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The Tingler
07-13-2006, 04:06 PM
OK, this is a rumour that may have no basis in fact, but if wishes were fishes and dreams were creams... this would be one big-ass aquarium stroke drugstore.

(No fancy links or italicised text I'm afraid, as my browser hates Mojo and crashes every time I attempt it).

http://uk.gamespot.com/news/show_blog_entry.php?topic_id=24795084&sid=6153943

The rumour is thus: Tim Burton is considering, after his next film (Sweeney Todd) to be doing a film based on Grim Fandango. If the quote in the link above is in any way accurate, he seems totally unaware that Grim was a computer game - he just got sent a script he liked.

Praise be to whoever sent him that script (if it's real).

Baja
07-13-2006, 05:03 PM
Please God let this be true.

Joshi
07-13-2006, 05:07 PM
I think I'm going to wait until there's something a little more concrete before I grab my calavera and start partying it up mexican style... that or I'll just wait till the next "Dia de Los Muertos"

TyraaRane
07-13-2006, 05:09 PM
If that turns out to be true, and if it all works out and actually happens...I think I might just explode with glee.

Given the state of LucasArts these days, I don't know how successful Burton might be in getting the licensing rights and all that, though. So I think we'll have to wait and see, and explode with glee later.

Thrik
07-13-2006, 05:46 PM
No chance. ::

Joshi
07-13-2006, 06:18 PM
Way to go with the optimism there Thrik... oh who am I kidding, there's a better chance of me successfully french kissing a Viper and living to tell the tale.

The Tingler
07-13-2006, 07:10 PM
Yeah, we all know the real chances of this being true - but then again, since the Sam & Max debacle we've all become pessimists.

MrManager
07-13-2006, 08:01 PM
Hey, it was posted on a blog, of course it is authentic!

Gabez
07-13-2006, 09:10 PM
Dude, no, they've also got a Wikipedia entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grim_Fandango:_The_Movie) as evidence. It's as good as made!

Jake
07-13-2006, 09:33 PM
I'm goin for false on this one.

elTee
07-13-2006, 09:49 PM
Yeah based on Schafer's response I'd say "no chance in hell."

And I'd like to say (for the third time now!) that I'm fed up with people saying "Tim Burton, Tim Burton, he's perfect for Grim Fandango!" Why is he perfect? Because he made a couple of stop motion films?? I think he's one of the most overrated directors around, and the only reason a lot of his films work is because of the performance of Johnny Depp (kind of like the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie). Give it to someone like Christopher Nolan.

itchythesamurai
07-13-2006, 09:53 PM
C'mon, Big Fish was great, and there wasn't any Depp in that one.

elTee
07-13-2006, 10:05 PM
The only Tim Burton movie I've seen which I would call 'great' would probably be Ed Wood. Big Fish was okay, but Mars Attacks!, Planet of the Apes? No thanks.

Joshi
07-14-2006, 09:27 AM
It is true that Burton has been on both sides of the spectrum with his movies in terms of how good they were. A lot of people hate a lot of his films, and a lot think he's a god to cinema (which is overdoing it a bit). Frankly, there was a lot of hype about the Corpes Bride because it was another Stop Motion and we all know how good Nightmare was (now, I liked Nightmare, it was a good film, but it's certainly near the top as one of the most overrated movies of all time) and yet Corpes Bride wasn't actually that good. The same goes for Charlie and the Chocolate factory, which, for all of its chocolately goodness and harsh humour, didn't leave me wanting any more than it gave me which is why I've only seen it the once.

On the other hand, I would say that Big fish is a major achievment of his, as was Ed Wood. And then a bunch of his films just hit the middle mark like Batman.

Cpt_Marley
07-14-2006, 10:24 AM
I think Tim Burton could do it, but there's always a risk of big things changing in the filming. As long as he keeps the film noir storyline, I'll be happy. But if we never hear anything about this anymore, I won't be surprised.

Joshi
07-14-2006, 02:51 PM
Burton could do it, but the thing is, people only think Burton would be perfect for it because he's done Nightmare which has a similar style and because he has a tendancy for the morbid and deathlike.

The only problem is, Grim Fandango is anything but morbid and deathlike, it's set during the Day of the Dead festival, one of the most colourful, lively festivals in the world. Let's also add the fact that Grim Fandango is first and foremost a Noir type film (even if it's a game), but simply with an interesting, out of the ordinary background. yes, Burton could do it... but then so could so many other directors. Terry Gilliam comes to mind.

urluckyday
07-15-2006, 07:10 PM
There is also more about this in the Grim Fandango board, so there are more opinions and ideas there...just in case you cared...

