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Bubble gum guy gets a movie

22 May 2009  |  Written by Emily Phillips  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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It is time for a retro moment. So many great childhood memories are being revisited - Transformers, GI Joe, and now... Bazooka Joe? Yes, the munchkin-faced, eye-patch wearing star of bubble gum wrapper comic strips is heading for the big screen, as a script has been comissioned by producer Michael Eisner from new screenwriter Mark Hammer.

Eisner spotted the recent film graduate after he submitted another script which wasn't used but, sticking with the new writer, he gave him the Bazooka Joe property instead.

Having thrived since the 1950s, Bazooka bubble gum is still an iconic childhood sweet and the distinctive comic strip inner-wrapper featuring Joe's adventures with a whole host of characters which can be used in the film, including Pesty, Mort, Toughie, Hungry Herman, Jane and the interestingly named pooch, Walkie Talkie.

As a man of big business, Eisner has real interest in the bubble gum flick film making a suitable pop. He purchased Topps, the trading card company that owns Bazooka, in 2007 for a massive $380 million, looking to kickstart the image of its brands - and what better way than with a film?

So we've had movies based on comics, games, theme-park rides, board games and now bubblegum: can this work?


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RE: Kid with an eye-patch?
Now you are taking THE PISS!!!do know April Fools Day is not for another few weeks? More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 13:16 on 14 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Kid with an eye-patch?
Turning and turning in the widening gyre.... More

Posted by King of Kafiristan at 17:52 on 13 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Kid with an eye-patch?
Loved the stickers. I hope this'll be good. More

Posted by mlavagna at 16:50 on 13 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Kid with an eye-patch?
I'm guessing the characters will be done in cgi this time around. More

Posted by mlavagna at 16:50 on 13 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: GARBAGE PAIL KIDS
L: mlavagna Michael Eisner bought Topps? Sounds like it's just a matter of time before Garbage Pail Kids comes back to the big screen! It kind of makes sense. Hollywood understands the attraction of nostalgia. Also, Garbage Pail Kids started being made again a few years ago. Could it be an all cgi movie? Or perhaps a Roger rabbit style cgi/ real world style movie. Hmmmm... the original movie was terrible BUT The more I think about it....maybe given the right sc More

Posted by mlavagna at 16:48 on 13 March 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Kid with an eye-patch?
It doesn't take a genious to understand that PEOPLE BUY BAZOOKA JOE GUM FOR THE GUM NOT BECAUSE OF THE CHARACTER!  Bazooka Joe is not the reason why the gum has been so popular for so many years.  It's the gum itself!  Therefore, nobody is going to care about this movie. More

Posted by mlavagna at 16:58 on 28 May 2009 | Report This Post

Kid with an eye-patch?
I'd say this has the potential to do about as well as the Fat Albert movie. More

Posted by eastmav at 02:36 on 26 May 2009 | Report This Post

hubba-bubba-bullsh.....
is this worse than a pointless remake? what are they thinking and whats next? Space Raiders the Movie? Well that would be cool, eh, Tangy Toms from outer Space!!! Can we please have a Mr Soft goes on a Killing Spree, I would pay for that!! More

Posted by woosp at 11:26 on 25 May 2009 | Report This Post

Just wait, hollywood hasn´t yet explored the prolific world of CEREAL characters! More

Posted by carteluo42 at 12:43 on 22 May 2009 | Report This Post

GARBAGE PAIL KIDS
Michael Eisner bought Topps? Sounds like it's just a matter of time before Garbage Pail Kids comes back to the big screen! It kind of makes sense. Hollywood understands the attraction of nostalgia. Also, Garbage Pail Kids started being made again a few years ago. Could it be an all cgi movie? Or perhaps a Roger rabbit style cgi/ real world style movie. Hmmmm... the original movie was terrible BUT The more I think about it....maybe given the right script and the right lo More

Posted by mlavagna at 12:07 on 22 May 2009 | Report This Post

And Now Bubblegum...?
Don't forget that Mars Attacks! was based on bubble gum trading cards so Bazooka Joe is not the first More

Posted by paulchilds at 11:38 on 22 May 2009 | Report This Post

Bazooka Joe movie! Don't be so bloody ridiculous! More

Posted by steveg66 at 11:11 on 22 May 2009 | Report This Post

Bubblegum, eh?
What next? I mean really? I thought Battleship was the furthest it could go ... I can't even think of something sillier than bubblegum for them to make a film of!! I bet it wins an Oscar just to annoy me. More

Posted by KingofallSamurai at 10:12 on 22 May 2009 | Report This Post


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