Friday, September 01, 2006

Peter Jackson to bust the dam

If you care at all about movies, than news about Peter Jackson is always important, especially when it's this good.

Jackson is producing "Dambusters," a World War II aerial adventure that will mark the directorial debut of Christian Rivers, his animation director on "King Kong."

"Dambusters" is inspired by actual events as well as based on the book "The Dam Busters," by Paul Brickhill, and the 1954 Associated British Picture Corp. motion picture. The movie will chronicle the story of Operation Chastise, a top-secret Royal Air Force bombing mission that took place in 1943, when a group of airmen were assembled to fly Lancaster bombers deep within well-armed Germany at treetop level and, using special "bouncing bombs," destroy three dams essential to the Nazi steel industry.

The visual possibilities for this one are endless, and if it approaches anything close to the spectacle that was Jackson's "King Kong," it's just gonna rock hard.
Before this will ever come out, of course, we'll also get a new movie directed by Mr. Jackson himself. Based on "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Seebold, his next flick, due out some time next year, will be about a 14-year-old girl from suburban Pennsylvania who is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from Heaven, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

This all sounds intriguing, but fit perhaps for Atom Egoyan rather than Mr. Jackson. It does seems to have elements of "Heavenly Creatures" in it, however, so it should be interesting to see what comes out in the end.

"Studio 60" gets a Gilmore

Having already toiled for the best new writer on TV in Amy Sherman-Palladino, it now seems Lauren Graham will get to work with the reigning master, Aaron Sorkin.

According to Michael Ausiello's fantastic blog at TV Guide, Graham will appear in a two-episode arc as host of the show-within-a-show that is the backbone of "Studio 60."

No word yet on when exactly this perfect match will occur, but it should be sometime this fall. I was already pretty amped for "Studio 60," given Sorkin's work on "Sports Night," but this news just makes it all the better.

Lauren Graham, who is quickly becoming the most notable snub in Emmys history, is one of my favorite actresses in any medium, mostly for her work as Lorelai Gilmore but also in movies like "Bad Santa." The new, and probably last, season of "Gilmore Girls" just can't come fast enough for me.

"Pan's Labyrinth" trailer

In the list of movies I'm most looking forward to for the rest of the year, I omitted Benicio Del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth." It was a deliberate oversight, not because I have any animosity towards Mr. Del Toro or this potentially great movie, but because I try to only get my hopes up really high for movies that have a chance of playing in the theaters in my little corner of the world.

Then comes a trailer this cool that gets me all geeked up anyway. If you haven't heard, Mr. Del Toro's movie, which played to rave reviews at Cannes and is getting a prime spot at the upcoming New York Film Festival, is about a young girl who invents her own fantasy world to escape the horrors of Franco's Spain.

This too reminds me of "Heavenly Creatures," and the trailer has a distinct look that rivals anything we saw in "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe." (P.S. - If I mention a movie twice in one post, that means I love it unconditionally. If you haven't seen Peter Jackson's early "Heavenly Creatures," please stop now and add it to your Netflix queue. I'll be here when you get back.)

Anyways, the good folks at CHUD have posted the trailer for "Pan's Labyrinth," and to me, it's the perfect way to start a Friday morning. Click here to enjoy it for yourself, and let me know what you think.

24 comments:

jeremy said...

What's your take on Shortbus and INLAND EMPIRE? Just curious.

Reel Fanatic said...

I haven't heard about either of them yet, Jeremy, but am looking forward to both ... Shortbus sounds like a very fun sex romp, and after Hedwig, I'm ready for whatever Mr. Mitchell can cook up ... It seems like Lynch has been working on Inland Empire forever, but I think it is screening in Venice, so we should be hearing the verdict soon enough

Mercurie said...

I must say I am really looking forward to Dambusters. I loved the original film based on the book (which if I recall was one of the inspirations for Star Wars Episode IV: a New Hope). As to the Lovely Bones, it does sound more like Atom Egoyan. Still, as you point out, Jackson did direct Heavenly Creatures, and this sounds like a similar idea to me.

Reel Fanatic said...

