As most moviegoers head to the theaters to get their latest Spiderman or Captain America fix, I'm still impatiently waiting for the Pootie Tang sequel.
For those who don't know, Pootie Tang is a comedy from 2001 that stars Lance Crouther as the titular superhero of the ghetto who takes on corporate America. Louis C.K. adapted the film from a comedy sketch that first appeared on The Chris Rock Show, and Jennifer Coolidge, Chris Rock, and Wanda Sykes co-star. Upon release, the film was trashed by critics and bombed at the box office, prompting critic Roger Ebert to ask: "How did this train wreck happen?"
Let's just say that critics and audiences were wrong about this one. Enough boring superhero movies have been released since 2001 to remind us that the genre as it currently stands is in dire need of revision and rejuvenation, and that Mr. Tang is the superhero to do the job.
Unlike other superhero wimps Batman and Iron Man, Pootie Tang can take on any criminal with the power of his belt, and he can make any lady swoon with just the slightest look. If that weren't enough, check out the clip below in which he makes a hit record without ever uttering a sound.
In 2005, Chris Rock said that he would love to make a sequel. However, nearly 10 years have passed and nothing has happened. This is truly devastating, because we need the character in our lives now more than ever. While Hollywood continues to churn out redundant remakes of the same old superheroes, it's about time that a major studio puts some money aside for another Pootie Tang.
The Writers Guild announced its screen nominees this morning with Best Original screenplay nods going to Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber for (500) Days of Summer, James Cameron for Avatar, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore for The Hangover, Mark Boal for The Hurt Locker and Joel and Ethan Coen for A Serious Man.
Contenders in the adapted screenplay category are Scott Cooper for Crazy Heart, based on the novel by Thomas Cobb; Nora Ephron for Julie & Julia, based on the books Julie & Julia by Julie Powell and My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme; Geoffrey Fletcher for Precious, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman for Star Trek, based upon Star Trek, created by Gene Roddenberry, and Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner for Up in the Air, based on the novel by Walter Kirn.
Documentary screenplay nominations are: Richard Trank for Against the Tide, Michael Moore for Capitalism: A Love Story, Mark Monroe for The Cove, Robert Stone for Earth Days, Chris Rock & Jeff Stilson and Lance Crouther and Chuck Sklar for Good Hair, and Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman for Soundtrack for a Revolution.
The 2010 Writers Guild Awards will be held on Saturday, February 20, simultaneously at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City.