The Nightmare Before Christmas - Is Oogie Boogie Racist

It’s that magical time of year when people needlessly argue about whether or not The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie. The democratic answer is that it’s both and everyone should just enjoy it. The correct answer is that it’s a Christmas movie, because 95% of it takes place after Halloween and leading up to Christmas. These are facts.

But there’s another argument surrounding The Nightmare Before Christmas that you might not have heard about. The film’s writer Caroline Thompson recently appeared on the podcast Script Apart, which talks to writers about the first drafts of famous movies. During their discussion, she explained a creative clash she had with producer Tim Burton regarding the depiction of the villain Oogie Boogie, a character who also created a tense confrontation between director Henry Selick and the Batman director. Read More »

Sofia Coppola Leaves the Little Mermaid

Disney is moving ahead full speed on a slate of adaptations of classic fairy tale and animated film stories, but not everyone else is having quite the same run of luck. Universal and Working Title are putting together a live-action telling of Hans Christian Anderson‘s fairy tale The Little Mermaid, with Sofia Coppola set to direct as of this past March. But now that old spectre “creative differences” has reared its ugly head, and Coppola has exited the film. Read More »

Marwencol

Robert Zemeckis could follow up one fact-based live-action drama with another. The filmmaker has signed on to direct Marwencol, based on the acclaimed 2010 documentary of the same title. While no stars are currently attached, Zemeckis and Universal are hoping to land a big-name actor like Leonardo DiCaprio for the lead.

At the center of the story is Mark Hogancamp, a man who emerged from a head injury with severe amnesia. As therapy, he started constructing a 1/6 scale model of a World War II-era Belgian village. Hit the jump for more details on this project and Hogancamp’s remarkable story.

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The comedy Burt Wonderstone, which is planning to star Steve Carell as a “traditional magic man who is dethroned by a hip younger illusionist and must then find a way to rediscover his love for magic,” has been kicking around for a few years. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) wrote the script, and the film has had a couple different directors attached. Jake Kasdan was going to make the movie before Steve Carell came on board; then a few months ago Parks and Recreation director Charles McDougall was in talks to direct.

Now New Line has tapped Don Scardino, 30 Rock director, to direct. This looks like a final deal, and the movie will really start to move forward. It will shoot in October; now we have to wait to see who gets the gig playing the rival young magician.

After the break, Mary Harron takes over Wicked Lovely. Read More »