Tuesday, April 20, 2010
With the movie starring the next Shia LaBeouf?
This whole iPhone leak story sounds like a YA novel. The boy (probably pudgy) lives with his mysteriously unreachable single dad, who runs a bar (this will allow for lots of wisdom from the grizzled regulars). Our computer nerd antihero is completely uncool--until the day he finds a too-cool-to-be-true device made by the most powerful company on earth left behind by someone in a group of partying programmers. (It will turn out that the guy who actually left the phone is the secret loner of the group, and he and our boy will eventually bond, leading somehow to the programmer's romance with the next Cameron Diaz.) Ensuing media sensation leads the boy to undreamed of heights of popularity (and a date with the next Emma Roberts) until he discovers that popularity isn't all it's cracked up to be. He runs away to the woods armed with nothing but . . . a hatchet that had been left at the bar when his dad was a boy, by a prospecting drifter who turns out to have been, I dunno, Dicey's father or something. In the woods he realizes that Nature has been communicating for eons without cell phones and so can he. With his dad. (In the movie, the trees will actually talk.)