Lo and behold, it was during this time that, after acquiring unfinished portions of Obama’s memoir from Times Books, which was set to publish the final product, that Universal Studios sent a galley proof to legendary director Norman Jewison (who had actually been set to direct Malcolm X before Spike Lee came aboard) to gauge his interest in directing a theatrical adaptation of the young man’s interesting life, under the working title “Dreams from My Father”…
.... In our timeline, Turtledove and Dreyfuss actually intended the novel to be the basis of a feature film. Here, they have a better opportunity to seal the deal.
 Glover had, and still has, this idea in our timeline, but I’m cheating since historically he got it more recently. However, due to the hesitation major studios have over casting all-minority casts, it’s languished in development hell. Here, we’ll say Danny got a similar idea after reacting to all the extra media coverage civil rights in the United States had gotten in the aftermath of Duke’s election and the riots.
What is it with this guy? Does he have some kind of magic pixie dust or something? To which I am immune because I remember how lame he was in his appearances in 1980s sitcoms? "The Facts of Life", "The Golden Girls", "Roseanne"... Maybe more of you need to see him in them. That might dispel you of the notion that he's the Great and Infallible Clooney. (Also, most of those shows are worth seeing anyway.)
Sorry, but I find this one a bit far-fetched. Obama's story works because of his political success - his story isn't going to be particularly of interest this early. Still, weirder things have happened...
I am curious as to how Babylon 5 might develop in this timeline.
Actually King Kong vs. Godzilla was released in 1962, but there were plans for a remake in the 90's until that bastard Ted Turner pulled the plug.
I agree, the American version of KKvG isn't very good, the original was meant to be a comedy, slapstick and all. That one is much better.
Btw, for more ideas, there was the "Aliens vs. Predator" and "freddy vs. Jason (vs. michael, ash, al gore etc.) fan match ups floating around then, and talks of the godfather part 4
Assuming Watchmen does well enough that Bruce Campbell's profile is raised substantially because of it, what's the effect on the Evil Dead series, if any? Do Raimi and Campbell have any impetus to go back?
Let's not mince words here. However much talent he may have as a filmmaker, and however justified he may or may not be in his political opinions, the fact remains that Spike Lee is, to put it delicately, not a very mellow guy. If his "joint", which is bound to be a dark horse - no pun intended - for Best Picture at the very least, loses to Unforgiven, which even if it's a "revisionist" Western is still a Western, he will go on one of his patented Spike Lee diatribes. (Need I remind you that this is the man who sued Spike TV because they were "using his name"?) It may not quite match the vitriol of his Driving Miss Daisy rants, but he won't be a happy camper.Yep, Clint does win the big ones. However, there is the possibility that with Spike doing well, he'll feel less obligated to lash out at the Hollywood establishment (and remember, the two directors had a very specific beef with each other over just one of Eastwood's movies. I can't imagine Lee would attack the man for no reason in particular).
A logical assumption. Though to be fair to Pacino, he has put in a few good performances since then. Contrast Robert De Niro who, their collaboration in Heat aside, has been pretty much phoning it in since Cape Fear.vultan said:'Course, maybe the Oscar lust drives him to choose better roles over the next two decades.
The easiest way for that to happen, IMO, is for some new blood. It seems that all the risk-takers went over to DS9 (which, I suspect, will jump with both feet into the racial allegories a lot sooner - Avery Brooks seemed to have a real appetite for that kind of thing). Voyager steered a very cautious and conservative course and didn't take any chances, by all accounts. (In the interest of full disclosure, I should once again emphasize that "Everything I Know About Voyager I Learned From SFDebris").Star Trek's going to be trying even harder than OTL to reachieve it's late 1960's aura of being on the cutting edge of political and social discourse in America (not that they didn't try in this time period- the Kazon in Voyager's early seasons were supposed to represent street gangs in America, to much acclaim.)
The first two Evil Dead movies have been released, yes. The timing for the third one overlaps heavily with our POD, though principal photography appears to have predated it, so it might still have been released in this timeframe. Only vultan knows for sureIs Evil Dead (the original) done already? Because in that case I'm good. An ex-girlfriend totally enjoyed the tree on girl action and I'd like to save that .
I agree wholeheartedly. Campbell and Raimi will continue to work together in the future. All we need is for Raimi to get his big breakthrough in the vein of OTL Spider-Man and we'll be all set...Electric Monk said:To be more serious, it's quite possible that Campbell will do it as a favour to Raimi. By all accounts the two are close friends and Campbell seems like an actually nice person. If not Evil Dead, I imagine the two will continue to work together when possible.
Glad to hear it! And great to see another update, too!Hokay, think I'm better now.
I like the sound of that. It also echoes how Batman was a quasi-futuristic take on Film Noir (among other things).vultan said:Swan’s designs were very at once both futuristic and very evocative of the 1950’s , accurately reflecting the director’s vision of an alternate Atomic Age future.
Nice of Cameron to get Giger involved in this project, and a good way for Giger to actually achieve something else that's meaningful onscreen, rather than accept second-rate jobs and coast on his legacy from Alien.vultan said:The other production designer involved in the film, H.R. Giger, had only one real responsibility, though arguably it was the most important of all: the Squid.
A nice Jurassic Park-style compromise of vision with the available technology.vultan said:The Squid was eventually realized on screen through computer effects, while Bubastis was a mixture of CGI and animatronics.
Fun fact: Ain't It Cool News takes its name from a line featured in a film that had been released the year of its creation: 1996's Broken Arrow. You've just established that it's going to exist ITTL as well. Another, unrelated fun fact: Broken Arrow is the one and only film on which Gene Siskel changed his verdict in the history of Siskel & Ebert (from a marginal "thumbs up" to "thumbs down" - and no, Ebert never did anything like that; he's far too stubborn). Quite an influential film, considering its present-day obscurity.vultan said:Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News
Art direction! That's quite the nomination - one of many, I suspect (all of which will be "technical" or "creative", but still), given the gimmes of Visual Effects, the two Sound Oscars, and possibly Film Editing or maybe even Cinematography... among others?vultan said:Curt Swan and H.R. Giger, as the principle production designers, would be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction for their work, which was especially notable for Swan, as it was his first real job in the film industry.
The hardest-working man in Hollywood. I look forward to seeing his efforts in the next update!vultan said:It was now up to Stan Winston and his team of special effects wizards to put this all to the screen.
Fun fact: Ain't It Cool News takes its name from a line featured in a film that had been released the year of its creation: 1996's Broken Arrow. You've just established that it's going to exist ITTL as well. Another, unrelated fun fact: Broken Arrow is the one and only film on which Gene Siskel changed his verdict in the history of Siskel & Ebert (from a marginal "thumbs up" to "thumbs down" - and no, Ebert never did anything like that; he's far too stubborn). Quite an influential film, considering its present-day obscurity.
Nice of Cameron to get Giger involved in this project, and a good way for Giger to actually achieve something else that's meaningful onscreen, rather than accept second-rate jobs and coast on his legacy from Alien.
However, that reminds me, at least one John Woo film released in the 1990's is going to be VERY different...