Last year, Jon Favreau walked away from the Iron Man franchise, allowing Marvel to pass that torch to Shane Black, and took up instead with Disney. At the Mouse House, Mr. Favreau will direct the big-budget film Magic Kingdom, which has been described in basic terms as essentially Night at the Museum in Disneyland.

The original script for the film was written by Ron Moore (Battlestar Galactica), but now rewrite chores may pass to Pulitzer-winning author/screenwriter Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Spider-Man 2). Read More »

Michael Chabon is a literary star (The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union) whose novels have mostly managed to escape adaptation to film. Both those novels I cited have been in development, but have yet to yield a film. Wonder Boys is the only prominent adaptation, though Mr. Chabon’s first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, got a little-seen adaptation a few years back. (Which, frankly, I’d forgotten even existed. Time to queue that one.)

He’s been more visible as a screenwriter than as an author whose novels are adapted, with credits on Spider-Man 2 and forthcoming films John Carter of Mars; 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; and Snow and the Seven. Now Michael Chabon and his wife Ayelet Waldman have set up a project called Hobgoblin at HBO. It is an original series that will feature magicians, con men and Hitler. Wait, run that by me again? Read More »

The actors who play the characters in John Carter of Mars have long since left the Red Planet but Oscar-winning director Andrew Stanton is still hard at work. The Disney/Pixar sci-fi action film based on the books by Edgar Rice Burroughs is scheduled for release March 12, 2012 and Stanton recently gave a few updates as to what we can expect the film to look like, how much more work has to be done and more. Watch a video and read the quotes after the jump. Read More »

John Carter of Mars

After many years in development, it appears that John Carter of Mars is gearing up to begin production. As you know by now, Finding Nemo and WALL-E director Andrew Stanton will be making his live action feature debut with an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ 1917 sci-fi fantasy novel A Princess of Mars. KLS is reporting that Disney has signed a deal to shoot part of the film in Utah. After the jump I also have exclusive info that Tom Cruise was circling the project for a short period of time.

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For those who thought my asinine TWBB rant was insanely lowbrow, here’s a bit of high brow genre fare to level out the horror. Toasted author Michael Chabon‘s unused screenplay for Spider-Man 2 is now online over at McSweeney’s as a PDF. Grab it here, and do so quick because the site says it will only be up for a short duration. You may recall that Chabon received a writing credit on the second and top Spider-Man film, but his screenplay has never been made public until now. Good deal.

Discuss: Peter and I haven’t had a chance to read it, but if you’re playing hookie, don’t feel like working or simply don’t “get” the job thing, write a mini-review of the script in the comments! Appreciated.


In what will mark their second consecutive film examining the Jewish experience following 2009’s A Serious Man, Joel and Ethan Coen will write, direct and produce an adaptation of feted author Michael Chabon‘s 2007 bestseller The Yiddish Policemen’s Union. Mega-producer Scott Rudin, who was behind the Coens’s No Country for Old Men as well as There Will Be Blood last year, helped bring the deal to fruition at Columbia Pictures (he also owns the rights to Chabon’s classic The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, read it if you still haven’t.) Chabon has alerted a fansite about his elation…

“I am, of course, over the moon about this, Chabon said. “They are among my favorite living moviemakers. Three or four of their films are on my all-time favorite list. They are geniuses. What’s more, I think they are perfectly suited to this material in every way, from its genre(s) to its tone to its content. I can’t wait to see what they eventually do with it. …Now we just need to get this strike settled.”

The novel is set in an alternate universe where Jews were allowed permanent safe haven by the U.S. in the real town of Sitka, Alaska during World War II, thus altering the outcome of that war, various others, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and current world relations. In contemporary times, the U.S. government decides to hand Sitka back to native Alaskans, all the while the novel’s main character, a boozing loner detective, attempts to crack the murder of a chess phenom who may have been literally divine. You know, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, playing in a screening room across from Tyler Perry’s Picnic with Madea 2 in 2010.

Source Link: Variety / Guardian UK