The 2009 summer movie season is officially underway, and already Land of the Lost has claimed the title of this year’s first gigantic turkey. Bad news for Will Ferrell, who might want to think about investing in a Der Wienerschnitzel franchise or something, but good news for those of us who thought Ferrell’s shtick got a little old maybe half an hour into Anchor Man. Of course, August 7 is just around the corner, and that’s when another career-killing contender will come lumbering into the theatres. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra has been dogged by rumors of impending disaster for months, and today a rumor started flying around the internet that director Stephen Sommers was fired from the project follwing the worst test screenings in the history of Paramount:
After a test screening wherein the film tested the lowest score ever from an audience in the history of Paramount, the executive who pushed for the movie, Brad Weston, had Stephen Sommers, the super hack director of the film fired. Removed. Locked out of the editing room. Sommers was then forced by his William Morris agents to pretend that he was working on Tarzan over at Warner Brothers doing design work, even though that film doesn’t even have a good script yet.
Studio sources are issuing strong denials of this story, but hearing from the film’s producer that everything’s hunky-dory hardly constitutes an unbiased source. Personally, I hope the rumors are true. I paid good money to sit in a theatre and watch Van Helsing from beginning to end, and for that reason alone there can never be peace between me and Stephen Sommers.