Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Alex Proyas Being Hunted For Silver Surfer Gig

Alex Proyas is rather busy at the moment - his Dark City director's cut is a more ambitious overhaul than first thought, including new effects work; he's making the Dracula prequel, currently being called Dracula Year Zero, and joining Mark Romanek in rebooting Universal's Monstrous sideline; and now, what I thought I already knew has more backers, because he seems to be squarely in the frame to direct the Silver Surfer movie.

This is by no means the first I've heard of this, but it is the first 'mainstream' news source I've seen lend credence to the grapevine mumblings. Adding the rumours into the mix, the deal seems to be this: J. Michael Straczynski is currently working on a script for a Silver Surfer film, Avi Arad is negotiating for Proyas to sign, shooting is likely to take place in Australia in the second half of next year and there's no sign of The Fantastic Four anywhere in the film's concept.

Proyas and Straczynski should be enough to keep this film far away from, say, Scorpion King levels of irrelevence - or, for that matter Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer levels of incompetence.


Rich D said...

Has JMS gone back to do a rewrite? As of this post (http://www.jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-17666) on June 15, 2007, he states that he has already turned in his draft.

Brendon said...

I can't definitively answer that, but I believe it's more of a "being on call to work with the director" type deal.