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December 10, 2010 / TerranceTheTrailerTrasher

Gatsby Gets Locked Out Of Dibbuk With A Shotgun

Reviews of four movies that have not yet been filmed:

THE GREAT GATSBYBaz Luhrmann takes a crack at adapting F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s literary classic with his ROMEO + JULIET star Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role and Carrey Mulligan as Daisy.

@@@@ – The Robert Redford version was such a letdown it would be great if someone can do cinematic justice to this novel. It remains to be seen if it’s even possible to translate it to the screen. It’s also a little scary because Luhrmann could screw it up if he tries to mix contemporary periods into the 1920s-specific decadence that is so integral to the story the way he effectively mixed things up in MOULIN ROUGE and R+J. The book is also so quintessentially American and Baz badly messed up trying to capture his own country’s essence on film in AUSTRALIA; how well will he be able to capture historical U.S.? At least he made a fantastic choice in Carrey Mulligan.

LOCKOUTGuy Pearce stars as a falsely convicted government agent forced to rescue the president’s daughter from a maximum security prison — in outer space. Luc Besson is producing. Set to start shooting in early 2011.

@@@ – Sounds like an obvious ripoff of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (which Breck Eisner is trying to remake), but moving it to outer space is a far more unique twist than moving it to Los Angeles, as John Carpenter did in 1996.

DIBBUK BOXSam Raimi is producing this horror film, supposedly based on a true story, about a family that acquires a box containing evil spirits and their quest to destroy it. Starts shooting early 2011 for a Halloween release date.

@@ – Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures can really churn them out. Sometimes they can be good. This sounds too similar to EVIL DEAD. I’d prefer a little more originality in the story department. Otherwise, it’s just an exercise in special effects and scares.

HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN – Like MACHETE before it, this is based on a fake trailer from GRINDHOUSE. Rutger Hauer stars as a homeless vigilante on a mission to clean up the city. Set for a 2011 release. Director is a first-timer whose short film “Treevenge” won at Sundance in 2008.

@@ – The title grabs me. So does the premise. But the style of the GRINDHOUSE trailers, and of MACHETE, and of “Treevenge,” are just too in-your-face for my tastes.

Which of these would you want to see first?

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