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It’s a new week already, and it’s shaping up to be quite interesting.  To start, I have to speak on the unfortunate passing of fantasy artist Frank Frazetta.  Frazetta passed at the age of 82.  For those of you that aren’t aware, he was more than just a master of his craft.  He was an innovator.  Frazetta helped to create some of the iconic images of Conan and Vampirella. He survived sixth strokes, and had to train himself how to draw and paint with his left hand, after losing the ability to use his right.  Even still, the images he created were so well done you couldn’t tell.  Check out the documentary Playing With Fire, about his life and his body of work.  It’s inspiring.    

In other news, let me direct you attention over to an article from Slate.  The article is about Asylum studios and the direct-to-video “mockbusters” they make.  You may have seen these on the SyFy or Chiller channels.  Horrible doesn’t even begin to describe these movies.  Unknown actors led by one time B-listers.  I’ve seen more of these than I want to admit; none all the way through.  I’m familiar with Alien Vs. Hunter, The Terminators, and TransmorphersTransmorphers had a scene with people flying through the air on sky-cycles, but their hair didn’t move in the wind.  Classic.  Always up for a challenge, or just a crazy idea, I came up with an idea for a mockbuster version of the soon to be released movie Jonah Hex, entitled Jedidiah RootJonah Hex is “loosely” based off the DC Entertainment character of the same name.  I’m a fan of Hex, so this is done with a great amount of fanboy love.  Side note: Normally, fanboy love is a euphemism for masturbation, but this time it means from the heart

Jedidiah Root is about an ex-Civil War soldier trying to find work after the war.  He comes to the attention of a man in need of a soldier’s talent.  Jedidiah is unknowlying put on the wrong side of a fight in Louisiana against a town of Haitians.  When Jedidiah learns that things aren’t what it seems, it’s too late.  He is betrayed and left for dead by the man who hired him.  The Haitian taken the wounded Jedidiah to their “witchdoctor” who puts a root on him (voodoo curse), hence the name, by cutting out half of his heart and sending it to hell.  Now Jed is half a man.  He walks between both worlds and is unable to die.  The only way he can save himself is to go to hell and retrieve the other half of his heart, or clear his name.  Both of which seem impossible.  Jed sets out on a mad quest to redeem himself and get revenge.  To stop Jed, his betrayer send everything he has at him, a collection of ex-soldiers and gunslingers.  Jed blasts through them all until her gets to the bad guy.  Now for the M. Night Shamylan twist.  It was all a set up just so Jed would kill everyone in his path.  The bad guy wanted Jed to be cursed and to come after him.  The bad guy uses a voodoo spell brings all of Jed’s victims back to life, having been killed by a cursed man seeking revenge, and now has an army of zombies under his control.  With his unstoppable army he plans to take over the US.  In the end, Jed clears his name, breaks the curse, and turns all the living dead back into regular dead.  Now, tell me you wouldn’t spend 2 hours on a Saturday afternoon to watch that on cable, inter-cut with ads for Mermicorn Island and Terry Crews Old Spice commercials.  “Block! Block! Block!” 

Now, I’m not sure if I could shot this in 12 days, maybe 15, but I know I could write it in three.  Call me Asylum, let’s deal.  I’ll even throw in a mockbuster version of the Expendables called the Disposables.    Next year we can do Lieutenant American

Only a few weeks before Heroes Con.  Getting down to the wire.  Oh man, things are tight.  This is going to be exciting and scary at the same time.  More on that next week.  Maybe I’ll have some pre-production photos for Jedidiah Root by that time. 

“They can bury yo draws in the front yard and you can’t leave the house.”



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