Next year offers plenty of fresh ideas and some that perhaps should have been thought more through before being greenlit. Case and point, Battleship. An adaptaion of the popular Parker Bros game board that has players going againts each other through ships placed on map grids. However, things are being taken a different route as filmgoers and skeptics feel this $250 million sub of a blockbuster will be sunk. The concept involves many internations navy groups being alientated from the world in a section of the seas, but its revealed to be a trap made by aliens from another world. People are aleady on the IMDb message boards firing “critical missiles” at this over-budgted turkey. We seen adaptaions of comic books and that has worked, but a board game? Now don’t let’s be silly.
On a brighter note, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones suit up again for Men In Black 3, the long-awaited follow-up to the popular franchise of a top secret angency that deals with foriegn space aliens posing as normal people. After the negative reception to the last installment, director Barry Sonnenfield (who did the Addams Family films and Get Shorty) returns as Agents J and K deal with a new villian named Boris, who travels back in time to see that K never existed. After some delays in production, fans can rejoice to see everyone’s favorite scf-fi duo back on the big screen, but it will be a bigger improvment over the last? Well, all I can say is that the trailer does look promising….
Them Farlely Brothers are at it again. After raunchy hits like There’s Something About Mary and cult-classic comedies like Dumb and Dumber, they return to the big screen with a revival of the Three Stooges. This is a film project that has been bounced around from studio to studio and finall has got off the ground for a 2012 release. The concept is to have three seperate Stooge tales wrapped around one big plot as the knuckleheaded trio try to save an orphanage they were raised at. While the dialouge and slapstick is there, the only thing viewers are asking is the heart in it all. Does it have the entertaining vaule and is it another throwaway adaptaion like Alvin and the Chipmunks or Marmaduke?
And speaking of adaptations, Disney is at again with another long-awaited film project. Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’s sci-fi series Barsoom, John Carter is a character that is lifted from his normal life to leading a massive rebellion on the planet Mars. Not much else to comment, except that this is Andrew Stanton’s first live-action directorial debut after taking on two popular titles (Finding Nemo and Wall E) for Pixar.