It’s constantly shocking that any sort of intellectual property that makes any sort of money is being turned into a movie these days. Where’s the Shamwow or the Slap Chop movie? What’s happening to the world? Why do studios constantly want to make movies out of crappy IPs? No one wants a Hungry Hungry Hippo film. Just stop trying to adapt things that don’t have narratives?
Hot Wheels: The Motion Picture has just announced that it has found a director. Simon Crane, a prominent second unit director on such films as Quantum of Solace, Stardust, and World War Z, has officially signed on. The film will be written by Paul Attansio (Donnie Brasco, Sum Of All Fears).
One day all this ‘adaptation fever’ will die down and films will be written by screenwriters again. We’ll be able to have new screen icons, not just recycled adaptation survivors. Someday, stories will be created for the screen instead of adapted upwards. Eventually people will get fed up with this nonsense, and I can’t wait for that day. I’ll be the first one to throw the match of the effigy of the movie version of the Jolly Green Giant.
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