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February 11, 2011 / TerranceTheTrailerTrasher

A Gaggle of Guns and Singing Monkeys

Only one of these four movies currently in production or development excites me a lot.

THE GAGGLE – A feature film in development at New Line based on a website called wtfisupwithmylovelife.com where chicks bitch and moan about their crappy dating lives. The site defines a “gaggle” as “the select group of guys in your life who compel you to put in that little bit of extra effort because they are, or potentially could be, romantic prospects.”

@@ – My first reaction was: WTF? A movie based on a web site? Then I wondered if that Shatner show based on a Twitter feed is still on the air. Then I took a look at the web site in question. For what it is, it is well maintained and I can see the site’s appeal to other whiny bitches. As for turning it into a movie, it’s either gonna be some dumb chick-flick like SEX AND THE CITY or a relationship comedy like HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU. I’m just not that into this one.

MONKEYS OF BOLLYWOOD – DreamWorks is making their first animated feature musical, about a pair of monkeys who try to stop and ancient demon from conquering the world. Based on the epic Hindu poem “The Ramayan.” Oscar winning SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE composer A.R. Rahman and Broadway lyricist Stephen Schwartz have signed on to write the songs.

@@ – It’s finally happened. Someone in Hollywood actually tried to execute that experiment about throwing fifty monkeys in a room with typewriters to see what they come up with and this is it: Singing monkeys!

TWO GUNS – Unbeknownst to each other, an undercover DEA agent and a Naval intelligence officer investigate each other for stealing money from the mob. Adapted from a comic book. Vince Vaughan attached to star. David O. Russell (THE FIGHTER) was in negotiations last month to direct.

@@@ – Could be fun in a Spy vs. Spy sort of way. The mob elements turns me off a little. Since it was a comic book, I would have preferred some kind of comic book villain instead of the boring old mob.

DEATH NOTE – A college student finds a “death note” that gives him the power to kill by adding a name to the note while visualizing their demise. Based on a Japanese manga series that has already been franchised into three films in Japan. Shane Black to direct.

@@@@ – I love the concept and I’m very anxious to see how it’s executed. I didn’t see Black’s only other directorial effort and this doesn’t sound like his usual bag, but I’ll give the guy a chance to branch out.

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