Peter Jackson’s visual effects company,
Burger King Weta Workshop, have just been confirmed as working alongside RG Entertainment on a new, live-action and animatronics version of The Wind in the Willows. Scheduled for a fall shoot, the project will be directed by Ray Griggs (Super Capers, upcoming docu I Want Your Money) using a $30 million budget raised from private investors. And this is neither here nor there, but if you swap the first letters in that guys name, you end up with Gay Rriggs, who I’m pretty sure is one of Stallone’s Expendables characters.
The “Willows” script was penned by Bill Marsilii (“Deja Vu”)…
“The Wind in the Willows” centers on the quartet of talking animals — Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad — in a story that mixes adventure, morality and camaraderie. It’s been adapted as a feature several times, including the 1949 Disney animated film “The Adventures of Ichabod Crane and Mr. Toad” and Sony’s 1996 live-action version directed by Terry Jones.
In the Marsilii script, the animals join forces to save their land from a sinister plot that threatens to destroy the uneasy truce between the peaceful animals of the Willows and what remains of Mankind. [Variety]
In the least fetish-sounding-way possible, I’d like to mention that I’m a big fan of animatronics over computers, any day -but at the same time, if it’s not done right, you just end up with a shlocky masturbation puppet that gives kids night terrors. After the jump I’ve got clips from both versions of The Wind in the Willows, quoted above, and it’s really kind of hard to figure out which is A) more awesome and B) more disturbing. Regardless though, a hybrid of these two ingredients sounds too good to pass up. It’s been a
whole week couple of long years since I last tripped balls in a movie theater with my friend Escobar.
Disney’s 1949 version: AAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!11!!1!!!!!1!!!!
1996 Terry Jones version: MORE AAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!1!!1!1!!!!