In the midst of Sony canceling the release of The Interview, there’s been another smaller, quieter, comicsier film fatality. An adaptation of Guy Delisle’s graphic novel Pyongyang has been in development since January 2013, with Gore Verbinski (blech) and Steve Carell (ooh!) attached. Here’s a description of the source material:
Famously referred to as one of the “Axis of Evil” countries, North Korea remains one of the most secretive and mysterious nations in the world today. In early 2001 cartoonist Guy Delisle became one of the few Westerners to be allowed access to the fortresslike country. While living in the nation’s capital for two months on a work visa for a French film animation company, Delisle observed what he was allowed to see of the culture and lives of the few North Koreans he encountered; his findings form the basis of this remarkable graphic novel. Pyongyang is an informative, personal, and accessible look at a dangerous and enigmatic country.
With Steve Carell behind this, and if Verbinski could give us more Rango and less Lone Ranger (or Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Or Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest), this could have been something— at least potentially— great. Filming had been scheduled to begin in March, but has now been cancelled. So thanks a lot, North Korean governmenthackerterrorists.