Wednesday, April 02, 2008


I'm no fan of April Fool's Day gags. It's hard enough to know what to believe on the internet without having to have your bullshit filter strapped on for an entire day, making you suspicious of every single thing you read.

Like this tidbit from SlashFilm (who did give me a chuckle yesterday with their "news" on the SUPERMAN VS. SPIDER-MAN big-screen project)... though there's absolutely no actual reports on this outside the SlashFilm post, it's just crazy enough to be true.
The good, and potentially great, news? This is just crazy, let me catch my breath. One of the best actors working today, Daniel Day-Lewis, is in talks to follow-up his Oscar-winning role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood with yet another award-caliber epic. So, what’s the sort of off-putting (but not necessarily bad) news? If it pans out, Day-Lewis’s next film will belong to Hollywood’s current remake pantheon, though this one sounds more like a bold and careful “re-envisioning.”

Director Peter Weir (Master and Commander, The Last Wave) and Warner Bros. are fast-tracking an $80 million remake of Fitzcarraldo, Werner Herzog’s classic and quite deranged 1982 film about an ambitious man who strikes out, against all rationality, to construct an opera house deep in the Peruvian jungle. Day-Lewis will star as the aforementioned man, a role originally made famous by the German nut Klaus Kinski.
Though I'm no huge fan of the original flick, I must admit I'm somewhat intrigued by the idea of a futuristic Fitzcarraldo hauling space steamboats.

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