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MovieBabble’s Dream Movie Projects…Part 9!

A lot has happened in the film industry since the previous installment of the Dream Movie Project series back in January.  Black Panther released to the masses, causing everyone to praise Ryan Coogler and everyone else involved.  Also, a bunch of terrible Netflix films aired.  I guess you just can’t win ’em all.

All the news has had me wondering (as it periodically does), what are some great movie ideas to stir the pot in the film industry?  I thought long and hard and eventually whittled it down to seven ideas that are pretty wonderful (feel free to disagree in the comment section).  As Lt. Aldo Raine once said, “I think this just might be my masterpiece.”

If you’re not caught up on the previous iterations of MovieBabble’s dream movie projects, take a look at some of these:

A Meta Horror-Comedy Involving a Character Trapped Inside of a Generic Horror Movie

People these days are constantly complaining that horror films are performing off of the same conventions.  Whether it be people roaming through a spooky house or a group of people lost in a forest, horror seems to consistently fail to break out into something different (most of the time).

I say why not double down on those conventions?  Only this time add a fully self-aware character that is somehow trapped in a conventional horror film.  The character could shout things like “don’t go down there!” or “a demon is in that closet!”  There’s a lot of fun here to play with this premise.  Maybe, the character even sits out a horror sequence by driving off into the distance.  Literally anything is possible.  Who knows, maybe this audience stand-in could mess with the conventional horror film so severely that it actually becomes unconventional in the end.

The meta character in this situation needs a certain snarky attitude, and who better than Chris Pratt to perform those duties.  By now, he’s the cliché, obvious pick for a lead that has a certain amount of charisma, but he would definitely be very entertaining in the role.

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Another The 15:17 to Paris Directed by Someone that Works Well with Actors

Let’s be honest, The 15:17 to Paris just didn’t work.  Many are blaming the acting by the true heroes that performed in the movie as the main source of the film’s issues.  However, the real culprit is Clint Eastwood.  His failure as an actor’s director resulted in wooden performances from his trio of heroes, and the demise of the movie (the script was also pretty atrocious, but we don’t have to focus on that).

Although this reboot would never happen, it would make for an interesting experiment to see theses three individuals under different supervision.  The director choice is up to whatever producer is willing to take on the project.  Just don’t choose Clint Eastwood (or Michael Bay).

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Timothy J. Cox Starring in a Prominent Film

This name might seem a little foreign to some, but Timothy J. Cox is a very solid actor on the indie circuit that stands out in every project in which he’s involved.  Whether it’s a five-minute short or a feature-length film, Cox’s personality is always a favorite of mind.  Even if he plays a small part, he’s still the best part about those films.

We always complain about the reluctance of Hollywood to inject new talent into the system — and here’s its chance to make up for at least some of those wrongs.

For this particular project, I’m not picky.  Get Cox to play the comedic father in a family drama or the wise voice of reason in a coming-of-age tale.  Whatever the case, Timothy J. Cox can do it for you.  Just give him a solid script and watch him go!

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Black Panther 2

Did you see Black Panther?  This one is self-explanatory.

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Ryan Coogler Directing Literally Anything as Soon as Possible

At the young age of 31, Ryan Coogler has already hit three home runs with Fruitvale Station, Creed, and Black Panther.  For his next project, I just want it to get to the big screen as quickly as possible.  Many want Ryan Coogler to direct a Star Wars film while others want him to chase an Oscar.

Honestly, I don’t think he cares about serious distinctions.  His movies are about telling a story that is very personal to him.  His Oakland roots clearly had some influence on Fruitvale Station and Black Panther, and Creed also had those same touches.  He’s developed a directing voice that could turn into one of the most important voices in Hollywood if he keeps up this pace.

Regardless of the project, there’s a 100% chance it’ll include Michael B. Jordan in some manner.  Let me be the first to say that the Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan duo will rank among the best in the business by the time both are finished working.

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A Romantic Comedy that Doesn’t Involve the Usual Tropes of the Genre

So I watched When We First Met and wrote a review where I listed all the rom-com clichés that it included in its narrative.  That list was so long that it became soul-crushing.  The romance genre needs some variety, and I want a change to come ASAP.

