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Duncan Jones wants to make a 2000 AD film
« on: 12 March, 2010, 03:12:53 am »
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Duncan Jones, Director of Moon and currently making Source Code with Jake Gyllenhaal has tweeted an idea he has for a Judge Dredd film.

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    @ManMadeMoon One day, I would love to tell you my idea for a Judge Dredd film… But not yet. :)

    @ManMadeMoon Haha! Ok… I’ll give you my tweet version. It’s a Dredd take on the film “Man bites Dog,” & involves Death & the League of Fatties.

Now a film is currently in development based on a scrip by Alex Garland, but no director is attached. If anyone in Hollywood is listening I reckon Mr Jones would be a splendid choice to direct.
http://liveforfilms.wordpress.com/2010/03/11/judge-dredd-duncan-jones-has-an-idea/

He and Chris Weston have had a further chin wag:

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@westonfront the true answer involves 2000AD, as you can probably imagine... But who knows what will happen there!
http://twitter.com/ManMadeMoon/status/10272037844

And back:

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@ManMadeMoon I think I can speak on behalf of every creator (and fan) of 2000ad when I say we'd all be behind you on that one.
http://twitter.com/westonfront/status/10272278252

Yes you can speak on our behalf Mr Weston, as you speak the truth.

This shouldn't be much of a surprise given the fact Jones mentions i2000 AD in just about every interview, including wanting to make a film based on a 2000 AD story:

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as you mentioned 2000AD, there are certain stories and characters from that holy book I have wanted to make since I was a kid.
http://liveforfilm.blogspot.com/2009/05/exclusive-interview-duncan-jones.html

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Marvel.com: You call yourself "a huge sci-fi fan and a bit of a geek."  Who are some of your influences-be they writers, directors or otherwise? What inspired you to choose "Moon" as your directorial debut?

Duncan Jones: As far as sci-fi goes, I was a JG Ballard fan, a William Gibson fan and, (besides Marvel of course,) a 2000AD fan.  (A british comic book that was sci-fi heavy and the originator of Judge Dredd.)
http://marvel.com/news/moviestories.8733.famous_fanboys~colon~_duncan_jones

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It’s also a nod back to the kind of sci-fi Jones was brought up on, when he was an avid reader of 2000AD, Dan Dare in The Eagle and John Wyndham’s Day of the Triffids.
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/article6626419.ece

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Any chance on making a full-length film out of the robot beer commercial you made awhile back? I have to say I would love to see you do a film about robots running their own pub.

(laughs) Or a TV show? We could do a future version of Cheers! There are actually some amazing robot-centered comic books from a magazine here in the UK called 2000 AD I used to read growing up, but I think I need to get a few films under my belt before I am ready for something like that!
http://www.starwars.com/fans/rocks/20090619.html?page=3

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FEARS: You mention Neuromancer, what other science fiction did you read growing up?

DUNCAN JONES: My real sci-fi education back then came at the hands of 2000 AD. 2000 AD was the daddy of all sci-fi comic books in Britain. It's where Judge Dredd originated, though the Dredd from the comic books was a far cry from the homogenized version Sylvester Stalone portrayed. Dredd was a fascist cop; a Gollum of law who brought the full weight of justice down on all law-breakers, no matter how petty or accidental their misdeeds. As a kid, reading Dredd, Robo-Hunter, ABC Warriors, Strontium Dog and later Rogue Trooper and other comics filled my head with a pithy mix of the best of British sci-fi and the dark and bitter humor that infused it.
http://fearsmag.com/08/index.php/ON-THE-COUCH-WITH-J.B.-MACABRE/FEARS-takes-a-trip-to-the-dark-side-of-the-MOON-with-director-Duncan-Jones.html

+1 point for every mention, +5 for calling 2000AD a "holy book" and -1 each for "magazine" and "comic book" (even taking into account you have to pitch the description for the audience) which still leaves him comfortably in the black there.

It also raises the question of what the reading material must have been like in the Bowie household when he was a kid.

I know he has his heart set on Dredd (and one involving fatties sounds a lot more interesting that the easy option of Judge Death) but there is one in the works so, unless this is his early play for the director's chair, it might be a while until he gets a shot. There must be other stories he could adapt in the meantime on a lower budget (because, let's be honest, too large a budget can spoil a lot of comic adaptations, LXG anyone?) and, as I'm sure he has lurked here ;) throw in your suggestions.

The obvious one for me would be Cradlegrave. Strontium Dog could be interesting...
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Re: Duncan Jones wants to make a 2000 AD film
« Reply #1 on: 12 March, 2010, 03:17:36 am »
I suppose Slaine would be a good choice, especially with things like Clash of the Titans coming out!

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Re: Duncan Jones wants to make a 2000 AD film
« Reply #2 on: 12 March, 2010, 04:25:49 am »
Zowie Bowie. Would that be his other name?

