Music video turned feature film director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) will write and helm Age of Rage for Fox Searchlight. THR compares the dystopian project to Children of Men and Lord of the Flies, but since no plot synopsis is provided, its hard to really form any sort of opinion about it. So instead I want to rant about Hollywood’s overuse of Children of Men comparisons.
Can we please stop referring or comparing every dystopian film to Children of Men. I understand that in Hollywood, its much easier to pitch a film by saying stupid phrases like “It’s like Titanic but in Space” or “it’s Die Hard meets Time Cop”. And the comparisons are completely fine when they’re valid, but I doubt that every futuristic end of society type project is like Children of Men. There have been how many dystopian films over the last 50 years? Outside of the core story element, how many of them immediately remind you of Children of Men? Exactly. Children of Men brought a very specific tone and realism to the dystopian story, and I doubt all of these films will be in the same vein. So lets please stop these over simplified classifications.
Web has directed videos for My Chemical Romance, Fergie, Weezer, Evanescence, Yellowcard and many others. He won the 2006 Music Video Production Association’s Director of the Year award for The All American Rejects’ Move Along. Check out his music videos on MTVmusic.com.
Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men was one of my top 10 movies of 2006. When I saw the movie I was so enamored with this post-apocalyptic world where women have become infertile, and no one had been born in the last 16 years. Basically it’s a world where everyone is living in knowledge that they are the last generation on earth. It’s an interesting place for a story, and I always wished it could be explored at more length.
And now my wish might be granted, as it was announced at last week’s SciFi upfronts that David Eick, writer-producer on the Battlestar Galactica and Bionic Woman contemporary remakes, is writing a pilot script for a series based on Children of Men. Of course in the movie, loosely adapted from the book (from what I understand the film used the story concept and not much more), “a disillusioned government agent agrees to help transport and protect a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea where her child’s birth may help scientists to save the future of mankind.”
“It’s really taking root more in the origins of the novels in that it will focus on the cultural movement in which young people become the society’s utter focus. Much like our culture, whenever Lindsay Lohan does something [and] it becomes the headline of every news show, it’s about how, when you don’t have a responsibility to the next generation and you’re free to do whatever you want, where do you draw the line?” Eick said in an interview with SciFi. “It’s not really a war show like the movie was. It’s more an exploration of that issue.”
The issue he speaks of is “how society defines responsibility, freedom and a sense of values when it doesn’t necessarily believe humans will survive as a species.” I’m in, especially if they try to incorporate some of the gritty visual cinematography that was part of the film.
Discuss: Will you watch a Children of Men television show?Â
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