Welcome to The Morning Read.
Is it really already the last weekend of February? Good god, at this point, time goes by so fast that I feel like Dave Bowman inside the monolith. It seems like Sundance was yesterday and SXSW starts tomorrow and in the meantime, I'm just scrambling to write as much as possible. I'm working on a script with my writing partner for the first time in a year in what little free time I have, and it's felt incredibly good to be finally flexing that creative muscle again. I love this work I do here at HitFix, but I am amazed that a whole year has already gone by and we're into the second year now. If I let myself, I could spend every day just churning out articles, and never get around to writing my own material again.
One of the things that takes up a lot of mental real estate is the prep involved in the Morning Read. I'm always looking for material for it, always bookmarking things for later, and it's changed the way I read things online. I spend more time now, hunting and reading, and I almost never get to use everything that I bookmark. This week, several things got on top of me, and as a result, I've got paaaaages of bookmarks, and today, I want to share at least a few, even if I am getting a late start.
Man, I was taken aback when The LA Times ran a piece about the potential directors for "Paranormal Activity 2." I like the first film, so don't take this wrong, but... what world are we living in where Brian De Palma is considering Oren Peli's leftovers? That's just f'ing crazy. Admittedly, De Palma is good at creepy horror, he's been preoccupied with notions of what reality is in front of a camera for decades, and his not-very-good "Redacted" was a direct experiment in this sort of found-footage filmmaking. So it's not that I think it's a bad choice. But still... this is BRIAN FREAKING DE PALMA we're talking about. His career trajectory is so awful that it makes me feel better about my own near-total failure in Hollywood. If this guy, at this point, is looking this as a potential job, then obviously this business is deeply broken. Brad Anderson (who's no freshman, no matter what The LA Times says) is a great choice if they can get him. I'm a little amazed that the list features names I actually like. I guess the first film's success put Paramount in a great position on this one. My question is who's going to be able to pull this off and have it in theaters in October. Sounds like one hell of a ride for some filmmaker, and my guess is we'll have a name soon if they hope to make that date.