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Adapting Lear

Notes from brainstorming session for movie adaptation of King Lear:

1. Queen Cheer: Lyra, head of the cheerleaders, is graduating soon and must pass on her crown. Her three best friends, Delia, Reagan, and Madison [note: Goneril? Doesn’t work…] all want the job, but Reagan and Madison flatter Lyra, and she agrees to make them co-head cheerleaders [lesbian scene? check with MPAA].

2. King Gear: Pixar/Disney co-production? A kingdom of talking cars, lead by King Gear, a white-bearded Oldsmobile [get it?]. He must divide his asphalt and black-top domain between his three daughters: the sporty but honest Corvette, the fuel-inefficient Regency, and the bulky Grand Voyager [check with Chrysler and GM re: product tie-ins.] But he “runs out of gas” when Corvette refuses to polish his headlamps [ask Tom in standards and practices: how far can we go here?] and winds up giving the parking lot to Regency and Grand Voyager, whose gas-guzzling ways lead to global warming [Al Gore endorsement?.]

3. You’ve Got Lear!: Colin Firth and Drew Barrymore play mismatched couple Lear and Carrie. He’s old enough to be her father…and what she doesn’t know is that he IS her father! Her two best friends, Samantha and Charlotte [talked to Darren Star…he said it’s cool], meanwhile, are scheming to steal her older boyfriend away from her! Will she find her birth certificate and learn the truth? Will Samantha and Charlotte get their (three-) way? [Jerry: this might work better if we ditched the ‘King Lear’ content; just saying!] And what about Lear’s crazy friend Phil? [Adam Sandler not available; Kevin Federline?]

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