Wednesday, January 14, 2009

What are they thinking? Jerry Bruckheimer's Modern Sorcerer's Apprentice with Nicolas Cage

When Walt Disney created the Mickey Mouse version of the story of the Sorcerer's Apprentice for Fantasia in 1940, it was certainly not entirely orginal. The story of the Sorcerer's Apprentice was a poem created by German writer Johan Wolfgant von Goethe in 1797, which in turn inspired the symphonic piece (used in Fantasia) written by Paul Dukas in 1897, one hundred years after the poem was first introduced.

Well it seems official, that Jerry Bruckheimer is carefully trying to create so much pop-garbage in a hope to completely disconfigure world culture. First, he started small with re-writing American history with his two National Treasure films (as well as other Bruckheimer ridiculousness).

His latest project is the retelling of the Sorcerer's Apprentice...but in modern New York, with National Treasure director Jon Turteltaub directing the film, aptly title...yes, The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

And of course, Bruckheimer hates making moves that don't star Nicolas Cage. Bruckheimer was surely disappointed that Cage was probably to old to play the role of the apprentice, but why not cast Cage as the Sorcerer...that makes sense????

So younger up and comer Jay Burachel (I Am Reed Fish, Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder) will be playing the part of the apprentice.

And of course, Fantasia's version is so wonderful, and concise, yet, I'm sure Bruckheimer has thought up many ways to make the film feature length.

It was Bruckheimer who played the instrumental role in adapting a Disney ride in to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and the story of the Sorcerer's Apprentice comes to him with far more story then the Pirate ride.

One of most notable additions to the story comes with a casting announcement. While the Fantasia version simply stars a Sorcerer, Mickey Mouse and a legion of brooms, the newest member of Bruckheimer's cast is Australian actress Teresa Palmer (Bedtime Stories, December Boys). Palmer has been announced to play the female lead.

Female lead??? Is the initial broom a female? Is there a part of the story I don't know.

Oh, never mind...the story's screenwriters have written in a part for a love interest for our young sorcerer. Now if this doesn't sound like classic meaningful cinema, I don't know what does.


superdave524 said...

So, who's going to adapt "Steamboat Willie"?

Michael Parsons said...

Oh lordy. Next Michael Bay will make the dancing hippos section of 'Fantasia' starring Eva Mendes in a fat suit,

Give me strength

Art said...

I dunno, I like Bruckheimer's movies. Obviously, you can't take the story line in something like National Treasure too seriously... well, I suppose some have believed it was fact based - a scary thought.

This seems like an odd choice though.

Ray said...

After this, what will be left for Hollywood to adapt into a feature film? Postage stamps???



Anonymous said...

I am so sorry, but you seem to have a DISNEY CARTOON mixed up with an original 1797 poem by
german poet, Goethe. Admittedly, it was this piece of artwork that inspired the fantasia short, but there is
SO MUCH more to this poem than mice and
Do your research next time.

Anonymous said...

if you don't like the movies why watch them, people sure did enjoy them for them to bring in so much money, and I'd like to point out this, there is nothing original, only everything retold, in a different setting,
grow up

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