Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Mr. Magoriums Wonder Emporium
Don't know if this is on anyone's radar... It is the brainchild of wunderkind screenwriter, Zach Helm. This is only his second feature, and he's already directing.
His fisrt was 2006's "Stranger than fiction". I know that Mr. Magoriums' was his original spec script/callling card in the industry. He sold it to Fox, and it went into development hell, and then he was able to buy it back, and direct it himself... Talk about clout after only one film... Anyhow, I guess he got along with Dustin who was in his first film, because he's back and starring as the title character. It seems like the new film aspires to be a "Willy Wonka" type of film, which is in my opinion, a tough road to go... Mr. Magoriums Wonder Emporium "is about Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman), the awkward and insecure manager of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, the strangest, most fantastic, most wonderful toy store in the world. But when Mr. Magorium, the 243 year-old man, who owns the store (Dustin Hoffman), bequeaths the store to her, a dark and ominous change begins to take over the once remarkable Emporium".