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Another Marshall interviews Lion-O, “Shazam!” Goes Silent?, Recovering from Illness

Rick Marshall may be no relation, but he’s still a sensation. Rick is a writer and editor for MTV’s Splash Page and has posted a really cool interview with Larry Kenney, the actor who gave a voice to Lion-O in the original “Thundercats” animated series, to get his reactions on both the fake fan trailer that has made the rounds on the internet and the possibility of an actual “Thundercats” movie in CGI. Will Kenney be reprising his role as Lion-O? Find out here.

Also in the article is a YouTube embedding of the aforementioned fake trailer. It’s not so much funny as it is impressive in its ability to sell you on the concept of a live-action movie. Well, not funny except for the climax where we get “This Summer THE CATS COME OUT TO PLAY” coming at us intermittently while the ‘Cats engage in various action-adventure related chicanery. To give you an idea of how good it was: it made me okay with the idea of Vin Diesel, period.

You can follow Rick on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/rickmarshall.

Also from MTV’s Splash Page – it looks like that “Shazam!” movie won’t be happening as soon as some folks thought. It mentioned that there’s now a movement in HOllywood to try to convert every comic treatment into “The Dark Knight” in terms of its edginess and seriousness, with screenwriter John August noting in his blog that the studio execs wanted Batson to be older and Black Adam to make an early entrance in the film. I find that interesting because I’d love to say that means they want to make the proper investments to ensure an actual quality film is put out, but really they’re just talking about making it “more adult.”

It’s a real shame, because something like “Shazam!” has to have just the right tone for it to work, and dark isn’t it. It’s also a shame that screenwriter John August saw fit to publically post all this. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s cool and I’m always interested in seeing the curtain pulled back, but publically pointing out the ineptness of a studio including details of a meeting you attended while a film project was in development probably won’t do you any favors in future endeavors. Just sayin’.

So I ended up only working a half-day before heading home. The headache, sore throat, and excessive drowsiness was just too much. I didn’t realize this until I was making photocopies in our office, and found myself staring off into space for an extended period of time like I was in a really bad student film trying to be clever and smarmy about the disenfranchising nature of working in an office. I slept for five hours. So I went home and slept for five straight hours, and I think that did the trick.

I’m going to “test the waters” so to speak by going out to get dinner at a cafe up the road and do some writing. I can tell you, though, that I feel approximately 435% better than I did when I left work today. Yes, that’s an exact number achieved through very scientific methods.

More later…

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  1. January 7, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Ah that’s stupid. The Dark Knight’s tone and seriousness and edginess was perfect for that movie, but they should make the rest of the comic book movies like that!

    • January 7, 2009 at 2:13 am

      I assume you meant “they shouldn’t make the rest of the comic book movies like that.” But yeah, you’re right.

      I hate to pigeon-hole them in such a cliche manner, but leave it to studio execs to see something that works and completely fail to understand the context of stuff like tone and miss the point entirely.

      • January 7, 2009 at 2:49 am

        Yes, shouldn’t is what I meant. Contractions are sometime a little challenging for me. Haha

      • January 7, 2009 at 3:24 am

        You think contractions are challenging now, wait until you have a baby!

        Sorry, had to.

      • January 7, 2009 at 2:50 pm

        Aside from thole lack-of-talent-and-vision thing, that’s one reason I could never be a director, at least of studio films. I’d end up murdering or at least assaulting someone. The same sort of thing happens with recording artists on big labels, too, having some exec try to convince them to do something that worked for a totally different sort of band, but not realizing that it’s completely wrong for this one.

      • January 7, 2009 at 3:59 pm

        In my mind, the greatest example will always be the Music Industry suits who let Wilco out of their agreement in 2001 because the band – who were alt-country and not huge sellers – recorded “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,” an album the suits said was terrible, completely unlistenable, and not commercially viable. They bought the tapes from Reprise for $50,000 and moved to Nonsesuch, another subsidiary of Time Warner.

        The album was hailed by critics as the band’s greatest effort of their career and remains, to this day, their best-selling album.

  2. Anonymous
    January 7, 2009 at 1:42 am

    Wow! Thanks for the kind words and ample name-dropping, fellow Marshall!

    – Rick

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