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March 7, 2011 / TerranceTheTrailerTrasher

Chimps, Zombies, Fighting Music Teachers and Oceans Abu Dhabi

A couple book adaptation deals look good. Then there’s an “original” comedy that sounds stupid and an “original” heist film that sounds derivative. But you decide.

HALF BROTHER – Coming of age story set in the 70s about a boy, a chimp and the ethical implications of animal research. Based on the young adult novel by Kenneth Oppel (THIS DARK ENDEAVOR).

@@@ – It’s said to have a “magical” quality reminiscent of E.T. Having looked at the book’s description on Amazon, I think whoever said that was confused. It will probably strive to have the same type of bond between a boy and his chimp, and it might very well achieve it, but it’s in a scientific setting, not magical, as the chimp is part of the boy’s parents’ experiments to teach it to talk, thereby proving its intelligence, which makes it sound more like DAY OF THE DOLPHIN (minus the thriller element). And that interests me as well.

HERE COMES THE BOOM – A teacher moonlights as a mixed martial arts fighter in order to save his school’s music program. Kevin James stars and co-wrote with Allan Loeb. The action comedy also stars Henry Winkler and starts shooting in late March for a 7/27/12 release from Columbia and MGM.

@ – What the hell does mixed martial arts have to do with saving a school music program? Never mind. I already know I don’t want to know. Further guaranteeing a bomb, co-writer Loeb’s name appeared on such recent crap as WALL STREET 2, THE SWITCH, THE DILEMMA and JUST GO WITH IT. You’ve been warned.

WARM BODIES – An existentially tormented zombie begins an unlikely friendship with the girlfriend of one of his victims. Jonathan Levine (THE WACKNESS) is attached to direct and adapt the supernatural romancer from a self-published novel by Isaac Marion that got picked up by a legitimate publisher. Nicholas Hoult (the now-grown-up kid from ABOUT A BOY) is attached to star. Starts shooting in the summer.

@@@ – I think I’ve mentioned before how burned out I am on zombies because there’s not much arc you can get out of them. This is intriguing because it sounds like they are trying to tell a story from a zombie’s point of view, which is exactly where I think the next phase of zombie lore needs to go.

MASTERWORK – An art thief plans the perfect heist in the newest, most secure museum in the world, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, while a spurned woman from his past teams with an Interpol agent to bring him down. Jon Amiel (SOMMERSBY) is attached to direct.

@@ – Let me get this straight: A heist film in a high-security setting with cops trying to catch the robbers? How did they ever come up with something so original? Pictures of the proposed museum remind me of the Fortress of Solitude. If Terrance Stamp is the bad guy and the security is as tight as the Phantom Zone, I’m in. YOU WILL BOW DOWN BEFORE ME, JOR-EL!

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