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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Because It Bears Repeating...

Zoe Green no longer seems to no longer be involved.

Writing duo David Elliot and Paul Lovett ("G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra") are the latest scribes to tackle a project that explores the world of gargoyles at Disney.

The two, whose credits include Paramount's "Four Brothers," pitched an original take to the Mouse House that the studio is keen on exploring as a live action film. Lauren Shuler Donner (the "X-Men" franchise) will produce.

The project is not tied to "Gargoyles," the popular animated TV series that Disney produced in the 1990s. Instead, it centers on a world in which the stone statues on buildings come to life. Elliot and Lovett would portray them as guardian angels for the cities in which they reside.

It's STILL not based on the animated series. Now, if you haven't written to them yet what are you waiting for. If you have written to them, then write again!

These are who to write to:

ATTN: Lauren Shuler Donner
The Donners' Company
9465 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 420
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

ATTN: LouAnne Brickhouse
The Walt Disney Studios Company
500 S. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91521-9722


  1. Question, why is it wrong for Disney to make a movie about gargoyles that isn't related to the show Gargoyles yet perfectly fine for Greg Weisman to do a show about a team called Young Justice that isn't related to the comic book Young Justice? I'm sorry but it feels like a double standard.

  2. Well, for one thing, "isn't related to" is an strong term; it's a consolidation of young DC heroes' history across many decades, including the original "Young Justice." Yeah, it's not a direct adaptation, but such a thing was never on the table and Peter David's writing more than a few episodes anyway, so I think it's pretty clear that he's given it his blessing.

    Now, the problem here is that the existence of "Young Justice" (the series) does not automatically prevent any further series about Robin, Superboy, Aqualad, etc. from being published/created in the future. This film DOES create that problem.

    Disney will not want two different franchises with the name "Gargoyles" attached to them competing in the marketplace, and if they're focusing on this new movie for advertising purposes then we can say goodbye to the possibility of getting more product or stories from the original "Gargoyles" property, probably forever.

    Does that clear up the issue of precisely why our fandom is...concerned?

  3. The Young Justice cartoon is still similar enough to the comic to justify DC marketing them as different interpretations of the same franchise.

    much like how "Revenge of the Fallen" is similar enough to the original Transformers, that has Hasbro can market DVD box-sets of the G1 cartoon with little "Now a Hit Motion Picture" stickers on them.

  4. DON EAST> Since Algernon and Masterdramon have already done an adequate job of explaining why your post was complete bullshit, I have a question for you.

    Are you intellectually dishonest, or intellectually challenged?

  5. GREG> Neither, I'm just a man with an observation.

    Okay, so I forgot about the worst case scenario regarding Gargoyles-In-Name-Only being made. But the I reason I asked is that Weisman has admitted he only went with the name "Young Justice" because it was available & stated that it's not based on the comic of the same name. And it reminded me of the seemingly ironic situation.

    To be fair, Weisman is at least respectful to the fans of the comics to explain his reasons while Disney isn't giving one shit about the situation. Sorry if I came off as rude.

    For reference:

  6. I've seen the post, but dude, you're comparing apples to steam engines.

    So, I am going to take this a step further. You are not a "man with an observation."

    You are either a liar, or you're a retard. Pick one.

  7. Don East, your latest post portrays you as a fairly reasonable individual, so I would kindly suggest for you to bow out of here respectfully. As you might imagine, "Gargoyles" fans on the whole aren't exactly taking this news well, and there's really not much else you can say here anyway.

    But you should know that there's no way in Hell that Greg Weisman had any control over the NAME of the "Young Justice" series; that sort of thing was decided by higher-ups looooong before they brought in Greg W., Brandon Vietti, etc. to develop the idea. Obviously Greg W. LIKES the name and has defended it (which I agree entirely with, for all the reasons stated in the linked post), but it's kinda silly to blame him for having "went for" a name he didn't pick.

    Nevertheless, I thank you for your apology, and wish you well. But please, there's not much point in posting here further.

  8. I think Weisman & Vietti "Young Justice" is based on the Peter David "Young Justice" in much the same way that "Transformers Animated" was based on "Transformers: G1". It draws ideas from that particular version as well as various other DC teenage superhero teams like the Titans while putting it's own spin on them.

    Both shows are still honouring their roots even while carving out their own unique continuities.

    It'd be a completely different scenario if Hasbro suddenly announced it was cancelling all future Transformers projects in favour of doing a "Challenge of the Gobots" reboot.