History Creator / RogerAvary

23rd Jul '16 2:28:58 PM nombretomado
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* "The Whole World Lost It's Head" -- Music video for {{Music/The GoGos}} single of the same name. Roger Avary was living in Belinda Carlisle's guest house at the time.

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* "The Whole World Lost It's Head" -- Music video for {{Music/The GoGos}} Music/TheGoGos single of the same name. Roger Avary was living in Belinda Carlisle's guest house at the time.



* ''Film/TheRulesOfAttraction'' -- Adapted from the Creator/{{Bret Easton Ellis}} novel, about beautiful, vain, vapid college students being beautiful, vain, and vapid. Better than it sounds.

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* ''Film/TheRulesOfAttraction'' -- Adapted from the Creator/{{Bret Easton Ellis}} Creator/BretEastonEllis novel, about beautiful, vain, vapid college students being beautiful, vain, and vapid. Better than it sounds.



* ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'' -- Like ''True Romance'', the script for NBK started with The Open Road. Eventually he and Quentin worked it into their final script, which they originally planned to shoot independently, guerilla-style on the streets of LA, without permits. When both wanted to move to other projects, they decided to sell the script. After being sold, Avary was hired to do the first script polish to make it less "weird" (remember, Quentin's style was still new and, thus, considered "wrong"). Neither Avary nor Quentin had anything to do with Oliver Stone's further drastic changes. The final film bears very little resemblance to their original script, and, while Tarantino received a "Story By" credit, Roger Avary again went uncredited. He's very happy with that.

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* ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'' -- Like ''True Romance'', the script for NBK started with The Open Road. Eventually he and Quentin worked it into their final script, which they originally planned to shoot independently, guerilla-style guerrilla-style on the streets of LA, without permits. When both wanted to move to other projects, they decided to sell the script. After being sold, Avary was hired to do the first script polish to make it less "weird" (remember, Quentin's style was still new and, thus, considered "wrong"). Neither Avary nor Quentin had anything to do with Oliver Stone's further drastic changes. The final film bears very little resemblance to their original script, and, while Tarantino received a "Story By" credit, Roger Avary again went uncredited. He's very happy with that.



* Film/TheSandman-- Adaptation of Neil Gaiman's revolutionary series. Roger elaborates on his time with the project: "As I was reading the serialized version of Sandman: The Doll's House, it was like having a third eye open in my forehead. {{Johnny Depp}} as Dream. {{Fairuza Balk}} as Death. I would subcontract Creator/JanSvankmajer or [[{{DerangedAnimation}} the Brothers Quay]] to animate the transitions from the dream realm into our own world, so as to simulate the graphic style of {{Dave McKean}}'s covers. It would be a glorious and magnificent epic. A year and a half after my first meeting, I politely left the project, not wanting to be the guy who ruined the Sandman film adaptation. I simply couldn't imagine the Lord of Dreaming throwing a punch. Just because it looked like Film/{{Batman}} at first glance didn't mean it was. But Jon Peters, the 'savant' producer Warners had attached to the project couldn't be dissuaded. I moved on, a year and a half of my life gone to the ether. No more real to me now than the memory of a dream." He was replaced by future {{Pirates of the Caribbean}} writers Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio. Eventually, the project was put in turnaround and has yet to be made by anyone.
* ''Literature/{{Glamorama}}''-- Based on the {{Bret Easton Ellis}} novel, Avary was given the lifetime rights after Ellis was thoroughly impressed with The Rules of Attraction. Originally was set to be made right after Rules, the low box-office of that film has kept Glamorama from being shot yet. Ellis insists Avary is the only man who can make the film, and Roger Avary is still shopping the project around.

