MovieBabble’s Dream Movie Projects…Part 3!

It’s time once again to dive head first into the mind of MovieBabble and discuss some fun movie projects.  Over the last few weeks, some new ideas have popped into my mind which, if made, could work as some very solid films down the road.  Or, they could come out horribly, making me look like an idiot once again.  Either way, let’s take a look:

Gangster Film Directed by Taylor Sheridan

Coming off of his directorial debut in Wind RiverSheridan has proved that he’s incredibly talented at depicting a tense storyline with damaged characters.  What better genre for him to step into than a gangster movie for his next project.

Sheridan understands how to progress characters with a checkered past, and gangsters have arguably the most checkered pasts of any character based in reality.

As for the casting, Sheridan worked as a writer on the critical hit Sicario, meaning that he has some rapport with acclaimed actor Benicio Del Toro.  When Del Toro is at his best, there isn’t really any actor who can contend with him in terms of intimidation.

Hard-Hitting Family Drama Starring Ryan Reynolds

At this point, it’s pretty clear that Ryan Reynolds is one of the best at delivering quick, snarky dialogue in the industry.  However, we’ve hardly ever seen him fully tap into his dramatic side.  We’ve seen glimpses of it in other movie projects, but they always take place within a film that highlights his charisma.

Wouldn’t it be great to see Reynolds go fully dramatic?  People say that one of the hardest things to pull off in film is comedy, meaning that you can easily move towards more dramatic roles if given the opportunity.

Reynolds needs to be a part in a family drama like Manchester By the Sea so that his acting is the main focus of the movie.  I’d like to think he’d surprise a ton of people by his performance.

Drama of Any Kind Starring Will Ferrell

There’s no hiding that Ferrell’s recent comedies haven’t hit in recent years.  With his latest film, The House, bombing at the box office, it’s clear that Ferrell needs to change things up.

In the past, Ferrell has starred in a few solid dramas.  Stranger Then Fiction and Everything Must Go show that he’s capable of performing in a drama that has occasional instances of situational comedy.  Ferrell can do a lot more than some people realize, he just needs to start picking the right projects.

For this hypothetical situation to work, Ferrell just needs to find the right director and writing team so that his emotion is fully realized.  If he finds the right drama, a certain gold statue could be coming his way.

John Wick- Style Action Film Starring Gal Gadot

By now it’s pretty obvious that Gal Gadot can kick a lot of tail.  From her work on the Fast and the Furious franchise and Wonder Woman, she can absolutely hold her own in action sequences.  In fact, Gadot was part of the Israeli Defense Force in her younger years, proving that she’s capable of learning complex combat moves in quick succession.

What would be more perfect for her then to next become a killer assassin a la John Wick?  She has the athletic ability and acumen to learn to perform many different stunts without hiding deficiencies with cuts.  Out of all the movie projects on this list, this one could be the most fun.

Who knows, maybe she could just star alongside Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 3.

Fallout Adaptation

“War, war never changes.”

Imagine that as the beginning lines of a Fallout film.  How great would that be?

There’s a rich mythology that has been established in these video games thus far, but Fallout 4 is undoubtedly the best choice for a film considering how expansive the world has become.  There’s multiple factions of people with monsters all over the place.  Not to mention there’s power armor which would be pretty sweet to see in action.

Considering the main player is an avatar, there doesn’t need to be a specific type of person in the lead role, allowing for endless possibilities of great actors and actresses to manage this possible franchise.

Fallout film would almost act as a western with its desolate landscape and feel.  It could be a very weird, fascinating, and touching ride, making it one of the best movie projects possible.

Murder Mystery Directed by the Coen Brothers

This one is pretty self-explanatory.  The Coen Brothers are some of the best writers (and directors) working today.  Given their filmography, this hypothetical film could be a quirky ride with bizarre characters or a dark, gritty crime drama that harkens back to No Country for Old Men.  Why tie them down to one genre or the other?

The Coen Brothers understand how to create a complex narrative while keeping the hook of the film under wraps until just the right moment.  Whenever this project is made, sign me up!

Star Wars Spin-Off Co-Directed (But Not Written) By George Lucas

Before you click off of this article, just hear me out for a second.

There’s no arguing that the prequels had horrible dialogue, pacing, and characters.  This has been discussed ad nauseam so there’s no point in discussing it further.  However, despite these serious issues, there was some great examples of world building that took place.  In that respect, Lucas did succeed.  The problem with the prequels was that Lucas didn’t have anyone telling him “no.”

