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The casting call for the Dark is Rising movie, as drawn to my attention by bookelfe, hurts me. In the soul.



(Romania) - Send photograph & resumes ASAP to: Details Are only Available By Subscription.. Title: THE DARK IS RISING, Feature Film. EXEC PROD, Ron Schmidt; PROD, Marc Platt; DIR, David L. Cunningham; SCR, John Hodge. Shoot Dates: February, 2007 (in Romania).

STORY: The film is about Will Stanton, who discovers on his eleventh birthday that he is the last of the "Old Ones," a group of immortal warriors who have dedicated their lives to fighting the forces of the Dark and he must undertake a difficult journey to defeat the evil powers that threaten the land.

Breakdown-- Will Stanton: 13. Will is an American who lives in England with his family. Will is bullied and/or ignored by his older brothers, and Will is gloomily convinced that he's doomed to be a bookish, gawky oddball at the bottom of the pecking order. However, he is actually an innately cool kid who has not yet grown into his coolness;

Professor John Stanton: 45-55. Will's father. Professor Stanton is an American physicist and college professor and he's paid a price for it. He is emotionally cool, authoritative and very remote from his children;

The Rider: 30-40 years old man with icy malevolence who is masquerading as a simple village doctor when in fact he is an agent of Evil;

Mrs. Mary Stanton: 40-50. She is the American mother of the Stanton six children. She works hard at protecting her husband and her family. She similar to her husband is not emotionally available to her kids and is very distant;

Gwen Stanton: Will's younger sister, Gwen is an American, neat, upright girl of about 8 or 9. Unlike her brothers, who treat Will with amiable contempt, Gwen looks up to Will, loves him and dotes on him;

Max Stanton: 19 or 20, an edgy young man with piercings and tattoos. Will's older brother. Max is the American, bohemian of the family. He is always inclined to question his father's authority;

James Stanton: 17. Will's older American brother. James is mature, muscular and good looking, the object of admiring eyes. Busily looking for a girlfriend, James barely interacts with Will - especially when Maggie Barnes becomes the object of his affection;

Robin Stanton & Paul Stanton: 15, Male. A pair of grungy American adolescents, Robin and Paul are identical or fraternal twin brothers, and they're still at the "horseplay" stage of development. Always ready to tease Will about his bookish ways, always willing to reinforce his fears of being a gawky oddball, Robin and Paul tease and bully and sometimes blow off Will. (Posted: November 2, 2006)

Oh, my poor maimed and bleeding childhood.
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From:moonlight69
Date:January 11th, 2007 - 10:32 pm
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I am still waiting for confirmation that this is accurate. I've heard some people say it's not actually a legitimate casting call, and others that claim it is, so. Here's hoping.

If it's for real? I sure as hell ain't seeing it. It breaks my poor Will!muse's brain. And I thought I had made him OOC, man. *sighs*
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From:avariel_wings
Date:January 11th, 2007 - 10:35 pm
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Every single character in that casting call is OOC.
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From:moonlight69
Date:January 11th, 2007 - 10:42 pm
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I know. It made me simultaneously sob and gag the first time I read it.
From:juleskicks
Date:January 11th, 2007 - 10:42 pm
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DO NOT WANT.
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From:avariel_wings
Date:January 11th, 2007 - 10:54 pm
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DO NOT WANT EITHER.
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From:unravels
Date:January 11th, 2007 - 11:54 pm
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NO. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. NOOO!

NOOOOOOOOO!!!


I don't seem to be able to sum up anything more coherent on the topic. OH I hope it's all a horrible lie.
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From:avariel_wings
Date:January 12th, 2007 - 12:20 am
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Me too. *clings*
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From:batyatoon
Date:January 12th, 2007 - 12:18 am
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... WHAT.

NO.

JUST. NO.
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From:avariel_wings
Date:January 12th, 2007 - 12:19 am
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I KNOW.
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From:silveraspen
Date:January 12th, 2007 - 12:25 am
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KILL IT WITH FIRE.
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From:deathpixie
Date:January 12th, 2007 - 12:34 am
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Ugh. What is it with making everyone American? No offence to the 'Merkins I know, but for fuck's sake, there are other countries in the world, you know. And The Dark Is Rising is quintessentially English.

