Because mainstream cinema has now been streamlined into six distinct, albeit not mutually exclusive, camps (films that Adam Sandler or Katherine Heigl star in, films in 3-D, comic book adaptations, sequels, TV show adaptations, and genre vs. genre mashups), Paramount has decided to put some money behind the genre vs. genre mashup camp by giving the green light to Boy Scouts Vs. Zombies.
Hey, at least it doesn’t star (at least, not yet) Sandler or Heigl running from 3-D zombies, right?
Paramount has picked up the Boy Scouts Vs. Zombies screenplay (written by Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuki), which made it onto the 2010 Black List of great unproduced film scripts. Making his directorial debut, Tropic Thunder writer Etan Cohen will helm the production, with a script polish by Drop Dead Gorgeous writer Lona Williams.
While the mashup genre hasn’t exactly produced many gems (I don’t recall Cowboys Vs. Aliens or Alien Vs. Predator racking up a bevy of awards during their respective Oscar seasons), Boy Scouts Vs. Zombies was on the prestigious Black List, and Tropic Thunder was funnier than any modern Ben Stiller film has any right to be, so who knows? Maybe this will be a new genre classic. I mean, everyone looks back at King Kong Vs. Godzilla with fondness, right?
What do you think of the genre mashup news?
Source: The AV Club