It’s been something of a banner week around here. Thanks to our selfless, estimable, outstanding anonymous inside source, The Hollywood Cog (who will someday have a plaque, a gold watch, and a motherfucking statue built in his honor), Pajiba has actually broken several news stories, something we haven’t done since breaking the news that there was a Ghostbusters 3 in development last year. If you’ve looked around the Internet at the other movie blogs — including more popular ones than ours, like AICN, Slashfilm, Cinemablend, IGN, and even The New York Post — there was a better than decent chance you’d have seen a news story that we broke written in their pages. To wit: We broke the news that Peter Berg had abandoned Dune, that Robert Rodriguez had left The Jetsons and Peter Segal was circling the project; that Cameron Diaz was attached to a sequel to What Women Want; that Chris Pine was attached to the Ben Affleck-produced The Blade Itself, and that there was a movie based on Jem and the Holograms currently in development. Oh, and that J.J. Abrams had a project called 500 Rads secretly in development.
For a movie site that celebrates Butthole Day and prides itself more for our outstanding readership than anything else, it’s been more than a little satisfying.
It’s even more satisfying when these news items are actually confirmed by a source close to the project and on the record, validating the truth of our scoops. CHUD, for instance, confirmed that Peter Berg had left Dune, and just yesterday, an unexpected source confirmed that Chris Pine was attached to The Blade Itself — the author of the novel that the movie is based on, Marcus Sakey.
On his blog, Sakey wrote, sourcing Pajiba:
I mentioned some time ago that there was a star attached to the film version of THE BLADE ITSELF, but that the production company had asked me not to discuss it. Since I read it online today, I guess there’s no point keeping quiet any longer. The man in question is Chris Pine, who recently killed as Captain Kirk.
In the weeks to come, expect more of these breaking stories to be confirmed, and in the meantime, we’re just going to take some more satisfaction in knowing that, somewhere, there’s a studio exec or a PR flak who is angrily bitching, “What the fuck is a Pajiba?!”
Your worst nightmare; that’s what Pajiba is. The little blog that just preempted your puffed-up little press release. Buttholes!
Let’s fuck some shit up, folks.