John Landis to Direct "Bat Boy: The Movie Musical"
Oh my Jesus! The Gods must have been smiling on me this week, because it was confirmed that a new motion picture is currently in development that will be based around the wonderful creature known as Bat Boy. Yes, you read that right-the fanged little boy that appears in nearly every issue of Weekly World News (and has since inspired an off-Broadway musical) will soon be receiving the film treatment, and his adventures in cinema will be directed by none other than John Landis, whose previous genre works include An American Werewolf in London and the first segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie. Ain't It Cool News was sent the following synopsis of the film:
"A half boy/half bat creature is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a 'normal' boy by the veterinarian's wife, Meredith, and teenage daughter, Shelley. Bat Boy is happy with his new life, but when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded people of Hope Falls, they turn on him, prodded by the machinations of Dr. Parker, who secretly despises Bat Boy. Shelley and Bat Boy, who have fallen in love, run away together from the ignorant townsfolk and have a blissful coupling in the woods, but their happiness is shattered when Meredith arrives and reveals a secret. Soon the entire town arrives and hears the shocking story of Bat Boy's unholy origin."
As a huge fan of Weekly World News and Bat Boy in general, I'm not afraid to admit that after reading that synopsis, I cried tears of joy. This could quite possibly be the greatest piece of film ever to grace the screen. Oh, glorious day.