... and now I have this urge to read that series again. It's been a good long while. *makes a note to visit the library upon returning from Kansas*
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From:seldearslj
Date:January 12th, 2007 - 06:12 am
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They're probably American because the American Studio Executives have trouble believing that Americans would want to watch any other nationality of person succeed at anything.

*grr*
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From:carmarthen
Date:January 14th, 2007 - 07:31 am
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Oh, because the Harry Potter books and movies have been so unpopular in the U.S.

I am just boggled. Boggled by the stupidity (not yours; execs)!
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From:seldearslj
Date:January 14th, 2007 - 07:54 am
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The crazy thing is that the idiocy doesn't stop at making everyone American.

Will is bookish, sure, but his relationship with his older brothers is hardly adversarial. They don't bully him - tease him, sure, but that's siblings.

Mr. Stanton as emotionally distant from his family and wife? Nuh-uh. IIRC, Mr. Stanton is very much in love with his wife and adores his sons and daughters - to the point of teasing them.

And that's just the first two characters...

Don't let's get started on the rest of them!

What's the bet that the Black Rider of the Black Horse has an English accent so the (stupid) audience knows that he's a psychotic bastard?

And isn't the whole Dark Is Rising series centered around the King Arthur mythology - a British mythology?

They raped and murdered A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin. One dreads to think what they will do with the infinitely more fragile Dark Is Rising series...
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From:carmarthen
Date:January 14th, 2007 - 08:10 am
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I've had the books on my shelf for years, waiting to be read, but even from the back covers the idea of a movie is disturbing.

And isn't the whole Dark Is Rising series centered around the King Arthur mythology - a British mythology?

Last I checked, yeah.
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From:saphyria
Date:January 12th, 2007 - 01:15 am
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Even the Rider is washing his hands of this. It's a higher class of evil than his.

I? Weep.
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From:rexlapinii
Date:January 12th, 2007 - 02:33 am
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Bad. Bad casting people. NO COOKIE!

How does anyone with a soul look at "The Dark is Rising" and get this?
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From:silensy
Date:January 12th, 2007 - 02:49 am
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*screams*
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From:nangijala
Date:January 12th, 2007 - 08:18 am
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NO.
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From:essayel
Date:January 12th, 2007 - 08:56 am
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*sobs brokenly* This can't be true. Susan Cooper should bloody sue their asses off. And where's sister Mary? She's the crux of the book!!

Hooray for fucking Hollywood.
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From:essayel
Date:January 12th, 2007 - 09:04 am
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Editted to add this from the IMDB:

Plot Outline: A boy's life is turned upside down when he learns that he is the last of a group of immortal warriors who have dedicated their lives to fighting the forces of the dark.


However that's just what the IMDB says and it's odds on that whoever wrote that has never read the book. I'm a little hopeful because the screenplay was written by John Hodge who also wrote Trainspotting and Shallow Grave.

Fingers crossed, eh?
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From:unanon
Date:January 12th, 2007 - 05:41 pm
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OMG! The Rape of my Childhood Continues!

*cries* This is just massively wrong.
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From:carmarthen
Date:January 14th, 2007 - 07:31 am
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I think I'd better hurry up and read the books before the travesty comes out.
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From:dougggie
Date:January 14th, 2007 - 02:04 pm
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OMG, if that's real, it's a travesty! How can they have him a 7th son of a 7th son if there are only 6 children? As for the whole "bringing it into the 21st century" with asbo American kids, they didn't need that with the last Narnia adaptation, why do it now?

FFS, I hope they posted this as a joke, but somehow I doubt it :(
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From:avariel_wings
Date:January 14th, 2007 - 02:38 pm
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There were actually only six living sons in the books - there'd been a brother who died in infancy, long before Will was born, so it wasn't instantly obvious that he was a seventh son.

Maybe that confused somebody?