On the news
that Disney will be releasing a Star Wars film every year for the foreseeable future bouncing back and forth between various lead characters, Drew Taylor over at Studio System News decided to list 11 characters
from big Hollywood franchises that he thinks would make for worthy spin-offs in the never ending struggle to squeeze every last bit of life out of an idea. While a couple of his choices seem worth exploring (Dutch from Predator
and Q from the Bond films), I feel he’s reaching on most (The Worms from Men in Black
and David from Prometheus
) and there is no reason to. There are plenty of much better characters to draw inspiration from.
I think these seven movie characters deserve their shot at the lead role. And as an added bonus, I’ll even use my excellent casting director skills to cast the roles.
1 & 2 – Clemenza and Tessio from The Godfather I & II (1972, 1974)
This might seem sacrilegious as it would be poking fun at one of the most celebrated movie families, but hey it’s the mob – let’s have it. I ain’t out to glorify the mafia so this would be a kind of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead comical thing. The two long-time friends and underbosses to Vito Corleone fend for the family during the same time-frames as Godfather Parts I & II where certain scenes get to overlap. Vincent D’Onofrio as Clemenza and Hugh Laurie as Tessio would make a perfect madcap match.
3 – Quint from Jaws (1975)
A prequel. The young seaman is back from surviving the sinking of the ship that delivered the bomb in WWII and fighting off the sharks that terrorized the survivors. Suffering from PTSD, he retreats to Amity Island to reconcile the demons and begin his revenge against the shark. I’d give this part to Tom Hardy. (more…)