Ken Kwapis Might Be Directing a Live-Action 'Dilbert' Movie?
by Alex Billington
May 26, 2010
Yep, this about as crazy as they come, but apparently it's happening. The always reliable Pajiba is reporting that Phoenix Pictures (Zodiac, Shutter Island, Black Swan) is developing a live-action feature film based on the Dilbert comics, introduced in 1989 created by Scott Adams. And apparently they've got the director of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, License to Wed, and He's Just Not That Into You - Ken Kwapis - attached to direct. Yes, this will probably be just a feature version of "The Office" and it'll probably end up being pretty awful, mainly because I just can't see Kwapis creating a masterpiece out of Dilbert (can you?).
Anyway, here's the interesting Hollywood side of all of this. Kwapis has actually directed some 12 episodes of NBC's "The Office" and is friends with John Krasinski, because he recently cast him in his upcoming whale drama Everybody Loves Whales. So, like Pajiba speculates, it sounds like there's a chance we could see Krasinski as Dilbert, but that's purely hypothetical at this point. So beyond that, we have no clue how a live-action Dilbert movie will work, but it'll probably just be an office comedy like Office Space but not even as good as that. It's not to say that the Dilbert comics are bad, I just can't see them working well as a movie.
Anyway, since we don't have any more info about this besides the basics that Pajiba provided, I'll send you over to Hulu where you can watch full episodes of the animated Dilbert show for free. Other than that, we'll be on the lookout for more details. Does anyone think a Dilbert movie could actually be any good?
Dilbert is a perfect example of something which cannot possibly be translated well into live-action... I'm not a big fan of the comic, but I know Dogbert was my favourite character, and I shudder to think how he might be portrayed (if at all).. No.
Dark Fist on May 26, 2010
Ditto #1 I'll probably still watch it though, just because I love the strip
Rick on May 26, 2010
how, seriously...how??? drew carrey? i would lol
lego on May 26, 2010
Like #1 said, Dilbert has no potential for live action while still being recognizably itself (just take a look a Dilbert and try to picture him in live action). I will say that I might see it if and only if they get Jason Alexander to play Wally.
BobTanaka on May 26, 2010
This movie's already been made, it's called Office Space.
1-7 on May 26, 2010
Forget It on May 26, 2010
I really liked Dilbert cartoon that lasted only two seasons ,if this movie gets made ,my bet is it won´t be better than the cartoon.
mflauri on May 26, 2010
#5 I came here to post this.
Moe on May 27, 2010
Actually, the Drew Carry show is more like an actually adaptation than office space. Still been done.
Jason on May 27, 2010
I loved the TV series in the brief time it ran on TV. Dilbert was aimed at an educated adult audience. That's why it failed. Most people who would have enjoyed it probably never saw it. After all it's ratings, not quality which keep a show running. Unfortunately so, because Dilbert is not your mindless everyday sitcom stultification. But do they really think they can resurrect a TV series that got cancelled after 2 seasons more than 10 years down the road? And do they really think that there's a mainstream audience for this? I don't think so.
SlashBeast on May 31, 2010
I don't see what they're thinking from this. Dilbert has a cult following but not enough to warrant a live action adaptation. Live action will just not translate well in any way from the comic (look at Dilbert and Dogbert and picture them in real life). Dilbert's humour is dry (in the good sense) and aimed at working, intelligent adults. That's why the animated series failed. What hope do they think they have of resurrecting this after nearly a decade and minimal popularity to begin with?
Glass on Jul 10, 2010
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