Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Wild Wild West!

Once on of America's Favorite Western T.V. Shows, has since fallen hard from grace. A critically and commercially failed reboot attempted to gather the success of other nostalgia-fueled films {Here's lookin' at you "The Fugitive"}. It was a great show, it had a strong following and was never cancelled due to low-ratings, but due to what was then considered "excessive violence." Which sounds pretty bad ass knowing a show was cancelled because it was Too-Violent! It was also a silent pioneer of what is now commonly known as "Steam Punk" with Artemus Gordon's numerous inventions being that of a Steam Punk design.

I think it deserves a reboot,  maybe not terrible gritty but certainly back to the violent roots of it's T.V. Show. It's got potential and could find a spot among the big franchises, maybe not a billion-dollar franchise but it could certainly make a few hundred millions. With a good crew and a good group of actors.

This is my vision of a Proper Reboot of "The Wild Wild West"

Composer: A film score (also sometimes called film music, background music, or incidental music) is original music written specifically to accompany a film. The score forms part of the film's soundtrack, which also usually includes dialogue and sound effects, and comprises a number of orchestral, instrumental or choral pieces called cues which are timed to begin and end at specific points during the film in order to enhance the dramatic narrative and the emotional impact of the scene in question.

    Danny Elfman [Notable Works: Batman, Real Steel, Oz The Great and Powerful]: He's pretty much as big a name as a composer as John Williams and Hans Zimmer. He is a legend with his compositions and He has a proper background of using adapted material for his scores. He has done magnificent with his work, so using him as a composer is more or less a safe bet.

Screenwriters: A screenplay or script is a written work by screenwriters for a film, video game or television program. These screenplays can be original works or adaptations from existing pieces of writing. In them, the movement, actions, expression, and dialogues of the characters are also narrated. A play for television is also known as a teleplay.

    Kieran and Michele Mulroney [Notable  Works: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Paper Man]: I'm not gonna lie, even though they only have written 2 films together, their work shows they can get the job done right. I loved A Game Of Shadows, the only problem with that film was it should have been the 3rd. But they honored the Arthur Conan Doyle legend very well. They wrote a fun, violent, yet smart script. It took chances and had fun with them. It was a great film and if they put that into The Wild Wild West it would work.

Director: Directors are responsible for overseeing creative aspects of a film under the overall control of the film producer. They often develop the vision for a film and carry out the vision, deciding how the film should look, in other words they make their vision come to life. They are responsible for turning the script into a sequence of shots. They also direct what tone it should have and what an audience should gain from the cinematic experience. Film directors are responsible for deciding camera angles, lens effects and lighting with the help of the cinematographer and set design with the production designer. They will often take part in hiring the cast and key crew members. They coordinate the actors' moves, or blocking and also may be involved in the writing, financing and editing of a film.

    Joe Johnston [Notable Works:  The Rocketeer, Jurassic Park 3, Captain America: The First Avenger]: A fantastic Director, He's shown he can mix the fun of modern movies with a setting set back a hundred or so years. He's shown some great effort in his work with Captain America, and he would certainly have as much fun with The Wild Wild West.

 Jim West [Height: 5' 11", Age: 30's-40's]: Former Army Captain recruited into a Secret Branch of the Secret Service dedicated to hunting down national terrorist and stopping potential attacks against the U.S. Government. Armed with a Rail-car known as "The Wanderer" he joins his partner, long time friend Artemus Gordon and bring about justice.

    Timothy Olyphant [Height: 6' 0", Age: 47, Notable Works: Justified, Hitman, Live Free or  Die Hard]: If you watch Justified, it's simple he IS James T. West. No one else would be as seamlessly perfect for West.

Artemus Gordon [Height: 5' 11", Age: 30's-40's]: An inventor, a genius ahead of his time and former Soldier in the U.S. Army, he was an Oxphord Professor before being coaxed into the work of Secret Service with his longtime friend Jim West. Since then the two have been loyal to the Service and their friendship. He equips their Rail-car "The Wanderer" with an immensely powerful high-tech engine system as well as numerous revolutionary inventions he has sworn to keep in secret as part of his Government work.

    Colin Hanks [Height: 6' 1", Age: 37, Notable Works: Fargo, Dexter, Orange County]: I was massively impressed with him in Fargo. It was outstanding work. He had given an Oscar worthy performance in a T.V. Series. The character he played was just perfectly odd for him and Artemus Gordon would be the same way. He'd act his ass off in that role, he'd be perfect.

President Ulysses S. Grant [Height: 5' 8", Age: 40's-50's]: President of the United States of America who appointed West and Gordon for special "off the books" operations hunting down terrorist.

    Liev Schreiber [Height: 6' 3", Age: 47, Notable Works: Defiance, Goon, Ray Donovan]: I like Liev, he's always been one of my favorite actors. I always imagined him playing a stern political figure, and President Grant would certainly fit him to the "T" as he has just the right look and voice to play such a stern character.

Dr. Miguelito Quioti Loveless [Height: 3' 11", Age: 30's-40's]: The agents' nemesis. A faux terrorist who attempts the heist of America's largest Gold reserve located in California, while organizing attacks to diver the attention of Jim West and Artemus Gordon for the greatest Heist of the 19th Century.

     Peter Dinklage [Height: 4' 5", Age: 46, Notable Works: Underdog, Games of Thrones {T.V. Series}, X-Men Days of Future Past]: Really there is just no other actor that could do this role and be as good as Dinklage. He's proven he can do Mad Scientist, he's proven he can do Badass. Here he'd get to add Political Nightmare. This could be his "Hans Gruber" role.

Dr. Faustina [Height: 5' 4", Age: 40's]: Dr. Faustina has created human-like robots that are walking time bombs. Earning admiration from Loveless he brings her in for the biggest heist of the 19th century, using her "mechanical" creations to stage attacks all over the U.S.

    Milla Jovovich [Height: 5' 9", Age: 39, Notable Works: The Fifth Element, Resident Evil {Franchise}, Zoolander]: Milla is one of the greatest actresses around. She is so much fun and so great to watch on screen.  She's done roles that border on serious social drama, sci-fi fantasy, and Campy over the top fun. She's got qualities that make her a perfect actress to play a role like Faustina.

Antoinette [Height: N/A, Age: 20's-30's]:  Loveless' female companion, often seen playing a piano or string instrument and singing duet with Loveless.

    Rosie Huntington-Whiteley [Height: 5' 9", Age: 28, Notable Works: Mad Max Fury Road, Transformers Dark of the Moon]: She had no talent in Transformers, whether she's grown since then or that it was Michael Bay, in Mad Max she was pretty damn great. She left a lasting impression and fit her role well. I'm actually impressed with what she has shown and I think she could really do a fantastic job in a role like this. There's very little she couldn't get away with in this role being that it's very open for interpretation. She could really flex her skills here.

Voltaire [Height: 7' 2", Age: 30's-40's]:  Loveless' giant bodyguard.

    Robert Maillet [Height: 6' 11", Age: 45, Notable Works: Pacific Rim, Sherlock Holmes, 300]: This is a more or less typical Robert Maillet type role. He did this as Dredger in Sherlock Holmes. What he showed in Pacific Rim is that he's actually a pretty fun actor. He's not Shakespearean thespian but he is a pretty damn good actor and that is just fine for the role of Loveless' Monstrous Body Guard.

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