Popular cult media site Den of Geek have today published an interview with one Danny John-Jules. It’s a good piece in general, and the Dwarf content is a small part of it – but within that, there are one or two things that really need picking up on…
No Red Dwarf film. Typical of England – even a film with a guaranteed audience it can’t get made. There’s too much politics. The writers split up, falling out with the director…it’s personalities. Why wouldn’t you want to make it, it’s guaranteed to make money! I have big trouble answering questions like this, and they get asked a lot. I never got a straight answer.
On “the writers splitting up”, first of all – well, the Rob and Doug split happened long before the movie was ever even thought of. For its entire existence, it’s been a Doug Naylor project – Rob has had nothing to do with it. So I can’t see that affecting it. And “falling out with the director”? Well, last we heard, Doug was planning to direct the movie himself – so unless he’s fallen out with himself, something’s up there. It could, of course, mean Ed Bye, the TV show’s longest-serving director and a man who was originally attached to the movie waaaay back in the early days. But have he and Doug really fallen out? It’s nothing we’re aware of (admittedly not really our business if they have and aren’t mentioning it in public), and as recently as last year they were doing Bodysnatcher commentaries together, so… hmmm. Something doesn’t quite add up.
I’ve not been asked to play Cat again and there’s no new series. The BBC have lost hope – they were game to make another series.
Er, no they weren’t.
Everyone in the cast is with you on this. If they phoned up tomorrow they’d get a movie made. It’s just really…just ‘don’t know’. someone needs to tie Doug Naylor down and get a definite answer. He’s the only person who can answer these questions, he holds the key to it all. No one’s been able to do it – the only person who can answer that question hasn’t spoken.
Er, yes he has. I’m not expecting Danny to be the sort of person who’d have read a fansite interview, but come on, we’re not the only people Doug’s ever spoken to about this kind of thing… are we?
I like Danny, he seems like a decent bloke (erm, knife-wielding allegations aside) – but unfortunately, he’s done what we’ll have to refer to as “doing a Lovett” here. Someone asks him about the movie/TV show/whatever, and despite the fact that he doesn’t really know what’s going on with GNP and Doug (would it be hard to pick up the phone and ask? It worked for us…), he’s shot his mouth off anyway with a load of ill-informed rubbish that people will pick up on as gospel. Sigh.