The Museum of SuperNatural History Blog Gets a Movie Deal
The closest we've ever come to seeing a blog adapted to a movie was last year's Julie & Julia (correct me if I am wrong), but even that was an adaptation of a book which was in turn about Julie Powell writing on her blog. But now, an actual blog, all on its own, will be adapted to a film as THR's Heat Vision reports that a strange blog known as The Museum of SuperNatural History has been picked up by DreamWorks to be turned into some sort of feature film. The museum's "curator," Ernest Lupinacci, seems to be having a laugh at the supernatural "wonders" of the world, but more than jokes, there's some killer material found there.
Lupinacci considers the museum to "be to the paranormal world what National Geographic is to the real world." The blog's tone is serious, but at times the content is laughable. No doubt true believers take it all as fact and Lupinacci fits right in mixing seemingly fascinating statements with downright lunacy. In wanting to become "a multimedia brand whose purpose is to study, protect, explore and explain the unexplainable" he has the practical logic and grounded mind to sell his brand, but then he goes and says things like this:
"On any given day, another ancient temple is uncovered by Google Earth and NASA telescopes come closer to finding intelligent life in the galaxy. Science is on the verge of cloning extinct creatures, and man and machine are approaching the so-called singularity. These sorts of things all contribute to the enduring fascination and universal appeal of this subject matter. The supernatural is ultimately 'the make believe you can believe in.'"
There's a tagline already, DreamWorks. Hell, I'd like to see a documentary on this guy in addition to some sort of fictional take on the museum itself. While DreamWorks is just now looking for writers to somehow adapt this mecca of crazy, they seem to have settled on at least a concept which has the curator of a covert organization known as the Museum of SuperNatural History seeking out and protecting the world's best-kept secrets." So it does sound pretty cool, and there's so many great conspiracy theories and myths that can be used throughout the story. Lupinaccio elaborates on his goal of becoming "a multimedia brand whose purpose is to study, protect, explore and explain the unexplainable" on his blog:
"The inherent drama, action and adventure of that mission — especially from a storytelling point of view — is that every time we shatter or even question an accepted belief, we have the potential to answer the eternal question, why are we here?"
I've always been a fan of applying practical work and organizations' operations to the supernatural. One of the reasons I love the Hellboy franchise so much is because of the creation of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense along with the brilliant line "There are things that go bump in the night… We are the ones who bump back." This has the potential to be a really crazy, kick-ass project, and I'm looking forward to finding out who's going to write it. It's even better knowing that its in the hands of Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks, who will definitely make sure it's high quality. Can't wait to hear more! Sound awesome?
The Next Craze: Blogs to Movies Hysteria!!!
Wylles on Feb 5, 2010
Point to ponder: what would a movie based on the blog First Showing be about?
Dan Dassow on Feb 5, 2010
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