Comic Strips the new Hollywood idea pool?Posted by: Shawn
Itâ€™s pretty clear that Hollywood has run out of ideas and is making mad grabs for anything that has marketing value. They have been doing this for quite some time now so this shouldnâ€™t be big news. Everything from books, comic books, and videogames. Hollywood has even gone as far as remaking films. Now Iâ€™m not going to lie to you; I have found quite a few of these movies entertaining at least. A lot of people were saying â€œThey canâ€™t restart the Batman series from the beginningâ€? but given what Shumacher did to the last two movies, how can you blame them?
Now they are borrowing ideas from Comic Strips. Granted they have been doing it for years. Annie, Dick Tracy, Dennis the Menace. But now it seems as if they think they have struck gold or something and everyone is scrambling through the Sunday Funnies looking for the next big feature film. But is it really worth it?
Garfield lead the pack with itâ€™s release in 2004. Besides the fact that Bill Murray is almost a spot on match for the late Lorenzo Music (Who provided the voice of the orange tabby through every cartoon feature he ever appeared in), the movie was a waste of film.
Next up is Over the Hedge which hits screens this May. Originally set to star Jim Carrey (Now starring Bruce Willis), the film is based on the comic strip of the same name by Michael Fry and T Lewis. Iâ€™ve been a fan of the comic strip for many years now, and based on the movie-trailers Iâ€™d say the apple has fallen a little far from the hedgeâ€¦er tree. But for the sake of my love of animation, I will hold my tongue for now.
So now what comes after? There is nothing confirmed yet but Iâ€™ve come across the following rumors.
Also rumored is â€?Crankshaftâ€? by Tom Batiuk and Chuck Ayers, about a cranky bus driver, and â€œGet Fuzzyâ€? by Darby Conley (Kirk Wise rumored to direct), about a pet owner who has to put up with the antics of his pet dog and cat (sound familiar? Well actually the strip is pretty good).
Letâ€™s just hope that some producer doesnâ€™t come across a child actor with a huge bald head and envision a CGI white beagle next to him.