Brett Ratner Is Pretty Sure You’re As Lost As He Is.
Brett Ratner is one of those people who stumbles into the industry, and manages some success, largely as a result of blind luck combined with the industry’s general need for people to be involved in spitting out a lot of trash. But, he’s now really gone more than a little goofy, and here’s your head’s up to watch for his name.
Ratner got his film start by lucking (I guess) his way into the helm of 1997’s uber-stupid Money Talks. This led to his long-term partnership with Chris Tucker in the Rush Hour series. He is also known for his music videos, having worked with several stars, and managing a Best Director nomination for the video of Miley Cyrus’ 7 Things. Hooray.
As a director, Ratner is as harmless as he is meaningless. I’m led to understand he’s pretty big in music videos, but quite frankly I didn’t realize there still were music videos (and I have a blog about screening!). I haven’t seen one in at least five years, and it isn’t for a lack of MTV airing on my television.
He directed Family Man, which was pretty decent (but, let’s face it, directed itself), and Red Dragon, which wasn’t really. He got put onto the third X-Men movie at the last second, and… well, didn’t ruin it, I guess. He also has a few executive producer credits for great shows like Women’s Murder Club and Prison Break (a show, by the way, that baffles me by its very premise).
But, Ratner has apparently succumbed to the nonsensical, multiplex, music video, fascinated-by-the-shiny world for which he produces the most average of the average. According to MTV, he is just itching to make a Guitar Hero movie. According to himself, he has Activision’s ear, and even gave the upcoming Guitar Hero World Tour its name, and he would just love it if they would let him make a movie.
He is quoted on the MTVGames website as actually saying these words –
“I love ‘Guitar Hero’ and I think it’s a part of pop culture. I would love to do a ‘Guitar Hero’ movie, if Activision would ever let me. I’m trying to convince them, but why would you have a movie screw up such a huge franchise? Not that I would make a bad movie. So that would be cool, to do a ‘Guitar Hero’ movie. ”
Prompted for his theory of the plot, he apparently actually said these words –
“It could be about a kid from a small town who dreams of being a rock star and he wins the ‘Guitar Hero’ competition. One of these dreams-[come-true] kind of concepts.”
Now, I’m even rather a fan of Guitar Hero (I own RockBand), and I’ll give you that it’s a part of pop culture, but Fred Savage opened and closed the “kid goes to video game competition film” in 1989. Then again, what the hell else could a movie about Guitar Hero be about?
Keep your eye on Brett Ratner folks, and see if you can manage to somehow vote Activision away from this idea.
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