Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Jack Black and Michel Gondry

Luckily for those who love great movies, Michel Gondry is a very hard-working man.

Fresh off the relative success of his blissful "Block Party" with Dave Chappelle, word comes from the Hollywood Reporter this morning that Michel Gondry is now teaming up with Jack Black for what can only be described as a delightfully odd project.

Gondry has already finished the script for "Be Kind Rewind," a comedy in which Black will play a junkyard worker whose brain is magnetized, destroying every tape in his friend's video store and forcing the pair to remake the lost films.

In order to keep the store's one loyal customer, an elderly lady with signs of dementia, the pair re-creates a long line of films including "The Lion King," "Rush Hour," "Back to the Future" and "Robocop."

I don't know about you, but I was already laughing as i read that. And admit it, all of us who claim to be able to write movies really want to be able to make them. To remake "Back to the Future"? It should be geek heaven, and hopefully very, very funny.

In an even dream-geekier pairing, Gondry is also set to make a movie of Rudy Rucker's graphic novel "Master of Space and Time" based on a script from Daniel Clowes. With "Be Kind, Rewind" set for a two-month shoot in New York beginning in September though, it sounds like we'll see that one first.

As for Jack Black, I like him almost every time I see him. We all met him in "High Fidelity," and he just got better in "Jesus' Son" and, of course, Linklater's "School of Rock."

And he's back with funnyman Mike White, the writer of "School of Rock," and "Napoleon Dynamite" director Jared Hess for the supersilly "Nacho Libre." If this and "Clerks 2" aren't laugh-out-loud funny, it will cast a real pall over what is shaping up to be a promising summer.

You can see the trailer here, courtesy of IMDB. Enjoy.


themarina said...

Jack Black is always funny. Even in movies that I think will suck (and do suck) he manages to make it watcheable if not hilarious.

Reel Fanatic said...

True ... but I can't think of any of his movies I've seen that I really hated (but I don't see dreck like "Orange County, which I can only imagine did, indeed, suck)

William K. Scurry Jr. said...

Errrr... the trailer for "Nacho" is very unpromising. I cannot discern why Jables went for a project this odd.