Richard Branson to Produce Christopher Columbus Biopic, COLUMBUS; McG Attached to Direct

     October 17, 2010

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Billionaire Richard Branson is in negotiations to acquire T.S. Nowlin’s script, Columbus, which is a biopic of explorer Christopher Columbus.  According to Deadline, McG is attached to direct and produce.  Eight years ago, Hollywood raced to get Christopher Columbus pics into theaters in order to commemorate/capitalize-on the 500th anniversary of his “discovery” of America.  Both 1492: Conquest of Paradise and Christopher Columbus: The Discovery tanked because, unsurprisingly, no one really cares enough about Christopher Columbus to pay to see a movie about him.  Deadline says that this new version will be in the style of 300 and that perhaps advances in visual effects and 3D will lure audiences back.  I disagree. Columbus is boring and giving him a slow-motion 3D movie just makes him boring in slow-motion and in three dimensions.

McG is currently directing the action romantic comedy This Means War starring Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, and Reese Witherspoon.  Branson is currently trying to launch rich people into space with his Virgin Galactic Airways.

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