A holiday movie from comic writer Grant Morrison and director Guillermo del Toro featuring faulty time-machines and sleep-deprived ghostbusters? Our idea of cinematic heaven, but also never going to happen, according to its author.
To anyone who's seen Morrison - writer of The Invisibles and We3, as well as the man who didn't kill Batman in Batman RIP recently - speak at a convention, the story of Sleepless Knights is probably very familiar by this point. The script deals with a world that, thanks to a time machine-related accident, is permanently stuck on Hallowe'en, and the only thing saving humanity from destruction at the hands of gleeful supernatural beasties is a group of demon hunters who keep themselves permanently awake through somewhat inventive and chemical uses. At one point, the movie was going to be directed by Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy director del Toro - but now, Morrison told MTV's Splash Page blog, that doesn't seem to be the case:
[I]t’s no longer, as far as I know. It’s not at Dreamworks anymore, as far as I know. We spoke to some people after the [San Diego Comic] convention, and that aspect seems to have gone quiet again.
With del Toro now rumored to be attached to The Hobbit, a Pinnochio movie as well as an adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches and many, many other movies, he's probably too busy to return to this project, but that doesn't mean we'll stop hoping that he realizes that the world needs a supernatural Goonies more than it needs more Peter Jackson-produced Tolkien. You know it's true, Guillermo.
Grant Morrison And Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Sleepless Knights’ Movie: Put To Bed? [MTV Splash Page]