You know that noise Krusty the Klown makes when something goes wrong? That sort of low groan?
That’s the sound I made when I read this news. If you’re like me, you were a happy-go-lucky child who spent his days skipping to school and making wonderful new friends, loving life and living it to the fullest.
Wait, no. That’s not right. OK, let’s try again. If you’re like me, you were a relatively introverted child who was awkward and uncomfortable around people and spent most of his time either watching bugs, or reading. One of my favorites when I was a wee TK was Curious George, the inquisitive monkey who got into all manner of adventures with his friend/owner, The Man With The Yellow Hat. The original books were written by Hans Augusto Rey and Margret Rey, dating back to the early 1940’s, and I absolutely adored them. The character has been adapted a few times — a series of animated films in the 80’s, and a couple more earlier this millennium. While I enjoyed the old 80’s films as a kid, I’ve avoided the newer films (one featured Will Farrell as TMWTYH).
Inevitably, all things must get adapted and skullfucked by Hollywood, and it appears that it is now our good friend George’s turn. Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures are putting together a CG-animated feature film based on his adventures, and while they recently did very good work with Despicable Me, I worry that Curious George will be less charming, affable fable about friendship and discovery, and more fart jokes and pratfalls. Which would be a damn shame. But like I said, Illumination and Universal did well with Despicable Me, so if they can get a capable director and a decent writer…
… oh. Larry Stuckey is writing it? You mean the guy who produced Meet The Fockers and wrote Little Fockers.
Excuse me while I head out to Hollywood to throw shit at people.
(source: Dark Horizons)