March 03, 2007

Need Native action flix

Beefcake and Action and Locker-room Jokes.  Native Style[W]ouldn’t you love to see an Indian Van Helsing and Wonder Woman; a Native Bruce Lee, Jim Carrey, Jackie Chan or Vin Diesel? Wait, scratch Diesel, …we don’t need another one of him. How about a superhero?

Some of these genres for an underfunded filmmaker are achievable; others, more difficult. Undoubtedly, the current and developing crop of Native screenwriters and directors and actors have the talent to step up to the challenge and they are out there, believe me, trying and trying to break through.
See also my comments at the end of the original posting.

FYI, the illustration is by Ryan Huna Smith, who also drew TRIBAL FORCE.

1 comment:

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
The Kennedy-Marshall Company (CONGO, THE INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD, SIGNS, THE BOURNE IDENTITY, THE BOURNE SUPREMACY, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, SEABISCUIT, MUNICH, and THE SIXTH SENSE) holds the option on writerfella's and Thomas McKelvey Cleaver's screenplay of ANASAZI, which is an action-oriented Native American science fiction movie based on a Native-authentic retelling of STAR WARS. There are no stereotypes, all Natives represented are modern American citizens, and the story takes its basis from Navajo legends about the last Anasazi, The Great Gambler. It is huge, taking in anthropological research about the Anasazi, current Native American situations and existences, plus what scientists are investigating anent the Anasazi. Whether or not it ever becomes a film is not up to its writers, as all they can do is the very best job on the script and then accept the money paid to them to keep the project alive. Cross your fingers, people; it may or may not ever become a film. But writerfella will spend some of his option monies to buy those interested a few cookies to at least hear that people are intrigued...
All Best
Russ Bates