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Liam Neeson is set to star in a film about the Wolfes.

Wait...

No, sorry.

Wolves.

Director Joe Carnahan has gotten a green light to start production next week on The Grey, a thriller that stars Liam Neeson, Dallas Roberts, James Badge Dale, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo (Warrior), Nonso Anozie, and Joe Anderson. They play oil-rig roughnecks left stranded by a plane crash right in the hunting zone of a pack of rogue wolves on the frozen Alaskan tundra.

You can see what's coming. Sarah Palin will play a wolf hunter who saves the day.

I'm just glad to see them using my preferred spelling. I'm frequently told to spell it "gray," and I just like "grey" better.

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I'm just glad to see them using my preferred spelling. I'm frequently told to spell it "gray," and I just like "grey" better.

I thought "grey" was the Anglacized spelling.

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Tyler wrote:

: I thought "grey" was the Anglacized spelling.

You mean "gray" is the Americanized spelling. Just who do you think invented the English language, anyway?

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Tyler wrote:

: I thought "grey" was the Anglacized spelling.

You mean "gray" is the Americanized spelling. Just who do you think invented the English language, anyway?

Americans invented everything.

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I'd like to know how much nastier rogue wolves are compared to law-abiding wolves.

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And rumor has it that in addition to playing one of the human characters, Liam Neeson will also be providing the somber, philosophizing English-speaking voice of one of the wolves. Oops...I guess I guess I'm confusing this with the Narnia film series. ;)

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Well the rumors really are flying then, because I heard one of the wolves get kidnapped by corrupt French politicians who make it strip in a rich mansion with peep windows, and Neeson has to tear down an iron steam pipe which has four flange bolts only supporting 195 lbs each, and he just happens to be 200... oh, waitasec, I was thinking of Taken.

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Here's how I see the pitch to producers.

Producer: Watcha got for me?

Carnahan: OK, so it's Flight of the Phoenix crossed with The Edge, only we'll have hungry wolves instead of a hungry bear, who want to chow down on the guys from Armegeddon, except we can't afford Bruce Willis, so we'll cast it and set the location more like The Way Back... you know, respected actors that won't break the bank, and in the snow instead of space.

I think I'll skip this and by a copy of Never Cry Wolf.

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I'm just glad to see them using my preferred spelling. I'm frequently told to spell it "gray," and I just like "grey" better.

"Grey" is the vastly superior spelling. I always use it myself.

- Steven D. Greydanus

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I knew there was a reason I prefer it!

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I knew there was a reason I prefer it!

Yes, but that is not the reason. :) The reason is Gandalf.

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I really, really like the way this thread is developing...

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SDG wrote:

: The reason is Gandalf.

FWIW, I had assumed that that was Jeff's reason, too. (BTW, does this mean American editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have resisted Americanizing those books?)

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: The reason is Gandalf.

FWIW, I had assumed that that was Jeff's reason, too. (BTW, does this mean American editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have resisted Americanizing those books?

Yes! It does!

I also love that spelling for Gandalf ... but the connection to my own name provided an extra reason. :)

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SDG wrote:

: I also love that spelling for Gandalf ... but the connection to my own name provided an extra reason. :)

Aha! Hadn't caught that bit.

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I must say that your subtitle for this thread had me intrigued.

Then crushed.....

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Longer trailer. Still no Gandalf.

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I heard Scott Dente was going to be in this film. But I guess not.

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I heard Scott Dente was going to be in this film. But I guess not.

I thought about going that route, but I figured no one would get the joke.

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Well, wherever two or more are gathered, jokes can happen.

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I'm starting to hear some surprisingly good things about this film, but A&F is silent on Day 2. Anybody here see it? Is it much more substantial than the trailers made it look? (That's what I'm hearing.)

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I'm starting to hear some surprisingly good things about this film, but A&F is silent on Day 2. Anybody here see it? Is it much more substantial than the trailers made it look? (That's what I'm hearing.)

If I catch it this week I'll report in. I'm intrigued. Ignatiy Vishnevetsky's review on mubi was some nice writing, but something tells me it's not up your alley, Jeff.

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It's not bad. The dialogue is a little hardboiled and overcooked at times, and sometimes you find yourself thinking "Do wolves REALLY behave like that?", but I think the good points outweigh the bad, overall.

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It's not bad. The dialogue is a little hardboiled and overcooked at times, and sometimes you find yourself thinking "Do wolves REALLY behave like that?", but I think the good points outweigh the bad, overall.

I have a friend, Paul Smith, who's a zookeeper (no, he didn't buy a zoo; he works for one) who expected to hate it, but according to his Twitter review, ended up liking the cinematic aspects & the human acting a lot. However, the wolf behavior was (his words) "bollocks. I have no patience for films that ascribe almost supernatural menace to wild animals." (@Haunt1013).

For those who don't care so much about actual wolf behavior, or who are willing to view them as metaphors, it probably works pretty well.

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