Remake to splice The Island Of Dr. Moreau with topical ecological message

Remake to splice The Island Of Dr. Moreau with topical ecological message

After combining the egos of Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer created the unstable asshole-unstable asshole hybrid that was 1996’s The Island Of Dr. Moreau, an arrogant Warner Bros. is ready to experiment again with H.G. Wells’ building blocks of science-fiction life. Deadline reports that Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way is developing another take on the 1896 novel that’s been mutated into movies three times already: as 1932’s Charles Laughton/Bela Lugosi-starring Island Of Lost Souls, as a 1977 version with Burt Lancaster, and as that movie where Marlon Brando put sunscreen on his face and a bucket on his head, played a piano duet with a tiny Homunculus Brando, and dispassionately relayed dialogue (and the occasional police radio transmission) fed to him through an earpiece. The latest version will continue its questionable gene-splicing, mashing up Wells’ work with the writers of Netflix’s equally fascinatingly awful Hemlock Grove with Appian’s new mission to create “a sci-fi film with a topical ecological message”—such as “Don’t make hyena-swines, they just poop in the river.” 

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