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(Deadline)   Ray Bradbury's classic horror novel "Something Wicked This Way Comes" gets movie greenlight. Fark: From noted purveyor of horror films, Disney Studios. UltraFark: Again   (deadline.com) divider line 95
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2014-03-13 08:18:28 AM
So they are remaking it?
 
2014-03-13 08:45:45 AM
In high school, someone in my class was writing a report on Ray Bradbury's works.  Being a lousy student he plagiarized heavily from sources on his stuff including the cliff notes.  Unfortunately for him, my english teacher was an authority on Ray Bradbury and had written the cliff notes that covered his work; so basically this moron plagiarized from a book written by the teacher of the class.  Needless to say, he was caught and failed that assignment.

/csb
 
2014-03-13 09:15:38 AM
I enjoyed the original film when I saw it (Jonathan Pryce particularly), and I will always thank it for introducing me to the book.

"First of all, it was October, a rare month for boys. Not that all months aren't rare. But there be bad and good, as the pirates say. Take September, a bad month: school begins. Consider August, a good month: school hasn't begun yet. July, well, July's really fine: there's no chance in the world for school. June, no doubting it, June's best of all, for the school doors spring wide and September's a billion years away.

But you take October, now. School's been on a month and you're riding easier in the reins, jogging along. You got time to think of the garbage you'll dump on old man Prickett's porch, or the hairy-ape costume you'll wear to the YMCA the last night of the month. And if it's around October twentieth and everything smoky-smelling and the sky orange and ash gray at twilight, it seems Halloween will never come in a fall of broomsticks and a soft flap of bedsheets around corners."
 
2014-03-13 09:21:19 AM
The first film is a classic. Love that movie.
 
2014-03-13 09:47:45 AM

vernonFL: The first film is a classic. Love that movie.


Same here. It's going to be hard to improve on Jason Robards and Jonathan Pryce.
 
2014-03-13 09:56:59 AM
Probably starring The Rock and Jaden Smith.
 
2014-03-13 10:11:12 AM
Just reissue the first film, no need to re-do it.
 
2014-03-13 10:15:21 AM

vernonFL: Probably starring The Rock and Jaden Smith.


www.vh1.com
 
2014-03-13 10:15:22 AM

aedude01: Just reissue the first film, no need to re-do it.


I've wondered why studios don't do this. Feb 13 my wife and I went to see Casablanca in theater. It was awesome. Disney used to put their movies back in theaters every so many years, I remember seeing Fantasia and some others in theater as a kid.
 
2014-03-13 10:15:38 AM
Sometimes I don't think Bradbury gets enough credit for being able to scare the hell out of you.
 
2014-03-13 10:18:55 AM
I read the book last year.  A little too "poetic" for my taste, but otherwise a cool little story.
 
2014-03-13 10:30:12 AM
I saw this movie in my elementary school's auditorium.  It really creeped me out.  I always think of it when a bad storm rolls in.
 
2014-03-13 10:30:48 AM
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2014-03-13 10:35:51 AM
Saw the first one back when I was younger. It was really good.
 
2014-03-13 10:38:16 AM
I watched it a few years ago as an adult. I'd never seen it as a kid.

All the while I was watching it, I was thinking "This thing was made for children?"
 
2014-03-13 10:40:54 AM

vernonFL: Probably starring The Rock and Jaden Smith.


Dammit man, they might be listening!
 
2014-03-13 10:41:44 AM
The scene where Mr. Dark shows Will's dad the tattoos of the boys' faces totally got me as a kid.
 
2014-03-13 10:51:07 AM
This is the book that has that near pornographic description of rolling cigars on the things of young cuban girls?
 
2014-03-13 10:56:34 AM
To be fair, as Disney has expanded, they've actually covered stuff outside of their wheelhouse. I hate Disney the corporation, but I will admit that they've been doing a decent job with what would never have worked for them 10-15 years ago,
 
2014-03-13 11:00:29 AM
I heard they did a version back in the late 80s set in a Pier 1 store . . .


