According to the Weinsteins, the script for Fraggle Rock isn't edgy enough
FRAGGLE ROCK was one of my favorite television shows when I was little. The theme song still pops into my head from time to time. However, when watching the show I never once thought, "this could use a bit more edge".
I didn't care about edge, nor did I know about it, I was 4 years old.
Well there are two brothers that do care about edge when it comes to the FRAGGLE ROCK movie, the brothers Weinstein.
But there's someone who isn't too happy about it and that's director/writer Cory Edwards (HOODWINKED!). Edwards lashed out against the Weinsteins on his blog saying that he is still trying to keep the torch lit for the film, but the brothers are leaving him with zero confidence. Especially since they are looking for a new writer to overhaul the script. He is still directing.
Here are some of the highlights:
"For starters, they have begun the search for a new writer, presumably to rewrite my entire script from scratch. Now I'm a big boy -- I can take the blow if my skills are not up to the high, high standards of the Weinstein Company (he said with too much sarcasm in his voice). But this is happening behind my back, without consulting me or even asking my opinion. I enjoy working with other writers and have no doubt that the RIGHT person could help make any script better. But to not even ask me? Adding insult to injury, the search is basically an open assignment. This means the net has been cast wide, virtually posting in the "classifieds" of the movie business. The Fraggles do not deserve such treatment."
"Rest assured, I still have a deal to direct. Which means my hands WILL be on this script. That makes this move by the studio all the more baffling. Hey guys, you know what would be easier? Asking the director to help you get the script in shape, instead of running in your own circles and then showing me something later that I'll probably hate."
"Oh, Cory, 'hate' is a strong word. How do you know you're going to hate it?" I'll tell you why.
The only overall note coming from the studio is this: "Not edgy enough."
"EDGY." That's the note. That's what they are trying to do to the Fraggle Rock movie. EDGE it up! Let me say right now that "edgy" is one of my least favorite words. Since my earliest days in the client video business, "edgy" has been a sign of someone who doesn't know what they want. Not only is "edgy" a nebulous, abstract word that means something different to everyone, but it chases the immediate whims of pop culture. WHAT is edgy?? Faster edits? Rock music for the score? Boober wearing some gangsta bling? I have no idea. What I DO know is that the word "edgy" should not be anywhere near this movie."
"I have said repeatedly that I will do my very best to make this Fraggle movie relevant and modern, to compete with everything else out there. But what I will NOT do is sabotage what made the property beloved in the first place."
Thoughts? To check the blog out, head here.
|Extra Tidbit:||Who was your favorite Fraggle? Or are you more of a Doozer fan? My favorite Fraggles were Red and Wembley.|