Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins Ranked From Best To Worst: Every Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Winner Ranked From Best To Worst: Every Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Winner Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck The 10 Best Films Of 2002 The 10 Best Films Of 2002 Check Out These Minimalist, Old School Paperback-Style Posters For The Films Of Wes Anderson Check Out These Minimalist, Old School Paperback-Style Posters For The Films Of Wes Anderson First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' The 30 Most Anticipated Movies Of The 2015 Sundance Film Festival The 30 Most Anticipated Movies Of The 2015 Sundance Film Festival The 10 Best Films Of 2001 The 10 Best Films Of 2001 2015 Oscar Nominees Get The Honest Poster Treatment 2015 Oscar Nominees Get The Honest Poster Treatment Watch: Full 90-Minute Documentary 'Great Directors' With David Lynch, Richard Linklater, Todd Haynes And More Watch: Full 90-Minute Documentary 'Great Directors' With David Lynch, Richard Linklater, Todd Haynes And More "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice The 20 Most Anticipated Foreign Films Of 2015 The 20 Most Anticipated Foreign Films Of 2015 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point

Rumor Control: William Monahan's Never Heard Of 'Once Were Cops,' 'Pacific Rim' Still Not 'Godzilla'

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist November 22, 2010 at 2:21AM

It seems like only yesterday we were talking about the reporting of wishlists, and the problems therein. In fact, it was Friday, but some more evidence turned up over the weekend as to why people should sometimes hold fire before pressing 'Publish.'
0

It seems like only yesterday we were talking about the reporting of wishlists, and the problems therein. In fact, it was Friday, but some more evidence turned up over the weekend as to why people should sometimes hold fire before pressing 'Publish.'

The Wrap reported last week that both William Monahan, writer of "The Departed" and director of the upcoming "London Boulevard," and David Michôd, director of "Animal Kingdom," were top of the list to helm an adaptation of a novel by Ken Bruen (who also wrote "London Boulevard"), "Once Were Cops," about a psychotic Irish cop on an exchange program to the NYPD.

The trouble is, Collider, who conducted a lengthy, must-read interview with Monahan last week, got in touch with the writer-director about the project, and he told them "I'm not on any short list for "Once Were Cops," I never even heard about it." This doesn't mean that The Wrap's report was incorrect as such -- it's entirely possible that producers Steven Sawalich and Gil Adler had a wishlist with Monahan's name on it. But the list was reported prematurely, seemingly before any of the directors involved had been approached. In the business, we like to call that pissing in the wind.

This is the issue with wishlist stories, every project in gestation will have a list of directors and actors who, in an ideal world, the producers would like to have involved, but often it won't get any further than a phonecall and a polite denial. And with Monahan recently signing on to write and direct the period drama "Becket," that appears to be his next likely gig. To quote "Bad Santa," "Wish in one hand, shit in the other, see which fills up first."

Another rumor that reared its head again over the weekend was that "Pacific Rim," the hot spec script from "Clash of the Titans" writer Travis Beacham, was being folded into Legendary Pictures' upcoming reboot of "Godzilla." Latino Review broke the 'news' a few months back, and, despite a fairly comprehensive takedown by Drew McWeeny of HitFix not long after, the rumor continued to get some traction, with Ain't It Cool repeating it recently.

So, frustrated, Beacham took to Twitter to repeat "PACIFIC RIM IS NOT GODZILLA. It was never Godzilla. it will never be Godzilla. Pacific Rim is Pacific Rim." So there we go: the original report seems to be 100% false. Beacham also promised 'exciting developments' on the project soon -- maybe it's being folded into Legendary's upcoming reboot of "Godzilla?" What? Oh, right. We imagine it involves a director being attached, so we'll keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, Dave Callaham ("The Expendables," "Doom") continues to work away on "Godzilla," and we will continue to fear that project like it was a 60-foot moth creature.

This article is related to: Films, David Michôd, Genre Films, Once Were Cops, William Monahan, Travis Beacham, Godzilla, Pacific Rim


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates