In podcast 825 of ScriptNotes, Craig Mazin and John August have an array of engaging topics to discuss, such as if the story of Alexis K Manigo/Kamiyah Mobley, the young woman kidnapped as a baby and raised seemingly happily for 18 years before being reunited with the birth parents who never quit searching, would or would not make a good film, and if it were made, whose point of view would the film take, and how would it be structed?
It also includes a discussion on Film Unions and copyright, as well as a detailed synopsis of “Sea Monkeys,” for anyone unfamiliar with the temporary fad pets, and discussion on how a film could be structured around the Sea Monkey name. Plus, the complicated and muddy history of the man who created the marketing directive for Sea Monkeys. John and Craig also touch on how Product-Name-Recognition based films are made (such as The Lego Movie, Monster Trucks, or The Smurfs,) and the reasons behind the high level of such films being made recently.
To wrap things up, John and Craig’s last big topic is a rather mind-boggling discussion of the Sinbad movie that doesn’t exist. Why do so many people have detailed memories of a Sinbad Genie movie called Shazam? What do collective miss-memories mean? Or is it possible it really did exist?
And, as a final note before the episode ends, John and Craig bring up the almost equally surprising music video to “Wyclef Jean” by Young Thug, which is comprised of footage and a scathing director’s commentary, and finish with a pitch about why everyone needs Potassium Iodide pills in case of Nuclear Winter.