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DAILY BULLETIN: The origins of Looper, Michael Giacchino’s bio, Django’s history, the 2012 Black List

It took me awhile to find much worth sharing for today’s daily bulletin. I even tweeted that I wasn’t doing one. Well, I lied! Okay, so there weren’t any big announcements or new trailers to dive into or whatnot. But I did find some interesting stories in my poking around. Here goes…

Rian Johnson’s original idea for Looper
looper-posterOver on his official website, Rian Johnson posted a cool artifact from early on in the development of his film Looper. He writes:

“This is the original four page sketch for Looper, written in 2002. At the time I intended to film it, just with a video camera and a few friends, but we never did and it sat in a drawer for seven years. It’s presented here for the curious, exactly as I wrote it ten years ago.”

I was a fan of Looper, although as with most time-travel movies I still want to give it a second look just to unravel it all (maybe with Johnson’s commentary track next time). So reading this is quite interesting. I’m not sure how it would’ve looked on film. Obviously it’s very narration dependent, which makes sense given how difficult it is to communicate the complexities of this story in a short time span. The feature-length version of Looper still made use of narration here and there, but much more sparingly.

Johnson likes to take time between his projects (three years between Brick and The Brothers Bloom, and four between Bloom and Looper, with some TV stuff in between). He hasn’t talked much at all about what he’ll be doing next, except to say that he has a few ideas he’s still refining. With that in mind, it’s nice to have these little easter eggs to fill the gaps. The Bluray for Brick is coming at the end of the month, and that should help stave off withdrawal too. It’ll boast a feature-length commentary track with Johnson and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt, as well as a bunch of deleted scenes and featurettes. Sounds good to me!

Michael Giacchino’s story
Over at SoundWorks Collection they’ve posted a new video profiling composer Michael Giacchino. It’s interesting stuff, so give it a look.

Giacchino is one of those composers whose work I haven’t heard a lot of yet. He worked a bunch on Lost and Alias, two shows I’ve never watched. I saw Mission: Impossible III and Super 8, but the music in those didn’t make a huge impression. With the former, it was him putting his own twist on an iconic theme. With the latter, I just didn’t like the movie that much, which made it hard to get into the music. But if there’s one credit that sticks out on his resume for me, it’s Up. I loved the film, and his work on the score is fantastic. I mean, come on.

Giacchino fans will get their next chance to hear his work in theatres when Star Trek: Into Darkness premieres next May. But if you watched that last clip, you’re presumably too busy sobbing all over your keyboard to care, so let’s just move on to the next item, shall we?

(Edit: I should’ve done this before posting, but I did a quick Youtube search for Giacchino’s work and found a nice compilation that includes a bunch of his work on Lost. That’s some good stuff.)

A cinematic history lesson on the legacy of Django from QT
I always enjoy hearing Quentin Tarantino talk about film because it’s so abundantly clear how much he loves the  medium. The guy is a true film buff, who seems to have knowledge of films, actors and directors from every era. In this short clip from Sirius, he discusses the origins of the character of Django, immortalized in Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 film Django by actor Franco Nero. The character has a long history onscreen, and as he candidly admits, Tarantino’s new film Django Unchained is just the latest in a long series of ripoffs and spinoffs.

The 2012 Black List
Every year since 2004, Franklin Leonard has surveyed Hollywood studio and production company execs about their favourite unpublished screenplays, and compiled the results in a “Black List”. Who cares about unpublished screenplays, you might ask? Fair question. But a lot of the scripts go on to get made in subsequent years (past picks for the Black List have included films like 50/50, Slumdog Millionaire, and a couple of little movies you might’ve heard of called The King’s Speech and The Social Network.)

The 2012 Black List has been published, and Indiewire has a nice summary of the top 10 picks. They also have a lengthy “where are they now?” piece tracing the entire history of the Black List and looking at which films from previous lists have been produced, and which are still in limbo. They sum it up better than I ever could, so that’s all I have to say about that.


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