Johnny Depp to Grab a Fistful of Quarters?

Next: The King of Kong Broadway musical.

by | August 20, 2007 | Comments

Even for the age of unlikely remakes and strange adaptations, this one is sort of a doozy, but see if you can follow along: The recently released documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters — which looks at the bewilderingly intense real-life rivalry between the two men battling over the scoring record for Donkey Kong — has already been established as one of the summer’s most pleasant critical surprises, shooting up to 97 percent on the Tomatometer. And now the filmmakers want to follow it up with…a King of Kong dramatization?

According to MTV Movies, it’s true — the article doesn’t name a studio, but apparently an outline for the project has been approved, and a first draft for the script is imminent. And when it comes to casting the film’s two main roles (longtime Donkey champ Billy Mitchell and challenger Steve Wiebe), director Seth Gordon and producer Ed Cunningham hope to bring out the big guns. From the article:

“My first idea for Billy was Johnny Depp,” Gordon said of the famously mullet-ed arcade legend. “Ed Norton I thought would be good. It’s really not about the hair, it’s about the eyes. It’s got to be a real actor.” For Wiebe, Cunningham said he’s “partial to Greg Kinnear.” Gordon suggested Nathan Fillion from the movie “Waitress.”

But wait, there’s more! Gordon and Cunningham would also like to arrange a pay-per-view showdown between Wiebe and the famously reclusive Mitchell. Ridiculous? Sure, but it’d probably be more entertaining than some of those 30-second Tyson fights we ponied up for in the ’80s, right?

Source: MTV Movies

Tag Cloud

OWN cats Lucasfilm Thanksgiving TCA BBC transformers TCA 2017 Sundance cooking Ellie Kemper hist aliens Sci-Fi The Arrangement Marvel CBS All Access Dark Horse Comics adventure NBC ABC Paramount Network Esquire Photos Rom-Com robots war Pop TLC BBC America 007 GoT TV Land festivals CW Seed Super Bowl Acorn TV Emmys Logo DC Comics sports IFC Starz zombies Pirates National Geographic TV Interview romance Tumblr ratings Food Network Freeform E3 historical drama Reality Set visit Fox News Kids & Family binge harry potter USA CBS President police drama golden globes ABC Family technology Marathons Spring TV Country TIFF GIFs Character Guide cops crime drama composers Warner Bros. Holidays Creative Arts Emmys YA Tomatazos Lifetime Nickelodeon Universal Nat Geo 2017 Showtime 21st Century Fox Adult Swim unscripted MSNBC First Look docudrama Sundance Now social media APB Election Toys Fall TV Comedy Disney E! Schedule TCM Biopics YouTube Red 20th Century Fox TBS American Society of Cinematographers LGBTQ PBS Trailer ESPN boxoffice biography DirecTV See It Skip It HBO 24 frames finale comiccon crime thriller Spike Teen Britbox political drama spy thriller science fiction travel A&E thriller Valentine's Day Pixar MTV USA Network crossover Music Action Polls and Games period drama politics Winter TV Reality Competition Animation Red Carpet X-Men Extras Countdown Paramount BET Certified Fresh 45 Comic Book justice league DC Universe psycho Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Mindy Kaling 2015 Amazon talk show Oscars serial killer Year in Review Infographic Star Trek Box Office The CW sitcom Awards Shondaland diversity SXSW medical drama Bravo Mystery Musicals Rock Summer Lionsgate RT History Grammys Best and Worst 2016 Hulu discovery Podcast Horror Sony Pictures El Rey crime Video Games zombie Trivia Crackle NYCC TruTV Cartoon Network Drama History dceu Fantasy DC streaming service VH1 Comedy Central Mary Tyler Moore Watching Series SDCC cults Ghostbusters Superheroes singing competition Cosplay vampires what to watch Star Wars FOX dc cinemax Western Syfy Netflix FX Calendar Winners AMC Sneak Peek Disney Channel Christmas Superheroe Premiere Dates Musical IFC Films Rocky TNT Writers Guild of America dramedy based on movie supernatural Opinion WGN SundanceTV PaleyFest Masterpiece CNN GLAAD ITV Nominations VICE FXX CMT Martial Arts