Mamet's better than Straczynski Scorcese's better than Singer Denzel's better than Turturro (though it's damn close) McShane's better than Pacino (assuming this is present day Pacino) Stallone's better than Cuoco Sam Jackson is miles better than Brody (Never been a fan, though he was very good in Hollywoodland) Russell's better than Thurman Trejo's better than Greenwood Pesci's better than Sackhoff Keitel's slightly better than Vosloo Harmon's better than Ford (again, assuming present day) Olyphant's better than Weisz (again, DAMN close)
When Justice Fails has the much better cast, but Peter Jackson fucking sucks ass and Cameron is ill suited for this type of film. Meanwhile, I know the Nolans can do comic book movies damn well. Heroes for Hire gets the vote
Motherfucking computer problems..... first time on all day
I had envisioned it (but never fully explained, which is my fault) it as basically like the description on the back of a DVD, your plot summary is a little longer than that but it's fine Hodgey. Since it doesn't look like anyone's going to do a shark team, I'll give everyone til Wednesday night to send me their pitches, and I'll start the showdowns Thursday
Family battles family in this unconvential superheroic thriller. The film starts with the shooting death of David Knight (Jon Hamm), the current Starman. Shortly after, Ted Knight (James Cromwell) is hospitalized after narrowly escaping an attempt on his life as well. He is visited by his son, Jack (John Cusack), who had, in the past, openly resented his family's unusual line of work. Ted tells Jack to hide, to leave Opal City, knowing that someone is after all of them.
Someone is: the Mist (Christopher Walken) and his daughter Nash (Carla Gugino), aided by another man, Ragdoll (Ray Park). Together, they want to put an end to the Starman legacy; the Mist is suffering a degenerative mental condition, and is only lucid for brief periods of time, thus the immediacy of the plan.
Against his father's orders, Jack borrows one of his father's oldest weapons after survivng an attempt on HIS life, and (somewhat reluctantly) returns to Opal City as the newest Starman. Aided by the amoral and immortal ex-villain known as the Shade (Tom Hardy), he battles Nash and the Mist, while detective siblings Matt and Hope O'Dare (Ben Foster and Jessica Biel) organize forces against Ragdoll and his gang. During one of the melees, Jack meets his girlfriend-to-be, Sadie (Kate Winslet).
When the story ends, Jack "becomes" Starman with the full endorsement of his father. The Mist is institutionalized, Nash is imprisoned, and Ragdoll escapes. The Shade and the Knights leave on good terms, Jack reconnects with Sadie, and the credits roll.
(First off, I know this might sound a bit like the Eastwood movie The Dead Pool. It's not. This'll be good in a Hitchcockian way and not a straight up money grab.)
Insider info to help set the tone of the film:
The movie will start with the four friends meeting outside of the bar or possibly a quick opening scene setting things up at around a finished dinner table. The four friends arrive at the bar where most of their meetings (as a group) take place. Think wooden styled bar out of Rounders or something. The bartender would be played by a name actor, but since I didn't draft one for this part, I guess I shouldn't say anybody in particular (I don't have anybody in particular to be honest, but it would be a minor part). He lets the four friends know of the eccentric man sitting in their usual spot and they try to get him to leave.
The scene with Hopper would be a classic Hitchcock scene centered around the five people for about 7-8 minutes with Hopper acting very, well, strange. Some places mentioned happened to have some minor terrorism/natural disasters thoughout the course of the movie that would be questionable. Of the many people mentioned, only about 8 or so die (to set up if it is all a coincidence or if bad things would seemingly go on till everyone dies. Celebrities not drafted would be mentioned here on out as DEAD CELEBRITY.)
The first few death scenes would be super quick and involve some real famous people playing themselves in quick cuts. What actually happened would be mentioned by the four friends or news articles someone is reading or a newscast announcer.
Examples: -A camera shot zooms down from above that shows a car upended in a ditch with the guardrail on the curve above ripped open. You only see the scene for about 2 seconds before the next scene and all you can make out is the road, ripped guardrail, trees, burning overturned car, and DEAD CELEBRITY. -The face of a DEAD CELEBRITY would be shown, bleeding from the nose, on a bathroom floor for about a second. -The face of a DEAD CELEBRITY is shown in a close up (living). As the camera pans out, the DEAD CELEBRITY jumps to his death from a high rise building. -Climbing a mountain, a DEAD CELEBRITY has slipped and is seen dead on a cliff on the mountainside.
There would be a few more during the movie and have quick cuts so basically muted cameos. Once the four friends figure that a coincidence, conspiracy or other is happening, they try to get a hold of some of the remaining celebrities. Chamberlain, Capote and Bowie play themselves and die after they either ignore the warnings or happen to not be cautious enough. DeNiro is the first to be warned and joins the four friends to find out what's actually going on.