I think it was called Something Wicker This Way Comes . . .

\\ I'm so sorry
\ well, not that sorry.
 
2014-03-13 11:00:35 AM
Horror!?! Dark Fantasy is a better label others great, wonderful, awesome, and standard for Mr. Bradbury also fit.
 
2014-03-13 11:10:26 AM

CarnySaur: Sometimes I don't think Bradbury gets enough credit for being able to scare the hell out of you.


Stories like "The Veldt" from The Illustrated Man and "Mars is Heaven" from The Martian Chronicles are quite creepy.
 
2014-03-13 11:17:15 AM

Tyrone Slothrop: CarnySaur: Sometimes I don't think Bradbury gets enough credit for being able to scare the hell out of you.

Stories like "The Veldt" from The Illustrated Man and "Mars is Heaven" from The Martian Chronicles are quite creepy.


Creepy, maybe. Horror or scary, notsomuch. Or maybe I'm just dulled to horror.
 
2014-03-13 11:18:42 AM

escherblacksmith: I heard they did a version back in the late 80s set in a Pier 1 store . . .


I think it was called Something Wicker This Way Comes . . .

\\ I'm so sorry
\ well, not that sorry.


Probably not as good as the adult film, Something Dick-ed this Way Comes.
 
2014-03-13 11:25:20 AM

Flappyhead: vernonFL: Probably starring The Rock and Jaden Smith.

Dammit man, they might be listening!


"Yooooooooooooo dude, that sounds like a great idea!"
i.dailymail.co.uk

/wtf is he wearing?
//that is a realtor. He's looking to rent a house in Malibu by himself
///he's 15.
////what could possibly go wrong? Besides everything?
 
2014-03-13 11:38:31 AM

Nabb1: vernonFL: The first film is a classic. Love that movie.

Same here. It's going to be hard to improve on Jason Robards and Jonathan Pryce.


Me, as well. It's one of my childhood faves and I still watch it from time to time.
 
2014-03-13 11:39:36 AM

karmaceutical: This is the book that has that near pornographic description of rolling cigars on the things of young cuban girls?


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-03-13 11:41:18 AM

WordsnCollision: karmaceutical: This is the book that has that near pornographic description of rolling cigars on the things of young cuban girls?

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 379x214]


hey man, thighs are things!
 
2014-03-13 11:42:35 AM

Walker: Flappyhead: vernonFL: Probably starring The Rock and Jaden Smith.

Dammit man, they might be listening!

"Yooooooooooooo dude, that sounds like a great idea!"
[i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x782]

/wtf is he wearing?
//that is a realtor. He's looking to rent a house in Malibu by himself
///he's 15.
////what could possibly go wrong? Besides everything?



And what's wrong with his faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace?

gotoffs.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-03-13 11:45:30 AM

Walker: Flappyhead: vernonFL: Probably starring The Rock and Jaden Smith.

Dammit man, they might be listening!

"Yooooooooooooo dude, that sounds like a great idea!"
[i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x782]

/wtf is he wearing?
//that is a realtor. He's looking to rent a house in Malibu by himself
///he's 15.
////what could possibly go wrong? Besides everything?


Why is he wearing a dress?
 
2014-03-13 11:49:37 AM

escherblacksmith: I heard they did a version back in the late 80s set in a Pier 1 store . . .


I think it was called Something Wicker This Way Comes . . .

\\ I'm so sorry
\ well, not that sorry.


made me chuckle.  thanks.
 
2014-03-13 11:50:28 AM

Sybarite: I enjoyed the original film when I saw it (Jonathan Pryce particularly), and I will always thank it for introducing me to the book.

