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Marvel and Disney want you to ask for something weird! Disney's annual D23 Expo is coming up this weekend, with the studio already announcing plans to showcase movies such as Thor: The Dark World, Saving Mr. Banks, Tomorrowland, and many more. Earlier today, Disney released a cryptic image that teases an upcoming project from both Marvel and Disney that will be unveiled at the Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Pavilion. Take a look at this weird photo, along with a statement released by the studio.
"This weekend, only at the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts pavilion during D23 Expo 2013, ask for something Weird and get your first look at an all-new project coming from Marvel and Disney!"
This mystery project could be a new version of The Museum of the Weird, a movie which was set up three years ago at Disney for Ahmet Zappa to direct, but it never moved forward. »
Cindy (Jennifer Garner) and Jim (Joel Edgerton) are desperate to be parents. However, when they’re told by their doctor that this won’t happen naturally, they decide to indulge their dreams one final time by burying a box in their back garden filled with all the personality traits their ideal child would bear – kind, honest to a fault and musical, to name a few. Overnight, a magical storm occurs and Timothy (Cj Adams), a young boy with leaves on his ankles, is thrust into Cindy and Jim’s life.
Dreamt up by actor Ahmet Zappa and written and directed by Peter Hedges, The Odd Life of Timothy Green immediately asks you to suspend your deepest beliefs and simply accept its desire to be a warm-hearted family-orientated fable. This would be possible if everything about its mere concept, let alone its scorched execution, wasn’t so downright disturbing. It’s »
- Jamie Neish
As Ben Affleck has resurrected his career post-Bennifer implosion with a series of increasingly impressive directorial efforts, it’s easy to speculate that the Gigli star has learned a thing or two about the perils of working alongside romantic partners. So whilst Jennifer Garner’s husband wows critics with his latest release, Argo, the former “Alias” leading lady is left to take on a seemingly endless stream of lacklustre big screen projects. With a résumé that already includes the maligned Arthur remake, an odious Valentine’s Day and the *ahem* unforgettable Elektra, Garner can now add Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green to her growing list of movie mistakes.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green focuses on a couple (Garner »
- Phil Wheat
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ahmet Zappa – son of music legend Frank Zappa and the writer-producer of the quirky Disney fantasy The Odd Life of Timothy Green – has teamed up with the producers of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone to develop a script for the horror/superhero mashup Monster X. Zappa's story involves a team of ten classic screen monsters, including Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, Jekyll & Hyde and many more, who team up to defend humanity as Avengers-style superheroes. Producers Chris Bender, J.S. Spink and Jake Weiner (aka Benderspink Productions) optioned the script from Zappa's company Monsterfoot Productions, and at this stage they are now working on expanding Zappa's original script. Other projects in development from Monsterfoot include Monster Witness Relocation Program and The Monstrous Memoirs of Mighty McFearless... we're detecting a certain theme here, and we kinda like it. »
- Gregory Burkart
Even as Showtime pulls together its own League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen-style monster ensemble piece, a big-screen spin on a very similar same premise is currently in the works from Ahmet Zappa. Easily the most commercial thing Frank Zappa ever produced, Ahmet has become a go-to guy for franchising over the years, having worked on a Fraggle Rock movie, a film based on Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, and the Oliver Twist buddy-cop reimagining Dodge & Twist. His latest idea based on slightly reshaping the ideas of others in the most cynically obvious ways possible is what The Hollywood Reporter describes »
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone producers Chris Bender, J.S. Spink and Jake Weiner are moving in an entirely different direction with their latest project – teaming up with Ahmet Zappa to make a feature being billed as “The Avengers of monster movies.” The idea, tentatively titled Monster X, was the brainchild of Zappa and will revolve around a dream team of classic movie monsters uniting to save humanity from an even greater menace. Haven’t we already seen this movie? Sounds a bit like Monster Squad to us… The X in the title refers to the number of monsters teaming up – so Zappa’s script has 10 horror icons joining forces. Who are the ten? We’re not sure, since the script is being fleshed out before being offered to buyers...
