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‘How To Talk To Girls’ – The Film

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Alec Greven talking to Ellen DeGeneres on her chat show

Alec Greven talking to Ellen DeGeneres on her chat show

Little Alec Greven rise to super stardom goes from strength to strength as it was revealed earlier this week that his best selling book is to be turned into a film.

Twentieth Century Fox has picked up the film rights to How to Talk to Girls an advice guide penned by the nine-year-old.

According to the magazine Variety ‘How To Talk To Girls’ is the first of a four-part series. It was published on 25 November by HarperCollins, conveniently a sister company of Fox. The film deal covers all four publications.

Fox is still to appoint a writer or announce a producer for the film. Production co-president Alex Young is said to have liked Greven’s book.

‘How To Talk To Girls’ was originally a third-grade project, which resulted in a pamphlet that he went on to sell at his school’s book fair.

The advice in the book ranges from facts of life to how to get a girl’s attention, all from the unique perspective of a nine-year-old. Greven also offers advice on how to talk to girls, crushes, and how you should never act desperate. A given really.

To read the original news piece about Alec Greven’s surprise best-selling book click here.

Have a look below for a video featuring the writing boy wonder:

Discussion:
Is this a fad? It’s got to be a fad right?

Words: Dean Samways

Unsung superheroes

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Some of the superheroes you may be familiar with but what about the ones youre not?

Some of the superheroes you may be familiar with but what about the ones you're not?

Following a rather extended stint of comic book news pieces on The Scribbler we thought it only fair to extend the run with another.

Den of Geek, a website devoted to all things geeky, has compiled a list of eight comic book characters that have been cruelly left out of that select circle of characters turned into Hollywood movies.

With near on 80 comic book adaptations in the pipeline the website believes that these eight characters would translate well into celluloid heroes and villains; and with the Batman and Spider-Man screen renditions being some of the most profitable films of recent years many producers are looking for the next big thing.

Here is a selection of the characters chosen:

Vampirella – Sexy-woman-in-revealing-costume-who-kicks-ass is one of the most successful concepts in Hollywood but even Halle Berry couldn’t turn the idea into a success in the ill fated Catwoman. However, if adapted with a pinch of salt, Vampirella could well become a cult hit. Think Robert Rodriguez’s stripper/vampire romp From Dusk till Dawn and your half way there. The creator Forrest J. Ackerman is holding up the rights for a better film version after the poorly received straight to video release in 1996 so it may be a while until someone can persuade him to take the plunge once again.

Strontium Dog – The long running 2000AD series hasn’t had the best of luck when adapted for the silver screen. Judge Dredd was laughed out of the cinema by most and left many fans disappointed. The spaghetti western style of Strontium Dog is a big reason as to why many think it would make a good film adaptation. The other big argument for Strontium Dog is that the maverick mutant bounty hunter Johnny Alpha is the stuff of Hollywood dreams. Although creator John Wagner created a weird dystopian future for Strontium Dog, the good guy hunting down the bad guy is on page one of Hollywood action narrative 101.

Satana – Running along the similar lines as Vampirella, the leading lady Judith Camber channels a sexy Succubus ‘Satana’ to kick the asses of her oppressors in skimpy and revealing outfits.  Like Vampirella any successful film version will have to take a tongue and cheek approach, despite this many filmgoers would enjoy a woman unleashing hells fury onto her enemies. You know what they say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

Man Thing – Some studios that own the rights to a comic may rush out a film version simply to keep the rights for a later, and hopefully, better release. This happened in 1994 with the Fantastic Four and just over a decade later the bigger, and possibly better, Fantastic Four was released. A 2005 straight to TV version of the Man Thing has left many fans hoping that there will be a full-scale cinema release in the near future. Man thing calls upon the old comic book favourite of a scientist injecting himself with his own serum just to have it turn him into something nasty.  Many fans believe that the central character has a close link to Robocop, something seemingly nasty and evil motivated by good intentions he hardly understands whilst at the same time still wishing for his previous human life. It may sound complicated but this idea has been the solid base for comic book characters past present and future.

These are the most viable adaptations, as some of those picked out by the site will take something special to be adapted to film. The tale of Howard the Duck is a strange one. A cigar-smoking duck from a duck-based alternate universe stuck in our place and time with no powers except for a hard-line attitude. Only the bravest scriptwriters need apply to remake that one.

Comics and graphic novels look set to dominate our screens for a while to come and as this small selection of neglect raw material shows, even the most diverse comics could make it from the comic book store and into cinemas.

Take a look at the trailer for possibly the greatest Marvel movie of all time, and no it’s not Spidey:

Discussion:
What comic book characters do you want to see given the silver screen treatment? Which heroes and villains would work best and why?

Words: Seamus Swords

Spider-Man 4 to be penned by Pulitzer Prize winner

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Spider Man as we know him from the current series of films

Spider Man as we know him from the current series of films

Reports are flying around Hollywood this morning that Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire has been snared by our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.

Lindsay-Abaire, who won a Pulitzer in 2007 for his drama Rabbit Hole is believed to be in final talks with Columbia to write Spider-Man 4.

Sam Raimi is set to return to the franchise as director with Tobey Maguire pulling on the red and blue lycra again as Spidey. Kirsten Dunst is also expected to re-enact her role as the long suffering love interest after playing her part in the movie adaptation of Toby Young’s How To Lose Friends & Alienate People.

As much as The Scribbler would like to reveal more about the fourth instalment of Marvel’s web slinging success story in Hollywood plot details are being kept under lock and key.

Writers of the previous Spider-Man movies have all come from very unexpected but illustrious areas. Veteran wordsmith Alvin Sargent, famed for 1973’s Paper Moon and 1980’s Ordinary People, wrote storylines for the second and third films while Michael Chabon, another Pulitzer prized writer, also worked on Spider-Man 2.

Previous to this news breaking James Vanderbilt had submitted a draft of Spider-Man 4. Vanderbilt previously wrote the screenplay for 2007’s Zodiac; originally a book by crime writer Robert Graysmith, documenting the Zodiac killings which occurred around San Francisco in the 70s.

Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole won four Tonys (American theatre’s highest honours), including best play, after it opened on Broadway in 2006 starring Cynthia Nixon and Tyne Daly. The writer is also known for the play Fuddy Meers.

Speaking in interviews Lindsay-Abaire has his plays tend to be ‘peopled with outsiders in search of clarity,’ which, as most of us know is the underlying struggle fought by Peter Parker in all three of the previous Spider-Man films.

If Columbia run with Lindsay-Abaire it would show strong intention to focus on character, an area critics have long claimed was lost in Spidey’s third outing.

At the moment Lindsay-Abaire is writing the book and lyrics for the Broadway musical adaptation of Shrek but Spider-Man 4 won’t be his first dabble in the murky world of Tinseltown. His adaptation of Inkheart is due out January and he is also reworking Rabbit for the big screen, 20th Century Fox and Nicole Kidman.

At the time of going to press Columbia had no comment although when they do believe us when we say The Scribbler will be the first on it.

Watch Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man, talk about his hopes for the fourth film below:

Words: Dean Samways