Here at Screen Rant we’re trying to play a bit of Nostradamus. We started by trying to predict the next big Upcoming Hollywood Movie Fads, then followed that up a few months later with some Ridiculous Toy-Based Movie Ideas and then, most recently, gave some examples of Ridiculous (but Possible) Upcoming Video Game Movies.
It would seem that Hollywood hasn’t exactly been listening to our suggestions because not only did we fail to predict a Mafia Wars movie based off the popular Facebook app but the only item from the list that even got a fake trailer was our Oregon Trail idea (and they didn’t even mention J.J. Abrams). But we’re not going to let that deter us from continuing to try and stay one step ahead of the Hollywood Think Tank.
It appears that Hollywood is now looking to websites for inspiration. The Social Network, which is the supposed true (but not that true) story behind the beginnings of Facebook, is slated to arrive this Fall with some big time names behind it. Add the fact that Google now has a film treatment in the pipeline and you end up with what could be the beginnings a disturbing website-movie trend…
So with that in mind, here’s a list of 10 websites that could be next for a big screen adaptation ranging from the absurd, yet plausible, to “come on, man, seriously?” Take a look and see if your favorite website made the list.
(Drama) – MySpace is a compelling drama inspired by, and based on, the mostly true story of the time when the once social networking giant controlled the internet world. Based on a screenplay by Danny Boyle (127 Hours) and directed by Darren Aronofsky (The Black Swan), the story follows co-founders Chris DeWolfe, Josh Berman and Tom Anderson as well as the mismanagement that allowed the dominant website to slip into 2nd place (and further) – by assuming they would always be king of the social network mountain.
MySpace the movie will open shortly before The Social Network (the movie about Facebook) but viewers will be allowed to switch theaters during the middle of MySpace to watch The Social Network instead.
(Horror) - eBay has been the world’s leading website when it comes to online auctions since its humble beginning in 1995. Millions of people from all over the world innocently go about their business, bidding on and selling everything from Barbie dolls and Rock’em Sock’em Robots to used appliances and scrapbooking materials. All sorts of weird and strange objects have also been up for bid, ranging from human kidneys to a young girl’s virginity. But what most people don’t know is that a demonic cult puts the very souls of people up for auction, with all the winning bids going to B.L. Subub – who always collects in person.
Trouble ensues when Elaine, a casual bidder, accidentally stumbles into the private auction and unwittingly outbids B.L. Now he wants what should rightfully be his. Can she pay the devil his due or will she end up losing her soul in the process?
(Drama/Thriller) – Helen McKeller is just a simple reporter and blogger for a small town newspaper in Wisconsin – but has always aspired to write the big story. Until her “chance” comes she settles with reporting on little league baseball games, corn prices and local grocery store openings. Occasionally she’ll get the opportunity to report on a “big” story, such as the birth of a new calf – but when a mysterious stranger turns up dead one morning in the middle of Main Street, Helen seizes the opportunity to have a big publication take notice of her work. In an effort to uncover the answers, she’ll be have to embark on a journey that will take her away from that familiar, small town life – a journey that could get her killed.
The more she writes, the closer she gets to her career-making story, while simultaneously attracting more attention from a series of evil secret organizations, big government agencies, and multi-conglomerate companies. She wants desperately to get on the front page, where everyone can read her story, but to get to the truth she’ll have to Digg.
(Action/Adventure) – When a group of international poachers venture deep into the Amazon rainforest, they hope to come back with a rich bounty full of endangered animals and expensive birds. Instead, they cross paths with Marpesia (played by the Spanish female body builder Maribel Barnes) who is a direct descendent of the Tapuya tribe, and has been charged with protecting a sacred part of the forest for decades. After one of the poachers severely injures her during a fight, she escapes, and passes out on the edge of the rainforest where a young GRANOLA worker (Global Rainforests And Nature On Litigation Alert), Micah, finds her and takes her to a hospital.
When Marpesia tells Micah of the poachers and atrocities happening in her rainforest, he vows to help her in any way he can. Together the pair works side-by-side in an effort to run the poachers out of the forest before they can peddle their ill-gotten gains online.
(Ghost Story) – Katrina Malroy and her twin brother Keith are taking a vacation across Europe, enjoying the trip and sharing pictures of their fun times with their younger sister, Kelly, back home via Flickr. What starts off as an innocent way to share their adventures soon turns into a horror as each picture sent to Kelly by her siblings becomes increasingly creepy. At first Kelly thinks she’s seeing reflections or “ghost” images produced by the digital camera but with each new picture, she sees an eerie pattern emerging – a pattern that shows her brother and sister dead.
Kelly must find a way to warn her dear siblings from the impending doom but are the ghost demons after them… or her?
