now this is an even worse idea

Yes, an Extremely Bad Idea Indeed:

Charlize Theron will star in Aeon Flux, an SF movie based on the MTV animated series, Variety reported. The film will shoot near Berlin in July. Karyn Kusama (Girlfight) is directing a script by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, the trade paper reported.

Incidentally, I just love this style of reporting:

The animated series was created by Peter Chung, the trade paper reported.

They couldn't just say who created the series, you see -- that would require them to actually verify their facts. Maybe fire up Google or something. Any time you see the phrase "the paper reported", it means "I'm not actually a writer, I'm a paraphrase-bot."

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21 Responses:

  1. otterley says:

    Orson Welles: I'm scheduled to do a thriller for Universal. They want me to cast Charlton Heston as a Mexican.

    Ed Wood: Do you know my movies have even been recut after they were finished?

    Orson Welles: I hate it when that happens.

    --Tim Burton's "Ed Wood"

  2. coralscars says:

    She's a freakin blonde!!!! and too damn pretty, this movie will suck...sad.

    • majcher says:

      Uhhh... you saw Monster, right?

      • coralscars says:

        Not yet, but i've seen her on the red carpet.

        • exiledbear says:

          black hair, blonde roots, black hair, blonde roots (repeat until you finally go insane). :)

          • coralscars says:

            i'm already insane. I think her body is too soft...the structure of it. Wasn't that a very important aspect to you? The sharp angles of her body?

            • exiledbear says:

              I think the whole idea of a live-action aeon flux is impossible. Why couldn't they have done a feature length animated movie is beyond me.

              I wonder how much of this is Peter Chung and how much of this is some huckster wanting to make a quick buck.

              • jwz says:

                They haven't even released all of Aeon Flux on DVD! You can only get the complete series on VHS...

                I really liked Chung's episode of Animatrix, but I tried to watch this series he did character design for called Reign: The Conqueror about, well, I still don't know what it was about, Ptolemy and Alexander and Aristotle and all kinds of ancient Greek superheroes on a flat planet. That sounds somewhat promising, I know, but it was really just amazingly awful.

              • coralscars says:

                right on...full-length animated movie would be better for aeon flux.
                Another movie I'm pissed about(non sci-fi) is Garfield. I adore Garfield and they're making him into some horrible CGI mess of hyperactivity and nonsense. So out of character for the lazy lasagna loving kitty. And worst of all....Odie gets to be a real dog. ugh!

  3. icis_machine says:

    are you trying to get your reader to commit suicide?


    another reason i'm glad i don't go to the movies.

  5. andrewducker says:

    Would thois be the same Charlize Theron currently winning incredible plaudits for her portrayal of Aileen Wuornos in Monster?

  6. ammonoid says:

    Charlize Theron....Aeon Flux....does not compute. Why?

    • susano_otter says:

      ...Angelina Jolie is much more inhuman in shape and substance and would be my first pick by far, to play that freakish stickbug woman from the cartoon.

      • pragma says:

        Ah, now she's getting typecast as "fictional woman who has two guns and jumps". I liked her better as "butt-lipped hax0r".

  7. I don't think the problem here will be Charlize Theron's portrayal, it will be the inability to get cameras inside people's mouths to take shots of tongues kissing and passing microfilm, not to mention finding someone with removable vertebrae.

    • greyface says:

      Oddly, I don't think those parts are difficult...
      The important question is, will those elements be considered inviolably important, or is the script terrible.

      • jwz says:

        If I had to sum up that series in one word, it would be "amputations."

        This didn't sink in for me until I watched the whole thing in one sitting, but that's really the primary theme.

    • mykwud says:

      I at least hope they stick with the clone-Aeon storyline for some h0tt Charlize/Charlize tongue-action.

      Also, while on the subject of MTV movies, I think Max Von Sydow should play The Maxx.

  8. retardotron says:

    What the motherfuck? Why do you keep bringing me this bad news that prompts me to do violence?

    Whatever. I love you anyways.

  9. vsync says:

    A lot of papers use the style even when they did the research. Part of it is cowardice, I guess; they can always hide behind whomever they're quoting.

    I have a 70s-era journalism textbook, and it tells the story of a reporter in a phone booth, the hurricane-force winds howling by, being told by his editor over the phone that he cannot mention the presence of wind without using someone as a source for the fact.