Thursday, August 06, 2009

Cormac and Marianne Wibberley on G-Force

For the Writers Guild of America West, Dylan Callaghan talks to Cormac and Marianne Wibberley about their screenplay for the new animated film G-Force.
Was the premise of a band of specially trained guinea pigs yours?

Cormac Wibberley: No, it was Hoyt Yeatman’s. He had an 11-page treatment that he’d done some artwork on.

Marianne Wibberley: It’s nice when you get to that place and you’re not just in your office slogging it out, when someone comes to you with an idea, and they have drawings and stuff. It’s great. We basically added the twist that they get disbanded and thrown in a regular pet shop where they have to be regular pets but don’t know how. That was a concept that we brought to the table.

After getting that initial premise and artwork, what emerged for you as the core of the story?

Marianne Wibberley: The core of it for us was that these guys never got to prove themselves. The original idea didn’t have that. That’s why we thought it would be fun to disband them, have them told that they’re just ordinary and then have to prove that they’re not. That part was emotionally exciting for us, that they become underdogs and not just kick-ass guinea pigs.

And also, we just thought it would be fun to spoof a Jerry Bruckheimer movie. You know, we’d done Bad Boys and National Treasure one and two, and we thought it would be fun to wink, wink at the whole genre.
G-Force is currently on general release in the UK. Here's a link to the trailer on YouTube.

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