Welcome to The Morning Read.
Another late start over here, but there's so much out there that's worth reading that I wanted to make sure I had a column for you, even if it's essentially the Bedtime Read at this point. Make sure you check out our story on the scheduling change for Universal's "The Thing," which took up some of my morning. And I had to get a couple of other things ready for the week ahead, which includes screenings of some of the biggest films of the fall.
The smoke has finally settled, and it looks like Mike White is going to be the director on "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," one of the top-priority projects for Lionsgate. I confess… I'm still not sure this one's going to work. I think it's a joke that gets old about the moment you first hear of it. The title is the best thing about the book by Seth Grahame-Smith, and I'm curious to see if this turns into another "Snakes On A Plane," or if there's really an audience out there for a Jane Austen movie with dismemberments thrown in.
There was a very smart comment Jon Favreau made during our visit to the editing room of "Cowboys and Aliens," in which he talked about how he used the hook of the alien invasion to get a studio to let him make a real Western. "I could have walked into most studios and pitched a film called '… and Aliens,' and I could have walked out with a deal. But even with Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig attached, I don't think I could have sold 'Cowboys' anywhere." He's right, of course. Right now, there are roughly 9,748,261 alien invasion films being prepped for release in the next three years, and another one has been added to the line-up, called "Year 12," and it now has a director. Fredrik Bond is a commercial filmmaker who is attached to several films around town, and now he's set to direct this story of how humanity fights to reclaim the Earth over a decade after the beginning of an alien invasion.