TITLES FOR NEW MOVIES, FROM THE MIDNIGHT IN PARIS SCRIPT
After reading Woody Allen's NYT piece on how the inspiration for the title "Midnight in Paris" came from a friend's idea for a different sort of film (still along the lines of artistic/historical fantasy), I got to thinking what phrases, out of Woody's film, could then be spun off into completely new films.
- •"Belmonte, Who Is Truly Brave"In the film, it's a compliment to bullfighter Juan Belmonte. I'd like to see Oscar Isaac as Miguel Belmonte, a modern day Terry Malloy in a reinterpretation of "On the Waterfront." A modest man, who fate calls upon to stand up to the local power. Think they can reuse Leonard Bernstein's score?
- •"Allez"Said by the French revelers who welcome Pender into their car for a trip back in time. As a title, it doesn't sound much different - some sort of epicurean French odyssey. Baz Luhrmann? Wes Anderson? I'll set $10 aside right now.
- •"The Rhinoceros"In the film, Dali says about the rhinoceros, "the rhinoceros makes love by mounting the female, but is there a difference in the beauty between two rhinoceroses?" I don't know what that means, but can we please give Spike Jonze $100 million, ask him to interpret that into a film the way he did "Where the Wild Things Are," and see what he comes up with?
- •"We Know He Is A Lonely Man"Said in the film about Toulouse-Lautrec, instead I'd like to see this as a title to a farce. Maybe a man, whose few close friends think he is going through a low period, is actually carrying on affairs with two different women. He's concocted separate personas for each relationship, and it all comes to a head when all three parties try and surprise him on his birthday.
- •"It's Always the Maid"Maid thieves. I'm in.
- •Films that have already been done:"The Pill of the Future" (Limitless) and "The Pedantic Fellow" (Barton Fink).