"First of all, it was October, a rare month for boys. Not that all months aren't rare. But there be bad and good, as the pirates say. Take September, a bad month: school begins. Consider August, a good month: school hasn't begun yet. July, well, July's really fine: there's no chance in the world for school. June, no doubting it, June's best of all, for the school doors spring wide and September's a billion years away.

But you take October, now. School's been on a month and you're riding easier in the reins, jogging along. You got time to think of the garbage you'll dump on old man Prickett's porch, or the hairy-ape costume you'll wear to the YMCA the last night of the month. And if it's around October twentieth and everything smoky-smelling and the sky orange and ash gray at twilight, it seems Halloween will never come in a fall of broomsticks and a soft flap of bedsheets around corners."


I got chills. I read this a couple years ago after watching the original, which I bought sight-unseen just because it was by Ray Bradbury.

Now Disney, could you also order up an adaptation of The Dust Returned while you're at it? I'd really like to see Uncle Einar.

/Also I'd like to mention I'm f*cking STOKED as hell to see a new Something Wicked adaptation.
 
2014-03-13 11:51:48 AM
I'm not sure I've ever read a book as unsettling as that one.  Just a great, great creepy novel.

/By the pricking of my thumbs...
 
2014-03-13 11:56:47 AM
The spider scene scared the shiat out of me when I was young, but otherwise I'd say the movie hasn't aged so well.
 
2014-03-13 12:00:14 PM

katerbug72: Walker: Flappyhead: vernonFL: Probably starring The Rock and Jaden Smith.

Dammit man, they might be listening!

"Yooooooooooooo dude, that sounds like a great idea!"
[i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x782]

/wtf is he wearing?
//that is a realtor. He's looking to rent a house in Malibu by himself
///he's 15.
////what could possibly go wrong? Besides everything?

Why is he wearing a dress?


He's wearing a dress because a) he's rich and semi-famous and he can do whatever hell he pleases and b) he just put on the first thing he grabbed from the dryer.
 
2014-03-13 12:01:18 PM
Subby Disney also made this crazy flick:

upload.wikimedia.org

It's dark and disturbing with a farking crazy ending.  Then, Disney decided to make only films for 5 year olds.
 
2014-03-13 12:02:23 PM
I'd rather watch the old one again. Which I would but I am not spending $15 on a DVD.
 
2014-03-13 12:03:01 PM
If they stay true to the book, modern CGI could do some really cool stuff with this story. But yeah, Jason Robards was really good in the original movie.

But they'll probably fark it all up. This is Hollywood we're talking, here.
 
2014-03-13 12:10:06 PM
Always wondered if they'd make a gay porn version. It would have such a good title.

"By the tickling of my buns, Something Pickle This Way Comes"

/oh, I used to think I was sooo clever back in the 70s.
 
2014-03-13 12:11:50 PM

stuhayes2010: Subby Disney also made this crazy flick:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x294]

It's dark and disturbing with a farking crazy ending.  Then, Disney decided to make only films for 5 year olds.


They actually did more adult content, just separated it out as Touchstone Films.

Apparently people didn't want to see "Arachnophobia" or "The Proposal" if the word "Disney" was in the credits.

Black Hole has one crazy ending though. Kids turned to their parents to ask what was happening and the parents had to admit they had no idea.
 
2014-03-13 12:16:16 PM
On the one hand, it's Disney.

On the other hand, Disney as a company tends to be sort of careful with its brands and sub-branches, and rarely seems to touch things that work, for example, they owned Miramax at one point, and you don't see Mickey Mouse on Reservoir Dogs, or Samuel L. Jackson singing It's a Small World After All in Pulp Fiction.
 
2014-03-13 12:26:18 PM
Please subby... who do you WANT to do it... Dimension Films?  Got news for ya', Disney owns them too.
 
2014-03-13 12:39:02 PM

Fano: aedude01: Just reissue the first film, no need to re-do it.

I've wondered why studios don't do this. Feb 13 my wife and I went to see Casablanca in theater. It was awesome. Disney used to put their movies back in theaters every so many years, I remember seeing Fantasia and some others in theater as a kid.