Like The Big Sicksomeone needs to create a romance film that doesn’t fall victim to the same issues.  Be bold!  Be different!  I could care less about the particulars, just make me a rom-com that isn’t the same formula regurgitated for a new audience.

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A Hard-Hitting Drama with Jennifer Lawrence in a Supporting Role

Jennifer Lawrence is a talented, fun, and beautiful human being.  But, we all have a little JLaw fatigue.  Most of her films are star vehicles, and she’s earned it by years of hard work.

But, other than the fatigue part of the equation, many complain that each performance is a version of her own personality — giving off the impression that she’s playing dress-up.

Lawrence needs to disappear and reappear into a meaty supporting role that forces her to dive into her character.  The burden will be off to carry the film, and she could even get a best supporting actress nom if in the right situation.  Not only would it be a smart career move, it could also reinvigorate the love that many have for her.

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Nick Kush

A current young professional, 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_

8 Responses

  1. Patricia says:

    Cabin in the Woods toyed with that a little bit, with it being controlled by (literally) underground forces, a March Madness style bracket of horror cliches on a white board, monsters in boxes, etc.

    However, the way you describe, with a fully self-aware character is really intriguing. I’d love to see that. Maybe a sarcastic female lead, like Emma Stone. Or better yet, put an unknown (of any gender) in that part, to seem even more “real.” Then put knowns in the horror cast to drive ticket sales. Have the biggest draw get killed off: ala Drew Barrymore in Scream, or Bryan Cranston in Godzilla. Maybe Beyoncé, since she can’t act, anyway. Ha.

    Okay, we totally need to write this screenplay, man. 😉

  2. It’s been a while since I commented on one of these articles, but I’m long overdue to give my thoughts on one of these topics. 1. In my mind, there hasn’t been much in terms of helping the horror genre feel relevant. In recent times, it’s been weighed down with jump scares, protagonists with hardly any personality or development and tired horror cliches. This meta-humoristic approach could exactly be the thing the it needs, since the Scream series and The Cabin In The Woods showed success by poking fun at the tired tropes. If it helps unlock something new & fresh for the genre, then let’s do it. 2. There’s not much I can do with this topic, except agree with you on having a director who gets the most out of the actors he’s got to work with, something that “The 15:17 To Paris” should have done from the start. 3. Anything that helps Indy talent get recognized by more people should happen. 4. Black Panther 2 is coming, DONE! 5. At this point, Coogler’s stock just keeps rising. Out of his first three films, the only one I haven’t seen yet was Fruitvale Station. However, I was sold on him when I saw Creed. As long as he takes his time and finds the right story to tell, he could have Michael B. Jordan leading or supporting in everyone one of his films for the rest of their days and we’ll praise them for their work. 6. This also ties in with what I said in #1. Rom-Com’s need to stop handcuffing themselves to their genre tropes and find a way to feel fresh. If anyone can make a rom-com that’s self-aware of its own cliches, then we’ll have something here. 7. Finally, this will most likely happen for J-Law so that she can reinvent her acting career. Tying into a previous dream project article, maybe she could be in a film where she’s the second-fiddle to someone like Emma Stone. No matter what, I’m sure that she’ll get over this tiny bump in her professional life.

    • Nick Kush says:

      I really like that Emma Stone idea! I’m pretty the two are super close in real life so it might be an easy pill for JLaw to swallow playing behind one of her better friends. She’s just so charismatic in films and I wish she would just check her ego juuuuust a bit. Then again, maybe everyone in Hollywood needs to do that a little lol

      • I really do hope that Emma and Jennifer do come together and agree on a project that they’re both passionate about. Maybe a comedy film, an animated film, a slice-of-life drama, or anything that they’re interested in. I hope it’s something, since I wouldn’t mind seeing them on screen together.

      • Nick Kush says:

        I think I’d love them in a Noah Baumbach-like film or something of the like

  3. floatinggold says:

    I’d be interested to see that new take on a horror movie. That would be hilarious.

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