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.