Friday, December 14, 2012

Peter Jackson to adapt "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" in 5 movie deal

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains multiple spoilers about the story line and conclusion of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Read on at your own risk!

Artists impression of how the Very Hungry Caterpillar MIGHT look 
Peter Jackson, director of the critically acclaimed Lord of the Rings trilogy and the newly released The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey today announced his next project - a five movie adaptation of the much-loved classic childrens book written and illustrated by Eric Carle.

"I'm predicting that critics will criticize my choice of spreading the story over 5 individual movies", said Jackson, 51, from his Masterton Home in New Zealand, "but the great advantage this gives us is the opportunity to explore some of the rich back story from the mythos created by Carle."

"We're all familiar with the story", continued Jackson, "but how much do we really know? Where did the green baby caterpillar come from? What was his name? What, other than a humongous and perpetual craving for food, were his motives? When he ate the apples, pears, plums, strawberries, oranges, chocolate cake, ice-cream, pickles, swiss cheese, salami, lollipop, cherry pie, a single sausage, cupcake, watermelon and a single leaf, what was his favourite - and why? What mysterious compulsions drove him to devour so much he ended up inadvertently nauseating himself, other than to provide sufficient energy for the cocoon stage? When he later emerged as a bright, colourful butterfly with big gorgeous multi-coloured wings we can answer the question on every childs lips - what happened next?"

"Oh, and we're going to make it show in a kasquillion frames per second in 4D which is considerably more than the human brain can in fact process. And it'll use colours that we're inventing specifically for this film. And we'll release thousands of baby caterpillars into the lap of the audience in each showing. And you'll be able to smell every piece of food he eats, and -"

The interview was then concluded by an employee of New Line who said that we should expect the epic on our cinema screens in December 2015.

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