Shawn Levy Might Take a Road Trip for the Last Kodachrome Photos

March 30, 2011
Source: Deadline


Now this sounds like a truly original and charming story. As he's finishing up production on his robot boxing flick Real Steel (it won't hit theaters until November), Shawn Levy may have another project in his future already. Deadline reports DreamWorks has just made a deal for an untitled pitch to be written by Jonathan Tropper as a potential directing vehicle for the Date Night director. The deal includes the rights to an article in the New York Times about the last lab that had the chemicals to process Kodachrome in the final days before Kodak retired the photo development system and conceded to digital cameras. So how does this turn into a movie?

Well, apparently the story would use the real-life phenomena, if you will, of Kodachrome fans who traveled to the Kansas lab from all over the country to inspire a father-son road strip story. The duo would make a mad dash to reach the lab and process some precious photos before their memories are lost forever. Who wants to bet $100 that they don't make it, but the memories they've created on the trip and in the years before will be what truly lasts a lifetime?

Honestly though, the story does sounds like it has some potential to be a really touching movie. The question is whether Levy will actually get around to directing it. He's already set to helm the James Cameron produced 3D remake of Fantastic Voyage and another project with Hugh Jackman, so he's quite a busy guy already. I've been a Shawn Levy apologist for awhile, and I know he's made some family fare drivel, but I think he has some great films in him somewhere. Hopefully this new project is one of them. What do you think?

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I live in Calgary and went to film school here - when we shot Kodachrome we would send it to the same lab in Kansas. I think this has the potential of being a really good story - but maybe I'm sentimental.

LMA on Mar 30, 2011


Oh no. You're not sentimental. This sounds like a great concept. I look forward to reading the script.

Modern American Man on Mar 30, 2011

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