For this film, Lucas would be working with another director that is great at working with actors.  He’d also be working on a script written by a solid writing team that does not include himself.  Basically, Lucas would be in charge of the scope of the film.

With news of retread standalone films like a Jabba the Hut or Boba Fett film, Star Wars needs a film that branches out into new territory.  Lucas might help accomplish that feat with the right team around him.


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Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016 in order to provide insightful film analysis that is meant to educate and entertain. Nick is also a member of the Internet Film Critics Society. You can follow Nick at the official MovieBabble Twitter account @MovieBabble_

16 Responses

  1. I have a different idea. It didn’t come to me when I thought about it, but I would love to see a film where Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone are the main leads. They’re both incredibly talented young actresses with a Best Actress Oscar under each of their belts and I would love to see them work off of each other in a genre of their choosing.

    • Nick Kush says:

      You know what would be great? I’ve been watching a lot of Screen Junkies recently and they’ve been talking a lot about Face/Off. A remake with these two might be pretty great lol

      • On the one hand, this would continue a recent Hollywood trend of remaking movies that had male protagonists with women in the main leads (we can agree that “Ghostbusters: Answer The Call” is the most infamous example of that, though that film was between fine and OK). On the other hand, that’s a single R-Rated film. Maybe a new stab at the concept with J-Law and E.S. front and center would be nice. Either way, I hope that these two ladies headline something good soon.

      • Nick Kush says:

        That’s very true, maybe wait a few more years before doing it so that all this uproar over the issue could weaken.

  2. Steve says:

    Nice list. I don’t have a blog’s worth, but my dream project is Clint Eastwood involved in an epic remake of The Grapes of Wrath

  3. I’ll watch anything of the Coen brothers!

  4. Now, in order of your choices: 1. From what I heard (since I haven’t seen ‘Wind River’), it’s a solid start to his directorial career. I wouldn’t mind Taylor Sheridan experimenting with various genres. 2. As much as we love Ryan Reynolds for his numerous work in action movies, it would be nice to see him expand his range and work his talents in a drama. There’s going to come a day when he’ll be physically unable to keep starring in action movies, so I’d be interested to see him give a solid drama a try. 3. I can agree that outside of the occasional drama, Will Ferrell’s filmography has become tired and repetitive as it seems like he refuses to be in a film that’s not trying to be a boisterous comedy. Even though SNL is in his genes, there’s no shame in trying other genres in order to stay relevant. 4. Because I never seen any of “The Fast & The Furious” films, I had no idea that Gal Gadot was in that series from #4 to #6. At 32 years old, she’s still young enough to display her physical talents. In fact, I wouldn’t mind if she was in a John Wick-esque film or even if she was in John Wick 3 as her partner or even as a villain in order to match his physicality. 5. In terms of a theatrical representation of Fallout, the only way this will work is if there’s a director, a writing staff and a group or actors who’re passionate for the video game series and are entirely committed to deliver either a faithful adaptation or even on a film that explores something that the games haven’t touched on. Either way, it can finally break the video game movie curse and finally give us a film in that sub-genre that both critics and audiences can like. 6. For the most part, the Coen Brothers are incapable of doing any kind of wrong. So, why not let them try their hands at a murder mystery? 7. Yes, the reason why the original Star Wars trilogy became as beloved as it is was that George Lucas had people preventing him from lobbing bad ideas at those films. It would be nice to see him work alongside others in a Star Wars spinoff in order to help repair some of his reputation.

    • Nick Kush says:

      Dang that was super thorough! Lol I think these could be pretty cool if done right. Do you have any ideas that would be pretty awesome??

      • I’m no movie expert, but if we’re reaching for ambitious projects, then maybe something along the line of DC vs. Marvel and have a string of films where the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe temporarily merge so that each film series’ heroes and villains can work off each other. I know that it may not happen due to licensing and executive egos, but it’s a fascinating idea that I’m just throwing out there.

      • Nick Kush says:

        I actually wrote about that in my first installment of this series. It was definitely in a joking manner, however.

      • I can’t believe that I forgot about your first “Dream Projects” article. I agree with what you said there: “A man can dream, right?”. With the way that superhero films being extremely popular, maybe we will get there someday.

      • Nick Kush says:

        With all the crazy DC news coming out these days maybe Warner Bros. finally gets frustrated and shouts “Here, Disney! Fuck it!” lol

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