Maybe the most important one of all, grinned “Flags of our Fathers” star Adam Beach, revealing exclusively to MTV News his plans to star in a live-action “Turok” movie.
“We just finished the animated movie and now we’re going into the feature film movie [which should lens] hopefully in a couple years. We’re about to set up meetings to develop a script and put it out there,” Beach enthused. “I’ll have to beef up, and be a good guy, and save the world!”
“He’s the first Native American superhero that I ever looked up to,” he said. “He basically [comes from] a family where they’re protecting our universe from an alternate universe that wants to take it over. He uses his wits, and his might, and his special bow and arrow to take over the world.”
In most incarnations of the Turok story, Turok didn't save the world, much less "take it over." He merely saved the denizens of a "lost world" (i.e., a valley or pocket dimension) from rampaging dinosaurs. Saving 6 billion people vs. saving 600 or 6,000...slight difference.
It sounds as though Beach wants to make an unsubtle, action-oriented version of Turok. Which is too bad. This is an opportunity to counteract the stereotype of Indians as savage warriors. Instead, the movie may reinforce it.
I talked to Beach briefly about my writing a script for him. Undoubtedly he's forgotten about it and will go with an experienced screenwriter. Which again is too bad. I'd do Turok as a sophisticated, sci-fi-oriented, time-travel story that would blow other movies out of the water.
For more on the subject, see The Best Indian Movies.