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Friday, 22 May 2009

Bazooka Joe....Oh no!

Be very, very quiet.....do you hear it....shh.....there it was again.....What sound?

Why the sound of the bottom of a barrel being scraped by the Studios.

Mark Hammer has signed on to pen Bazooka Joe, a feature film adaptation of the bubble gum comic strip for Tornante Co. says The Hollywood Reporter.

That's right. The small comic strip that was wrapped around a piece of gum is going to be a film.

Joe, who wears an eye patch for reasons never explained, has child-friendly misadventures, sometime joined by various friends like Pesty, Mort, Toughie, Hungry Herman, love interest Jane and a dog named Walkie Talkie.

Oooh I wonder if it will have the reason why Joe wears an eyepatch? No doubt it will get turned into some kid friendly action film where the day is saved by chewing some gum and sticking it on the Rocketeer's rocket pack.

Mind you it would be cool if it turned out Joe was a young Snake Plissken!

Hammer, who this weekend is attending the graduation ceremony at Orange
County’s Chapman University, where he studied film, wrote a spec titled “Sonny
Takes to Peru,” which made the studio rounds but ultimately did not

That spec, however, turned into a strong writing sample that got
him into meetings as well as representation at management outfit the Safran Co.
Execs at Tornante, seeking to fill their open writing assignment,liked the spec
and brought in Hammer, who gave them his winning take.

Read that again. He wrote a script that was good enough to get him into the studio system, but as it was original it got binned and he is lucky enough to write the adventures of a kid with an eyepatch! Sonny Takes Peru is a cool name.

For God's sake! There are loads of excellent scripts out there sitting gathering dust as the studios don't think the audience can take an original idea.

Somebody get me the President on the phone......it's ringing.......Hello....Barack? Yeah, it's Phil. Just wondering...oh we're all fine....how are you?.... Nice, you liked Star Trek?.....Yep so did I....you heard about Bazooka Joe being a film.....you have?.....Can you sort it out? ..... No.....Damn....wait are you chewing gum?....You are!....What?...you're sending some people over?....Uh, uh... negative, negative. We had a reactor leak here now. Give us a few minutes to lock it down. Large leak, very dangerous....

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pamela fruendt said...

good for the kid, bad for the movie-going public. when will they realize we want fresh ideas?

Who's house? said...

I'm going to make a movie about hubba bubba he battles the evil black jack with the help of his camp sidekicks tooty frooty and fruit salad! I'm also going to call it episode 8 so when it becomes popular I'll tell people I had 7 other movie prequels before it! All called nougat wars!