So last night I discovered that England – that tiny island across the water, already has access to the sequels to John Drake’s brilliant Flint&Silver. So what gives? I thought we Americans were supposed to get EVERYTHING FIRST, and now I learn that the two books I’m so eagerly awaiting are already being read and enjoyed by limeys? There is no justice.
So while discovering the nuggets above, I also found this:
Yarrr! ‘Flint & Silver’ To Sail To the Big Screen – The Moviefone Blog
Now, before you wet yourself in excitement, note that the story is from March of 2008 – so it would appear this is just one of the many unsubstantiated pirate movie rumors. So now we have Captain Blood in Space, Blackbeard (in his own film), AND Long John to not look forward to seeing. Yar. (That’s a sad yar. You can tell because it’s punctuated with a period instead of a more festively enthusiastic exclamation point.)
Silver: My Own Tale as Written by Me with a Goodly Amount of Murder
by Edward Chupack
Silver is a fictional autobiography as penned by none other than Long John himself. Starting with his roots as a back-alley thief and working up through common pirate to eventual captain, it traces his entire life in shameless detail. Long John delights in every crime, every murder, every maneuver for advantage against his adversaries and allies alike.
The first thing a reader needs to understand is that this is not the Long John of Treasure Island – Disney or otherwise. Rather, it’s a new perspective of this same character – more sinister, more murderous. Throughout, many important details of this account won’t quite match with John Hawkins’ own famous telling – this is intentional, as the author states his purpose to create a new story inspired by the Long John Silver, rather than a mere prequel limited by the exact characters and events of Treasure Island. This is important to note, because otherwise a reader might go nuts over several apparent discrepancies (Long John’s missing leg, the origins of the treasure, the role of Hawkins, etc.) Continue reading
A surprisingly fun (and even touching) version of Treasure Island that, if not loyal in the strictest sense, manages to stay true to the original spirit of the book. The imagery is very good. At times it’s amazing. John Hawkins, the Doctor, and the Captain are all nicely portrayed. And Long John, you ask? You may hate me for saying this, but in its own weird way I think this is the best version of Long John Silver I’ve ever seen. He’s both endearing yet sinister, believable as a pirate and yet he still manages to show paternal affection for Hawkins. Making him into a cyborg was a very clever, and highly appropriate, touch. Sadly, any genius that went into creating Long John was offset by the dopey lameness of the Ben Gunn android, but such is life.
I must confess that I never saw this movie as a kid. Or if I did, I don’t remember it. As such I’ve no sense of nostalgia or childhood fondness attached to it. If you do, that’s fine – we love what we love, and we don’t need to justify it. But having seen it for the first time as an adult, I just don’t think it was all that great. Jim Hawkins was much too young to believably outsmart everyone, and his pudgy baby-face only made it all the more silly to watch. Long John was a giant, one-legged grease ball, more goofy than anything else. And the pirates, with their peculiar jaunt and super curly hairstyles, were just plain silly. I suppose the story was more-or-less loyal to the book, but it all had that dated and muted feel that is so common amongst older Disney movies.
In a word, “eh.”