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* Film/TheSandman-- Adaptation of Neil Gaiman's revolutionary series. Roger elaborates on his time with the project: "As I was reading the serialized version of Sandman: The Doll's House, it was like having a third eye open in my forehead. {{Johnny Depp}} Creator/JohnnyDepp as Dream. {{Fairuza Balk}} Creator/FairuzaBalk as Death. I would subcontract Creator/JanSvankmajer or [[{{DerangedAnimation}} [[DerangedAnimation the Brothers Quay]] to animate the transitions from the dream realm into our own world, so as to simulate the graphic style of {{Dave McKean}}'s DaveMcKean's covers. It would be a glorious and magnificent epic. A year and a half after my first meeting, I politely left the project, not wanting to be the guy who ruined the Sandman film adaptation. I simply couldn't imagine the Lord of Dreaming throwing a punch. Just because it looked like Film/{{Batman}} at first glance didn't mean it was. But Jon Peters, the 'savant' producer Warners had attached to the project couldn't be dissuaded. I moved on, a year and a half of my life gone to the ether. No more real to me now than the memory of a dream." He was replaced by future {{Pirates of the Caribbean}} ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' writers Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio. Eventually, the project was put in turnaround and has yet to be made by anyone.
* ''Literature/{{Glamorama}}''-- Based on the {{Bret Easton Ellis}} Creator/BretEastonEllis novel, Avary was given the lifetime rights after Ellis was thoroughly impressed with The Rules of Attraction. Originally was set to be made right after Rules, the low box-office of that film has kept Glamorama from being shot yet. Ellis insists Avary is the only man who can make the film, and Roger Avary is still shopping the project around.



* VideoGame/{{Return To Castle Wolfenstein}}-- Based on the FPS video game, of which Avary is a professed fan. Was set to write and direct before he was sent to jail for vehicular manslaughter. The project was put on hold for years, before a press release saying it was back on, with Avary. It's been a while since that announcement, and so far nothing has happened.

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* VideoGame/{{Return To Castle Wolfenstein}}-- ''VideoGame/ReturnToCastleWolfenstein'' - Based on the FPS video game, of which Avary is a professed fan. Was set to write and direct before he was sent to jail for vehicular manslaughter. The project was put on hold for years, before a press release saying it was back on, with Avary. It's been a while since that announcement, and so far nothing has happened.



* 99 Days-- A Paris-set thriller about a man who gets bitten by a vampire and has 99 days until he's completely turned. Roger Avary has this to say about it: "at one point it was set for Russell Mulcahy to direct. Eventually, rights reverted to me and I tried for a while to make it with myself directing, but other vampire movies continuously got in the way, and the genre soon changed altogether into the Film/{{Blade}}[=/=]Film/{{Underworld}}[=/=]Film/{{Twilight}} latex/abs productions we have now. At one point, Creator/{{Guillermo Del Toro}}, who is a good friend, begged me to give it to him. When I didn't he went off and made Blade 2, later telling me that he shamelessly stole all the good bits from my script...which is fine, and doesn't upset me in the slightest. The movie is much more classic and gothic, at least in my eyes, but the last time I dusted it off I was told by Samuel Hadida that it felt old now and picked clean by everything that's come since I first wrote it. Such is the way in Hollywood."

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* 99 Days-- A Paris-set thriller about a man who gets bitten by a vampire and has 99 days until he's completely turned. Roger Avary has this to say about it: "at one point it was set for Russell Mulcahy to direct. Eventually, rights reverted to me and I tried for a while to make it with myself directing, but other vampire movies continuously got in the way, and the genre soon changed altogether into the Film/{{Blade}}[=/=]Film/{{Underworld}}[=/=]Film/{{Twilight}} latex/abs productions we have now. At one point, Creator/{{Guillermo Del Toro}}, Creator/GuillermoDelToro, who is a good friend, begged me to give it to him. When I didn't he went off and made Blade 2, later telling me that he shamelessly stole all the good bits from my script...which is fine, and doesn't upset me in the slightest. The movie is much more classic and gothic, at least in my eyes, but the last time I dusted it off I was told by Samuel Hadida that it felt old now and picked clean by everything that's come since I first wrote it. Such is the way in Hollywood."