I don't have a problem with that, considering his background in music, film and his apparent childhood of growing up with the sci/fi comic.

Considering who his father is, I could imgine David Boiwe assuming the guise of the green headed bonce himself very smoothly.

I suppose Slaine would be a good choice, especially with things like Clash of the Titans coming out!

I certainly wouldn't have a problem with that?



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Re: Duncan Jones wants to make a 2000 AD film
« Reply #3 on: 12 March, 2010, 08:34:55 am »
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Dredd was a fascist cop; a Gollum of law

Y'know, I bet what Duncan actually said was 'golem of Law', as opposed to 'the Lawses are my precioussss'. 

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Re: Duncan Jones wants to make a 2000 AD film
« Reply #4 on: 12 March, 2010, 09:13:04 am »
Maybe a Slaine film wouldn't be such a good idea now that the new Conan film is underway...

A Strontium Dog film is the only way to go if it's not Dredd. Or Dynosty.

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Re: Duncan Jones wants to make a 2000 AD film
« Reply #5 on: 12 March, 2010, 09:14:42 am »
Zowie Bowie. Would that be his other name?
Thats the one. I loved moon, and he is clearly passionate about the comic. He gets my vote to direct any 2000ad film he wants.

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Re: Duncan Jones wants to make a 2000 AD film
« Reply #6 on: 12 March, 2010, 10:00:50 am »
Am I the only one who thought "The guy from Blue?" when first seeing the thread title?  :)

Haven't yet seen Moon, but I've heard lots of good stuff about it, and Mr Jones seems like a really cool guy in interviews - seems like a great choice to me.

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Re: Duncan Jones wants to make a 2000 AD film
« Reply #7 on: 12 March, 2010, 10:10:48 am »
Lets hope he makes a better director than his dad does an actor. Saying that.... If orchestrating a film in the way his old man put together a concept has any direct genetic passing from father to son, there's a movie I would go see!
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Re: Duncan Jones wants to make a 2000 AD film
« Reply #8 on: 12 March, 2010, 10:24:34 am »
wonderful to have him onboard as a fan, from what he's saying Tooth must have been around the Bowie hoosehold, you think David went down the shops for it every Wednesday?   :D
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Re: Duncan Jones wants to make a 2000 AD film
« Reply #9 on: 12 March, 2010, 11:19:39 am »
Haha! Just dropping it in front of him like my old fella, mumbling something like," here, thought you might like this sort of thing. " but in a camp, "Bowiiieee!!" way.
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Re: Duncan Jones wants to make a 2000 AD film
« Reply #10 on: 12 March, 2010, 11:45:29 am »


And Ziggy used to read 2000 ADEEEEEE

OOOOOOH  YYEEEEAH

WE could be heroes from 2000AD - AAAH
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« Reply #11 on: 12 March, 2010, 12:15:38 pm »
Great, so when I finally meet Bowie (and finish gushing like a small child who's just met Christ - so several hours later) and tell him I'd always thought of Tharg as a relative of his, he'll ACTUALLY KNOW what the hell I'm on about?  Super.
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Re: Duncan Jones wants to make a 2000 AD film
« Reply #12 on: 12 March, 2010, 12:24:06 pm »
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Any chance on making a full-length film out of the robot beer commercial you made awhile back? I have to say I would love to see you do a film about robots running their own pub.

(laughs) Or a TV show? We could do a future version of Cheers! There are actually some amazing robot-centered comic books from a magazine here in the UK called 2000 AD I used to read growing up, but I think I need to get a few films under my belt before I am ready for something like that!


oooh, I'd love to see a Ro-busters movie - I think it would work really well as a three act story - 1: set scene/thunderbirds style rescue; 2: Northpool 3: fall & rise of Hammerstein & Rojaws.

And "Gollum of Law" made me laugh!

Am I the only one who thought "The guy from Blue?" when first seeing the thread title?  :)
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Re: Duncan Jones wants to make a 2000 AD film
« Reply #13 on: 12 March, 2010, 12:28:26 pm »
Please don't mention fucking Blue around me.  One of 'em (can't remember which) is from my neck of the woods.  Never sold him a guitar, but I did get a lift home from the pub from his dad once or twice (he's a minicab driver).

"Gollum of Law" - FFS!  Kids with no bloody writing skills, eh?
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Re: Duncan Jones wants to make a 2000 AD film
« Reply #14 on: 12 March, 2010, 01:05:39 pm »
This would make me very happy. Moon felt like one glorious extended future shock, and now I know why! Agree with Emperor - a Cradlegrave movie would be a) solid gold  b) timely & relevant and  c) friggin' creepy.

It'd be good if he did turn his attention away from Dredd and to other 2000AD stories instead. If he does lurk here, and if anyone comes across him, could they please steer him in the direction of Cradlegrave?.