McG Attached to Direct a 300-Style Christopher Columbus Film

October 18, 2010
Source: Deadline

Columbus Ships / McG

With quite a billion dollar empire including Virgin Records, Virgin Mobile, Virgin Atlantic Airways, the still developing commercial space travel company Virgin Galactic Airways, and so much more, entrepreneur Richard Branson is now throwing his hat into the motion picture industry. Deadline reports that the businessman launched Virgin Produced this passed summer in association with Relativity Media and the banner is making its first acquisition with Columbus, a 300 style film following Christopher Columbus and the discovery of America with McG (Terminator Salvation, Charlie's Angels) set to direct the project.

With a script from newcomer T.S. Nowlin, the films seems to be following in the footsteps of stylistic and alternate takes on prominent figures in history. Various projects like Fox's The Secret Journeys of Jack London, Warner Bros. Leonardo Da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever and Timur Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter are all the rage in the industry in the form of historical remixes of sorts. The story of Columbus' travels and "discovery" of America with a touch of hyper-reality in the same vein as Zack Snyder's 300 could make for a great flick, but I'm surprised the concept has been pushed to the pages of a graphic novel before heading to the big screen. Count me somewhat interested for now. How about you?

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is this tool serious calling himself mcG. what a loser

reason on Oct 18, 2010


I just hope it´s not another anti-european film made by europeans full of guilt. We discovered the New World. We conquered it. Live with it. And for God´s shake don´t use this time Latin American actors to portray Spaniards.

Tom Collins on Oct 18, 2010


Like 300? So what are they going to do? Have old Chris get off the ship like some 15th century bad ass and go apeshit on the poor old defenseless natives! Are you sure this isn't a new Monty Python movie? LMAO!!!

Hattori Hanzo on Oct 18, 2010


Yeah, and now a 300-style depiction of the Nazi Blitzkrieg against Poland please. This would fit in quite nicely: 300: gay fascists slaughter disabled colored dudes. Columbus: gay fascists slaughter native colored dudes. The Blitz: gay fascists slaughter hardly colored dudes. Oh Hollywood, you and your lovely, retarded creative minds...

Eames on Oct 18, 2010


If it's anything like the conquistador scenes in The Fountain, this movie will be great. But it probably won't be, so this movie will be terrible.

Andrew K on Oct 18, 2010


Sounds like a cool concept. Terrible director.

Guy on Oct 18, 2010


#3 yep

jeffrey Lamar on Oct 18, 2010


Why not make a Hitler movie 300 style then?

LifeLiquid on Oct 18, 2010


Ridley Scott didn't manage, to make a good Christopher Columbus film; so McSuck has absolutely *no* chance. This project is a must miss, before it has even gotten out of the talking phase.

Dave Lister, J.M.C. on Oct 18, 2010


#8 I'd so watch that!

Lincoln on Oct 18, 2010


It has McG attached to it, like why would I even consider caring about this?....but I just posted a comment about it sooooooooooooo....

Cody w on Oct 18, 2010


#3 and #4 are dead on point with this! Dumb idea!!!

jah p on Oct 18, 2010


McG being involved guarantees I won't pay to see this movie. Netflix maybe.

Adam on Oct 18, 2010


I hope Columbus is depicted as the evil man he really was!

John on Oct 18, 2010


I won't pay to see another McG movie. He should stick to producing. Is Richard Branson going to star as Columbus, lol

no thanks on Oct 18, 2010


So will it have massive rape, pillaging, torture, mass indigenous genocide, and all the good stuff Columbus did???? If so count me in 😛

DaftPUNKFAN on Oct 18, 2010


Are they serious? When are they going to stop saying Columbus discovered America? I still to this day don't understand why we have Columbus day. How about making a proper Historical Columbus film......Jeez

ObiWop on Oct 19, 2010


Holy shit - this guy can still find work? And the US unemployment rate is at wha?!!

bozo on Oct 20, 2010


What they need to focus on is the fac that there are like 10 great Colon movies out there. The focus should be on him trying to find ASIA and not discovering America. They should not glorify him too much seeing as how he died a "failure" by common standards of that time and NEVER achieved what he was seeking. In 1510, NO ONE knew Christopher Columbus.

axlehavoc on Oct 21, 2010

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