I say, I say
07-16-2006, 05:20 PM
Though I'd like to believe that the news of a GF Movie is real, it seems unlikely. Grim Fandango draws its influence from a number of other sources such as Casablanca, that year in Rubacava is probably a tribute. Yet seeing as Kill Bill, to name one, is a tribute to the old Japanese Samurai films then GF could be made into a good film. Yet, from the look of the article from which this rumour sprouts it seems very unlikely.

Valkian
07-17-2006, 08:48 PM
It's not going to happen. Tim Burton is going to do either Believe It or Not, or Sweeney Todd. I mean, come on! WAKE UP!!! We are talking about a LucasArts adventure game...taken to the big screen??

Well, yes. If it is going to happen, I rather have Tim Burton doing it, than....let's say....Ron Howard. Burton is a great director, all his last three movies ranged from good to excellent. His only "crappy" movie was Planet of the Apes.

Anyway....NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!

Scummbuddy
07-18-2006, 01:42 AM
Just because he has more movies lined up doesn't mean that he won't do this movie. Your logic is not there.

I do agree that the rumor is shady, but it would be lovely for it to be true.

James Isaac
07-18-2006, 04:21 AM
http://www.lucasforums.com/showpost.php?p=2128759&postcount=69 :(

BlueBone
07-18-2006, 07:42 AM
I think Grim Fandango is the best game/story ever.. and it don't need a remake.. tho it could be interesting... look at the other movies based on games.. doesnt alway end up as something good the the game.... but the fact the Burton is giving it a shot is cool.. but then again what would it be without Tim Schafer or say the music from the game, which has a great deal in setting the mood in the game...

i dont know guys, i just dont know..

itchythesamurai
07-18-2006, 09:27 AM
http://www.lucasforums.com/showpost.php?p=2128759&postcount=69 :(

Wow, that sucks. Pretty much eliminates what little credibility it had. Too good to be true anyway, even though the game is cinematic enough already.

Valkian
07-18-2006, 01:32 PM
Of course it was not true. If somehow a LucasArts adventure game is EVER going up to the big screen it would have to be (for logical reasons) a LucasFilm movie. And LucasFilm has never made a computer animated feature. And I can't certainly imagine Tim Burton working with LucasFilm.

I agree that a Grim Fandango movie would be cool, but even with Tim Burton directing it, I wouldn't like a movie without Tim Schafer participation. I rather NOT have it, than have one done poorly.

Gabez
07-18-2006, 02:37 PM
Maybe a Pyschonauts movie would be cooler?

Personally I'd also like to see a Bone movie (tempted to say Sam & Max as well, but I think they work best in small amounts).

Joshi
07-18-2006, 03:11 PM
Of course it was not true. If somehow a LucasArts adventure game is EVER going up to the big screen it would have to be (for logical reasons) a LucasFilm movie. And LucasFilm has never made a computer animated feature. And I can't certainly imagine Tim Burton working with LucasFilm.

I agree that a Grim Fandango movie would be cool, but even with Tim Burton directing it, I wouldn't like a movie without Tim Schafer participation. I rather NOT have it, than have one done poorly.

Well now that's no entirely true. Judging by the link posted by Isaac and what Thrik said, we can pretty much agree that this news is comlpetely false, but that's not to say that if GF were made into a movie it'd be made by LucasFilms. Intellectualy Property can be put up to sale and if that were to happen there'd be no stopping someone grabbing it up and making something out of it.

That anc LucasFilms (http://imdb.com/company/co0071326/) haven't made many features in the recent past save for Star Wars and anything Star Wars related, but they've done enough with computer animation to know what they're doing when it comes to CGI films (look at Jar Jar Binks... and try not to vomit, no really, it's a challenge).

But yes, I do agree that a lot of the charm in GF did come from Tim Schafer and it would be hard to replicate that (especially with Tim Burton, but then one would hope someone else were doing the script).

Thrik
07-18-2006, 03:32 PM
I mean, come on! WAKE UP!!! We are talking about a LucasArts adventure game...taken to the big screen??Of course it was not true. If somehow a LucasArts adventure game is EVER going up to the big screen it would have to be (for logical reasons) a LucasFilm movie. And LucasFilm has never made a computer animated feature. And I can't certainly imagine Tim Burton working with LucasFilm.
You do realise that a Monkey Island movie was once in pre-production but cancelled (link (http://www.scummbar.com/index.php?newssniffer=readcomment&news=808)), right? I mean this Grim Fandango movie business was obviously nonsense from the outset, but it's not like LucasArts/LucasFilm taking a title from game to movie status is absolutely out of the question as a general rule like you're implying.

Valkian
07-18-2006, 04:13 PM
Wow, everybody loves to quote me.

I'm not saying that is IMPOSSIBLE. I'm just saying it's UNLIKELY.

