Manuel here bringing you an in-depth look at Marvel's upcoming slate is what I would write if I wanted Nat to never invite me to write for TFE ever again.
Not that we're straying far from Hollywood cash-grabs. At least MTV seems to be having fun with its latest Scream TV show pickup order. In true 2014-fashion, they broke the news... with emoji:
🔪.....💃 🔪....💃 🔪...💃 🔪..💃 🔪😭 💀 😱 310-461-4299 @mtvscream— MTV (@MTV) October 28, 2014
As with all rebooted, retooled, revamped, repurposed, remade, and rejiggered properties, we'll hold judgment until the series airs next October (why they couldn't wait an extra year to have it coincide with Scream's 20th anniversary is beyond me, though yes, understandable). The big question is whether Ghostface will actually make it to air. You read that right, because of copyright issues, we may be getting a Scream TV show without Ghostface to go with our Gotham TV show without Batman and our S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show without any Avengers.
Which got me thinking, if I ran Hollywood, what famous property would I adapt to a TV show only to strip it off its main selling point to make it more budget-friendly? Herewith are my top three pitches:
- Le Moulin! Before there was Satine, there was... the Moulin Rouge. Set at the turn of the century, this highly stylized musical show follows the burlesque performers at the infamous Paris cabaret. In a world of decadence, can a can-can girl really have it all-all?
- Lacuna, Inc. Before Clementine and Joel, there was a small start-up company called Lacuna, Inc. This mockumentary workplace comedy follows the shenanigans of Stan, Patrick and Mary, three twenty-something slackers whose dating life is put into relief every week by the grief-stricken people who visit their office to get their memories erased.
- Munchkinland. Before there was Dorothy, there were Glinda and Elphaba (or whichever name we can use without infringing copyright). But even before them, there was the mundane, if quirky life of the people of Munchkinland. Think Twin Peaks but without murder, or maybe there's a murder? There might be songs. I'm hoping we can do a crossover episode with Oompas the gritty reboot about slave labor in Wonka's factory.
Are you excited about Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson's property getting the MTV treatment?Are you hoping it'll be more Bates Motel than Once Upon a Time? What series would you pitch and hope to see on screen?