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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

McFarlane Leaps to the Silver Screen; Kirby's Lost Projects

A couple of interesting movie news tidbits came across my desk today.

Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show, is looking to make his big screen directorial debut. The script is called Ted, and was written by MacFarlane and two of his fellow Family Guy writers, Alec Sulkin and Wellsley Wild.

The script is about a guy who, when he was kid, makes a wish that his teddy bear were alive and his best friend. And, cuz it's a movie, the wish comes true. The guy and his teddy bear grow up to the best of friends. And then, the man meets the woman of his dreams. But, she finds this guy's relationship with his teddy bear to be weird, and issues an ultimatum: it's her or the teddy bear. Can this lifelong friendship be severed?

MacFarlane is in negotiations with Universal Pictures to produce the film. MacFarlane, in addition to writing and directing, would also do the voice of the teddy bear. No word yet on casting, but rumor has it MacFarlane wants his old friend Mila Kunis, who does the voice of Meg on Family Guy to play the girlfriend.

Now this bit of movie news is really interesting. Hollywood is so desperate to turn comic books into movies, that they're looking for unproduced comics!

Jack Kirby. A legendary comic book artist. Working for Marvel comics, he co-created Captain America, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Silver Surfer, and countless others. In the 1970s, he went to DC, where he created the entire New Gods saga. In the late 1970s/early 1980s, he grew tired of comics and went out to Hollywood to try his hand at animation. He worked on such classic 'toons as Super Friends and Thundarr the Barbarian.

While working for the animation studio Ruby-Spears Productions, Kirby created several proposals for cartoons. While these proposals blew away the management at Ruby-Spears, none of them were ever produced, and were filed away, lost to the ages.

Until today. These unused Kirby proposals were recently sold to the legendary TV producers Sid & Marty Krofft, who gave us such classic shows as Land of the Lost and H.R. Puffnstuff. The Kroffts tend to develop these Kirby proposals into full-blown media franchises.

Roxy's Raiders

Some of the Kirby proposals include:

Roxy's Raiders - Described as a "female Indiana Jones," as she travels the world with her fellow treasure hunters as they go evil-fighting and tomb-raiding.

The Golden Shield - A superpowered Mayan warrior battles the forces that strive to bring about the end of the world in 2012.

The Gargoids - A group of scientists gain superpowers after being exposed to an alien virus.

Some of these sound really good. I hope something good comes from them.

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