(Comedy) – Alvin Schroder is a struggling Los Angeles actor just trying to get his face seen and his name heard in a business where all it takes is one role to shoot you from obscurity into the limelight. Alvin is desperate for fame and fortune so that he can stop cleaning celebrity pools – and start swimming in them. One day, unbeknownst to Alvin, his well-intentioned but goofball friend Charlie logs onto IMDB (Internet Movie Database) and announces Alvin’s been cast in a number of career-making roles in major upcoming flicks – Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four, Dick Grayson in Batman 3, Johnny Quest, and Nightmare on Elm Street 2.
When the misunderstanding causes a studio to actually cast Alvin in a major role for which he never auditioned, his life is turned upside-down as he suddenly becomes the hottest thing in Hollywood. Studios start bidding wars, competing to sign him to their projects, and the paparazzi invade his private life. Alvin should be the happiest actor on earth but will all the unearned fame and fortune go to his head before the studios realize the mistake?
Adult Friend Finder
(Romance/Comedy) – Martin Kaputski works a dead end job as a data entry specialist for a large financial institution. He’s never been very good at his work, sports, or at life in general, but a chance encounter with a beautiful woman and a handsome man in an elevator at his office uncovers a gift he never knew he had – the ability to help others find love. After word spreads around Marty’s office that he has an amazing gift for matchmaking, they nickname him the “Adult Friend Finder” and he starts charging for his services. Marty’s new business explodes when he expands online, leading millions of people to enlist his help in finding their next one night stand – or future spouse.
Now, Marty seemingly has everything in life but the one thing he is missing is a love of his own. With the encouragement of his mother (whom he still lives with), Marty uses his own service to try and locate a companion. After several failed attempts at love, Marty gives up, realizing that his gift only works on others. It’s then, while visiting friends at his old job, that he runs into the beautiful woman from the elevator – the woman who helped launch his empire – and sparks fly. Will Marty ever find a soul mate or is he destined to be a lonely matchmaker?
Texts From Last Night
(Mystery/Thriller) – Alison Banetty is just like any other 22 year-old single girl living in New York City. She goes to art school during the day and works part time as a waitress in the afternoons, but at night she likes to drink and party with her club hopping friends. One Friday night she drinks too much, parties too hard and ends up going home with a guy she just met, against the pleadings of her friends. When she wakes up the next day, the guy is dead, she’s half-naked, covered in blood, and holding a butcher knife in her hands. What has happened? Did she kill this stranger? Is she a victim of a frame-up?
As all of these thoughts flood her mind at once, her cell phone buzzes – it’s a text message from one of her friends looking for her. Scrolling through her phone she sees hundreds of text messages… all from herself! Can she piece together what happened and how she ended up in this situation using nothing but Texts From Last Night before the police arrest her?
People of Walmart
(PBS Documentary) – Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has given the world several award-winning documentary series, offering insight and history behind a number of topics including: Baseball, Jazz Music, and National Parks. This time, he grabs his camera and heads to the number one retail store in the world to showcase the People of Wal-Mart. Inner cities, suburban communities, the hills of West Virginia, the flat prairies of the Midwest, and the sun-kissed coasts of California are just some of the locations Burns takes his audience to give voice to the shoppers of Wal-Mart in order to let them share their stories – through the way they dress.
Families, old guys, celebrities and mulleted-highway truckers are just some of the people that can be found behind the doors of any Wal-Mart in the USA. Some people wear a little (when they should wear a lot); other people are obviously color-blind, but all of them are unique. Through his lens, Burns turns Wal-Mart into a veritable Disneyland filled with colorful characters.
The story continues when Burns takes his camera outside for an even more intimate look at the colorful characters of Wal-Mart – through the vehicles they drive. Begging the question: What do your wheels say about you?
I Can Has Cheezburger?
(Sci-Fi/Action) – In the deepest parts of space, where light is barely perceivable, lives the alien race known as lolcats. A civilization of cat-like creatures whose evil is rivaled only by their cuteness and clumsiness, feasting only on cooked ground meat covered with cheese and bread. When food supplies run low on their planet, the lolcats travel millions of light-years to Earth, and find the planet overflowing with Cheeseburgers.
Now it’s up to one man, Dolph Lundgren, to bring together the people of the world to fight off the hoard of invading felines and keep the planet’s cheeseburgers from falling into the clutches of the lolcats as they march throughout the major cities of the world chanting “I Can Has Cheezburger?“
These are the websites that could be worth a hefty batch of gold in Hollywood. I’m sure I’ve completely missed the boat with one or another, and Hollywood will one-up me again – making a movie based on some piece of obscure HTML code or, quite possibly, something related to PayPal, Yahoo or CraigsList. Who knows at this point?
What website do you think will be the next up for the Hollywood studios?
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