There’s been a slow warm trickle of news about the Kung Fu Panda sequel, “The Kaboom of Doom,” these past couple of weeks. A lot of casting speculation that I’ll get to in a minute but first the big one. Charlie Kaufman has been doing some work on the script. You want to tell me that’s not awesome? This is the guy who did Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Synecdoche, New York, and one of the all time Pajiba favorites- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
I really hope he got some creative input on it, maybe injected some of his favorite themes? Oh man. Or if he just remade it with Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the Panda? He probably just wrote jokes for it. Did you guys know he wrote for The Dana Carvey Show too? That had some laughs. I seem to remember Bill Clinton breastfeeding? I’m really not crazy.
But the other big news today is voice casting in this. In addition to the Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogan etc. (wow. It had a lot of big names in it), we’re getting Gary Oldman to play the villain, Jean-Claude Van Damme (Don’t Call It a Comeback!) as “Master Croc”, and Michelle Yeoh as “The Soothsayer.”
I liked the first Kung Fu Panda a lot but I’m a sucker for the whole Monkey Style, Snake Style, Dragon Style kind of kung fu. And the first one actually had the animals using their animal styles!
Here’s something for you to bicker about- Who is the Greatest Martial Artist of All Time?
Chuck Norris is not a valid answer, but I would be happy to see a “Who Would Win In a Fight Between Jet Li and Jackie Chan?” debate spring up.