David Gordon Green working on ICE STATION ZEBRA remake and talks about his Dream Project
Director David Gordon Green is starting to become a very hot and popular director in Hollywood. He's been making movies for awhile but Snow Angles and Pineapple Express were the films that put him on everyone's radar, he went on to make the upcoming comedy Your Highness, just got finished shooting The Sitter, which is in post production. It looks like his his next film project will most likely be a remake of the horror classic Suspiria. In a recent interview the director went on to talk about a few of the other movies he's been working on, and this guy's been keeping busy.
One of them is a remake of the 1968 film Ice Station Zebra in which he wrote the script for. The original film was directed by John Sturges and starred Rock Hudson. Here's what he had to say about it in a recent interview,
I just finished a script for Warner Bros. that’s a remake of Ice Station Zebra that’s a big military movie, and I got to go camp out on the arctic circle with the Navy and explore those kind of… you know just the lingo and the politics of what’s going on in the arctic right now so it truly is a passport. Like literally Warner Brothers says, ‘Do you want to get on a jet with the Navy and get on a submarine?’ and you’re like, ‘absofuckinglutely!’
How freakin' cool would that be!? I've always wanted to do something like that. At one point in my life I actually almost joined the Navy to do it. I'd jump at the chance do do it for some research! Lucky bastard.
For those of you not familiar with the original films plot, here ya go,
Commander James Ferraday, USN, has new orders: get David Jones, a British civilian, Captain Anders, a tough Marine with a platoon of troops, Boris Vasilov, a friendly Russian, and the crew of the nuclear sub USS Tigerfish to the North Pole to rescue the crew of Drift Ice Station Zebra, a weather station at the top of the world. The mission takes on new and dangerous twists as the crew finds out that all is not as it seems at Zebra, and that someone will stop at nothing to prevent the mission from being completed.
Green then went on to talk about a musical dream project of his that he wants to eventually do,
I wanna do a movie about rival musical families in Branson, Missouri in the 1960s. I’ve had this idea for awhile, because hanging out in Branson is bizarre. It is a trippy, amazing place. Ozark culture really appeals to me, and it hasn’t been captured in a movie. It will probably be a few years down the line, because no one really wants to make a big musical period piece. But if someone called me up and asked if I wanted to do [the 1954 Stanley Donen musical] ‘Seven Brides For Seven Brothers’ I’d jump to the front of the line for that.
Branson Missouri is kind of a trippy place. I've been there a couple times, and I always enjoy it because there's seriously no other place like it on earth. Green is also working on yet another film for Paramount Pictures called Battling Boy, he tells The Playlist that,
I just finished an adaptation for Paramount of a graphic novel called Battling Boy that Paul Popewrote that’s pretty massive. Writing something like that involves taking on the history of grand mythological movies with $150 million budgets. It’s awesome.
It must be nice to have steady work. Here's how the creator of the comic book, Paul Pope, explained the story of Battling Boy,
Battling Boy is the son of a god or a super hero—it is left unspecified—who comes down from the top of a mountain (or rather, from inside a cloud/UFO contraption/contrivance from above a mountain top) at this father's behest, in order to rid a giant city from it's plague of monsters. Hercules had his labors, Batman has his Gotham, Battling Boy has his Monstropolis.
Monstropolis is a city the size of an entire continent—and it is absolutely overrun with monsters. These are horrible, Grimm's fairytale, Beowulf-ish monsters, awful things. Child-stealers. Plus some of the vampires and mummies and wolfmen we remember from the old black and white Hollywood horror films. Which—if you remember—aren't very funny. And they don't all like each other, either. Even a monster can't stand another monster, this has been proven time and time again.
Green is working on a lot of great sounding movies. I'm actually excited to see all of these make it to the big screen. What are your thoughts on on the film that Green is currently working on?