So, this other day I was thinking about a general outline of how a Monkey Island movie would look like (you know, dreams and stuff), taking a few things in mind:
1. LeChuck must have more depth than a simple cartoony villain.
2. Relationships between Elaine and Guybrush must develop more slowly (I doubt that a two-conversations-turning-into-love will look good in a cinematic media)
3. It must use the central Secret of Monkey Island elements, but not resemble the game (or the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie :p ) so much so it would be a total clone (though, of course, there will be similarities).
And I give to you the first version of the concept of my variant of a MI movie (since this is a concept and an outline, don't expect TOO much details in most places):
A young Guybrush Threepwood is found by Captain Marley. After interacting with his granddaughter, Elaine Marley, Guybrush decides for himself that he wants to become a pirate. He is left on Plunder Island.
2. Part I.
A now grown-up Guybrush Threepwood lives on Plunder Island, where many retired pirates settle to live after their glory days are gone. Guybrush tries very hard to join a pirate crew, if a pirate ship ports, but, so far, to no avail. Until one day, the famous fearsome pirate LeChuck (note: human) docks. And, surprisingly enough, he takes Guybrush on his crew.
LeChuck acts as Guybrush's mentor (becoming quite fond of the boy, presumably because he really is LeChuck's brother), teaching him the art of insult swordfighting, how to dig up treasures, and steal stuff, besides other things. LeChuck's crew plunders a lot of treasure, and the pirate captain tells Guybrush about the beautiful Governor of Melee Island, Elaine Marley, whom's heart he tries to win. (NOTE: And maybe something about Monkey Island and it's secret)
3. Part II.
On Melee Island, LeChuck visits Elaine. She, however, tells him to drop dead, so LeChuck decides to be the first human ever to discover the Secret of Monkey Island, to win Elaine's heart! He leaves Guybrush on Melee, saying it's a too much dangerous endeavor, and sails away.
Guybrush hurries to Elaine with those news, she feels guilty, so they get a ship, gather a crew to catch up with LeChuck and stop him (since, as we all know, nobody survived the trip to Monkey Island). On their journey, I guess, Guybrush and Elaine develop deeper feelings toward eachother.
They don't know, however, that meanwhile LeChuck was catched by a very dangerous storm, which kills him - but he and his crew are raised as ghosts.
Now, I'm not sure exactly if LeChuck discovers the Secret or not, but the point is, the Sea Monkey (I guess, why Guybrush and Elaine shouldn't sail the Sea Monkey? :p ) and LeChuck's ghost ship lock in a battle; LeChuck being enraged by Guybrush's and Elaine's love and the fact that Guybrush betrayed him. He manages to take Elaine, and destroys the ship.
4. Part III
Guybrush wakes up on Monkey Island. With the help of Herman Toothrot and the Cannibals, he must escape it and rescue Elaine.
Now, this, along with the Prologue, is the part I thought least about. But, I guess, it will go as it did in the game: Elaine doesn't really need saving, Guybrush battles LeChuck and in the end destroys his ghost form, Elaine and Guybrush get together.
Well, something like that. There are some things that must be changed, most likely, but if told in a Monkey Island-ish style (a serious story told in a humorous way), I think it would've been a movie I actually would like to see, and would enjoy it.
I really dig the concept of LeChuck being Guybrush's-mentor-turned-ghost-and-feeling-betrayed-by-Guybrush, I think that would add the needed depth a movie villain needs, and that's the one thing I would never like to see changed.
I know I will have to evade a lots of tomatoes and garbage thrown in my way after this post :p But, anyway, opinions?