The trend to make films more gritty and realistic has backfired at times. The second “Street Fighter” film proved even worse than the first despite this approach (hell, at least the first had Kylie Minogue in pigtails).
Now, “Hoodwinked” scribe Corey Edwards recently posted on his blog that the official script draft he submitted to The Weinstein Company for the film version of classic muppets spin-off “Fraggle Rock” has been rejected. The reason? His latest draft wasn’t “edgy enough”. Naturally Edwards isn’t a happy chappy and vented his frustrations in a posting. Here’s an excerpt:
“EDGY.’ That’s the note. That’s what they are trying to do to the Fraggle Rock movie. EDGE it up! Let me say right now that ‘edgy’ is one of my least favorite words. Since my earliest days in the client video business, ‘edgy’ has been a sign of someone who doesn’t know what they want. Not only is ‘edgy’ a nebulous, abstract word that means something different to everyone, but it chases the immediate whims of pop culture. WHAT is edgy?? Faster edits? Rock music for the score? Boober wearing some gangsta bling? I have no idea. What I DO know is that the word ‘edgy’ should not be anywhere near this movie.”
Edwards takes a commendable stance as well in regards to the source material which he obviously has a great affection for – “I have said repeatedly that I will do my very best to make this Fraggle movie relevant and modern, to compete with everything else out there. But what I will NOT do is sabotage what made the property beloved in the first place.”
Personally I’m waiting for an ‘edgy Muppet movie’: Kermit dealing with being the target of racial violence as his alcoholic ex-wife Miss Piggy dives into a plastic surgery fetish. Fozzie Bear going postal with a machine gun in a department store. Statler and Waldorf losing their theatre critic jobs as their print outlets become blogs. Dr. Bunsen Honeydew arrested for sexually assaulting Beaker with a beaker, and of course a coked-up Dr. Teeth dying in a hotel room from autoerotic asphyxiation.