Brett Ratner to tell the tale of MTV

Brett Ratner to tell the tale of MTV

Even as he readies to sing an epic song of Hercules, Brett Ratner is using the hand not currently plucking his lute to grab fistfuls of a more modern mythology—namely, the saga of MTV, and how it defied the gods by giving man the ability to see music as a series of loosely related images, then paid dreadful penance as Martha Quinn was transformed into a goat. Variety reports that Ratner—a veteran of the network thanks to his videos for artists like Mariah Carey and Madonna—is close to a deal to produce and possibly direct an adaptation of Craig Marks’ and Rob Tannenbaum’s oral history I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story Of The Music Video Revolution. It’s the tale of how a purveyor of rapid-fire, heavily stylized clips devoid of substance yet loaded with cleavage evolved into one of the media’s most reliable sources for unabashed artifice and anti-intellectual discourse, then announced he was going to make an MTV movie.