Whenever you hear about Hollywood ripping off… I mean, adapting Asian cinema, you usually think of Chinese or Japanese monster or martial arts movies. But leave it to the creator of ‘Lost’ to be ahead of the curve to look to other Asian countries for interesting stories to tell on the big screen.
According to Vulture, J.J. Abrams and his production company, Bad Robot, have acquired the rights to the 2003 Israeli TV movie called ‘Kol Ma She’Yesh Li’, which means ‘All I’ve Got’ in English. Though this movie is fairly obscure in Israel, Abrams has added a huge name to occupy the director’s chair in order to make this a big deal for Paramount Pictures. Now that he’s nearly finished with his Formula One racing movie ‘Rush’ starring Chris Hemsworth and Olivia Wilde, Ron Howard has signed on to direct ‘All I’ve Got’.
Originally written and directed by Margalit Keren of the hit Israeli series ‘Be’Tipul’, the film sounds like a combination of ‘The Notebook’ and the ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ story ‘One More Day’. The story involves an old woman in love who has a hefty decision to make at the end of her life. Here’s the synopsis:
A young, very-much-in-love man and woman… get into a freak car accident in which the man is killed. Though the woman moves on and marries another man with whom she has three children, her own death 50 years later only opens more doors.
In the afterlife, she is given the choice of forgetting the memory of her life after the accident and becoming young again to be with her first love, or choosing to remain as she is and waiting for her second husband’s death.
The article doesn’t mention when production will commence, but it’s unlikely to be soon as Howard has a few projects on his plate already. Currently, he’s gearing up for a concert documentary for Jay-Z , but he’s also got the rather ambitious adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’, which was once said to include 3 movies and 2 television mini-series. Additionally, fans hope that an ‘Arrested Development’ movie is on the schedule somewhere, but that depends on the success of the upcoming Netflix season in which Howard plays the show’s narrator. (Although, to be honest, how on Earth could a new season of ‘Arrested Development’ be bad?)
It’s been a long time since the director has worked in fantasy. If I’m not mistaken, ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’ in 2000 and ‘Willow’ in 1988 were his last two outings in the genre, but since he has had experience and he has an incredible wealth of talent, ‘All I’ve Got’ should make for an interesting story in the hands of Ron Howard.
How does ‘All I’ve Got’ sound to you? Does it sound like something you’d be willing to trek to the theater to see? Share your thoughts in the comments below!