CATEGORIES Comedy, Casting, Deals, Universal, Scripts, Family Films, Newsstand, Comic/Superhero/Geek, Movie News, CinematicalAs thrilled as I am with the comic / graphic novel boom, I've had three major complaints: not enough superheroines, not enough stories geared for the wee ones, and not enough fresh (i.e. something that doesn't have 30+ years of continuity) adaptations. So, it's nice to read of a little franchise that might buck all three trends ... and that's Amy Poehler as a James Bond-esque lunch lady.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Poehler is set to star in Lunch Lady, based on an upcoming graphic novel series by Jarrett Krosoczka. It's a series aimed at the younger set, and stars a mild-mannered lady who serves school cafeteria food by day, and justice by night. She's not alone in the task. Assisting her is the hairnet wielding Betty, and an arsenal of cafeteria tools revamped into weapons such as fishstick nunchucks and a lunchtray laptop. Both must thwart criminals and three noisy kids, who are keen to discover their double lives. The first graphic novel, Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians is due on shelves this summer, followed closely by Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute. The film's start date is a little more unclear, but the adaptation is being penned by Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern.
Sure, it sounds goofy, but it could be a lot of fun, especially with Poehler involved. This generation seems to be missing out on the quirky kids movies those of us in our 20s and 30s enjoyed, and I'd like to think that each kid flick I hear about could be Goonies or Monster Squad for the whippersnappers.