomorphic animals. Not as much as Disney’s Robin Hood — unlike that movie, the animals here stick to semi-realistic roles within a human-run world, although they talk and sometimes wear clothes — but for the sake of a live-action movie I think this […]



Back in 2010, when news of Ryan Reynolds-starring Deadpool feature was still interesting, Swedish commercials and music video director Adam Berg emerged as an unexpected candidate to helm the feature. Though Berg had never directed a film, he was lauded in the commercial and music video arenas, and had already earned the Film Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival for his Philips ad Carousel. While Berg didn’t get the job (it now belongs to Tim Miller), it seemed inevitable that he would eventually use his talents for a big, splashy feature debut. And how. Deadline Hollywood reports that Berg is currently in talks for that Videodrome remake no one saw coming that has somehow been penned by Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Reindeer Games scribe Ehren Kruger. Pardon me? While the involvement of Kruger and the reported plans to “modernize the concept, infusing it with the possibilities of nano-technology and blow it up into a large-scale sci-fi action thriller” are, at best, cause for concern (and, at worst, just totally wrong-headed), Berg’s involvement is just about the only heartening thing about this endeavor.


Just yesterday, another trailer for another alien invasion film used old footage to make its mark. Today, Transformers: Dark of the Moon has that beat by using real footage of the Apollo moon landing in order to change history. Apparently when we lost contact with the ship, that’s when their real job began. This trailer feels more like the first few minutes of the film, but that might be a good thing. It certainly does its job as a teaser. It’s still unclear what kind of story is going to be told, but it will most likely be a matter of bad robots wanting something and good robots fighting to keep it from them. Shia LaBeouf will share in some wacky antics, scream “Nononono!” a lot, and run around in order to save the universe. All the while, everything will look absolutely, breathtakingly epic. Plus, they seem to be highlighting the Spielbergian nature of the film – both with his name up top and the tone of the time period. Whether or not the film will sync up on the second lion roar of The Wizard of Oz has yet to be seen, but holy hell does it look incredible. Michael Bay knows how to deliver a stunning image. Hopefully a better story can go along with it. [Apple]



How will Bay explain away the all-too-obvious absence of Skids and Mudflap? They’re integral to the plot!



Either you’re really happy that Michael Bay is actively planning Transformers 3 already or you’re not. Either way, this news post should satisfy you.



Apparently most remakes are unimaginative and add nothing new to the story. So says Bob Weinstein while failing to prove how the upcoming Children of the Corn remake will add anything new.


Damon Confirmed for Torso

The rumors are true. Damon will play Eliot Ness, and Ehren Kruger will be writing the ‘Torso’ adaptation set to being production in February. Hail, Cleveland!

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published: 01.26.2015
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published: 01.26.2015
published: 01.26.2015

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