Cable cult hit spoofs the biz
Is there something about Space Ghost that’s caught Ben Stiller’s eye?
Maybe, but it’s looking more like permanent midnight for a spec script being shopped around by the Space Ghost, the superhero host of Cartoon Network’s cult-fave talkshow “Space Ghost Coast to Coast.”
Hosting a TV talkshow is one thing, but reality bites novices in the movie biz, as Space Ghost discovered on the star-studded Sept. 18 season preem of “Coast to Coast.”
Showbiz folk, particularly such buzz bin hyphenates as Stiller, Kevin Smith and Jim Jarmusch, may seem like they’re just as easygoing as your friends and neighbors as they pursue the project. But once they’ve lost interest, the aspiring screenwriters are as persona non grata as the cable guy who can’t make a housecall on time. It’s like flirting with disaster.
The on-air bidding skirmish among the helmers began when Stiller tried to convince Space Ghost to go for a “kooky” Jim Carrey-type character with his semi-autobiographical screenplay. Space Ghost declined after conferring with his producer, Moltar, and bandleader, Zorak. Then Space Ghost offered the director’s chair to Smith, but Smith quickly alienated his star by sucking up to Zorak during the show.
Finally, Jarmusch chimed in, suggesting that Space Ghost should have his character grow an extra head in the picture. Space Ghost gave up on Jarmusch after the helmer of “Stranger Than Paradise” and “Mystery Train” asked the Hanna-Barbera vet why superheroes wear their underwear on the outside.
In true hyphenate fashion, an exasperated Space Ghost ultimately decides to direct the indie pic himself. No doubt, Harvey Weinstein was his first call.