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Is someone stealing all your brilliant ideas? Welcome to the not-so-secure mind of Zach Feld of Duncan Rouleau’s (Ben 10, Generator Rex) comic, The Great Unknown, the Image Comics action-comedy title that New Line Cinema is bringing to the big screen.
According to Deadline, New Line has lined up scribe Michael Starrbury (Fully Automatic, Watch Roger Do His Thing) to adapt the comic and Jorma Taccone (Macgruber) to direct. Mark Gordon and Jennifer Todd will be producing for The Mark Gordon Company.
Everything Zach Feld imagines – impossibly – shows up somewhere else. It’s as if someone is reading his mind and selling his incredible thoughts to the highest bidder. His friends and family think Zach is a freeloader with delusions of grandeur – making up one weird paranoiac story after another to defend his directionless life. They might be right. But when Zach begins to dig deeper into the mystery, »
- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer
The Great Unknown may be the latest in a long line of comic books to go into development, but don't look for any capes or tights in this story from acclaimed writer and artist Duncan Rouleau. The series follows Zach Fields, a possibly delusional slacker who thinks that someone, somehow is stealing all his great ideas. After he's unable to convince anyone else this is the case, Fields sets out on a mission to prove people are making a profit off his thoughts. It's a "Mind-Throbbing Whodunnit!" New Line recently acquired the five part series from Image and has lined up Lonely Island's Jorma Taccone to direct the film adaptation. THR reports that Taccone, the man behind countless Digital Shorts for SNL and the cult favorite MacGruber, will direct a script from writer Michael Starrbury. Starrbury doesn't have many productions under his belt but his Watch Roger Do His Thing »
There’s maybe never been any other film that looked as bad in its advertising and went on to be as deeply loved as MacGruber. People are into that movie big time. Which is impressive, because it manages to get tons of laughs despite being built on a pretty thin premise. You have to chalk a big portion of it’s success up to director Jorma Taccone, who has served as a writer and director on Saturday Night Live since 2005, and is a member of The Lonely Island (you know, those digital shorts guys) alongside Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer. He’s a talented fellow, and any future projects he works on should be considered big news. Which is why THR’s report on what he’s doing next sounds so intriguing. According to the trade, Taccone is attached to direct an adaptation of Duncan Rouleau’s (Ben 10) comic book project ‘The Great Unknown,’ which »
- Nathan Adams
New Line Cinema has acquired an action-comedy pitch that Michael Starrbury will adapt based on Duncan Rouleau’s Image Comics title The Great Unknown. Jorma Taccone is attached to direct and Mark Gordon and Jennifer Todd will produce for The Mark Gordon Company. Comic’s about a guy who is convinced someone’s stealing all of his great ideas and groundbreaking innovations before he can do anything about them. Rouleau’s part of Man of Action Studios which also created Ben 10 and Generator Rex. Starrbury’s rewriting Fully Automatic for Warner Bros, and did the Black List script Watch Roger Do His Thing. Taccone, part of the Lonely Island trio from Saturday Night Live, directed Macgruber. Starrbury is represented by CAA and Caliber Media. Taccone is represented by UTA and Mosaic. »
- MIKE FLEMING
4 items from 2012
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