With Martin Scorsese's family film "Hugo" charming audiences of all ages, the fidgety director's old penchant for probing the psyches of psychos seems consigned to the '70s, along with giant collars and non-ironic mustaches.
Marty is now far more interested in giving us warm feelings in our tummies than in stabbing us repeatedly with a shiv. And this made us wonder: If such a long-time utilizer of the R rating is going PG, what other directors of "adult situations" will soon be yearning to explore the world through the innocent eyes of children?
1. Quentin Tarantino ('Inglorious Bastards,' 'Pulp Fiction')
The Movie He Could Make: When middle schooler Jaden Smith masterminds a prank on his teacher (Megan Fox) that leaves her with hurt feelings, it's up to Jaden and his classmate, Steve Buscemi, to organize the biggest, funnest party a teacher's ever been given! But will it be enough to impress the girl he's crushing on (Elle Fanning)? Find out in "Tattle Tale," Tarantino's delightful new tween flick. Rated NC-17 (for nudity, language, hardcore sex and acts of extreme violence).
2. Woody Allen ('Midnight In Paris,' 'Annie Hall')
The Movie He Could Make: Contractually obligated to direct a children's film under his deal with Sony Classics, Woody jumps headfirst into a new project: the yet-to-be-named "Untitled New York Story #27," which he describes as a "zany yarn that tykes will scream for!" In it, Allen plays a neurotic 9-year-old Manhattanite torn between the love of a tightly wound 65-year-old New Yorker columnist (Diane Keaton), and an earthy undergrad art student (whatever cute blonde's available). Through this love triangle, the meanings of life and love will be deconstructed. Surprisingly, the director is considering 1940s jazz recordings for the score. Sony Classics is considering litigation.
3. Terrence Malick ('Tree of Life,' 'The Thin Red Line')
The Movie He Could Make: While Malick insists that his next feature "Heavenly Days in a World of Trees of Summer" is a family film, we've had difficulty nailing down exactly what the film ... is. We've been assured that it will be "lyrical" -- a sort of "epic, visual poem" -- and that its cast of child actors will include every child actor currently working in Hollywood. But when pressed for further details on what the movie's actual about, Malick simply replied "Everything. It's about everything ... and summer camp." AMC Theatres has already secured the rights for Mommy and Me noon showings.
4. Michael Moore ('Sicko,' 'Bowling for Columbine')
The Movie He Could Make: Moore's at it again, this time exposing kids to the gimmickry of 3-D movies with his agenda-laden documentary "3-D-Ceived." Speaking directly to the camera for 2 1/2 hours, Moore browbeats children to stop buying into the 3-D hype: "Why do you idiots keep giving studios the extra money?! 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' wasn't even filmed in 3-D! They just got the fake 3-D treatment in post! You know, in Cuba, kids are just now getting to copies of 'The Wizard of Oz' and they're loving it, and it's only half in color." Rated G, available in 3-D.