This!

I would think it would be FAR less costly to just trot out an old film everyone has already heard of, sell it as "the classic RETURNS!"....and watch your already paid for and produced film just make money...again.

/even better if your restrict online access to the classic
 
2014-03-13 12:40:47 PM
So looking into Disney's list of movies coming out soon on Wiki because of this article brought a mariad of emotions on:

YAY! --> Muppets Most Wanted, Star Wars 7/8/9,

Meh ---> Million Dollar Arm, Alice in Wonderland 2: Burton Boogaloo, Pirates of the Carribean 5...6...whatever

Are you sure? Because this could suck ... --> Into The Woods, Live Action Jungle Book, Flight of the Navigator

WHY? WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?! ---> Live Action Beauty and the Beast (because it's worked SO WELL the last 2 times), "Chipmunks" like Rescue Rangers
 
2014-03-13 12:40:48 PM

James Rieper: Black Hole has one crazy ending though. Kids turned to their parents to ask what was happening and the parents had to admit they had no idea.


Even before you get to the crazy ending, it features a ship full of lobotomized crewmen zombies and a robot with spinning propeller hands as weapons.  You know, for kids.

Though it wasn't that many years ago when my niece freaked out about the undead skeleton crew in the first Pirates of the Caribbean film, so maybe Disney hasn't changed that much after all.
 
2014-03-13 12:42:31 PM
The original was quite good.  Yes, it did leave some stuff out. But they all do that.

That said, who would be a better fit for the material?  Tim Burton and an unlimited budget.
 
2014-03-13 12:44:25 PM

lemurs: James Rieper: Black Hole has one crazy ending though. Kids turned to their parents to ask what was happening and the parents had to admit they had no idea.

Even before you get to the crazy ending, it features a ship full of lobotomized crewmen zombies and a robot with spinning propeller hands as weapons.  You know, for kids.

Though it wasn't that many years ago when my niece freaked out about the undead skeleton crew in the first Pirates of the Caribbean film, so maybe Disney hasn't changed that much after all.


Except that BLACK HOLE wasn't made for kids.
 
2014-03-13 12:45:28 PM

stuhayes2010: Subby Disney also made this crazy flick:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x294]

It's dark and disturbing with a farking crazy ending.  Then, Disney decided to make only films for 5 year olds.


One of my all-time favorite movies. Maximilian scared the hell out of five year old me but it did not make it any less awesome. Spawned my love for Sci-Fi. And Robert Forester is in it, which makes it twice as awesome.
 
2014-03-13 12:48:42 PM

DjangoStonereaver: Except that BLACK HOLE wasn't made for kids.


It was made for the Star Wars audience I suppose, which included kids - hence the cute hovering robots in a prominent role.  But it's still a pretty big diversion from what one would expect in a Disney film.
 
2014-03-13 12:50:09 PM

Sybarite: I enjoyed the original film when I saw it (Jonathan Pryce particularly), and I will always thank it for introducing me to the book.

"First of all, it was October, a rare month for boys. Not that all months aren't rare. But there be bad and good, as the pirates say. Take September, a bad month: school begins. Consider August, a good month: school hasn't begun yet. July, well, July's really fine: there's no chance in the world for school. June, no doubting it, June's best of all, for the school doors spring wide and September's a billion years away.

But you take October, now. School's been on a month and you're riding easier in the reins, jogging along. You got time to think of the garbage you'll dump on old man Prickett's porch, or the hairy-ape costume you'll wear to the YMCA the last night of the month. And if it's around October twentieth and everything smoky-smelling and the sky orange and ash gray at twilight, it seems Halloween will never come in a fall of broomsticks and a soft flap of bedsheets around corners."


It disturbs me that a passage like this can share a webpage with a cocknozzle like Jaeden Smith.  What a world, what a world.
 
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