Like everyone else near a keyboard, I’ve grown accustomed to Wikipedia.I should probably wean myself.
Every now and again I’ll check the IMDB discussion boards on movies I’m working on. It’s pretty fascinating, if only as a study in the global game of Telephone that is the internet. My favorite debates are the ones where someone insists loudly and arrogantly and with supreme confidence that “This movie will be Rated R! I know someone at the stuido!”…even though the movie was never going to be R.
And yes, spellings like “stuido” are part of the fun.
So today, when I skimmed the boards for Superhero!, I was excited to see that someone was trumping the debate by citing the ultimate internet authority. Off I went to see the movie’s entry on Wikipedia.
Let’s go through it…
Superhero! is an action/comedy written by Craig Mazin and directed by David Zucker, and produced by Robert K. Weiss. The movie will spoof famous superhero films. It is distributed by The Weinstein Company. It is uncertain what the release date will be. Some sites confirmed that it will be released on March 21, 2008.
Boy, only thirteen words in, and they’ve already blown it. I’m directing, not David. I’ve always been directing. I’ve never not been directing. I’m also producing with Weiss and Zucker. We’ve shifted positions a little bit, but the same basic team behind SM3 and SM4 is still in place.
I do believe we are on the schedule for March 21, 2008, though, so good on them.
Now, here’s the “purported plot.”
Fabtopolis’ greatest supervillain, a magician who goes by the pseudonym The Great Jim (Chris Elliot), has just kidnapped the city’s mayor (Leslie Nielsen) and his wife (Anna Faris). Four of the world’s most spectacular superheroes are called to the rescue: Beakman (Greg Giraldo) - the leader of the group, Squak (Eric Christian Olsen) - the wannabee, Cleara (Carla Gugino) - the see-through hero, and The Stoner (Ben Harr) - a loser who becomes a large stone monster when he gets high. The Great Jim is building a device that will allow him to sound like anybody in the world and this group of superheroes must stop him and save the mayor or the entire city will be destroyed.
As they race against time to defeat Jim, they team up with many other superheroes to try and take down Jim and his allies, including the dreaded Dock Cock (Kevin Mcdonald) and Mephistopheles (Adam Arkin).
Not bad. The only things they got wrong were everything. Every single thing. Insane.
Anna Faris married to Leslie Nielsen?
Folks, I know I’ve disappointed some audiences in the past. Maybe myself too. But if I ever write anything that even remotely resembles the above, I’m eating a gun. Okay? Here’s a hint…we never do “funny names.” Ever.
Then they move on to a list of the movies we will be spoofing.
Superman film series
Batman film series
Fantastic Four film seriers
The Hulk (film)
Spider-Man film series
Ghost Rider (film)
We’re not really specifically spoofing anything. We’re taking on the entire genre. However, I can assure you that the vast majority of the movies mentioned above aren’t even getting casually referenced.
Here’s my favorite part. “History.” This is the part that sounds like actual information!
It is currently unknown whether David Zucker or Craig Mazin will direct. According to some sites, the film was supposed to be originally released on February 7, 2007. However the film’s real release date has been reported to be delayed to March 21, 2008.
It was confirmed on March 2, 2007, that Adam Campbell will reprise his Superman role from Epic Movie.
Many cast changes were announced on March 13, 2007. Big name actors such as Josh Lucas, Laura Kightlinger, and Joshua Jackson turned out to be actors “considered” for the roles, but not actually cast.
The producers have decided to go with actors that are more familiar to this type of film. They’ve gone with Anna Faris, Kevin McDonald, and Chris Elliot to replace the others.
It’s currently known. I’m directing. It was “confirmed” about wha-huh now about Adam Campbell? I’ve never even met the guy. He’s not in our movie, and he’s not going to be in our movie. Nothing against him, but he belongs to a different brand of…well…whatever genre Epic Movie is. Yeah, I was totally considering “big name actors” like….Laura Kightlinger??? I actually think she’s very funny…but “big name actress?”
No, none of the actors mentioned in the paragraph above have been considered for anything in this movie (YET…because we haven’t really gotten into casting yet…that’s coming up in just a few weeks). But why should that stop anyone? Here’s the “cast of characters!”
Greg Giraldo - Theo Payne / Beakman
Carla Gugino - Cleara
Leslie Nielsen - Mayor Jogen
Anna Faris - Mrs. Jogen
Eric Christian Olsen - Mark Ockle / Squak
Ben Harr - The Stoner
Chris Elliot - The Great Jim
Fred Willard - Alfred
Adam Campbell - Superman
Kevin McDonald - Dock Cock
Lil’ Kim - Betty Sue
Jonathon Martes - Spider-Man
Penny Ulrich - Lindsey
Lochlyn Munro - Daredevil
Shannon Elizabeth - Elektra
Adam Arkin - Mephistopheles
Xavier Reboir - Lex Lover
I’ll go in order, giving you a “yes” or “no”. Presume that a “no” is both to the actor and the character. A “yes” is a yes to both.
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no and no.
Other than that, it’s a really accurate entry.
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