Movie project I’m geeking out over: Foundation. Yes, I know, the classic Isaac Asimov trilogy has been in development hell for at least 15 years, and it’s long been on PopWatch’s list of sci-fi classics we’d like to see made into movies. Still, if anyone can get this seemingly unfilmable epic onto the screen, it’s Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, the New Line founders (now independent producers with a shingle at Warner Bros.) who greenlit Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings a decade ago. Lotta caveats here: there’s still no script or director (at one point, Elizabeth’s Shekhar Kapur was attached), and Warners has greenlit an adaptation of only the first book (if it tanks, à la Golden Compass, don’t expect to see the studio proceed with the second and third books). Still, it’s such a great, sweeping story — a social scientist predicts the imminent fall of the galactic empire and an ensuing millennium-long dark ages, so he starts an organization that will preserve civilization during the interim — that it would really be great to see someone try to realize it on the big screen.
Movie project I’m not geeking out over: Darren Aronofsky’s reboot of Robocop (pictured). Love Aronofsky, love Robocop (though not its two sequels), hate the idea. Hard to imagine how MGM could improve upon Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original, or why they should even bother.
Time to vote, PopWatchers: Do you like the sound of either of these projects? Think neither of them will work? And which would you rather see in theaters?