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James Cameron, Guillermo Del Toro and Neil Gaiman Working on $300 Million "Journey to the West"

Posted: March 10th, 2011 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
James Cameron, Guillermo Del Toro and Neil Gaiman Working on $300 Million "Journey to the West"Submit Comment
Chinese TV producer Zhang Jizhong has signed best-selling author Neil Gaiman (Coraline) to write the script for a $300 million adaptation of the ancient Chinese folk tale "Journey to the West."

Zhang said that James Cameron will advise on the script and technology issues, such as 3D. He added that several directors are currently being considered, including Guillermo del Toro, who is a close friend of Gaiman. "He has shown a lot of interest but he wants to see the treatment first," said Zhang. "Obviously the more celebrated the director, the busier they are."

"Journey" is a 500-year-old story by Wu Cheng'en, detailing the events that befall the Monkey King, armed with a magic staff, as he journeys with a monk, a pig spirit and a fish spirit to India to retrieve Buddha's scrolls in an effort to find enlightenment.

The goal is to make an epic on a Hollywood scale and to start out with three films initially, each with a budget of at least $100 million.

Source: Variety


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minkowski writes:
on March 10th, 2011 at 8:39:43 PM

They should finish failing on At the Mountains of Madness first before failing on yet another film.
Kurskij writes:
on March 10th, 2011 at 8:55:35 PM

"...detailing the events that befall the Monkey King, armed with a magic staff, as he journeys with a monk, a pig spirit and a fish spirit to India to retrieve Buddha's scrolls in an effort to find enlightenment"

I'm buying industrial amounts of weed, coke and other enlightenment stuff and then I wait...

bandolero999 writes:
on March 10th, 2011 at 9:04:18 PM

Can't people make a simple cheap movie anymore these days?
minkowski writes:
on March 10th, 2011 at 9:12:50 PM

They'd rather make really expensive, really bad ones instead, and it's called the 'Bay Way'.
Ranger writes:
on March 10th, 2011 at 9:18:16 PM

$300mil for a 500 year old story?

So... $6mil a year then?

Bull$hit budget.
minkowski writes:
on March 10th, 2011 at 9:21:50 PM

If the finally make 'At the Mountains of Madness' with Tom Cruise, I wonder if they'll splice in his Oprah couch scene.
minkowski writes:
on March 10th, 2011 at 9:27:09 PM

That's about 1.6 mil a year I think, if my calculus serves me right, Ranger.
BadChadB33 writes:
on March 10th, 2011 at 9:34:05 PM

300 million to make but only grossing 50 million for all 3 films.
Ranger writes:
on March 10th, 2011 at 9:35:58 PM

@mink - or $600K per year? I just woke up from a nap (seriously)...
minkowski writes:
on March 10th, 2011 at 9:44:03 PM

Yes. 0.6 million, Ranger. How'd that 1 get in there? Haven't eaten all day (seriously). lol.
bandolero999 writes:
on March 10th, 2011 at 10:24:58 PM

take your chinese philosophy back to CHILA who the f*ck cares,if it aint titties,booze,fake explosions,some heavy metal then f*ck off

is bad enough jersey shore and the kardashians are the most watched bullsh*t on tv
bandolero999 writes:
on March 10th, 2011 at 10:27:37 PM

cameron if your worthless Avatar wasnt enough earning millions and for the sequels in the future,you still wanna find more bullsh*t excuses for more Big budget CGI movies.Its impressive how bad your greed is increasing
Rambo writes:
on March 11th, 2011 at 1:00:11 AM

sounds like a big ass flop
Freudian_Nightmare writes:
on March 11th, 2011 at 1:08:46 AM

Personally, I think this sound very interesting. Those three names working together, I like that. No matter your feelings about Cameron these days, together with Del Toro and Gaiman, this could be some epic cinema.
rocketman writes:
on March 11th, 2011 at 1:34:58 AM

MONKEY! Loved monkey magic as a kid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iUMWy4hqAg
The Derp Knight writes:
on March 11th, 2011 at 1:44:39 AM

Didn't Del Toro bail on At the Mountains of Madness? That's so incredibly lame. If that movie either ends up not being good I'm going to freak out.
trailertrash writes:
on March 11th, 2011 at 2:52:24 AM

Rocket- Loved that show as kid too, Oh the good old days when we only use to have 3 or 4 tv channels lol

Love the new Avatar is that Tristram Coffin King Of The Rocketmen, Another BBC2 afternoon classic....
markoz writes:
on March 11th, 2011 at 3:38:24 AM

Wasn't Dragonball based on this?
rocketman writes:
on March 11th, 2011 at 11:17:27 AM

@TT. yeah thats my new avy,although i can't see it???? and man do i miss Monkey and Pigsy with his lustfull intentions,classic tv ;)
Anung_un_rama writes:
on March 11th, 2011 at 11:35:19 AM

this could be something really cool given Gaimans perspective.
how know maybe Del Toro will move onto this now that ATMOM is not going ahead
Anung_un_rama writes:
on March 11th, 2011 at 11:36:05 AM

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