I wasn't familiar with the original movie, Mercurie, but I'm gonna seek it out .. if it's not available on DVD now, it surely will be as this new flick draws nearer

themarina said...

It's wonderful to hear that Jackson is getting in the actor's chair again but I'm curious when (and if) we're ever going to see the hobbit! I digress. Dmbusters does sound like it has fantastic possibilities. Can't wait.

As for Pan's Labyrinth....I can't wait to see this. I just hope it's not too much longer!

Reel Fanatic said...

I think The Hobbit is just wishful thinking, Marina, especially since Rings fans let him keep lining his pockets with the many, many DVD versions

M-M-M-Mishy said...

Is Lauren Graham still romantically linked to Matthew Perry? And I completely agree with you about her non-Emmy snub. She's fantastic on G.G.

Reel Fanatic said...

Not sure, Mishy ... In his blog, Mr. Ausiello says they are "just friends," but who knows exactly what that could mean? I was shocked to find out that Alexis Bledel and Milo Ventamiglia had been a couple for two years off the set, so I'm clearly out of the loop

Lori said...

Always good to hear about something else Jackson's got coming up. I'm just hoping that with him directing, his adaptation of Lovely Bones will be better the book.

As for Pan's Labyrinth, I'm hoping that'll be good too. Ole Guillermo's kinda hit and miss for me...he did such a great job with Hellboy...but then he also directed Blade 2...ewwww.

Reel Fanatic said...

You're right about Blade 2, Lori, but everyone's allowed one mistake, right?

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mellowlee said...

OMG Pan's Labyrinth looks so amazing! *jumping up and down* I loved Heavenly Creatures. I visited crimelibrary.com after watching it and read their story there. *shudders*

Reel Fanatic said...

Any fan of Heavenly Creatures is a person with good taste, Mellowlee ... I first saw it in the theaters and was left kind of scratching my head, but I really got it the second time I saw it on DVD .. it's easily my favorite Peter Jackson movie now, along with The Frighteners

Invisible Lizard said...

Thanks for the link. I've been a GdT fan since seeing The Devil's Backbone (which helped me forgive him for Mimic), further cemented with Hellboy. This one looks amazing.

Reel Fanatic said...

The Devil's Backbone is indeed Great, Lizard .. I'd have to list it as my favorite Del Toro movie, with Hellboy getting honorable mention

cinefille said...

I saw the pilot for Studio 60 (rented it through netflix)and Aaron Sorkin is great, as always. The fact that Lauren Graham is going to have a 2 episode arc makes me very happy.

Vasta said...

A week today at exactly this time, I'll be watching Pan's Labyrinth. I'll let you know what I think.

Oh, and Shortbus is a lot of fun, albeit quite graphic. The sex is definitely not simulated, so it borders on pornographic, but it's quite the intriguing film.

Kamikaze Camel said...

F**king Peter f**king Jackson and his f**king WWF**kingII movie.

Jesus Christ.

(I wasn't sure if you liked swearing on the blog!)

Reel Fanatic said...

I'm jealous Cinefille, but I guess I'll be able to see it soon enough .. glad to hear you liked it .. I'll definitely stop by to look for your Pan's Labyrinth review, Vasta .. can't wait to hear what you think of it!

Ben Varkentine said...

I share your high regard for both Amy Sherman-Palladino and Aaron Sorkin. I'm happy to hear about LG's appearance on his new show.

But here's something funny about perception: How can Sherman-Palladino be a "new writer on TV" compared to "reigning master" Sorkin, when she was working on Rosanne while he was still tending bar in New York?

Reel Fanatic said...

You're definitely right about that, Ben ... I owe Ms. Sherman-Palladino an apology for snubbing her earlier work .. it's only because I didn't fall in love with her writing until the Gilmore Girls

Off-Black said...

The Dambusters was definitely an inspiration for 'A New Hope'. I watched the movie not long ago, and there is a line of dialogue relating to guns on towers which was almost word for word lifted into Star Wars.

Reel Fanatic said...

I'll definitely have to watch for that when I finally get to see the original on DVD, Off-black .. thanks for the heads up!

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