Monday, January 24, 2011

Shock and Audience

Wasn't I just talking about mass-murdering political figures in yesterday's entry?  As this blog's "Month of Haters" nears its end, I receive some hilarious tyrant news: a film adaptation of a novel by Saddam Hussein.  May 11, 2012 will see the release of The Dictator, with Sacha "Borat" Baron "Bruno" Cohen as a heroic autocrat fending off the evil forces of democracy threatening to unravel his rule. 

I think that is one of the best ideas for a movie I have ever heard.  If it's a hit, it might even start a comedy trend of adaptations of novels by dictators.  Gaddafi has some fantasy novels, I understand.  And there were rumors al Qaeda was named after Isaac Asimov's Foundation, so maybe Roland Emmerich could incorporate that into his planned adaptation somehow (he can work on multiple levels of meaning).  Couldn't be any worse than adapting the Asimov novel faithfully.

If all goes according to schedule, The Dictator will be in theatres one week after Joss Whedon's The Avengers.  The world may be coming to an end that year -- but not heroic entertainment!

1 comment:

Gerard said...

Speaking of Josh Whedon, what do you think of Ovation's decision to air Firefly in its entirety? Do the worlds of arts & letters and modern science-fiction mesh? I thought it was a great idea, FWIW.