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By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 17, 2008 |

It’s Friday! So, you know what that means? I’m going to plead more ignorance. First up, the long talked about He-Man movie is now dead. Dead, motherfuckers. The crestfallen Latino Review is reporting that, though the Justin Mark’s Grayskull script was ten kinds of great (“another Lord of the Rings combining both mythology and science fiction”), Warner Brothers passed on it after it failed to find an A-list director to take it on. Too bad, really. A geek somewhere just regained his virginity. I can’t say I’m disappointed, since the extent of my He-Man knowledge goes something like this, “I have …. the … poooow-aaaaaah!” Although, you know who would’ve made a great He-Man? Ryan Reynolds. He-Man is shirtless, right?

In other geek news, EW has revealed the plot for the upcoming Star Trek film, and here it is:

Star Trek’s time-travel plot is set in motion when a Federation starship, the USS Kelvin, is attacked by a vicious Romulan (Eric Bana) desperately seeking one of the film’s heroes. From there, the film then brings Kirk and Spock center stage and tracks the origins of their friendship and how they became officers aboard the Enterprise. In fact, the movie shows how the whole original series crew came together: McCoy (Karl Urban), Uhura (ZoĆ« Saldana), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Sulu (John Cho), and Chekov (Anton Yelchin). The adventure stretches from Earth to Vulcan, and yes, it does find a way to have Nimoy appearing in scenes with at least one of the actors on our cover — and maybe both. The storytelling is newbie-friendly, but it slyly assimilates a wide range of Trek arcana, from doomed Captain Pike (Bruce Greenwood) to Sulu’s swordsmanship to classic lines like, “I have been, and always shall be, your friend.” More ambitiously, the movie subversively plays with Trek lore — and those who know it. The opening sequence, for example, is an emotionally wrenching passage that culminates with a mythic climax sure to leave zealots howling “Heresy!” But revisionism anxiety is the point. “The movie,” Lindelof says, “is about the act of changing what you know.”

You know what that plot description is missing? Scrappy-Doo. Also, anything even remotely compelling.

Moviehole has this little nugget of frothy geekery, which they learned at Blizzcon (Holy shit. Blizzcon is described as “a celebration of the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo franchises and the communities that surround them”) from Mike Morhaime, a name that might mean something to some of you:

There are still plans for a World of Warcraft movie” and the “the script is being written but if they say anything more than that they will be shot”.

Shot by who? The Zerg? Or the Protoss?

I can’t believe there are conventions for Diablo franchises. Also, what the fuck is a Diablo franchise?

Elsewhere, a relatively unknown screenwriter, Brad Ingelsby, has been tapped to write the screenplay for Sleeper, a Sam Raimi produced movie adapted from the DC Comics/Wildstorm comic. For those as oblivious as I am, Sleeper is a comic, written by Ed Brubaker, that centers on an operative whose fusion with an alien artifact makes him impervious to pain and allows him to pass the ability on to others through skin contact. Okaaaaay.

Finally, this is not really all that geeky, but I couldn’t resist. A couple of days ago, I wrote a geeky industry piece on the 25 people you’ve never heard of who will soon be running Hollywood, and one of the guys I mentioned was Rawson Thurber. I also mentioned that he got his break several years ago writing and directing the Terry Tate Super Bowl commercial. Well, by some strange coincidence, for those of you who loved Terry Tate (as you all should have), he’s back. If you don’t know who he is, here’s a taste (skip ahead to around the 40 second mark if you get impatient, though you should sit through its entirety for best results):

And there’s more where that came from over at The Return of Terry Tate. Enjoy.

More Things I'm Completely Ignorant About / Dustin Rowles

Industry | October 17, 2008 |

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