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01.10.2008
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Iím excited to write about this story because itís about one of the few books Iíve ever read being adapted into a screenplay. Kimberly Pierce, who made BOYS DONíT CRY and has the upcoming war drama STOP LOSS on its way, told MTV that she wants her next film to be a version of Sir Arthur C. Clarkeís novel CHILDHOODíS END. Yep, thatís sci-fi folks! Hereís what she said:

ďI love ĎChildhoodís End.í Thatís a phenomenal book,Ē she enthused. ďWe have a draft of that and weíll see if Universal wants to make it.Ē

The book is considered a masterpiece of the genre, and is about an alien race that descends upon Earth, and rather than destroy it, they end all wars, poverty, hunger and fear, creating a utopia. The catch is they look like Satan, with wings, hooves, horns, everything. Not only that, but theyíre extraordinarily secretive, and itís their secret that drives the story forward. Pierce thinks that if she were to launch this production, sheíll need a major star to give the studio confidence that this thing will sell:

ďIf youíre going to launch something that big you need a big movie star. Itís probably not less than a 70 million dollar movie,Ē Peirce commented. ďYou go to that movie with a certain appetite for spectacle.Ē

I donít agree with this. Every weekend movies featuring major stars flop at the box office. If big stars sell movies, then THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES wouldíve been one of this yearís highest earners.

Extra Tidbit: When I read this book, I realized just what kind of genius Clarke is. It's incredible.
Source: MTV Movies

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9:18PM on 01/10/2008

Its True but not really really true

Its true most of the time big stars sell movies. But it also depends on the PERFORMANCE. A Non A List with great acting can make the movie GO GAGA and sell the boxoffice out.

Hey, CAST ME. I bet you I will do my best to stay true to the character. I have done acting, and also writing my own screenplay...

Rohan
Its true most of the time big stars sell movies. But it also depends on the PERFORMANCE. A Non A List with great acting can make the movie GO GAGA and sell the boxoffice out.

Hey, CAST ME. I bet you I will do my best to stay true to the character. I have done acting, and also writing my own screenplay...

Rohan
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4:20PM on 01/10/2008
Yeah but Jesse James only opened in a tiny number of cinemas. At its highest release it made it to 301 cinemas. Mostly it was playing in about 200. The big 'star' blockbusters open in 4,000+ cinemas. It only played in one cinema in my city and I'm glad I sought it out, as it was easily one of the best films of the year. Obviously this wasn't the standard mainstream fare, but if people don't have the access to the film, and/or haven't even heard of it due to a lack of advertising, then the flick
Yeah but Jesse James only opened in a tiny number of cinemas. At its highest release it made it to 301 cinemas. Mostly it was playing in about 200. The big 'star' blockbusters open in 4,000+ cinemas. It only played in one cinema in my city and I'm glad I sought it out, as it was easily one of the best films of the year. Obviously this wasn't the standard mainstream fare, but if people don't have the access to the film, and/or haven't even heard of it due to a lack of advertising, then the flick won't even have a chance.
And I hope I'm wrong with this next point, but even though I'm sure it'll get a MASSIVE advertising budget, I'm fearful that Watchmen will not do great business either. Put Bruce Willis in the role of the Comedian... done. But with a cast of unknowns... I don't know. I think John Q Public make a lot of their decisions on who's in it.
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12:56PM on 01/10/2008

Yeah.

This is pretty much a fucking amazing book. I just hope they do it right. Truth be told, I've wanted to direct this as a film ever since I read it. But this definitly has the potential to be amazing.

I call dibbs on THe Light of Other Days, though.
This is pretty much a fucking amazing book. I just hope they do it right. Truth be told, I've wanted to direct this as a film ever since I read it. But this definitly has the potential to be amazing.

I call dibbs on THe Light of Other Days, though.
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