Sunday, March 22, 2009

Kiss and Tango movie production stalled in tango lessons for Bullock

This is my own made up headline, but it just dawned on me that it's very likely that Sandy, after her first round of tango lessons, figured out that it would not be so easy to portray Argentine tango as possibly first thought. Not that I don't think she can learn and learn well, but as we all know, it takes time. It's been about two years since it first hit the news that Sandra Bullock had bought the movie rights to the book. That's just about right. Perhaps production can start now.

Perhaps production has already started. Has anyone seen film crews taking over milonga venues in Buenos Aires?

I check with Google once in a while to see if there is any news on the movie - production-wise. I'm interested in this one because so many movies have come out that do not portray Argentine tango accurately. With this one, perhaps there is a chance to show the world - authentically - what our Argentine Tango is all about.

I'm concerned that the producers (Sandy and friends) may eschew Buenos Aires and its milongas as the actual filming locations due to costs, or logistics or whatever. To me, the movie can't be all that it can be if filmed elsewhere. They will need lots of good tango dancers as extras - the only place to find them is in Buenos Aires.

I'm also concerned that due to song rights issues, they may not use guardia vieja music, which will also affect the outcome, the feel, the everything of the movie. My guess is even if song rights are not an issue, the powers that be will say that the movie going public would not like (or 'get') traditional tango music - and try to come up with something else - thereby missing the mark.

Sad.

Sandy, if you are reading this, please shoot the film in Buenos Aires in the actual milongas that Marina Palmer danced at. Please use original guardia vieja music exclusively in the film. Please do the right thing and do the thing right. Please please purty please.

7 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Hi Alex,
All those things are potential problems. The biggest problem is the book is so bad, so how are they going to make a good movie anyway.
XO
E

Alex said...

Hi Miss E!

yeah, that too...perhaps she is rethinking the whole concept...

beso...

alex

Debbi said...

Hey Alex - from buying the book rights to movie in the theatres - it normally takes 3 to 5 years. It is a long process. Here's hoping it would be worth it.

Alex said...

Hi Debbi...

I'm going by IMDB...a little over a year ago they indicated a 2008 release date (meaning filming should have already been complete) ...now it's showing a 2009 release date...since we're hearing nothing at all about filming/production/post...I'm guessing it's still two to four years out...if it ever gets made at all...

A

Limerick Tango said...

I'm sure the credit crunch is having its own little way with the movie industry. Whatever the quality of the movie of the dancing if it ever gets released it will do something towards raising awareness of tango.

The music will likely be all new recordings. All the better for flogging the soundtrack.

Tina said...

Reporting from Buenos Aires: have not seen a single film crew.

:-)

Anonymous said...

I'm concerned that the producers (Sandy and friends) may eschew Buenos Aires and its milongas as the actual filming locations due to costs, or logistics or whatever. To me, the movie can't be all that it can be if filmed elsewhere. They will need lots of good tango dancers as extras - the only place to find them is in Buenos Aires.

I'm also concerned that due to song rights issues, they may not use guardia vieja music, which will also affect the outcome, the feel, the everything of the movie. My guess is even if song rights are not an issue, the powers that be will say that the movie going public would not like (or 'get') traditional tango music - and try to come up with something else - thereby missing the mark.


You have not read the book, have you?

Any landfill, dump site, or any place used for the disposal of waste materials and waste treatment would make a great location for the movie version of that piece of trash.