* ComicBook/SilverSurfer-- Written on spec in the late 80s. Based on ComicBook/FantasticFour numbers 48-50, but with all references to the super hero team removed. In Avary's words: "Instead of Johnny Storm traveling to the Negative Zone, it's the Surfer. Instead of {{the Punisher}} guarding the Ultimate Nullifier in the Negative Zone I had a gold-skinned surfer-like guardian. Alecia Masters has no relationship with Ben Grimm, but is still a blind sculptress through her I have the Surfer rediscovering the humanity he lost when he transformed from Norrin Radd to the herald of ComicBook/{{Galactus}}. Lastly, my first draft supposed that Galactus wasn't necessarily a sentient entity, but a massive and complex planet eating robot-ship that's operated by millions of creatures [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Borg]]-like (before there were Borg)." Over a decade later, Fox went with a different script for their Silver Surfer movie.

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* ComicBook/SilverSurfer-- Written on spec in the late 80s. Based on ComicBook/FantasticFour numbers 48-50, but with all references to the super hero team removed. In Avary's words: "Instead of Johnny Storm traveling to the Negative Zone, it's the Surfer. Instead of {{the Punisher}} ComicBook/ThePunisher guarding the Ultimate Nullifier in the Negative Zone I had a gold-skinned surfer-like guardian. Alecia Masters has no relationship with Ben Grimm, but is still a blind sculptress through her I have the Surfer rediscovering the humanity he lost when he transformed from Norrin Radd to the herald of ComicBook/{{Galactus}}. Lastly, my first draft supposed that Galactus wasn't necessarily a sentient entity, but a massive and complex planet eating robot-ship that's operated by millions of creatures [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Borg]]-like (before there were Borg)." Over a decade later, Fox went with a different script for their Silver Surfer movie.
23rd Jul '16 2:26:02 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/TheRulesOfAttraction'' -- Adapted from the {{Bret Easton Ellis}} novel, about beautiful, vain, vapid college students being beautiful, vain, and vapid. Better than it sounds.

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* ''Film/TheRulesOfAttraction'' -- Adapted from the {{Bret Creator/{{Bret Easton Ellis}} novel, about beautiful, vain, vapid college students being beautiful, vain, and vapid. Better than it sounds.
19th Jun '16 9:48:51 PM jormis29
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* 99 Days-- A Paris-set thriller about a man who gets bitten by a vampire and has 99 days until he's completely turned. Roger Avary has this to say about it: "at one point it was set for Russell Mulcahy to direct. Eventually, rights reverted to me and I tried for a while to make it with myself directing, but other vampire movies continuously got in the way, and the genre soon changed altogether into the Film/{{Blade}}[=/=]{{Underworld}}[=/=]{{Twilight}} latex/abs productions we have now. At one point, Creator/{{Guillermo Del Toro}}, who is a good friend, begged me to give it to him. When I didn't he went off and made Blade 2, later telling me that he shamelessly stole all the good bits from my script...which is fine, and doesn't upset me in the slightest. The movie is much more classic and gothic, at least in my eyes, but the last time I dusted it off I was told by Samuel Hadida that it felt old now and picked clean by everything that's come since I first wrote it. Such is the way in Hollywood."