Hackman plays a man trying to find the Eccentric Man (I've decided to just call Hopper The Eccentric Man) and gets intangled with the four friends as he wonders why the Eccentric Man told these friends about what is going on and trys to investigate the group. And as Cooper and DiCaprio both woo Banks, questions arise if this leads to anything in their findings.
First come, first serve. Looking for 3 of you who didn't participate in the draft to come up with Shark teams to help us fill out the showdowns. Put up your 10 actors, 1 writer and 1 director, then send me your pitch. If there's no response to this by Tuesday, we'll just go forward with the 13 we already have
Loki - Trickster God of the Norse. Captures Senna to help him open the portal back to our world.
Senna Wales - Witch; born to an adulterous relationship, left with her father and his shocked family by her mother Anica. Manipulates others well and is out to take over Everworld herself.
David Levin - New guy in town. Immediately falls for Senna. The brave, noble type most out to save her.
April O'Brien - Aspiring actress and half sister to Senna. Blames Senna for her father's affair and has no interest in saving Senna; only getting home.
Christopher Hitchcock - Senna's ex who drinks too much and is the wise cracking smart ass everyone loves to hate. Fights with his alcoholic tendencies throughout the story.
Jalil Sherman - intelligent student with a hand washing OCD that only Senna knows about after she caught him. Tortured by her, he is less concerned with finding and saving her, but is more interested in figuring out how Everworld exists in the first place.
Merlin - wise old wizard that aides the gang in the land of the Aztecs and leads them to Gallahad for assistance. He is secretly after Senna himself.
Hel - petulant daughter of Loki and ruler of the land of her namesake. She more than anyone in Everworld is out to destroy our heroes. Half of her body is so beautiful no man can resist her, the other half is rotting corpse that revolts all.
Gallahad - noble knight that aides our heroes. Is immediately taken with April, as is she in return.
Etain - Irish girl the heroes encounter in ancient Eire. Starts a burgeoning relationship with Christopher and helps him with his personal demons.
This is all based on a book series by K. A. Applegate I read about ten years ago.
Danny Rand (aka Iron Fist), Luke Cage, Misty Knight, and Colleen Wing run a detective agency that specializes in superhuman cases. Rand and Knight are also involved in an intimate relationship.
Parker Robbins (aka The Hood) has designs on running the entirety of the criminal activity in New York City. He has recruited Madame Masque, Davos (aka the Steel Serpent), Moonstone, and the Purple Man to his cause, forming a group known as The Cabal. The Hood and Madame Masque are also involved in an intimate relationship.
Purple Man gains control of Wing’s mind, forcing her to feed The Hood info regarding Heroes for Hire investigations, allowing the Cabal to evade capture and eventually leading to the Cabal setting a trap for the Heroes.
There are several minor fight scenes, including Cage vs. Moonstone, Knight vs. Masque, and Iron Fist vs. Steel Serpent.
In the climactic final fight scene, on the verge of victory, the Hood loses control of his mystical cape to Dormammu—the demon who gives it its power. Purple Man is killed in the ensuing melee, and Wing regains her mind in time to steal an unconscious Moonstone’s gem and use it against Dormammu, killing herself in the process.
Agent Coulson arrives at the Heroes for Hire offices the next day to offer the three surviving members a place in the Avengers. Cage and Iron Fist accept, but Misty decides to continue running Heroes for Hire.
When a plague sweeps the earth killing all males, Yorrick Brown (Jared Padalecki) and his helper monkey Ampersand (CGI, played by Andy Serkins) find themselves the last two males on the planet. When his mother Congresswoman Jennifer Brown (Candace Burgen) discovers this, she assigns spy Agent 355 (Rachel True) to accompany him as a bodyguard on a mission to find Dr. Allison Mann (Ming-Na Wen) and her controversial cloning experiments. All Yorrick wants is to find his missing girlfriend Beth Deville (Amy Smart). Along the way they are pursued by Israel special ops agent Alter Tse’elon (Tilda Swinton) who sees Yorrick as a threat to this new female society. They also encounter trouble from pop star turned Yakuza leader Ephiany (Selena Gomez) and Yorrick’s own troubled sister Hero Brown (Hillary Swank). All Yorrick wants is to find Beth, and all Agent 355 wants is to complete her mission, but when a chance encounter with another Beth (Emma Bell) leaves her pregnant with Yorrick’s child, everything is thrown for a loop.
Directed by Robert Rodriguez
Written by Brian K Vaughan and adapted from his graphic novel series
Yorick Brown – Jared Padalecki Ampersand – Andy Serkins Agent 355 – Rachel True Doctor Allison Mann – Ming-Na Wen Beth Deville – Amy Smart Beth II – Emma Bell Hero Brown – Hillary Swank Jennifer Brown – Candace Burgen Alter Tse’elon – Tilda Swinton Ephiany – Selena Gomez