“Euphoria” Creator, Sam Levinson, Is Thinking About Making A Movie For Kids
Now that Sam Levinson has finished with his latest problematic show, The Idol, starring and developed by Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, he’s looking to his next step. And it might not be TV, as he says that with his son nearing adolescence, he’s looking to create something that he can soon experience–like a version of The Goonies. Which, if you’ve never seen, is about a group of poor kids who try to save their homes from becoming a country club in foreclosure and go on a wild adventure that includes the mob and potentially lethal traps. So in Sam Levinson’s version, the kids will turn to selling drugs to save their houses and will get killed in a shootout with the mob over a deal gone wrong.
The Idol premieres on the newly renamed Max streaming service on June 4, and it’s already been toasted by critics. It’s currently sitting rotten at 27% on Rotten Tomatoes. But that’s a success for Sam, I guess. During a party in Cannes, Variety caught up with Sam, who was with his wife and producing partner, Ashley Levinson, and he was super pumped about The Idol being the first TV series to premiere at Cannes. Too bad people mostly hate it. But Sam is looking to the future, and it seems that might include kids’ content:
As scenes from the Warner Bros. library, including A Clockwork Orange and Batman, were projected onto the hotel’s iconic lagoon swimming pool, Variety asked Levinson when he might pivot from series and make a feature film.
“I have a seven-year-old son at home,” he said, “I want to make a movie for him. I want to make a Goonies.” The teenagers of Euphoria would likely terrify the kids of The Goonies, but we’ll be first in line to see Levinson’s take on the family action classic.
Umm… the kids from Euphoria would get the kids from The Goonies hooked on meth. They would get them sold into a child trafficking ring. “Terrify?” Some Euphoria teens would start dealing opioids at the Goon Docks, and that Astoria, Oregon neighborhood wouldn’t need to be foreclosed on to get taken over by that country club because their lives would dissolve within weeks! Please, someone get the U.S. government to declare Goonies a historical landmark before Sam Levinson butchers it!
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