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* 99 Days-- A Paris-set thriller about a man who gets bitten by a vampire and has 99 days until he's completely turned. Roger Avary has this to say about it: "at one point it was set for Russell Mulcahy to direct. Eventually, rights reverted to me and I tried for a while to make it with myself directing, but other vampire movies continuously got in the way, and the genre soon changed altogether into the Film/{{Blade}}[=/=]{{Underworld}}[=/=]{{Twilight}} Film/{{Blade}}[=/=]Film/{{Underworld}}[=/=]Film/{{Twilight}} latex/abs productions we have now. At one point, Creator/{{Guillermo Del Toro}}, who is a good friend, begged me to give it to him. When I didn't he went off and made Blade 2, later telling me that he shamelessly stole all the good bits from my script...which is fine, and doesn't upset me in the slightest. The movie is much more classic and gothic, at least in my eyes, but the last time I dusted it off I was told by Samuel Hadida that it felt old now and picked clean by everything that's come since I first wrote it. Such is the way in Hollywood."
26th May '16 6:22:44 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Sanctuary--Adaptation of the {{William Faulkner}} novel, he was tapped to write and direct for {{Series/Cops}} producer John Langley. The story involves rape, murder, abduction, and other brutal acts set against the backdrop of the American South during Prohibition. Was said to be a more faithful adaptation than the earlier 1933 version (titled "The Story of Temple Drake") which had to conform to the {{UsefulNotes/The Hays Code}}. Project was announced in 2011, and very little has been heard about it since.

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* Sanctuary--Adaptation of the {{William Faulkner}} Creator/WilliamFaulkner novel, he was tapped to write and direct for {{Series/Cops}} producer John Langley. The story involves rape, murder, abduction, and other brutal acts set against the backdrop of the American South during Prohibition. Was said to be a more faithful adaptation than the earlier 1933 version (titled "The Story of Temple Drake") which had to conform to the {{UsefulNotes/The Hays Code}}. Project was announced in 2011, and very little has been heard about it since.
25th May '16 8:36:50 PM HypnoticMeerkat
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantasmagoria:_The_Visions_of_Lewis_Carroll Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll]] - {{Marilyn Manson}}'s long-delayed horror reimagining of {{Lewis Carroll}}'s classic [[{{AliceInWonderland}} Alice]] stories. In June 2013, Manson said Avary was going to direct, though that's all thats ever been said of his involvement. Manson and Avary are known to be friends (Avary has related a story about attending Manson's birthday party and enjoying the lactating cabaret dancers), and around November 2014, a video was accidently made public (briefly) on Avary's youtube channel, apparently part of a docu-series of the two of them on a road trip. In February 2014, Manson said the movie was finally shooting, and that he couldn't reveal who the director was. It's possible Roger Avary actually clandestinely shot this film, and it's currently in post-production. Or these are just rumors. Time will tell.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantasmagoria:_The_Visions_of_Lewis_Carroll Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll]] - {{Marilyn Manson}}'s Music/MarilynManson's long-delayed horror reimagining re-imagining of {{Lewis Carroll}}'s Creator/LewisCarroll's classic [[{{AliceInWonderland}} [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Alice]] stories. In June 2013, Manson said Avary was going to direct, though that's all thats ever been said of his involvement. Manson and Avary are known to be friends (Avary has related a story about attending Manson's birthday party and enjoying the lactating cabaret dancers), and around November 2014, a video was accidently made public (briefly) on Avary's youtube channel, apparently part of a docu-series of the two of them on a road trip. In February 2014, Manson said the movie was finally shooting, and that he couldn't reveal who the director was. It's possible Roger Avary actually clandestinely shot this film, and it's currently in post-production. Or these are just rumors. Time will tell.
7th Apr '16 11:22:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Return To Castle Wolfenstein}}-- Based on the FPS video game, of which Avary is a professed fan. Was set to write and direct before he was sent to jail for vehicular manslaughter. The project was put on hold for years, before a press release saying it was back on, with Avary. It's been a while since that announcement, and so far nothing has happened.

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* {{Return VideoGame/{{Return To Castle Wolfenstein}}-- Based on the FPS video game, of which Avary is a professed fan. Was set to write and direct before he was sent to jail for vehicular manslaughter. The project was put on hold for years, before a press release saying it was back on, with Avary. It's been a while since that announcement, and so far nothing has happened.



