Today.. August 6th marks the anniversary of the shocking passing of legendary filmmaker John Hughes. It was an Elvis moment for me when I learned of his death.. I will always remember it.
This has been circulating for awhile, but John Hughes might have one more classic movie to be developed it appears. Hughes left behind a screenplay called "Grisbys Go Broke" and though it has yet to be produced, recent internet chatter has Paramount Pictures attached while casting underway.
The script sounds like a classic Hughes 80's film: A rich Chicago family lose everything and have no choice but to move out to the country. Rumors are also swirling that John Hughes had actually contacted Michael Schoeffling and discussed the script with him. How awesomely crazy is that?
After his death, the Hughes family reportedly found a slew of unpublished material, which the director had been working on since leaving Hollywood in the mid '90's. I would love to read some of those screenplays!
"Sixteen Candles" will always be my favorite John Hughes movie.. but there are so many more that I truly enjoy.
Let's all spend a few moments today reflecting on our memories of John Hughes and his movies were all cherish..
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Hughes' death was definitely an "Elvis" moment for me as well...I've been loving his movies practically my entire life. Even his later movies from the 90's are awesome to me (I don't care what anyone says, Curly Sue is an awesome movie!). I love the fact that he was such a proud resident of the Chicago area and filmed almost all of his movies there. His movies seem real to me in ways no other movies do. Every character reminds me of someone I know.
I'm excited about "Grisby's Go Broke." The plot reminds me of certain scenes from "Dutch."
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Suffice to say it was probably an "Elvis" moment for everyone here, myself included. But, we should consider, no one ever truly dies who's cared for, and clearly Hughes is still greatly cared for here, so while I'll be forever disappointed to never be able to know for sure from him whether Brian ever did find true love in the end (as a brain myself, I simply have to know, feeling there's hope for me if there was hope for him in the end), it's a relatively minor qualm knowing I can always come here to pay respect to the man who helped shape me more than most (and yes, as noted, even comparatively weaker works in the mid 90s when it looked clear he was starting to feel burned out hold up at least reasonably; a number of Baby's Day Out's jokes are still absolutely hilarious, particularly when the baby, shall we say, lights up Joe Mantagna's life).
The tribute pictured above was very well handled earlier in the year, I'd have to say, although it would have been more complete to have had at least one member of the Candy family on stage as well to share the moment (given they do tend to avoid the spotlight, though, perhaps it's not all that surprising). Some of the critics may have complained more important people could have gotten the tribute instead; we can thus tell who else died when they grew up...
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