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6 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movies That Hollywood Should Be Making Instead of Candy Land
by Rebecca Pahle | 12:30 pm, June 6th, 2012
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
Though Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Kavalier & Clay (which isn’t sci-fi or fantasy, but it’s about the comic book industry, so let it slide) hasn’t made it to the big screen yet, it’s not for lack of trying. Let’s take a look at a (partial) list of the people connected at one point or another to a film adaptation:
You have Hollywood superpower Scott Rudin (#1), the first producer to win the EGOT, who bought the screen rights to the book even before it was published. In 2002 an Entertainment Weekly article noted that Rudin and director Sydney Pollack (#2) were talking to Jude Law (#3) about a starring role. Shortly thereafter, Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry (#4) made clear his intention to helm a film version. Casting speculation started in earnest; to quote Michael Chabon on his Website: “It was a casting-buzz. It went like this: Tobey Maguire [#5] as Sam Clay. Jamie Bell [#6] as Joe Kavalier. Natalie Portman [#7] as Rosa Saks. It buzzed very seriously for about eleven minutes. Then it went away. My reaction (since you asked): Natalie Portman: perfect. Tobey Maguire: interesting choice, like to see it. Jamie Bell: isn’t he, like, 15?” Other actors considered at one point include Andrew Garfield (#8), Ryan Gosling (#9), Ben Whishaw (#10) and Jason Schwartzman (#11).
The project is still stuck in development hell, with Daldry commenting last year that he’d rather the project be an 8-part HBO miniseries. Earlier this month Benedict Cumberbatch, asked what his dream role would be if given a “blank check” to appear in anything, cited Kavalier & Clay. Sorry, Sherlock, but at the rate this project is going kid actors Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Game of Thrones) might have a better shot at eventually snagging a leading role.
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