Earlier this month, Joss Whedon's tongue-in-cheek (we assume) open letter to "the Terminator owners" generated an intriguing mixture of hilarity, vitriol, black-slapping and raised eyebrows when it hit the blogosphere with a splash.
"I have heard through the 'grapevine'," wrote he, "that the Terminator franchise is for sale, and I am prepared to make a pre-emptive bid RIGHT NOW to wrap this dealio up. This is not a joke, this is not a scam, this is not available on TV. I will write a check TODAY for $10,000, and viola! Terminator off your hands."
Ahem. Yes, nice one Joss. Still, the minor furore got us thinking: which current helmers really ought to throw their movie-making hats in the ring? Well, here are 15 we came up with for starters...
The Director: Joss Whedon
Why He Should Buy It: Because his very bone marrow is 7/10ths sci-fi/fantasy stuff, obviously. But mostly just because it was his idea that started all this.
See where a ‘joke’ can get you, eh fella? That’ll be umpteen million dollars, thanks. And good luck.
How His Terminator Would Look: There’d probably be a slight over-reliance on romantic lens-flare and magical CGI glitter knocking around.
Skynet's hardware would look awesome, mind you; we're picturing great hulking beat-up warships adorned with parrot beak cockpits. And glitter.
Next: Tim Burton