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Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Four Ideas for a Bond and Bourne Movie Crossover

Please Note: This was originally written July 2016 in conjunction with the release of film Jason Bourne and Grace Randolph's reviews plus ideas for future films. Also, idea #4 might not have aged well. LMAO!

I saw how excited you were for such a movie treat Grace. So here are five ideas for a potential Bond and Bourne movie crossover. Both Sony and Universal are always on the lookout for the next big thing. A movie like this would not only get butts in seats but turn the spy world movies of today on its head. A billion-dollar hitter if we ever heard of one, maybe two if done right. These two spies, one current, the other former and on the run, would be a feast for the mainstream movie audience.

Pitch: Bond and Bourne together equal the only superhero movie neither DC or Marvel have ever made on the big screen. Want to wait until the Justice League and the Avengers have a crossover? I think not. Let’s beat them to the punch and show superpowers can’t beat spy finesse.

Idea One:

Bourne is on a special assignment to lift a microchip that has potentially dire consequences if it falls
into the hands of any country. His plans are to destroy it but that becomes complicated when it turns
out to be biotech based and implanted in the brain of a teenage spy (played by Neel Sethi). A tech
grab turns into a kidnapping with Bourne labeled as a member of a child trafficking ring who has
kidnapped an orphan genius from India for potentially nefarious purposes. This cover by his enemies
both surprises and upsets Bourne but in an ironic twist he uncovers plans to kill the young spy and
harvest his body for research. Turning the teenager on his side after finding out he was just an
experiment all along.

Meanwhile Bond enters the picture when M informs him that the British government has MI6 agents
on the lookout for an Indian teen spy with information that could be dire in the wrong hands.
Bond’s assigned to bring in the teen alive to be debriefed and put under special protection. Bond is
especially furious when he’s told that traffickers have taken the boy. When he and Bourne meet it’s a
battle royale which the teen joins in. Can they convince Bond that Bourne is not the bad guy who
betrayed his country then went into child trafficking? Is the MI6 really just interested in keeping the
young spy safe? What of those who want the boy harvested at any cost and will more countries enter
the fray to get their hands on a young supersoldier to mold into their very own? And can a hacker turn
this insanity up to a twelve?

Idea Two:

Bond is caught on tape killing several politicians on tape at a UN meeting. Problem? One of the is the
VP of the United States (Brendan Fraser) and America is out for blood. Bond was on assignment at
the time and MI6 insist that whoever did those murders could not be him. But America wants him
handed over immediately as a terrorist. Britain refuses citing that there needs to be a deeper
investigation and that one man can’t be in two places at once. Not wanting to start WW3, Bourne is
secretly found and after certain promises are made brought in to see the Secretary of Defense
(Liam Neeson). Bourne agrees to the assignment as long as he can do it on his terms and SOD
agrees on one condition. A CIA agent (Jet Li) has to go with Bourne to ensure the job is done
efficiently and Bond brought back alive without any sign of American involvement. Both spies are wary
of each other but work together to find Bond and bring a terrorist to justice. But just how tough is it
really going to be and if Bond’s possibly innocent, who actually carried out these murders?

Idea Three:

A virus is released in Britain and many become sick. The entire country is quarantined but there is
still fear this virus will spread. Talk of possibly launching airstrikes comes up from other countries
but the British government resists these ideas. However, they know that other top countries in the
world won’t sit by waiting forever and turn to MI6 to solve this problem. M reveals that they had been
given information just days before from a renegade American agent about a potential contagion
being smuggled into the country. Bond was sent to rendezvous with the agent but unfortunately
were not able to find the courier in time. What M left out was that Bond had in one of his vigilante
theatrics killed the henchman that Bourne had captured to get the information. Both were back at MI6
at each other’s throats over the failure. Bourne had informed MI6 that the virus was being transmitted
through Patient Zero. A former CIA operative, Jade Thompson (Anne Hathaway), who was left a
paraplegic after one of her missions went very wrong. Bourne had some memories of her back then
the woman was a loyal American. Plus he had his own questions since that mission was partnered
with a duo of MI6 agents. However, M denies MI6 involvement. But Bourne was not just looking to
save innocent lives but also find out what really happened on that mission. A shot from a terrorist
bullet didn’t explain Jade’s need for revenge against Britain. As the unfriendly pair are deployed back
into the red zone injected with a temporary anti-virus, they have forty-eight hours to find patient zero
or get out. Things take a turn however when Bourne starts getting sick. Bond wants to help but knows
if he stays beyond forty-eight hours, he’s stuck and if he leaves, Bourne can’t come along. Can they
find patient zero in time and untangle the web of secrets and lies that goes from the CIA right to MI6?

