OK, we get it Hollywood, we get it—you’ve run dry. After trying to convince us that adapting a board game about dropping pegs into holes starring Rihanna was a good idea, it’s obvious that you’re out of ideas. But turning the Guinness Book of World Records into an action film? Maybe it’s time you just go back to adapting every ‘80s TV series ever written. Can we go back to that?
Sigh, no? Fine, here’s the news: Warner Bros. is currently negotiating the film rights to turn The Guinness Book of World Records into an action film. Yes, you read that correctly. The compendium of oddball and random facts first conceived by Guinness Breweries managing director Sir Hugh Beaver in the 1950s is on the fast track to being cannibalized as an action film.
And if that wasn’t enough wackiness, the film is being scripted by Simpsons and The Office writer Danny Chun, whose pedigree doesn’t exactly seem designed to craft an action film. Perhaps he’ll somehow be able to inject some subversive humor into a project that deserves its own Guinness Record for outright ridiculousness? Only time will tell.
In the meantime, start cracking open your most recent copy of The Guinness Book of World Records and see if you can’t find a way to organize the entries around two characters played by, say, Jeremy Renner and Channing Tatum, who must team up despite their differences to stop a madman planning to detonate the largest number of atomic bombs ever attempted in Cincinnati. Something like that.
What do you think of the Guinness news?