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March 1, 2011 / TerranceTheTrailerTrasher

Ghost Cop, Future Teen, Indie Love and an Indian Nun

A comic book, a young adult novel, a regular novel and an epic novel are all planning to leap from page to screen.

R.I.P.D. – Supernatural thriller involving a slain cop joining forces with a police force called the Rest In Peace Department to find the man who murdered him. Ryan Reynolds attached, Zach Galifianakis considering. Based on a comic book from Dark Horse. In pre-production with Robert Schwentke (RED, FLIGHTPLAN).

@@@ – Curious to see where this goes. It’s a solid idea that I think would be cool if it’s done like a straight noir film with supernatural elements, like CHINATOWN with ghosts, but I get the feeling it’s going to be more in-your-face and action/FX heavy like THE FRIGHTENERS meets RED, which I would be less interested in.

UNREMEMBERED – A 16-year-old girl awakens in the wreckage of a plane crash with no memory. A mysterious young man claims she was part of a scientific experiment one hundred years in the future. Based on an upcoming three-book YA series by Jessica Brody.

@@@@ – They had me at “16-year-old girl.” I bet she does some experimentation of her own with the “mysterious young man.”

THE SPECTACULAR NOW – A hard-partying high school senior’s life changes after he meets a shy, insecure girl. The (500) DAYS OF SUMMER writers adapted the script from a novel. Thomas McDonell, making his screen debut in this spring’s PROM, stars.

@@ – Even without the 500DOS connection, it sounds like a boring coming-of-age indie. And when I finally got around to seeing 500DOS, it definitely didn’t live up to all its buzz.

CUTTING FOR STONE – A forbidden union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon in a mission hospital in Ethiopia produces twin sons who come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of the modern world. Based on the bestselling novel by Abraham Verghese.

@ – Shit. I drooled all over my keyboard because I fell asleep while typing that story description.

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