Idea Four:

Multiple terrorist bombs have been set off in the United States. The immediate suspect is Muslims and
unrest has taken up to the point that a mosque is blown up by a white supremacist killing the son of a
high ranking Middle-Eastern politician. The grieving father took to the airwaves and issued a fatwah
against the children of the President, Vice-President and Secretary of Defense, feeling they hadn’t
done nearly enough to protect Muslims in their country. He is removed from the newsroom and the
government decries the fatwah requesting no one take it seriously. Most Muslims are peaceful and
publicly denounce the fatwah as well as worldwide. Unfortunately some groups Muslim and otherwise
decide to take on this fatwah and twin daughters of SOD are almost murdered on a trip to Hawaii. SOD
Lee Cummings (Lucy Liu) contacts her old friend Bond requesting his help as she believes the bunker
that all the children are supposed to be sent has already been compromised. An ex-CIA agent herself
she wants to lift her kids from the convoy but needs help. Bond agrees to ignore M’s argument of
causing an international incident. When the president’s father (Reg E. Cathey) is killed shielding his
grandson, the stakes are made even higher. Bond and Lee make it to the convoy only to end up
landing in the middle of an attack and have to take all the children with them. Also, they meet up with
a vigilante Bourne who was secretly helping to protect these children since he saw them as innocents
and this fatwah as wrong. Joining this group Head of Security (Riz Ahmed) who proudly holds unto
his Muslim roots and ready to help protect these children at all costs until their enemies are defeated.
As the bombings are investigated and foes fought, it’s discovered that there’s a man behind the
bombings including the one at the Mosque. A Swedish spy who defected and wants to rule the world
after taking down the strongest countries. America is just the first country on his list. Can this strategic
puppeteer be defeated and what of the agents sent out to retrieve the children and SOD branded as a

What do you think? Would any of these tickle your movie-going fancy?

Monday, 27 May 2019

Book Adaptations: Need Better Release Dates

Today I want to discuss the poor choice of release dates that have been affecting the box office success of book adaptations. Namely those of YA but not solely. Yes, there has been a decline of interest in sections of the adaptation market. But that doesn't excuse poor marketing. Releasing a movie on a date it can't compete is a terrible disservice.

Movie: The Sun is also a Star
Release Date: May 17, 2019

Based on the novel of the same name, this film was released with a debut of 2.5 million. An extremely low number that only worsened as time progressed. Released the same day as John Wick 3, a week after Detective Pikachu and during the time matrix of Avengers: Endgame. This summer date was a terrible idea. Neither of the stars was household names able to compete in this competitive season. Other movies with bigger names and franchises were also out. The best time this should have released was January 2019.

Movie: Love, Simon
Release Date: March 16, 2018

Based on the book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Debuting at $11.8 million and in fifth place. The film was released the same date as Tomb Raider, a well-known franchise that has the power of a strong fanbase behind it. Also, big blockbusters like Black Panther were still going strong at this point. This is the only year where debuting January/February wouldn't have saved it. 2018 was quite competitive from early on with Insidious: The Last Key grabbing the first week in January despite being part of a huge horror franchise. Love, Simon's best shot would have been debuting late August or September 2018. Where there was a lot less competition. In the end, it made minimal profits but was a great move for teen gay romances getting on the big screen.

Movie: Allegiant
Release Date: March 18, 2016

Third firm in the Divergent YA trilogy. This movie came out the day before Batman V. Superman. I can't even explain how ridiculous that is. One of the most anticipated superhero films with three well-known heroes in one movie (Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman) was what they decided to compete with. After coming off the sequel Insurgent, a movie much maligned by fans. The decision was made to go up against one of the biggest juggernauts of 2016. January 2016 would have been the perfect date for this film. The biggest thing that month was Kung-Fu Panda 3, a franchise they could easily avoid by debuting two weeks earlier. But no, they decided to go against a superhero film. It made $179.2 million on a $110 million budget. A clear loss the studio can only blame themselves for.

Sensible Dates

Movie: Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Release Date: January 26, 2018

Based on the YA novel this was the final movie in the trilogy. It made in total $288.3 million on a $62 million budget. Proving that even in 2018-19 where these book adaptations are assumed to be losses. Profits can be made if the right date and promotion come together. Unlike Love, Simon, the studio avoided being in direct line of any big blockbusters or franchises. Coming weeks before Fifty Shades Freed and Black Panther in February. Which allowed the film to make money and end their adaptation franchise on a positive note. 

Movie: Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Release Date: August 16, 2019

Based on the novel this film is not out yet. Went through multiple changes in release dates including being moved from March 22, 2019. Putting it in competition with Captain Marvel and also have the same date as the horror hit film, Us. This is the perfect example of a studio picking a safer date to drop their movie. Their biggest competition is same day released Good Boys and The Informer. Also the following week Angel Has Fallen will be released, a trilogy in its franchise but not a heavy hitter.

So I'll close with this. Release dates and box office success are essential in Hollywood. Sure there are some award darlings that are less interested in making the big bucks. But those are not the majority. Book Adaptations, especially those for YA and genre fiction are looking to make profits and be memorable. So the studios need to work on picking better release dates. Yes, it's competitive. But placing your smaller movie against a big hitter is more likely a sure way to losses than a lucky win. 

Monday, 20 May 2019

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Waiting on Wednesday: We Hunt the Flame

Please Note: I will only be doing WOW once a month for the foreseeable future. My first Netflix Dragon post didn't go up yesterday so I will be posting it (and the second one) next week. Friday will have a review for Shazam instead.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that allows us to spotlight books we are eagerly anticipating to be released.

I already pre-ordered this book and first met the author online via blogging and her website design service. So happy that Hafsah's now a debut author with a book I can't wait to read. 

Release Date: May 14, 2019

Blurb: People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. 

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.

Does this book sound like a great read for you? Are they any books you're looking forward to. Thanks for stopping by.

Waiting on Wednesday: Reconnected

Please Note: The final WOW on this blog as I take my final bow this month. I want to thank all readers of this post and all my blogging. I r...