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"Bazooka Joe" Movie in the Works

Posted: May 22nd, 2009 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
"Bazooka Joe" Movie in the WorksSubmit Comment
Michael Eisner and his Tornante Company have tapped newcomer Mark Hammer to pen a feature adaptation based on "Bazooka Joe," the comic strip that comes with Bazooka bubble gum.

Hammer, who this weekend is attending the graduation ceremony at Orange County's Chapman University, where he studied film, wrote a spec titled "Sonny Takes to Peru," which made the studio rounds but ultimately did not sell.

That spec, however, turned into a strong writing sample that got him into meetings as well as representation at management outfit the Safran Co. Execs at Tornante, seeking to fill their open writing assignment, liked the spec and brought in Hammer, who gave them his winning take.

"Bazooka Joe" has been a comic strip used as an advertising device for the gum since the 1950s. Joe, who wears an eye patch for reasons never explained, has child-friendly misadventures, sometime joined by a host of friends with the names Pesty, Mort (always with a turtleneck sweater pulled up over his mouth), Toughie, Hungry Herman, love interest Jane and a dog named Walkie Talkie.

Bazooka, the gum and the comic, are part of trading card company Topps' stable. Eisner purchased the company in 2007 for $380 million with a mandate to rejuvenate the brand.

Source: THR


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jaksyn writes:
on May 22nd, 2009 at 3:15:26 AM

HELL YEA!!! KACHOW!!!
smokemouth writes:
on May 22nd, 2009 at 6:53:01 AM

Rewriting Wikipedia pages as news is fun.
acslaterson writes:
on May 22nd, 2009 at 7:21:12 AM

Why don't they at least re-make a cool character like Mighty Mouse.
PrevalentMind writes:
on May 22nd, 2009 at 10:03:42 AM

Sooo We'll throw it away without caring what the joke is? That's all the comic was good for...the gum is sh*t. Bizarre...
bluemeenie writes:
on May 22nd, 2009 at 10:06:36 AM

A Bazooka Joe movie? (In two panels you get to hear the punchline to this joke)...No Bazooka Joe we said we're GOING to the movies!...wha wha whaaaa
Ranger writes:
on May 22nd, 2009 at 11:40:13 AM

He wears an eye-patch because chicks dig 'em. Maybe Bazooka Joe will face off against the American Gladiators... on their Battleships... sigh...
bluemeenie writes:
on May 22nd, 2009 at 12:04:57 PM

I hope they give you gum when you buy a ticket. (enough chewed wads could cover the projector lense)
BobMcBob writes:
on May 22nd, 2009 at 2:20:42 PM

Originality is officially dead today, May 22nd, 2009.
synthetic1985 writes:
on May 22nd, 2009 at 2:28:07 PM

not true...i got some original material...just haven't finished the cd yet...still workin on it....tryin to write something great is really hard...but it should always be easy...besides...i think our generation will start a new era...the fixing era....so we don't have to go through the same bullsh*t...hopefully lol
Ranger writes:
on May 22nd, 2009 at 2:28:36 PM

RIP Originality. We'll miss you.
bluemeenie writes:
on May 22nd, 2009 at 3:10:02 PM

You beat me to it Ranger....
bluemeenie writes:
on May 22nd, 2009 at 3:12:11 PM

I got a great movie idea for...(looking around my desk...) um..um..Skittles and..and- Dunkin Donuts!!..or what if we do 'Reses Pieces the Movie' with a cameo from E.T....
bluemeenie writes:
on May 22nd, 2009 at 3:15:25 PM

I'd go see Dunkin Donuts the Movie in a heartbeat! (I know the perfect sponser too) And I could charge more money and release it in fake Imax and call it 'The Starbux Movie'
Ranger writes:
on May 22nd, 2009 at 4:01:29 PM

lol
PrevalentMind writes:
on May 22nd, 2009 at 4:13:01 PM

The funny thing is every decade since the 20's has been a decade of remakes...just look into it. The 50's made it off the 30's and the 60's made it off the 40's...every generation says they'll be the ones to 'fix' Hollywood. The young don't seem to understand that theatrical films worked and still work a lot like broadway plays. The same script makes its way around and new people want to put on the show. We dont need 'filmmakers' to change...we need people who call the shots at the studio level to grow some balls and take more risks with material...but that will never happen while the generation out to save the day is trying to direct or write. We need courageous production companies- but when its your money on the line would you be the one to take the chance? Thats why it wont change. We'll always have remakes.
Ranger writes:
on May 22nd, 2009 at 4:29:48 PM

Well said. Remakes are like comfort food... you know what your getting. They'd actually stop making all these remakes if people actually stopped going to them. It's a simple formula.
minkowski writes:
on May 24th, 2009 at 12:02:44 AM

Can't wait for Beyonce in Bubbalicious: The Movie.
minkowski writes:
on May 24th, 2009 at 12:04:12 AM

Oh, and some of us, like me, take 'comfort' in positive change. Someone once said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results. Hollywood, take note.
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