- Mike Bracken
Movie monsters have been costarring in films for around seventy years now, whether in horror movies (House of Frankenstein), comedies (Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein) or CGI spectacles (Stephen Sommers. Val Helsing). It.s been nine years since the latter graced cinemas, so it was only a matter of time before the gang got back together. The Hollywood Reporter reports Benderspink, the production company behind the upcoming The Amazing Burt Wonderstone, has optioned a screenplay for Monster X, based on an original idea by Monsterfoot Productions. Ahmet Zappa, who wrote the story for 2012.s The Odd Life of Timothy Green. The .X. in Monster X isn.t the letter but the Roman numeral, which signifies the ten classic monsters that will appear as the film.s central characters. THR.s story calls the film a .sort of Avengers-style take. on the scary baddies of yesteryear, such as Dracula, the Frankenstein »
Even with superheroes and fairy tales dominating the box office, the interest in classic monsters such as Dracula and Mr Hyde has never been stronger. Half the studios in Hollywood seem to be working up spins on the horror hall of fame and production companies Benderspink and Monsterfoot Productions are no different, nabbing Ahmet Zappa’s script Monster X. Zappa, who germinated the seed story for Disney’s strange family fable The Odd Life Of Timothy Green (due to finally arrive here April 5), is behind the new script.Little has been released about the story save for the basic concept: Monster X will see a gathering of 10 (hence the Roman numeral) well-known creatures, including Frankenstein’s monster, to defend humanity against an even great threat. It’s being described as an Avengers-style take on the characters. Because, after all, why wouldn’t want to find some connection with the most successful film of last year? »
The film premiered last night at SXSW to a rousing reception, with Sony obviously confident enough to proceed. [Source: Styd]
The date has significance, exactly 20 years ago was the day he started production on the original "Clerks". [Source: Facebook]
So Cold the River
The story follows a documentary filmmaker hired by a woman for a project about her elderly billionaire father-in-law. Once the director arrives in the small Indiana town, »
- Garth Franklin
It seems neither heroes nor villains can do it all themselves in movies these days. A new project from writer Ahmet Zappa (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) is being compared to The Avengers as it features a mash-up of major movie icons. Zappa's Monster X centers on a supergroup of famous monstrous icons like Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, Mr. Hyde and more (ten in all). The story centers on the characters who assemble in order to defend humanity against a greater threat. Zappa co-wrote the script and will further develop it before shopping it to buyers, although Benderspink has optioned the initial iteration. Hit the jump for more. Heat Vision reports that Zappa and Benderspink (Chris Bender, J.S. Spink and Jake Weiner) will develop Monster X. Zappa is immersed in monsters at the moment as he is also developing Monster Witness Relocation Program and The Monsterous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless at Disney. »
- Dave Trumbore
No, we're not talking about giant space monster Guilala joining forces with other Kaiju, but damn it, that would be cool. Instead, the crew behind the upcoming The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and a Zappa are looking to unleash a new beast!
According to THR, Chris Bender, J.S. Spink, and Jake Weiner are teaming up with Ahmet Zappa for Monster X. Benderspink has optioned the script from Monsterfoot Productions, with the project based on an original idea by Monsterfoot principal Ahmet Zappa.
The idea is a sort of Avengers-style take on the classic monsters such as Dracula, Frankenstein’s creature, Mr. Hyde, and others. (There are 10 in total, and the X in the title is actually the Roman numeral 10.) The who’s who of monsters are assembled to defend humanity against an even greater threat to them all.
Zappa co-wrote the initial script. The plan is to further develop the »
- Uncle Creepy
The story features classic creatures such as Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, Mr. Hyde, and seven others, who join forces to take on a massive threat to humanity. The title Monster X is also a nod to the 10 monsters featured in the story, since X is the Roman numeral for 10. Ahmet Zappa co-wrote the original script with an unnamed writer. Benderspink plans to develop the screenplay further before shopping the project to potential buyers.
