Saturday, January 16, 2010

This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

  • Spider-Man 4 has been canceled. Sony and director Sam Raimi couldn't come to an agreement on where to take the third sequel. Sony now plans to "reboot" the franchise with a new film in 2012. I did want Raimi off the series. His plans for Spider-Man 4 were terrible, but I just wanted him replaced with a different director. Would that have been so complicated? It's actually more unusual for the same director to stay on for four installments of a series. Even if Tobey Macguire is unwilling to do a Spider-Man film without Raimi, it would be better to recast the role than to start over from scratch. Now Sony has a whole new opportunity to screw up the character. There have been all kinds of rumors in the short time since the reboot was announced; many of which sound dreadful. Now unsettling rumors are par for the course with comic book adaptations, but the original Spider-Man was one of the first movies that showed us that these things can sometimes turn out alright. It's too bad we have to go through this process again. We might end up with a better Spider-Man movie as a result. Or maybe not.
  • Conan O'Brien's tenure as the host of The Tonight Show seems to be coming to an end. He took a stand against NBC's rescheduling and while he was completely in the right to do so, it looks like he'll be losing his show because of it. All signs point to NBC taking the shortsighted route of giving the The Tonight Show back to Jay Leno at it's normal full length time. That would leave Conan out in the cold for a little while anyways. I have to admit I didn't support Conan when he needed it. I really like Conan and his humor but I don't watch talk shows. I don't think I'm alone. Considering the outpouring of support I've seen for Conan on the internet, coupled with his stronger ratings with younger demographics makes me think all of these talk show shenanigans stem from a generational issue. Certainly no one under retirement age could find Leno amusing. In the end if Conan ends up with a show on another network where he doesn't have to fake conversations with C-list celebrities trying to plug their latest crap then I'll consider all of this a win.

1 comment:

Gabriel said...

Your a bit right on this, they should have gone the Harry Potter way, with different directors and stay the course, without worrying of how it may suck with the same director. Because of that Harry Potter is still very well directed now. I also agree with you on Conan and again say make more Simpsons episodes and do something different. He could do both, it works.