* {{Driver}}--Based on the video gamer series, he was hired to write and direct. "In the Driv3r game, Timmy Vermicelli was a joke character based on Tommy Vercetti, the character from GTA3. So I made Timmy the villain, who kills Tanner, who would be played by Michael Madsen who voiced the character in the game. Tanner's son, Driver, hunts the killer around the world for revenge, eventually ending up in Iraq, where the mob has been hired by the U.S. government as a subcontractor of drugs and prostitution in the green zone. The basic idea is that Vermicelli drives around shooting people in Iraq, much like GTA, but it always gets blamed on insurgents -- so he does it with impunity. Think of the movie as GTA set in Bagdad." After submitting extensive storyboards to the producers, a higher-up from the studio came down and insisted the movie be made for $40 million. The project was dead less than a week later. Avary has commented that seeing {{Film/Drive}} "nullified my need to make the film."

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* {{Driver}}--Based VideoGame/{{Driver}}--Based on the video gamer series, he was hired to write and direct. "In the Driv3r game, Timmy Vermicelli was a joke character based on Tommy Vercetti, the character from GTA3. So I made Timmy the villain, who kills Tanner, who would be played by Michael Madsen who voiced the character in the game. Tanner's son, Driver, hunts the killer around the world for revenge, eventually ending up in Iraq, where the mob has been hired by the U.S. government as a subcontractor of drugs and prostitution in the green zone. The basic idea is that Vermicelli drives around shooting people in Iraq, much like GTA, but it always gets blamed on insurgents -- so he does it with impunity. Think of the movie as GTA set in Bagdad." After submitting extensive storyboards to the producers, a higher-up from the studio came down and insisted the movie be made for $40 million. The project was dead less than a week later. Avary has commented that seeing {{Film/Drive}} "nullified my need to make the film."
4th Mar '16 7:47:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* Film/{{Domino}}-- Creator/TonyScott, who enjoyed working with Roger on True Romance, asked him to contribute a draft of his long-in-development Domino. Eventually, Scott went with a script from {{Donnie Darko}} writer/director Richard Kelly. Scott viewed Domino Harvey as a living movie character, and said he didn't use Avary's script because it read more like a traditional biopic than the movie Domino was meant to star in. After reading Kelly's script for ''Film/SouthlandTales'', Scott was impressed enough to ask him to write a draft. Avary holds no grudge, and remained friends with Tony to his untimely death.

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* Film/{{Domino}}-- Creator/TonyScott, who enjoyed working with Roger on True Romance, asked him to contribute a draft of his long-in-development Domino. Eventually, Scott went with a script from {{Donnie Darko}} writer/director Richard Kelly. Scott viewed Domino Harvey as a living movie character, and said he didn't use Avary's script because it read more like a traditional biopic than the movie Domino was meant to star in. After reading Kelly's script for ''Film/SouthlandTales'', Scott was impressed enough to ask him to write a draft. Avary holds no grudge, and remained friends with Tony to his untimely death.
28th Feb '16 9:23:45 AM nombretomado
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* 99 Days-- A Paris-set thriller about a man who gets bitten by a vampire and has 99 days until he's completely turned. Roger Avary has this to say about it: "at one point it was set for Russell Mulcahy to direct. Eventually, rights reverted to me and I tried for a while to make it with myself directing, but other vampire movies continuously got in the way, and the genre soon changed altogether into the {{Blade}}/{{Underworld}}/{{Twilight}} latex/abs productions we have now. At one point, Creator/{{Guillermo Del Toro}}, who is a good friend, begged me to give it to him. When I didn't he went off and made Blade 2, later telling me that he shamelessly stole all the good bits from my script...which is fine, and doesn't upset me in the slightest. The movie is much more classic and gothic, at least in my eyes, but the last time I dusted it off I was told by Samuel Hadida that it felt old now and picked clean by everything that's come since I first wrote it. Such is the way in Hollywood."

