Neil Gaiman and Penn Jillette Adapting The Road to Endor
I know what you're thinking - they're making another Ewoks movie?! No, this time the Endor in question is that of a Canaanite village from the Hebrew Bible, not the planet from Star Wars. "The Road to Endor" is a book written in 1920 by E.H. Jones that tells the true story of two World War I prisoners who trick their guards into believing they are in touch with the spirit world in order to escape from a Turkish prison camp. MTV has discovered that famed comic book author Neil Gaiman (seen above left) and Penn Jillette (right, of Penn and Teller fame) are adapting the story into a feature film. They do have a producer (E.H. Jones' granddaughter Hilary Bevan Jones), but don't have a director attached on the project just yet.
Here's where things get awesome. One of the prisoners was an amateur magician, so the two used gimmicks like Ouija boards, séances, mentalist scams, poltergeist effects, and fake suicides to even convince the Camp Commander that they were in touch with the spirit world. Gaiman explains, "it's more fun to adapt someone else's work into a movie than my own, because then I can do the horrible violence to it that you might have to do, that I wouldn’t dare do to mine." Don't worry, he's only talking about the violence of adapting the story, cutting certain elements, and tweaking it to make it work on the big screen. Whatever Gaiman and Jillette end up doing, I already love the idea - so bring it on, because I want to see it!