Buried in the Universal press release that shuffled Wolfman and Green Zone off to 2010 was a bit about Jude Law and Forest Whitaker’s long-delayed (it began production in October 2007 and post-production in January 2008) sci-fi action thriller Repossession Mambo getting retitled Repo Men! and targeted for the first part of 2010.
Apparently this is all news to Repo Man filmmaker Alex Cox whose Repo Chick we noted this morning will be making its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
When LiC passed along a report about what we assumed was Cox’s sequel to Repo Man back in July 2008, Cox veteran Del Zamora turned up in the comments section to correct us:
The graphic novel titled Waldo’s Hawaiian Holiday is the original script to the sequel to REPO MAN. Alex Cox became frustrated trying to get that script off the ground. So, when he was approached to make “WHH” into a graphic novel, he let the script become a graphic novel (read comic book). Why “WHH” has that title, has to do with rights to the title REPO MAN, which Universal Pictures owns.
Repo Chick on the other hand is the newest script that Alex wants to make into a movie. A sequel in the strictest sense, it will not be. Just as “WHH” was not a sequel, per se. Remember this is Alex Cox. He never comes out of anywhere, but left field and we love him for it.
On his own blog meanwhile, Cox writes that he’d received a “cease and desist” letter from Universal’s legal stooges (my characterization) asking him to stop production on Repo Chick, but that he ignored it and went ahead with the non-sequel anyway. It’s now a month from being complete.
About Repo Men!, Cox can only speculate:
I’m sure this is an excellent film, which Universal accidentally forgot to distribute, and now are passing off, in their innocence, as the new REPO MAN. Only a cynical person might see any attempt to catch the upward draft of REPO CHICK, and give loft to a turkey.