Tonight will be different! I am the ripper, the terror, the slasher. I am the teeth in the darkness! My name is strength! And lust! And power! I AM BEOWULF!
Are you the one they call Beowulf? Such a strong man you are. A man like you could own the greatest tale ever sung. Beowul. . .Stay with me. Give me a son, and I shall make you the greatest king that ever lived. This. . .I swear. . .
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, who successfully brought us The Polar Express in 3D in 2004, with a screenplay co-written by comic book fan favorite, Neil Gaiman Beowulf in Digital 3D opens on November 16, 2007.
This digital capture, full CGI animation stars Ray Winstone as Beowulf, Anthony Hopkins as King Hrothgar, Crispin Glover as Grendel and Angelina Jolie as Grendel's mother. I'm excited to learn that it will contain "intense sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sexual material and nudity." Cool!
For those of you who didn't have to read this in high school, Beowulf is an eighth century English epic poem about a legendary Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes first from a monster named Grendel, then from Grendel's mother who begins her own campaign of terror in revenge.
Hollywood, being no doubt aware of the immense popularity of epic Olde English poetry among today's youth, green lighted this film in a cynical attempt to cash in on the fad before the youth market moves on to say, The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.
[ Also highly reccommended, though not in 3D, is John Gardner's 1971 classic Grendel, told from the monster's view point.]