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Uber-wealthy industrialist Richard Branson producing Christopher Columbus biopic, McG attached to direct

Oct. 18, 2010by:

If you ever become a multi-billionaire, be sure to do one thing: Be like multi-billionaire Richard Branson (see Exhibits A through F for compelling reasons why).

And so when he isn't sleeping on his mattress made of cash money, brandishing fine females either in his arms or on his back, or doing a handful of other awesome things... Branson is turning his attentions towards movie producing. According to Deadline, the entrepreneur - who this summer launched "Virgin Produced", a joint venture with Relativity Media - is in negotiations to acquire COLUMBUS.

From writing newcomer T.S. Nowlin, COLUMBUS currently has director McG (TERMINATOR SALVATION) on board to helm and produce what's being called "a 300-style film about Christopher Columbus and his discovery of America."

This wouldn't be the first time Christopher Columbus attempted to sail the oceans of the silver screen. Eighteen years ago, in an attempt to capitalize on the 500 year anniversary of the "discovery" of America, Ridley Scott brought us 1492: CONQUEST OF PARADISE with Gerard Depardieu in the lead role, and then director John Glen (the dude behind a bunch of Bond films) made CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: THE DISCOVERY with Marlon Brando of all people as the famous explorer. The problem? Aside from not being particularly good films, nobody really gave a f*ck about Columbus. Deadline wonders if advances in movie tech will help drum up interest this time around. I doubt it (unless they depict Columbus as a rapist and murderer).

Frankly, Branson should be spending money on making a BRANSON biopic, showcasing all the crazy shenanigans he's up to. I mean, just look at this guy:









Extra Tidbit: Branson claims he's two years away from launching the commercial space travel company Virgin Galactic Airway.
Source: Deadline

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10:44PM on 10/18/2010
The dual Columbus movies came out 18 years ago, not 8 years. Also, Brando was NOT Columbus in the John Glen version. Regardless, I don't know how you can do better than 1492, which is an amazing movie.
The dual Columbus movies came out 18 years ago, not 8 years. Also, Brando was NOT Columbus in the John Glen version. Regardless, I don't know how you can do better than 1492, which is an amazing movie.
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8:59PM on 10/18/2010
Just looking at those pics, I'm kinda surprised Branson didn't commission McG to make a film about him. I'd certainly watch a movie about Branson. In the style of 300. Hey, I wonder if McG is gonna tell all of us that he got Columbus's blessing on this one?
Just looking at those pics, I'm kinda surprised Branson didn't commission McG to make a film about him. I'd certainly watch a movie about Branson. In the style of 300. Hey, I wonder if McG is gonna tell all of us that he got Columbus's blessing on this one?
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5:51PM on 10/18/2010

Green for the man, not the movie.

Holy shit, does this guy carry women around everywhere he goes? Are we witnessing the secret workout regimen for Billionaires?
Holy shit, does this guy carry women around everywhere he goes? Are we witnessing the secret workout regimen for Billionaires?
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1:46PM on 10/18/2010
A "300-style" Christopher Columbus movie? What the does that even mean? Mutants and monsters and random slo-mo sequences? This idea reeks.
A "300-style" Christopher Columbus movie? What the does that even mean? Mutants and monsters and random slo-mo sequences? This idea reeks.
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11:55AM on 10/18/2010

WTF?

Christopher Columbus done "300-style" with McG at the helm? Well I guarantee this will be a very forgettable film.
Christopher Columbus done "300-style" with McG at the helm? Well I guarantee this will be a very forgettable film.
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9:40AM on 10/18/2010
Okay, this guy is definitely, maybe not movie material, but definitely Reality TV material. Or wait, have they done that yet? Basically, aside from his mug is rather familiar, I don't know who Branson is, aside from a stud.

As for Columbus a la "300," that's maybe the stupidest idea I've heard for portraying the man. "300" glorified the Spartans, and though we do celebrate Columbus Day, there's very little in the man's life that's admirable to me.

Also, I think the number of years since
Okay, this guy is definitely, maybe not movie material, but definitely Reality TV material. Or wait, have they done that yet? Basically, aside from his mug is rather familiar, I don't know who Branson is, aside from a stud.

As for Columbus a la "300," that's maybe the stupidest idea I've heard for portraying the man. "300" glorified the Spartans, and though we do celebrate Columbus Day, there's very little in the man's life that's admirable to me.

Also, I think the number of years since the Scott-Depardieu movie is 18, not 8.
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8:14AM on 10/18/2010

Wow...

The one man every guy in the world strives to be one day. Trump has nothing on this guy.

As for the movie, sounds retarded but we'll see.
The one man every guy in the world strives to be one day. Trump has nothing on this guy.

As for the movie, sounds retarded but we'll see.
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