Ahmet Zappa will also produce alongside Chris Bender, J.C. Spink, and Jake Weiner. Ahmet Zappa produced last year's The Odd Life of Timothy Green, and is currently developing another monster-themed project, Monster Witness Relocation Program, for Disney. No production schedule was given for this monstrous ensemble. »
Benderspink has optioned the script Monster X from Monsterfoot Productions, with the project based on an original idea by Monsterfoot principal Ahmet Zappa. The idea is a sort of Avengers-style take on the classic monsters such as Dracula, Frankenstein’s creature, Mr. Hyde and others. (There are 10 in total; the “X” in the title is the Roman numeral.) The who’s who of monsters are assembled to defend humanity against an even greater threat to them all. Zappa co-wrote the initial script. The plan is to further develop the screenplay before taking it out to buyers. Story:
- Borys Kit
A big screen ensemble of monstrous proportions is on the way as The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Benderspink and Monsterfoot Productions are teaming for Monster X , based on an original story by Ahmet Zappa. The film finds humanity assembling of team of ten of ten of the world's most famous monsters (Dracula, Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein's monster are all mentioned) to defend the Earth from an even bigger threat. Monster X marks the latest original idea from Zappa. He has, in various stages of development, the Charles Dickens-inspired Dodge & Twist , the Hawaiian family adventure Tiki , and the similarly monster-themed Monster Relocation Program . Zappa will produce alongside Chris Bender, J.S. Spink and Jake Weiner. (Photo Credit: FayesVision / WENN.com) »
Sony Pictures has hired Cole Haddon, the writer of NBC's upcoming "Dracula" show, to put together the script for "Dodge and Twist," an adventure based on the characters from Charles Dickens' classic "Oliver Twist" novel. The new movie takes pickpocketing rivals Oliver Twist and Artful Dodger and re-imagines them twenty years later. The two are on opposite sides of the law and get embroiled in an affair to steal the Crown Jewels. The story is based on an idea by Ahmet Zappa (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) and is meant to be similar to Robert Downey Jr's "Sherlock Holmes" movies. It's a high priority for the studio. »
Sony Pictures is developing a new film inspired by Charles Dickens’ classic novel Oliver Twist. The movie will be called Dodge & Twist, and it will have the same kind of feel and vibe as Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes. The movie will feature the characters from the book, but it will be more of an action-adventure film.
The story follows pickpocketing rivals Oliver Twist and Artful Dodger and the new film "re-imagines them 20 years down the road. The two are on opposite sides of the law and get embroiled in an affair to steal the Crown Jewels."
This sounds like it could be a really cool movie. I've always loved the book, and the characters, and I think it will be really cool to see a film based on what happened to them 20 years down the road. The concept for the film came from producer Ahmet Zappa, and the script »
- Joey Paur
While there have been other, admirable attempts to update Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist recently—as the gender-flipped Olivia Twist, in which Ashley Greene joins a gang, and as a “3-D parkour” film in which Dickens’ novel is doused in Red Bull and tossed at various obstacles—none of these have reimagined Dickens’ orphan protagonist as a cop, and thus the story remains as inscrutable as Sanskrit to modern audiences. Fortunately, Ahmet Zappa has devised Dodge & Twist, a Sony film that revisits Oliver and his former pickpocketing rival The Artful Dodger, some 20 years after the point where Dickens bafflingly stopped »
Re-imaginings and literary adaptations have become Hollywood’s bread and butter, and it doesn’t appear that trend will be slowing down anytime soon as Sony is updating the classic Charles Dickens’ tale Oliver Twist into a more adventurous story titled Dodge and Twist.
Dodge and Twist will feature characters from the original story, but will likely look very different from any adaptation of the novel we’ve seen before. The story takes place 20 years after the events of Oliver Twist, and features Oliver and Artful Dodger on opposite sides of the law, embroiled in an affair to steal the Crown Jewels.
The project is based on an idea by Ahmet Zappa and not on the book of the same name by Tony Lee. Lee’s graphic novel is set 12 years after Oliver Twist as opposed to 20 and revolves around Oliver being forced to assist the Artful Dodger in stealing »
- Alex Lowe
Keeping up the trend of updating classic tales by turning their protagonists into more hip heroes for adults, like Sherlock Holmes and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Sony has a new take on Oliver Twist. The new project is called Dodge & Twist, but rather than being an adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name, this version is based on an idea by Ahmet Zappa, who produced The Odd Life of Timothy Green and has Museum of the Weird and Enchanted Tiki Room projects in development at Disney. This tale sees Twist 20 years older and encountering Artful Dodger, his pickpocketing rival now on the right side of the law. Twist gets caught up in a plan to steal the Crown Jewels, and it sounds like Dodger is in hot pursuit. Likely they have a teasing game of cat and mouse throughout the film. Heat Vision says the script comes from Cole Haddon, »
- Ethan Anderton
Titled Dodge and Twist, studio Sony's revisionist take follows the same premise as Tony Lee's 2011 novel of the same name, though it will take a more comedic approach and is based on an original screenplay by Cole Haddon, writer of the forthcoming Us TV series Dracula. The film will portray the two characters as rivals on opposite sides of the law in Victorian London during an episode in which someone tries to steal the crown jewels. The script is based on an original idea by producer Ahmet Zappa, son of rock legend Frank, which is said to be influenced by the »
- Ben Child
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