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*He is not a secret agent. Not at all.



Tagged by Ras for the scribspheresque meme thing. Or at least, she's the first one I saw to tag me.

ONE (1) earliest film-related memory:
Really kinda of a too-vague question, so I’m just gonna go with the first movie I can recall seeing in the theatre. That would be Superman starring Christopher Reeve. The theater sold glow-in-the-dark kryptonite rocks and I got one.

TWO (2) favorite lines from movies:
"We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off."
- Tyler Durden, Fight Club (Jim Uhls, Chuck Palahniuk)

"If only you could see what I’ve seen with your eyes"

THREE (3) jobs you'd do if you could not work in the "biz":
As if I worked in the "biz."

For which I am currently completely unqualified...
Helicopter Pilot

FOUR (4) jobs you actually have held outside the industry:
Retail from K-Mart (ugh) to comics store (hells yeah)
Forklift driver (not a bad job at all)
Electronics manufacturing (tedious)
Roadie (for like five minutes)

THREE (3) book authors I like:
Douglas Adams
Chuck Palahniuk
Greg Rucka

TWO (2) movies you'd like to remake or properties you'd like to adapt:
I have a problem with remakes. It goes one of two ways. Either you are trying to recreate something because it was so good, in which case the recreation is so completely unnecessary or you trying to remake something that didn’t work so well the first time. I can buy the latter. It gave us Ocean’s Eleven which I very much enjoyed. In those cases, however, it generally strays so far afield that its essentially a remake in name only.

That said, I’d remake David Lynch’s version of Dune, but animated and starring the Simpsons. Bart as Paul Atreides. Homer as Duke Leto. Maggie as Alia. Barney as a Guild Navigator. Burns as the Emperor. And so on...

Yeah, so I don't really want to remake anything.

And for adaptation, I have worked out (in my head mostly) an adaptation of Green Lantern as a feature film,paying very close attention to keeping it as close to what made Green Lantern successful in the first place as possible. Keeping it true to the comics. That’s the worst thing that happens to comics-to-film adaptations. Akiva Goldsman is a fine screenwriter sometimes (A Beautiful Mind for one) who has no goddamn understanding of any character in the Batman mythos and every time I see his name in conjunction with a comic-book flick, I cringe. Constantine turned out as okay-at-best, but how much would it have kicked ass if they hadn't jettisoned so much of what made the character attractive in the first place and what made Hellblazer the longest running Vertigo comic. Let's not even get into the travesties committed upon League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

I also want to do an Adam Strange TV series, but it would be ridiculously expensive, with half the episodes on Earth and half decidedly not. Even started on a pilot just for fun.

ONE (1) screenwriter you think is underrated:
TV is a screen...Tim Minear. Angel. Firefly (check out "Out of Gas" especially). Wonderfalls. The Inside.

THREE (3) people I'm tagging to answer this meme next:
Aiming very very very high. John Rogers, John August and Javier Grillo-Marxuach.
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