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Rose McGowan Describes the ‘Incredible’ Movie ‘Monkeybone’ Could Have Been, Calls Out Fox for Firing Director

Firing original director Henry Selick was a "profoundly stupid move," the actress writes on Instagram.

If you haven’t thought of “Monkeybone” in a while, allow Rose McGowan to refresh your memory — and reveal the movie it could have been. The actress, who co-starred in the fantastical 2001 comedy alongside Brendan Fraser and a slew others, took to Instagram to describe how the critical and financial failure could have been something else entirely had its original director not been fired.

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“The movie would’ve been incredible (at least the underworld part) if the men at 20th Century Fox (the suits) hadn’t fired the director, a true artist, Henry Selick 1/2 the way through filming,” she says, calling his dismissal a “profoundly stupid move.” She notes that Selick had already directed “James and the Giant Peach” and later went on to make “Coraline,” both of which she calls “tremendous pieces of work.” “What #FoxStudios turned this film into because of their fear and lack of artistic thinking was a travesty. They truly robbed us, the audience, of a possible classic.”

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McGowan also notes that “Dark Town,” the original name of both the graphic novel on which “Monkeybone” is based and the underworld realm in which much of it takes place, had its name changed to Downtown in the film “because [Fox] were scared African Americans would be upset by a psychedelic underground acid trip of a world with a CAT for a waitress named Dark Town.” The studio focused on that problem, she says, but have hired very few black female directors.

 

Here I am as Miss Kitty in a film called Monkeybone. The movie would’ve been incredible (at least the underworld part) if the men at 20th Century Fox (the suits) hadn’t fired the director, a true artist, Henry Selick 1/2 the way through filming- a profoundly stupid move. Selick went on to direct Coraline and had already made the classic, James and the Giant Peach, both tremendous pieces of work. The set design, costumes, prosthetics, actors, all at master level, at least in the underworld part of the film. What #FoxStudios turned this film into because of their fear and lack of artistic thinking was a travesty. They truly robbed us, the audience, of a possible classic. Also-fun fact alert-Monkeybone was based on a graphic novel called Dark Town. The weenies at Fox changed the name to ‘Downtown’ because they were scared African Americans would be upset by a psychedelic underground acid trip of a world with a CAT for a waitress named Dark Town. Hmmm… I wonder how many African American women directors they’ve hired in ratio to white male directors? That is what is what Fox should have been/should be concerned with. #foxstudios #rosearmy #anarmyofthought #bravethebook #thinkdifferent #be better

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