Every so often, Temp X gets a stolen copy of something known as the Greenlit Report. This is a list of scripts that are now "in development"* and often contains information like the director, producers or actors who are "attached" to the project. I'm not sure why people charge as much as they do for this information, but since I get it free, I guess I don't think much about it.
But you don't care about this stuff. You want to know what movies (or even movie reviews) to avoid. And that's why I'm here. I'm the psychic Roger Ebert.
*Development means the movie's on the plus side of limbo because it's been bought, but there's no guarantee it'll get made.
LOGLINE: Story about the 1993 stand-off at Waco, Texas when federal agents attempted to arrest David Koresh, leader of the Branch Davidian cult.
SMELLS LIKE: An overly ambitious Made-For-TV movie that would star Gary Cole (THE BRADY BUNCH, OFFICE SPACE) as David Koresh, Edward Hermann (GILMORE GIRLS) as Janet Reno, and the lovable Abigail Breslin (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) as a 12-year old girl who will die an untimely death.
PROSPECTS: Won't get off the ground because no one cares.
THE TOOTH FAIRY
LOGLINE: An ordinary guy is brought in to save the tooth fairy kingdom.
SMELLS LIKE: Every other movie where an action star (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is attached to star) goes against type. In this case it's THE PACIFIER meets ELF.
PROSPECTS: Peter Travers of Rolling Stone will call it, "Fun for the whole family! A non-stop roller coaster ride of hilarity. Johnson delivers the goods." Look for it around Easter 2010.
LOGLINE: Life story of boxer "Irish" Mickey Ward and his trainer brother Dick Eklund, chronicling the brothers' early days on the rough streets of Lowell, Massachusetts through Eklund's battle with drugs and Ward's eventual world championship in London.
SMELLS LIKE: Rocky, Karate Kid, Cinderella Man, Girlfight, Over the Top, etc.
PROSPECTS: It's like Wrestlemania -- it's got some big names (Brad Pitt is attached to star) and a lot of hype while delivering a predictable outcome and some bad action sequences.
THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT 3
LOGLINE: A young man, with the power to travel through time, attempts to solve the mystery of his high school girlfriend's death.
SMELLS LIKE: Marty McFly's got a score to settle, and this time it's personal.
PROSPECTS: I didn't even know there was a BUTTERFLY EFFECT 2. I remember the first one because I'm a huge Ashton Kutcher fan and...err...I'm betting it's direct to DVD. Maggie Grace (LOST) will be involved somehow as she's really good looking and has little else going on.