And I know that ILM and LucasFilm Animation is more than capable of doing a full animated feature film.

For some reason MI movie never started full production, and I'm pretty sure it wasn't a matter of budget.

I wish things were different and we could have all this wonderful movies, and have people starting to say "wow, did this came from a game? I thought games were just about killling people". But I'm just being realistic.

Joshi
07-18-2006, 04:16 PM
"wow, did this came from a game? I thought games were just about killling people". But I'm just being realistic.

You mean they're not? Because right at the beginning of The Secret of Monkey Island I knew the whole aim was to kill LeChuck.

Valkian
07-18-2006, 04:21 PM
I thought it was about learning the subtleties on how to sell a ship in the middle of the night.

DeadKyle
07-18-2006, 05:40 PM
Man, you guys got it all wrong, Lucasarts would never actually make a Grim Fandango movie. They'd start making it, cancel it and then make a Jedi Outcast movie.

Gabez
07-18-2006, 07:09 PM
Actually, a Jedi Outcast movie would be pretty cool! Just throwing that out there.

Joshi
07-18-2006, 07:27 PM
Would be cool, but probably won't happen, Lucas promised us that there won't be any more Star Wars movie beyond Jedi, and George Lucas is real good at keeping promises, remember how he said he'd never release the original Star Wars movies without the CGI work done on them. Yep, I think it's safe to say we'll never have a Jedi Outcast Movie.

The Tingler
07-18-2006, 08:12 PM
And LucasFilm has never made a computer animated feature.

They're working on the new Clone Wars animated series quite closely with the team behind the original animations, and you realise they created Pixar, right?

BlueBone
07-18-2006, 08:38 PM
lol

itchythesamurai
07-18-2006, 10:58 PM
Hm, I'm debating whether Burton or Pixar would handle Grim Fandango better. Pixar has a better track record, in my opinion, and they probably wouldn't make it nearly as dark as Burton would. Talking toys, talking bugs, talking cars, talking...skeletons?

elTee
07-18-2006, 11:32 PM
Pixar and Burton would both royally mess up Grim Fandango.

Valkian
07-18-2006, 11:49 PM
And who WOULDN'T?? George Lucas? Spielberg?? Ang Lee? Mel Gibson??!!???

Come on...

And regarding the other issue.... it's just a matter of time before this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jedi_Outcast:_The_Movie
appears...

Anyone ready for the first try (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jedi_Outcast:_The_Movie&action=edit)?

itchythesamurai
07-19-2006, 12:06 AM
Hey, maybe someone should tell Uwe Boll about Grim Fandango! He could get it done!

Gabez
07-19-2006, 07:21 AM
To be fair, I think the Star Wars TV series will basically be Jedi Outcast the movie.

I also heard a rumour about a movie prequel featuring a Yoda in training. Like, that wouldn't ruin anything.

elTee
07-19-2006, 10:57 AM
I always thought the TV series would be really cool as like a typical buddy/cop show, like Miami Vice or even something like Midsomer Murders, but with... Jedis.

itchythesamurai
07-19-2006, 11:28 AM
Two incompatible Jedis on the run from the Empire embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and friendship! Will they be able to reconcile the differences between the Unifying and Living Force? Will they escape Vader's clutches? Will they be able to make rent next month? Tune in and see, only on the WB!

Valkian
07-20-2006, 11:21 AM
Oh, lovely!

just one tiny detail.....shouldn't it be on Fox?

Joshi
07-20-2006, 07:52 PM
They're working on the new Clone Wars animated series quite closely with the team behind the original animations, and you realise they created Pixar, right?

Yeah, but before Lucas sold it on to pay for his divorce it wasn't anything near the incarnation it is now. It was mainly looking at 3D backgrounds as apposed to character animation, and maybe special effects help for ILM (3D animation and CGI being widely different).

If Lucas had kept hold of it, then chances are it would still have evolved into character animation anyway (although I doubt John Lasseter would have worked there and the worlds first computer animated feature film would probably have something to do with ewoks) but as it was back then, it would be pretty hard to say LucasFilms "invented" Pixar when Pixar today is widely different to the computer graphics company Lucas set up way back when.

Valkian
07-21-2006, 03:30 PM
I agree.

Pixar got to where they are today, all by themselves. It's not like THX that Lucas sold while it was already known and working.

And working "quite closely" with an animation factory the size of Cartoon Network, doesn't actually qualify as MAKING a full-animated feature.

elTee
07-21-2006, 05:28 PM
Who animated Curse of Monkey Island?

SyntheticGerbil
07-21-2006, 11:07 PM
Koreans. A whole **** load.

Valkian
07-22-2006, 02:45 AM
That's easy, they were three or four animators that no longer work at LucasArts.