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Charles Fort The Movie

From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul>
Date: Sat, 8 Oct 2011 14:19:47 +0700 (GMT+07:00)
Archived: Sat, 08 Oct 2011 22:13:11 -0400
Subject: Charles Fort The Movie

Source: indieWIRE Blog


October 7, 2011

Robert Zemeckis Turning 'Charles Fort' Into Period Occult
Adventure Picture

Robert Zemeckis hasn't had a particularly good year. The veteran
director of Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
finally hit a performance capture wall when Mars Needs Moms, the
animated Disney feature from his Imagemovers company, became one
of the biggest money-losers of the year, taking under $40
million worldwide on a $150 million budget. It caused the end of
the deal between the Mouse House and Imagemovers, and the
(blessed) cancellation of his planned remake of Beatles pic
Yellow Submarine.

But it seems to have given the director something of a kick up
the ass, as after a decade of working solely on his own dead-
eyed CGI movies, he's become attached to a whole host of
projects. Some, like the 3D Tom Hanks adventure Major Matt
Mason, seem to be firmly in his wheelhouse, but others, like
period sea monster flick Here There Be Monsters or his next, the
Denzel Washington-toplining drama Flight, which has attracted a
top-notch cast, seem to be slightly more of a stretch. And on
the eve of Flight getting before cameras, he's just listed
another film on his dance card.

Heat Vision reports that Zemeckis, who's made a new home for
Imagemovers over at Universal, has set up Charles Fort, a period
fantasy adventure that's an adaptation of a limited Dark Horse
Comics series called Fort: Prophet of the Unexplained, which was
written by Peter M. Lenkov (who also created R.I.P.D, which is
being turned into the currently filming Ryan Reynolds/Jeff
Bridges actioner).

Fort, born in 1874, was a real figure, a novelist and journalist
who dedicated much of his life to research in anomalous
phenomena, things like teleportation (a phrase coined by Fort),
ghosts, aliens, spontaneous combustion and whatnot. He's been
hugely influential in the field, with followers known as
Forteans (perhaps best-known for the long-running magazine
Fortean Times), and, crucially, wasn't necessarily a believer; a
noted skeptic, he saw himself as a scientist offering alternate

The idea's being sold as a period Ghostbusters, likely to follow
the comic's lead in portraying Fort as an investigator of the
weird, battling aliens in 1900s New York, aided by a young H.P.
Lovecraft. Evan Spiliotopoulos, writer of a big Universal 2012
project, Snow White and the Huntsman, is penning the script, and
while Zemeckis is currently only on board as producer, it's not
unthinkable that he could make it his next directorial project
after Flight.

Oliver Lyttelton


Terry W. Colvin
Ladphrao (Bangkok), Thailand
Pran Buri (Hua Hin), Thailand
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