What You Can Get Away With » Can you make an intentionally bad movie?

You know you’ve made it as a blogger (and it only took eight years!) when you write a post about a film, and said film’s director comments on your post. But then, if someone was mistaking me for Michael Bay, I’d probably feel the need to comment too.

Atlanta Nights – the film in question – is an adaptation of the novel of the same name, a noted literary hoax played upon a vanity publisher by the Science Fiction Writers of America. Rachael Saltzman – now to be forever immortalised as ‘did I tell you that a film director commented on my blog once?’ – has bought the films rights to the book and is adapting it with the strapline “The worst book ever written, now the worst movie ever made!” which is an interesting statement of intent, though as I pointed out a while ago, it’s very hard to make an intentionally bad movie. Indeed, one of the things that make really bad movies so perversely entertaining is the earnestness with which they’re made – something that aims high and fails spectacularly is much more interesting than something made to a constant soundtrack of “that’ll do”.

But, as one of the named inspirations for the projects is Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, and the trailer video for the project presents Travis Tea, the ‘author’ of Atlanta Nights as a real person, there may be some interesting humour to be drawn from the situation, as well as a warning about some of the unscrupulous sharks of the publishing industry.

Should you have some spare cash and be interested in helping Atlanta Nights find its way onto film, then there is a funding search going on right now in an effort to bring it to the screen. There’s also an interview with Rachael ‘not Michael Bay’ Saltzman here, where she talks about how the project got started.

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2 comments untill now

  1. Thanks, Nick!

    I do know what you mean about the wonderfully bad vs. the ‘nobody cared enough’ bad. Some of the ‘mistakes’ we’re planning actually make parts of the process more intensive so the audience can share the joke. For instance, continuity ‘errors’ have to be written into the shooting script.

    We care a heck of a lot, and are carefully crafting and planning the ‘errors’ beforehand, so they’ll be obvious and repeatable; and so we can ramp up the joke.

  2. I still think there should be a different real Travis for each chapter of the movie, sort of like a very old game show “What’s my Line”

    btw I am one of the Producers of the Film :P