The powers that be are planning a Marshmallow Peeps movie.
Over at Cinema Blend, they’re blaming this news on the success of “The Lego Movie.” They expect lots of ties to merchandising, which would result in the appearance of characters from Transformers and Jurassic Park.
Deadline reports that Adam Rifkin will be contracted to write a story that’s set the night before a Diorama contest, “when a wayward Peep gets misplaced and must adventure through the fantasy lands of different dioramas before the contest’s judging begins.”
Cinema Blend points out that Marshmallow Peeps, originated in 1952 and finding the way to every other Easter basket on the block since, is already a $2 billion a year operation.
Still. What a blow to the imagination. Talk about taking the fun out of having little Joey and Jamal turning their Peeps into an art class project. All the good diorama ideas about dinosaurs and autobots will be hijacked by the movie-makers. Now they’ll just have to eat every single Peep, and that can’t be good for anybody.
And will they give out earplugs?
MTV reports that Disney has signed on with Jon Turteltaub, the director of “National Treasure,” to turn the theme ride “It’s a Small World” into a movie.
Says mtv.com: “Leaning on little nostalgia, the movie, like the famous song, may prove irresistible to moviegoers in every language.”
The site points out that the “It’s a Small World” ride doesn’t have much of a story.
So it offers up seven possibilities, including family treasure hunts, flesh-eating dolls and a bully learning the error of his ways.
What, you don’t like the simple idea of people of many lands singing the same song over and over and over and over again as IMAX and 3D make you feel like your movie seat is moving in a circle past them?
Mark Bialczak is a veteran journalist who has lived in the Syracuse area since 1983. In early 2013, he was set free to write about whatever he wants. Click here to read Mark’s BLOG.