Grunting at the Screen (238)



Realive formerly called “Project Lazarus” (Grunting 162) opens in U.S. cinemas on September 29. It is an example of an old Science Fiction theme.


It goes back at least to HG Well’s The Sleeper Awakens. (Although I would not include Rip Van Winkle…)


In essence the means of preservation is window dressing. The Frozen Man theme is a form of Time Travel. A one way journey into the future.

In Realive, Marc is diagnosed with a terminal disease, instead of accepting it, he opts to be frozen so he can be revived again.

Come 2074, no wait, that was back when the movie was commissioned, come 2084 he awakens to the future.

The theme becomes a device to explore the future. In this case we have technologies like The Mind Writer” which allows us to record our memories, kind of like a mental blog (and if you that sounds a little antiquated just imagine a metal form of twitter!)

This is a future where people are addicted to their mind writers and spend a lot of time in their own memories.


It is also a future where romance has been replaced with safe sex.

Although I am confident love will conquer all in the end, the way it always does in the movies.

Realive will have a limited release and then go straight to Video on Demand.




Ad Astra, the space movie that gets nowhere near the stars now has a release date.

Jan. 11, 2019. That’s a while yet, looking at the positive side, it indicates they are making sure they get the FX right.




Ridley Scott has been characteristically quick. He has already produced a trailer for his next feature: All The Money In The World. It is the story of the Paul Getty kidnapping.

To be honest, I don’t watch a lot of his smaller movies, I should feel guilty about that, but I don’t. Scott’s strength is in creating magnificent visuals and atmosphere,

All The Money In The World is released UK on 5 January.




Oh, no no no. The Akira project is back on.

Taika (What We Do in the Shadows, Thor: Ragnarok) Waititi is the latest director to consider this poisoned chalice.

Like an 80’s horror villain, every time you think it is dead it just sits up again.


Now I have said before a film only merits remaking if you can bring something to it. No, more than that, if you can make it better.

Listen up. I don’t think you can improve Akira.

Now what did I say about it before?

Oh yes, we didn’t wanted a remake then (Grunt 228) and not now.

And yes, I doubt it will ever get made. (And this is before the fact that the moment it starts casting someone will scream “Whitewashing” )

As of writing Waititi has not signed. Akira is a live action project that has already chewed up and spat out a number of directors: Ruairi Robinson, The Hughes Brothers, and most notoriously Jaume Collet-serra who said no-one was interesting in the original anime and he publicly avowed he would “improve” it by changing the plot, and adding some “stronger characters”. Hme. I am delighted that version did not get made.




And let’s clarify my position about remakes. The logic. If you remake a great film, due to exigencies of film making it is likely you will get a less great film. Both logically and as witnessed by endless, endless grindingly inferior reboots.

However, if you remake a film that did not work, yet had a strong premise, you have every opportunity of making something better.

But doesn’t that mean you will only remake bad films? Not necessarily “bad”, let’s just say films with unfulfilled potential.







Now this is interesting, Roy Lee has made a bunch of deals bringing Asian properties to Europe and America. The latest one is for Kow Yokoyama’s Ma.K, which I am given to believe is short for “Maschinen Krueger”; after World War IV (!) the earth is repopulated by colonists from earth’s space territories, however they are not alone, there are still criminals and terrorists who took refuge on a devastated earth. They crawl out the rubble and attack the settlements. The colony declares independence, there is conflict between them and the space territories.

The main feature of this conflict is the powered armour they use.

Ma.K is interesting in that it has never been professionally translated to English.

The stories were originally published in Japanese magazine, Hobby Japan, but interest really too off when Japanese model company Nitto started making model kits for the Armoured Fighting Units.

Today Ma.K is better known for its models than the original Manga. The Licence for the kits has moved from company to company. The property has also spawned toys and sourcebooks.


It has also been made into a short film SF3D, which as released onto original video.


Warner producing the adaptation but it is not clear just what they are going for. I am assuming a feature film (would hate to think they will next announce a vast “multimedia” deal, those never work out).

So far no word of screenwriter, director or cast.

Yeah, cast. Like most projects this one will probably fade into the background, should it actually make it onto the production slate, expect the usual cries of “whitewashing”.




Ah, Roy Lee.

In the world of Whitewashing, Roy Lee is the Laundryman General: Here is a partial list of properties he has brought to American studios to be remade with white actors:

The Ring

The Grudge

Dark Water

Eight Below

The Departed

The Eye

My Sassy Girl

The Echo


Death Note


Remakes of Japanese, Korean, Filipino and Chinese films.


I’m just saying…




Alien: Covenant is out on disk. Though I wouldn’t buy it myself I have to point out one thing. It has a director’s commentary by Ridley Scott. On the DVD. I thought he’d stopped doing those.




OK, you have heard me wail endlessly that short films don’t often get turned into full feature, even when that is the intention. Well sometimes they do.

You may remember a short film called Project Kronos from way back in 2014.

This first contact feature will be available through on-demand media on January 9th 2018. The Director, Hasraf Dulull, has another film, Origin Unknown also nosing for some kind of release.





A little news came our way while everyone was raging about… well other things.

Andy Weir’s novel next Artemis does not come out until November 14, but the adaptation already has directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller of “The LEGO Movie” have signed on.

No word of schedule as yet.





















I’m Jack Eris and if you know me, you know Jack.



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