because ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ was full of magic and action and whimsy

Rob Marshall is directing Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides (according to the IMDB).

Or because Captain Jack Sparrow is a tortured genius who simply must express his pain via tunes designed to be showstopping to mask their banality.

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Michael Mirasol
Tue, Dec 29, 2009 1:19pm

Jesus Christ. This following NINE.

Tue, Dec 29, 2009 2:05pm

Hmmm… On the other hand, On Stanger Tides (the non-PotC related book by Tim Powers) would make a great movie. But as a PotC movie?

I’m not sure what to think… Sort of disappointed on all fronts.

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
Tue, Dec 29, 2009 2:57pm

Rob Marshall is apparently bound and determined to make me regret any good thoughts I ever had about Chicago.

And I second the motion for a movie based on On Stranger Tides but I suspect that novel is doomed to join the long lines of books (I Am Legend, for example) that end up getting ripped off by people unworthy of carrying the original author’s pencil box.

Thank God we still have books…

Tue, Dec 29, 2009 3:00pm

Hoo boy. This is not going to end well.

On the plus side, we might get some good tabloid stories of Johnny Depp’s on-set revolts out of it.

Hank Graham
Hank Graham
Tue, Dec 29, 2009 3:21pm

The best criticism of Rob Marshall I know of is to watch just the first sequence (On Broadway) in “All That Jazz” and compare Marshall’s work to somebody who did it right.

Oh, sure, the choreography in “Chicago” was terrific, but he was just very carefully recreating Fosse’s work, and LOOK at his editing. Fosse had near perfect editing chops, finding just the right detail at just the right rhythm. In comparison, the shot selections were confusing in “Chicago,” and he couldn’t hit the beat with a cut if his life depended on it.

Given that this is the man who gave us “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Nine,” I believe the goodness of “Chicago” was an aberration, which will not happen again in Marshall’s career.

As to P0tC:OST, yes, it would be better if they used Tim Power’s book as a source, but don’t expect anything so imaginative from Marshall. Or, actually, expect anything imaginative from Marshall at all.

Tue, Dec 29, 2009 6:00pm

If we’re lucky, Marshall will just hire the same underlings that worked on the previous movies and say, Play it Again Sam!