In today’s “Say Whaaaaat?” news segment, we bring you word that the director of American Psycho, Mary Harron, is in talks to direct an adaptation of the teen fantasy series Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. To add more head scratching to the confusion fire, Vince Vaughn will be producing. Also, Caroline Thompson (who wrote a lot of Tim Burton's stuff like Edward Scissorhands) will pen the script.
I’m fairly excited about this project. There’s some really good talent working on it and the premise doesn’t sound totally horrible. It follows a girl who discovers that she can see into the faery world, but things get complicated when the faeries, in turn, discover her and their king wants her as his bride. This is a teen fantasy series after all, we shouldn’t expect Proust or anything.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Nora (Olympia Dukakis) is bonkers enough to jackhammer tunnels beneath her suburban home while her three adults daughters (Deborah Hedwall Catherine Corpeny and Wendy Hoopes) are only marginally more stable. Then patriarch Tom (Roy Scheider) shows up after a 15-year absence with wild ideas about fortifying the homestead against attacks from the world's unfortunate. Who will triumph in the resulting battle for family domination?
Dukakis ("Moonstruck") is always a joy to see digging into a role as idiosyncratic as this one but even she starts to look a little foolish as the storyline grows increasingly ridiculous in the second half. The other members of the ensemble suffer more grievously from the uneven script though Hedwell (NBCs "Law and Order") gets in some good licks as a hard-bitten public defender prone to shouting her opinions. Veteran character actor Edward Herrmann ("Richie Rich") gives delightful deadpan as Nora's morose priest brother.
Adapted from George F. Walker's stage play Max Mayer's well-meaning debut feature generates some amusingly unpredictable moments early on. But things go horribly wrong when Tom arrives with his scheme to remake the family as a disciplined home-defense unit. The idea of the characters building a barricade around their house isn't believable for a second - worse it isn't funny. Inhabiting an uncomfortable area between drama and black comedy the piece disintegrates into a series of embarrassingly ineffective episodes.