Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Movie Sequels: "Crouching Tiger," "Aging 'Tracy'"

Sony and the Weinsteins are battling over who has the rights to prequels and sequels to the brilliant "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." The family of the late author is siding with the Weinsteins and claiming they were duped by Sony when making the original deal. Since Sony Pictures Classics actually made and released the film, I tend to think they're the ones who have the rights to it -- nobody in Hollywood makes a movie like this without SOME reference to sequel rights. Director Ang Lee once spoke about making two prequels back to back with CTHD becoming the finale in a trilogy. He needs to jump on that fast if he wants to make it a reality since Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun Fat ain't getting any younger. Half of me is dying to see it; half of me doesn't want them to mess with one of my favorite movies of all time. Meanwhile, the Weinsteins think they have the rights to make a stage version of the show!

Then there's Warren Beatty, who surely WAS smart enough to make certain he had sequel rights to "Dick Tracy." Go Warren, as long as you don't try to play Tracy yourself. It's been 15 years since the last one, fella. Now who should play the detective in a new version?


Anonymous said...

Maybe George Clooney?

Michael in New York said...

Oh, good choice. Now I can't think of anyone else.