Sunday, March 23, 2008

Two new ones for the kids

Two interesting sounding projects being developed now, look like they might turn out to be really fun family films.

First up, from the woman who brought us The Nanny Diaries, and the recent Nancy Drew, Tiffany Paulsen is writing a film called Rocket Ship. The story is "about a father and son who move to New Mexico and uncover a large shiny object buried in the desert behind their home. The discovery triggers events beyond their wildest imaginations." hmm. I wonder whatever the object could be...

Sounds like it could be fun, depending on the direction the story takes. Maybe more exciting though is the mention that Paulsen is also writing "Further Adventures in Babysitting" for Warner. Now there's a film we need a sequel too :)

The other film in development is How to Train Your Dragon, an animated film being put together by Dreamworks. This film, a bit further along in the process than Rocket Ship already has a release date of March 26th 2010. A voice cast including Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (aka McLovin) has just been announced and it sounds like a very cute film. The story, based on a book by Cressida Cowell, follow Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, an 11 year old Viking boy who must capture a wild dragon as a rite of passage. If he can't capture one he will be exiled from the tribe. Along the way Hiccup has to not only capture his own dragon, but help his friends find their own too; and face off against the rival gang of young vikings from the Hooligan tribe. Sounds like a fun, somewhat silly story. And as luck would have it there are five sequels to the book out already. So assuming all goes well, we might be getting to know Hiccup the viking quite well.

We'll have to see how these films develop in time. They sound like they could be pretty fun though. Silly kids stories or not, I enjoy a good family film from time to time. Hopefully these both will be worth it.

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