I Don’t Understand What’s Happening In This ‘Journey To The West’ Trailer, But It’s MAD!

I’m sure there are many Geeks of Doom readers in the ether of these intertubes that are familiar with the Chinese epic legend, Journey to the West. And those who are not will be familiar with many of its contemporary adaptations such as the cult-classic series Monkey (also known as Monkey Magic) or tersely ripped off in the awful Dragonball Z series (I’m waiting for the hate mail on that comment).

Well, be aware, fellow geeks, for something new adapted this way approaches – and I have to say, this looks like the maddest, most ridiculous, slapstick, and discombobulating version ever to be made. Directed by Derek Kok and Stephen Chow, the film (depending on what sources you dig up) seems to have three working titles internationally: Journey to the West, A Chinese Odyssey, and Odyssey, and is set for release in February in Hong Kong.

And after you see the trailer (embedded below), you will want it released here soon too!

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Check Out Neil Gaiman’s Wobbly Dragon In Honor Of Chinese New Year
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Today marks the beginning of Chinese New Year, the 15-day celebration in Asian cultures filled with gift-giving, family reunions, festivals, fireworks, and wishes of good luck and prosperity in the coming year.

In honor of 2012 being the Year Of The Dragon, author Neil Gaiman sent out a message to his Chinese friends with a drawing of what he says is a “wobbly dragon.”

I just drew a wobbly dragon for my Chinese friends. He’s based on a picture I saw of an ancient dragon who had three toes but was still Chinese…

I don’t know if anyone’s going to be able to see this photo posted here, in China. Last time I was there, this blog was cut off by the Great Firewall, but I post for it anyone who can: 恭喜发财

Check out here below a photo Gaiman posted on his blog of himself holding up the drawing.

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Neil Gaiman To Write ‘Journey To The West’ Adaptation With James Cameron’s Help; Guillermo Del Toro May Direct
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That would be a loaded headline, ladies and gentlemen.

It’s being reported that one of China’s major television producers, Zhang Jizhong, has reached a deal with award-winning author Neil Gaiman to pen the screenplay for a massive adaptation of the ancient Chinese tale, Journey to the West.

The adaptation, at the moment anyway, is planned to be an epic $300 million trilogy — $100 million per movie. No easy task to pull off, and one that would require some major help if we’re ever to see it made.

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