All New Ask Mark Matthew!
By: Andrew Bermudez
(Mustache Maniacs Film Co. Headquarters; June 6, 2016)Today we bring you another 'Ask Mark Matthew,' containing 100% new material! Let's get started!
Jack Maroney writes: And also could I make a story based on Harry Cane's experience in the Vietnam War [for The Canon that Time Forgot]?
Mark: While I would say that Harry Cane is one of our more developed characters, a story about him during the Vietnam War would work as an entry.
ourtoyworldRTW writes: Can I make a story based on Chase McCain vs the Kingfisher [for The Canon that Time Forgot]?
Mark: As long as it doesn't contradict the canon, yes.
HollywoodLego writes: would you consider remaking Johnny thunder and the secret of Marco Polo. I'm not saying you should. But just think of what you could do with it, the new technology, make new lines, fix some problems you might have had with the original, more cinematic shots. And establish more scenes so they're fleshed out a little better. I think it would be a great thing you could do. You don't have to do it, but at least think about it.
Mark: This is a complicated concept, but ultimately, we won't remake this film in the near future. There are actually several reasons why we came to this decision.
- Unneeded Complications to the Canon: If we were to remake Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo, that would effectively ret-con the existing film and replace it with this hypothetical remake. However, the issue here is that several other films (namely, the Johnny Thunder sequels), have references and jokes that rely on the existing version of the film. By changing up and updating the story, characters would refer to events that never happened, and new events would become canon that then don't weigh in on the other films, even though they should, if that makes sense.
- The Story's Already Been Told: The Mustache Maniacs Film Co. cinematic universe has tons of untapped potential, with its wide array of characters and unknown events. Even after Project U, there's a whole plate of untold stories to cover, which I won't disclose here. If we were to remake Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo, that would basically be re-telling a story that everyone already knows, especially since we wouldn't be able to change anything in the script.
- It's Under Fire for Racism: This is actually a pretty minor issue and could be used as an argument to remake the film, but essentially some people have called the portrayals of the Indian Thieves and Babloo as racist against Indians. Remaking the film could theoretically fix this, but again, because of the canon, we cannot tamper with the script. Worse, if we were to remake the film with no sensitivity to these issues, it will only cause these allegations to start again.
I apologize if that response is much longer than it needs to be, but please understand that, while it would be great to remake Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo, we would have to essentially reboot the entire cinematic universe before we could do a remake justice.
That's it for today's edition of Ask Mark Matthew! Don't forget that if you have a question, post it where ever we'll be able to see it and respond. Until then, we'll be making movies!