24 Frames has learned that Walt Disney Pictures is in talks to acquire Tiki, a screenplay written by musician Ahmet Zappa (yes, son of Frank Zappa) and writing partner Michael Wilson (Shark Tale, Ice Age, Burn Notice, Monster Witness Relocation Program). While the story is not directly related the the Enchanted Tiki Room attraction at Disneyland, Zappa and Wilson were inspired by the animatronic show and decided to write “an action-adventure that mixes in Polynesian mythology.”
I was just at Disneyland a couple weeks ago and visited the Tiki Room, which is one of the older attractions which many of the Disneyland visitors passby on the way to Indiana Jones. It’s one of the most underrated gems in the park, an attraction opened by Walt Disney himself in June 23rd 1963 featuring a room which would come to life using the latest in Audio-Animatronic technology.
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Briefly: Disney has picked up a new spec script by Ahmet Zappa and Michael Wilson, called Monster Witness Relocation Program. Zappa came up with the basic story, and Deadline‘s report suggests that Disney will develop the film as a project for Jaden Smith.
The title alone probably made this a buy — Deadline offers no story details, but it isn’t too hard to imagine quite a few options. That’s some of the marketing done, right there. Then again, the site notes that Disney long ago bought the rights to Zappa’s book The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless, “about a brother and sister who discover they hail from a long line of monster hunters. They have to learn the family business quick when their father is kidnapped and they take on the most diabolical creature in the universe.” That one is still in development. Then again, it doesn’t have a ‘Goodfellas for Monsters’ title like this new script does.
Hurry up and put your bid in for MGM will you, because it seems that whole situation will have to be settled before the next Bond film makes any more progress. According to producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, “Well, our timeline’s a little up in the air what with the situation at MGM, so we have to be flexible. We just don’t know enough about the situation to comment, but we know it’s uncertain.”
Scary. And I suppose it follows that if Bond 23 can be up-ended like this, so could The Hobbit, another MGM picture…?
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Prior rumors that the next and 22nd installment in the James Bond franchise would be entitled 007 were way off, as today it’s been announced by the film’s producers that the official title is Quantum of Solace. The title is taken from a short story of the same name by Bond creator Ian Fleming. Said story is contained in the Fleming collection For Your Eyes Only, though the film’s plot has no direct connection to it, sans Bond of course. At the conference, Daniel Craig gave his impression of the title, saying it communicated Bond’s shattered emotions from Casino Royale…
“Ian Fleming had written about relationships,” Craig tells the BBC. “When they go wrong, when there’s nothing left, when the spark has gone, when the fire’s gone out, there’s no quantum of solace.”
If it had a beat, you could dance to that quote. More Craig…
“And at the end of the last movie, Bond has the love of his life [Eva Green's Vesper Lynd] taken away from him and he never got that quantum of solace. So he’s looking for revenge, you know, to make himself happy with the world again. But it, the title, also alludes to something else in the film,” he added.”
Other details revealed: The exotic Olga Kurylenko, who plays the new Bond girl Camille, says she’s done weapons training but hasn’t started filming her scenes. She adds that her character is “is a fighter, this girl is going to kick ass. She’s on her own mission, and she’s driven by revenge.” On the other hand, actress Gemma Arterton says she’s filmed several scenes for her role of MI6′s Agent Fields, including a sex scene with Craig, calling her character “fresh and young and not a femme fatale.” And it seems the elder bird will have boosted screen time as well, with Dame Judi Dench saying her role is bigger this go around, “brilliant,” and filled with “prickly” relations with a maturing Bond.
Quantum of Solace will start one hour after the last events of Casino Royale according to co-producer Michael Wilson, with another producer adding that while there are no flashbacks in the film, Vesper Lynde will be “on [Bond's] mind.”
Any opinions on the title? I found it to be a little space-age, but it’s growing on me and has a cosmopolitan quality that fits an even classier, worldlier Bond. Almost forgot: He’ll be traveling to Austria, South America and Italy in the film, soaking in the sights, but seeking revenge, always. Quantum of Solace will hit theaters on November 7th of this year.