I’ve never seen Tim Burton’s original 1984 short film Frankenweenie but it must be pretty good since Disney green lighted a remake. The film’s new trailer reminds me of the black and white stop motion animation he used in his classic films, spurring a lot of nostalgia for adults who watched it as kids.
Of course the “Franken” part of the name is an homage to the 1931 Frankenstein, which forms the basis of the story. But the “weenie” part is for the dog, Sparky. In Burton’s version, a boy named Victor loses his dog Sparky and uses the power of science to bring it back to life. Victor tries to hide his creation but the mischievous Sparky gets out and causes havoc in the town.
The movie looks like it has a lot of classic Tim Burton humour and it stars Winona Ryder and Martin Short. But we’ll have to wait until October 5 to see if it’s as good as the trailer.
We’re buzzing over the Beetlejuice sequel that’s currently in the works and now Michael Keaton says he’s hugely interested in reprising his role. Keaton, who worked with Tim Burton in the original 1988 movie, apparently discussed the idea with writer Seth Graeme-Smith.
Smith said: “It’s a reality in the sense that I met with Michael Keaton last week. We talked for a couple of hours and talked about big picture stuff. It’s a priority for Warner Bros. It’s a priority for Tim.”
Keaton says he’s been waiting for 20 years to do a sequel and he’ll talk to anyone who will listen. Now all we need is Winona Ryder!
Want to hear something a little wild?
Actress Winona Ryder and alternative group Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore have been subpoenaed in a video gamer’s lawsuit against Activision Blizzard and its World Of Warcraft game, reports CHARTattack.
A gamer from San Francisco is suing the company for $1 million U.S. in damages. He is particularly upset with the World Of Warcraft’s $14.99 U.S. monthly subscription fee.
He claims that the game’s travel and resurrection components end up costing players unnecessary amounts of money. The gamer is also said to have a problem with paying fees for things like changing characters’ names, ethnicities, servers, or factions.
Here’s where it starts to get wild:
Winona Ryder is set to work again with Daniel Water, the screenplay writer for popular late-’80s film “Heathers.” The movie established Ryder as a female icon for Generation X.
The actress has agreed to star in “Sex and Death 101,” in which she’ll play a feminist rebel turned urban folk legend, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Waters wrote the screenplay and will direct the film.
The plot reportedly follows a man who receives a mysterious e-mail containing the 101 names of every woman he has had sex with and every woman he will have sex with in the future. He is stopped, however, when he meets Ryder, a vigilante who targets male sex criminals.
The independent production is budgeted at less than $10 million US and will shoot over the next six weeks in Los Angeles.