James Franco's Child of God

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  • 21 Jan 2014 at 11:17 am #4985

    Ken
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    Newly released (yesterday) trailer for James Franco’s Child Of God.


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    22 Apr 2014 at 4:48 pm #5297

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    Child Of God will be released on “PAL format” DVD in the UK next Monday, according to this Amazon.uk listing.

    Now, how about a US release in “NTSC format”?


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    28 Jun 2014 at 6:15 am #5540

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    There is a new trailer for the movie.

    Apparently, there will be a US theatrical release in August.

    But, at this point, why not just buy the DVD from Amazon UK, which has been available since April?


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    25 Jul 2014 at 1:48 pm #5688

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    Bobby Knoxville made this inquiry in another thread:

    Aside from flying to Sydney how can I view Child of God? I gather the flick’s been out for some time and folks have seen it. On this kind of new film thing that the avant garde get in on, like Pandarus in Troilus and Cressida, I hop always behind. But be kind; I’m in my dotage.

    I’m simply moving it to, and responding to it on, its topical thread.

    Here is the website/page to the film’s US distributor: Well Go USA: “Child Of God” movie. If you follow the link “Show Times”, you’d see the opening schedule for the first weeks. There are 8 in week 1, and 2 in week 2. Generally major cities, including the all-important NYC and LA, where a film must play for at least one week in order to qualify for consideration for the Oscars next year.

    As I said above, the PAL-format DVD has been out since April, and you could buy it from Amazon’s UK website. My “suspicion” is that the NTSC-format DVD will be released in a couple of months in the US.


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    28 Jul 2014 at 11:45 am #5709

    Thanks, Ken, but it’s out of my reach now. Will catch it if it ever goes mainstream.


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    29 Jul 2014 at 8:21 am #5712

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    30 Jul 2014 at 10:01 am #5713

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    01 Aug 2014 at 12:27 pm #5718

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    From the article I linked above:
    …Franco wrote a script and sent his finished work to McCarthy’s agent. At the time, his script was rejected. But, five years later, Franco made another attempt, and McCarthy finally gave him the rights to direct a film adaptation.
    If this is true, it would be news to me, and surprisingly so too. I had thought that anyone who would meet or exceed the high asking price McCarthy set on the movie option of any of his novels would own the option. Now, this quote seems to imply that the option buyer also needs to have McCarthy’s consent, hence making McCarthy himself more accountable for the creative direction of the movie. So, what did McCarthy see in Franco’s second screenplay that made him approve of the project?

    BobbyK., etal.: The movie is scheduled for Video On Demand in the US beginning Oct. 28, which is less than 3 months from the US theatre premiere today. US DVD should follow shortly after, likely before year’s end (but of course if you couldn’t wait, you could get a PAL-format DVD, now available).

    Rotten Tomatoes meter has Child Of God at a low 33%. Thirty-three…hmm, that seems to be McCarthy’s number. The Counselor was at this level too.


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    01 Aug 2014 at 6:51 pm #5722

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    Ken, I took this to mean that Franco got prmission to use the rights and the novel.

    I’m not sure it is the same as McCarthy being involved or on set. Although that may be possible.

    It sounds to me that Franco got an interview with McCarthy, or a visit and was given permission. I’m not sure I would imply anything further…or exclude anything further.


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    01 Aug 2014 at 7:13 pm #5723

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    Candy: I don’t know what the standard process is, but… I had thought that, for example, McCarthy through his agent would set a price of, say, $1-mil for the movie rights to Blood Meridian, and if a Hollywood studio buys those rights, the studio makes all the decisions: which writer, who directs, who stars, etc., and McCarthy no longer has any control. The fact that in this case McCarthy was presented a preliminary script and gave permission means that he already had creative input. He apparently liked what he saw in the script and in Franco. Nevertheless, that does not mean that McCarthy had any further creative input, though I suspect Franco did consult with him a few times. Also, that does not mean McCarthy is responsible for the final product, or that he even likes it. We never heard the end to Ken Kesey’s complaints about M. Douglas’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.


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