January 30th, 2003


Movie Goodness

Two bits of movie news:

Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean will collaborate on a direct-to-video fantasy feature film, Mirror Mask, which is set to go into production this year, the Comics2Film Web site reported. A source at Jim Henson Pictures told the site that McKean will direct from a script by Gaiman (The Sandman). Both men developed the story, the site reported.

The story idea grew out of conversations about a possible sequel to Henson's 1986 fantasy film Labyrinth, the site reported. Preproduction is due to begin in February, with principal photography commencing some time in the spring.

Which is pretty damn fantastic, as Dave Mckean's first (short) film was amazing.


Arnon Milchan's 20th Century Fox-based Regency Enterprises has signed a three-year, first-look deal with Pi director Darren Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures, Variety reported. The arrangement covers the writing, producing and directing services of Aronofsky and partner Eric Watson for films at all budget levels. The pact also includes a discretionary fund.

The first project under development will be the conspiracy thriller novel Flicker, with Jim Uhls (Fight Club) in talks to adapt, the trade paper reported. Written in 1991 by Theodore Roszak, a California State University history professor, Flicker is told through the eyes of a film student who determines that B movies are part of a plot to destroy life on Earth.

Flicker is bloody hard to get hold of in the UK, but it's an amazing book and much much better than the description above makes it out to be.