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* 99 Days-- A Paris-set thriller about a man who gets bitten by a vampire and has 99 days until he's completely turned. Roger Avary has this to say about it: "at one point it was set for Russell Mulcahy to direct. Eventually, rights reverted to me and I tried for a while to make it with myself directing, but other vampire movies continuously got in the way, and the genre soon changed altogether into the {{Blade}}/{{Underworld}}/{{Twilight}} Film/{{Blade}}[=/=]{{Underworld}}[=/=]{{Twilight}} latex/abs productions we have now. At one point, Creator/{{Guillermo Del Toro}}, who is a good friend, begged me to give it to him. When I didn't he went off and made Blade 2, later telling me that he shamelessly stole all the good bits from my script...which is fine, and doesn't upset me in the slightest. The movie is much more classic and gothic, at least in my eyes, but the last time I dusted it off I was told by Samuel Hadida that it felt old now and picked clean by everything that's come since I first wrote it. Such is the way in Hollywood."



* Mexicali-- "Bill Paxton trapped in a [[{{HellholePrison}} Mexican prison]] and being chased by the [[{{TheCartel}} Mexican Mafia]] through open sewers. A [[{{Creator/AlfredHitchcock}} Hitchcockian]] 'man in a foreign land' movie [[{{ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs}} on peyote]]. The day I turned in my draft the company, Destination Films, went belly up. I went in and all the executives were in their street clothes, packing boxes and watching a football game on TV. The rights have since changed hands and been absorbed several times. Who knows where it is now...?"

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* Mexicali-- "Bill Paxton trapped in a [[{{HellholePrison}} [[HellholePrison Mexican prison]] and being chased by the [[{{TheCartel}} [[TheCartel Mexican Mafia]] through open sewers. A [[{{Creator/AlfredHitchcock}} [[Creator/AlfredHitchcock Hitchcockian]] 'man in a foreign land' movie [[{{ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs}} [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs on peyote]]. The day I turned in my draft the company, Destination Films, went belly up. I went in and all the executives were in their street clothes, packing boxes and watching a football game on TV. The rights have since changed hands and been absorbed several times. Who knows where it is now...?"
29th Dec '15 9:35:54 AM Doug86
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* ''Film/{{Beowulf}}'' -- Written with Neil Gaiman, Roger Avary was originally planning to direct in a very raw style, comparing his vision to Roman Polanski's ''Film/{{Macbeth}}'' and Terry Gilliam's ''Film/{{Jabberwocky}}''. Despite being a very low-budget project, nobody would fund his vision, and he was eventually coaxed into selling his script to Creator/RobertZemeckis, who subsequently hired Avary to rewrite the script. Eventually shot in a 100% CGI environment, with lots of motion capture. The whole tale of Avary's involvement is told in the published screenplay, which also included his and Neil's first draft, as well as the final shooting script.

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* ''Film/{{Beowulf}}'' -- Written with Neil Gaiman, Roger Avary was originally planning to direct in a very raw style, comparing his vision to Roman Polanski's ''Film/{{Macbeth}}'' ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' and Terry Gilliam's ''Film/{{Jabberwocky}}''. Despite being a very low-budget project, nobody would fund his vision, and he was eventually coaxed into selling his script to Creator/RobertZemeckis, who subsequently hired Avary to rewrite the script. Eventually shot in a 100% CGI environment, with lots of motion capture. The whole tale of Avary's involvement is told in the published screenplay, which also included his and Neil's first draft, as well as the final shooting script.
30th Nov '15 1:44:55 PM Polkaface99
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* ''Mr. Stitch'' -- The very first SciFiChannel original movie, starring Will Wheaton, Rutger Hauer, and Ron Pearlman. A reworking of the ''{{Frankenstein}}'' story, with modern technological twists. Has yet to get a [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes region 1 dvd release]].

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* ''Mr. Stitch'' -- The very first SciFiChannel original movie, starring Will Wheaton, Rutger Hauer, and Ron Pearlman. A reworking of the ''{{Frankenstein}}'' ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' story, with modern technological twists. Has yet to get a [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes region 1 dvd release]].
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