Friday, March 11, 2011

Gaiman Writes Weird S**t

Word is released that Chinese producer Zhang Jizhong (yes, that is his real name...) has hired Neil Gaiman to write scripts (planned trilogy) adapting the ancient Chinese folk, Journey to the West. Why is Gaiman perfect for this? Here's the premise of the story:
"Journey is a 500-year-old story by Wu Cheng'en, detailing the events that befall the Monkey King, armed with a magic staff, as he journeys with a monk, a pig spirit and a fish spirit to India to retrieve Buddha's scrolls in an effort to find enlightenment."
And who better to write crazy shit like that than Mr. Neil Gaiman? Nobody, that's who. Except maybe Hayao Miyazaki but that's cheating cuz he does these sorta things for Japan all the time.
Thrown in with Gaiman is James Cameron who will be an advisor for the script and things like the 3D technology and such. On top of those two is the possible addition of Guillermo Del Toro to direct. However, there are others in talk, saying Del Toro "has shown a lot of interest but he wants to see the treatment first". Plus I think I read somewhere that he just signed on to direct another movie but there would have to be good spacing anyhow if Gaiman hasn't even written it yet.
I for one would love this. Gaiman's writings have been a favorite of mine ever since I first read my brother's copy of Neverwhere. Del Toro would have some amazing effects and visuals to thrown into it. And say what you want about Cameron (egotistical douche who who actually does think he's the king of the world...) but he has an eye for cinema that not many people have and that could be a huge benefit to these films.
I say get it done. I would be on board with Gaiman alone but the other two are just more icing on the movie cake.
I approve.

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