We're not the WMD you're looking for
For the many people who have never seen the 1990 TV movie, Stephen King's IT, but are thoroughly familiar with Tim Curry's Pennywise, it usually comes as a shock upon first viewing, of what a cruddy piece of crap the movie is.
The take-away here is that the despite the script and direction, Tim gave his character his all and stole the movie from everyone. Everyone that is except for maybe Richard Masur, whose part was brief, and Annette O'Toole, who was treated like a veneer.
It would be awesome if Tim could revisit his role with a strong script, director, and cast, but it's 25 years later and that will never be.
Speaking of things that will never be, IT as a reboot may be one of them. At least in the incarnation where it now stands as one hell of a troubled production.
Initially nurtured by Warner Bros. they moved it over to their child company New Line, still - as of this writing - infamously run by Robert Shaye.
The usual Shaynanigans* started almost immediately, with the latest being that popular TV director of the moment, Cary Fukunaga (TRUE DETECTIVE), called it quits this Memorial Day weekend.
Full story at TheWrap.
*Will anyone forget the expensive, money and reputation hemorrhaging tempest New Line created when they stated that all of THE LORD OF THE RINGS movies suffered heavy losses and New Line could not afford to pay anyone their royalties? New Line could not even pay royalties from toys sold that featured the likenesses of the actors?
"Yeah, but Feo," you might very well say, "Shaynanigans?"
Well you tell me. Of the top ten highest grossing movies in the history of New Line, all six top spots are dominated by Peter Jackson. And Jackson was the golden goose New Line sought to kill when Jackson was New Line's #1, then added #2, then added #3. Shaye tried to rip off the best thing that ever happened to his company. Then Robert swore he'd never work with Jackson again. And when Robert was finally pressured into doing so? Jackson filled in spaces 4, 5, and 6.
So yeah, Shaynanigans!
| MAY 26
HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
Actor Helena Bonham Carter (FRANKENSTEIN, FIGHT CLUB, PLANET OF THE APES , WALLACE & GROMIT IN THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT, CORPSE BRIDE, HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, SWEENEY TODD, TERMINATOR: SALVATION, HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS Part 1, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS Part 2, DARK SHADOWS) is 49.
Writer Alexa deMonterice (Various short stories) is probably 55.
Actor Pam Grier (TWILIGHT PEOPLE, "SCREAM,
BLACKULA, SCREAM", SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, VINDICATOR, CLASS
OF 1999, SERIAL KILLER, ESCAPE FROM L.A., MARS ATTACKS!, GHOSTS OF MARS, BONES, F1RST TO DIE, THE INVITED, THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS) is 66.
Actor Kevin Gage (STRANGELAND, RICKY 6, TICKER, MAY, LIGHTENING BUG, PAPARAZZI, CHAOS, AMUSEMENT, KILL THEORY, LAID TO REST, THE KILLING JAR, AMERICAN GIRLS, FEAR CLINIC, JURASSIC CITY) is 56.
Writer Drew McWeeney (Masters of Horror: CIGARETTE BURNS [TV], PRO-LIFE [TV], Fear Itself: SKIN AND BONES [TV]) is 54 or something.
| MAY 25
HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
Writer, Director Neil Marshall (KILLING TIME, DOG SOLDIERS, THE DESCENT, DOOMSDAY, CENTURION) is 45.
Look for Neil's upcoming Horror Thriller for 2015 (an anthology film shared with many other directors), TALES OF HALLOWEEN.
Actor Ian McKellen (THE KEEP, WINDMILLS OF THE GODS, SIX DEGREES OF SEPERATION, THE SHADOW, SWEPT FROM THE SEA, GODS AND MONSTERS, APT PUPIL, X-MEN [all], THE LORD OF THE RINGS [all], NEVERWAS, ASYLUM , DISPLACED, THE DA VINCI CODE, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY [all], MR. HOLMES) is 76.
Actor Cillian Murphy (28 DAYS LATER, BATMAN BEGINS, RED EYE, SUNSHINE, THE DARK KNIGHT, PEACOCK, INCEPTION, TRON: LEGACY, RETREAT, IN TIME, RED LIGHTS, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, TRANSCENDENCE) is 39.
Look for Cillian in the upcoming 2015 Thriller, IN THE HEART OF THE SEA.
And On Sunday -
Horror Bookstore owner, Alan Beatts (Owner of SF / Fantasy / &
Horror Bookstore, Borderlands) is probably 54 or something.
SFX Artist Charles Chiodo (Michael Jackson's THRILLER, THE LOST BOYS, CRITTERS, KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, CRITTERS 2, SCREAMERS, KING COBRA, DEMON ISLAND) is 63.
Writer Gregory Funaro (THE SCULPTOR, THE IMPALER) is 54 or something.
Actor Doug Jones (THE NEWLYDEADS, NIGHT ANGEL, BATMAN RETURNS, MIMIC, BUG BUSTER, JACK FROST 2, MEN IN BLACK II, HELLBOY [all], DOOM, THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI, PAN'S LABYRINTH, QUARANTINE, ANGEL OF DEATH, CARNIES, LEGION, CYRUS, UNIVERSAL DEAD, CARNIES, ABSENTIA, END OF THE ROAD, JOHN DIES AT THE END, THE LID, HUMAN FACTOR, FALLING SKIES [TV], THE WATCH, THE NEIGHBORS [TV], RESEARCH. [TV], RAZE, DUST OF WAR, CRUEL WILL, LOVE IN THE TIME OF MONSTERS) is 55.
Look for Doug's upcoming 2015 Thrillers, SPACE COMMAND REDEMPTION, 5th PASSENGER, CRIMSON PEAK, THE MIDNIGHT MAN, and NOBILITY.
Actor Alfred Molina (RAIDERS OF THE LOST
ARK, DEAD MAN, SPECIES, MURDER
ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS [TV], IDENTITY, SPIDERMAN
2, THE DA VINCI CODE, CHILL OUT SCOOBY-DOO, THE LODGER, THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE, ABDUCTION, THE TRUTH ABOUT EMANUEL, POE, MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, MATADOR [TV], STRANGE MAGIC) is 62.
Look for Alfred in the 2016 Thriller MESSAGE FROM THE KING.
Writer Cameron C Pierce (ABORTION ARCADE, THE PICKLED APOCALYPSE OF PANCAKE ISLAND, LOST IN CAT BRAIN LAND) is 55 or something.
And On Saturday -
Collins (SUBTERFUGE, REVENGE, TALES FROM THE CRYPT ,
FEAR IN THE NIGHT, TALES THAT WITNESS MADNESS, DARK PLACES, THE DEVIL WITHIN
HER, EMPIRE OF THE ANTS, THE BIG SLEEP, MARPLE: THEY DO IT WITH MIRRORS) is 82.
E.C. McMullen Jr.
"'Some People' ... may be the standout story in the book."
- John Grant, Infinityplus
E.C. McMullen Jr.'s
CEDO LOOKED LIKE PEOPLE
in the anthology
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