Spielberg's Chocky To Cutify My Childhood Again

I admit it, I'm completely torn on how to feel about the news that Steven Spielberg is looking to adapt John Wyndham's Chocky into a big-screen extravaganza. On the one hand, the book — well, the TV versions of it, really — were a strangely important part of my childhood, and I'd love to share them with the rest of the world. But on the other hand, the book — well, the TV versions of it, really — were a strangely important part of my childhood, and the idea of Steven Spielberg turning them into yet another of his ongoing investigation into his own Daddy issues chills me to the bone.The interesting thing is that Chocky is actually the perfect model for Spielberg to project all of his absentee father concerns onto. For those who haven't read the novel, it centers around a father who slowly comes to realize that his son's odd behavior has less to do with his own role in the child's development and more to do with the fact that his son's imaginary friend is actually a disembodied alien consciousness living inside his brain... all of which you're already imagining being accompanied by a John Williams score and personified by a soft-focus Paul Giamatti and some random Culkin kid, I'm sure. But that doesn't mean that that's a good thing — I'd want to see the book being brought to the screen by someone who'd be able to bring out the unsettling qualities about it, the uncertainty and horror of having an alien living inside your son's head, and that's not someone who replaced guns with cellphones in a 20-year-old film so as not to scare the kids. (It's also not you, M. Night Shyamalan. So don't get any ideas.) My one hope is that the confusion over exactly which studio actually owns Spielberg's Dreamworks properties right now will be enough to convince him that it's not worth the trouble — or else, that Tintin gets back on its feet quick enough to fill up his schedule, saving us from a cute Chocky and giving us a new Stephen Moffat movie in the process. Steven Spielberg's kidding again [Hollywood Reporter]


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