Why is it that every comedian decides to be serious at one point? Is the sad clown myth really that accurate? Today the latest famous face who has decided to prove that he’s more than just a neurotic comedy lead is Ben Stiller.
However, unlike Permanent Midnight (which he was actually kind of good in) this won’t be Stiller’s attempt at dramatic acting. Nope, this will be Stiller’s attempt to drop his sillies as a director.
As if that news weren’t odd enough on its own, the Meet The Fockers star will be directing a horror movie. That’s right, Stiller has signed on for behind-the-camera duties on The Mountain, a horror flick inspired by characters from Edith Wharton’s novel The Summer that is set in the 1900s and concerns, “a young woman who struggles to confront her destiny after stumbling upon a mysterious object that forces her to examine the secrets of her past.”
Nope, I’m not 100% what that is supposed to mean either, but apparently Stiller envisions the project as something in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby. While I’m not convinced Stiller is best suited for horror filmmaking, anyone who has seen his underrated directorial effort The Cable Guy recently should know that the man does at least know how to shoot in the horror movie style.
Whether he can apply that aesthetic to something that doesn’t have a comedic core remains to be seen, but it should at least be interesting to see him try. No start date is in place yet, but in a few short years we’ll soon all be scared by the fact that a Ben Stiller movie is coming out for an all-new reason.
Edward Zwick Made An Uncharted 3 Short
With videogames now bringing in profits that would give James Cameron a boner, it’s unsurprising to learn that filmmakers are suddenly looking at button mashing entertainment for inspiration.
However, today a rather weird short film from a popular director has popped up online to promote the upcoming blockbuster action video game Uncharted 3. Before you get too excited, you know should know that this isn’t a live action version of Sony’s incredible action movie gaming franchise.
Nope, instead Oscar-winning filmmaker Edward Zwick (Glory, The Last Samurai) has made a documentary about the meaning of heroism tied into the release of Uncharted 3. The rather weird black and white short features actors like Sam Rockwell and Michelle Rodriguez discussing the how heroic storytelling is represented in art and videogames.
It’s a pretty pretentious promotional tool for a game about a one-man-army killing hundreds of bad guys, but also an unconventional commercial. Whether it makes you feel ill or inspired, it’s at least worth checking out. I can assure you of that. The video won’t embed for some strange reason, but if you’re interested in checking it out, click here.
The Punisher Is Headed To TV
Amidst all of the incredible box office success of Marvel superheroes recently, there’s one character who curiously starred in two bombs during the 2000s: The Punisher.
Considering that he’s not the friendliest character in the Marvel cannon and has machine guns instead of fancy superpowers, I suppose that makes sense. But, given that The Punisher is a hardboiled antihero out for revenge, the character is essentially an '80s action lead and should theoretically be easy to translate to the film.
Including the disastrous Dolph Lundgren outing in the '80s, there have been three Punisher movies produced and the only good one (Punisher: War Zone) was by far the biggest failure. However, Marvel remains committed to making the character work in live action and now the company is going to try out a Punisher TV series.
Criminal Minds' showrunner Ed Bernero is currently putting together a pilot for Fox and while it would be preferable if the show were being developed for network like HBO to do the character justice (he’s a sweary Mcviolent kind of a guy), it’ll at least be interesting to see how this turns out.
The Punisher has been one of Marvel’s most popular properties for years and there’s no reason why the character couldn’t catch on with the mainstream if done correctly. 2008’s Punisher: War Zone was well done, but admittedly a little too violent and out there for mainstream sensibilities.
Perhaps the confines of a network drama will smooth out the edges of The Punisher enough to make him palatable for the masses. Who knows? Let’s just hope that this thing turns out better than the failed Wonder Woman pilot that was made last year. Did you see any of the leaked clips of that nonsense? Yeesh!