So, you heard about this Facebook movie they're making, right? About the social networking site's rocky, apparently scandalous path to becoming the greatest thing since sliced bread? Well, apparently acclaimed director David Fincher is circling the project, which makes it sound a lot more interesting to us. Still, it's about the development and sale of a Website. Doesn't that sound kinda, I dunno, boring? Not like Flash of Genius "I invented the windshield wiper" boring, but maybe The Late Shift "who will host this TV show?" boring? Considering Fincher's body of work, there are a bunch more Facebook-related movie ideas we'd love to see him apply his talents to. Here are five.
It seems like George Lucas has finally grown tired of other people making fun of his creations, both with and without his permission, and has decided to do it himself. Lucasfilm will create an animated comedy series based on the Star Wars franchise, with the help of the Robot Chicken creators, who have already done two one-off parodies of their own. Although, when you think about it, it's amazing that anyone finds anything to joke about in this bleak, depressing series of films. The movies have light moments, sure, but they mostly deal with such ponderous topics as war, betrayal, genocide, patricide, incest, amputation, manipulation, bureaucracy, mental disability and dying in childbirth. If Star Wars can inspire this much comedy, then why not other depressing films? We came up with some comedic TV pitches for some of our favorite gloomy films and think we've got a few winners.
Although it may seem otherwise, not every comic book ever created will get adapted into a film. Sure, a ton of them get optioned, but relatively few will make it to the big screen. For instance, some comics you look at and think, "Wow, this could never be a movie. It's just too good a comic book." Well, Watchmen has blown the doors off of that argument (the fourth behind-the-scenes video certainly helps), and that means that all bets are off. Despite (or because of) being one of the few simultaneously hysterical and beautiful comic books on stands today, Eric Powell's The Goon is getting made into a movie.
There has long been talk of producing a big-screen adaptation of Torso, Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko's graphic novel based on the serial murder case that plagued Eliot Ness's post-Untouchables career. Originally a limited series from Image Comics in the late '90s, the book is called Torso because that's all America's first serial killer left of his victims. (Although the first thing I thought of was that Simpsons episode where Todd Flanders proudly exclaims, "I'm a torso!" Is that wrong? Probably, yes.) Image co-founder Todd McFarlane talked to IGN about producing a film almost three years ago, and director David Fincher was attached shortly thereafter. Then last month, Matt Damon was pretty much confirmed for the lead, so it seemed like the project was picking up steam.