Thursday, May 31, 2012

Refn Takes On "Button Man" Comic Series

Nicolas Winding Refn is in talks to direct the comic book film adaptation "Button Man" says Deadline.

Judge Dredd creator John Wagner wrote the graphic novel with artist Arthur Ranson about a hired gun offered a fortune to take part in a game organized by bored millionaires that sets trained killers against one another in a fight to the death. When Exton gets disgusted and opts out, his only exit strategy might be to off the millionaires funding the competition.

Roger Kass, Josh Braun and Michael De Luca will produce the film.

Bourne Legacy Trailer: "I'm Not Just A Science Project"

The full theatrical trailer for writer/director Tony Gilroy's action reboot The Bourne Legacy has
hit the Net...In this new film we see Jeremy Renner taking over for departing series star Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne playing Aaron Cross.

Rachel Weisz also stars as the female lead while Edward Norton is set to play the villain Oscar Isaac plays a brainwashed assassin named 'Number 3' While Joan Allen and Albert Finney have signed on to reprise their roles from the original Bourne films. And Stacy Keach has joined the cast of the film as a new as yet unknown character.

Frank Marshall, Jeffrey M. Weiner and Ben Smith produce the new Bourne.

It's no secet that I never really took to Damon in the role of an action hero---But Renner has done solid work in both Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and The Avengers--and I am ready to see him take center stage here.

The reboot has an August 3rd 2012 bow

Viggo, Robbie & David Unfold A "Map To The Stars"?

Director David Cronenberg told The Playlist that his frequent star Viggo Mortensen is interested in taking a role in his upcoming pic Maps to the Stars.

The flick follows 2 former child stars whose lives are destroyed by Hollywood It was written by Bruce Wagner (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors). Getting the industry to sign off on it is proving difficult.

"We have a script that I love. It's a very difficult film to get made. Whether I can get this movie to happen, I tried it five years ago, I couldn't get it made. So I still might not be able to get it made."

The filmmaker adds that he and his Cosmopolis star Robert Pattinson are hoping to make this their next film.

Trio Joins "Monster Butler"

Dominic Monaghan, Gary Oldman and Joanne Whalley have joined the indie crime biopic "Monster Butler" reports Heat Vision.

The film tells the true story of Roy Fontaine (aka Archibald Hall-played here by Malcolm McDowell), a bisexual jewel thief, con artist and serial killer who chronicles his personal descent into darkness leading up to his eventual capture.

Oldman will portray Wiggy, a taxidermist with anger issues who partners with Fontaine on a number of crimes before things get heavy.

Monaghan will play David Wright, Roy's Achilles' heel. Their relationship begins in prison and restarts when they both work on an estate.

Douglas Rath will call action using a script by Peter Bellwood.

McDowell, Diane Da Silva and Chris Roe are producing the film

Production kicks off June 6th in Scotland

Jude Law Plays Fairbanks In Pickford Biopic

Jude Law is being eyed to play legendary actor Douglas Fairbanks in the as yet Untitled Biopic about actress Mary Pickford says Forbes.

Based on the book "Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood" by author Eileen Whitfield--Josh Fagin is writing the adapted script which will explore the life of Pickford, (Lily Rabe) a silent film star known as "America’s Sweetheart" who was both one of the creators of United Artists and one of the co-founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is considered a central figure in the shaping of the Hollywood industry. She died in 1979 at the age of 87 of a brain hemorrhage.

Pickford was married to Fairbanks

Jennifer DeLia will direct and produce the pic with Julie Pacino.

Production will kick off early next year.

Enos Joins West Memphis 3 Pic Devil's Knot

Mireille Enos, star of the hit TV series The Killing, will join Atom Egoyan's film "Devil's Knot" about the infamous West Memphis Three murder case says Deadline.

The WM3 were sent to prison for the brutal murder of the three 8-year old boys who were found hog-tied in a drainage ditch. The trio of teenagers were convicted despite not a shred of physical evidence pointing to their guilt. Fueled by sensationalized reports about devil worship and ritualistic sacrife public opinion was against them.

Enos will play Vicki Hutcheson, an important witness in the case and was a link between two of the trio.

Reese Witherspoon will play Pam Hobbs, the mother of one of the murder victims, who initially believes the trio committed the crime. She is eventually is persuaded that they are innocent. The trio were exonerated from the 1993 murders this last August, after spending nearly two decades in prison.

Colin Firth will play Ron Lax, a prominent private investigator and the first pro bono supporter of the defendents as they headed to trial in 1993. Lax helped find the DNA in the knots that bound one of the victims, evidence which cast suspicion on the stepfather of one of the boys - Terry Hobbs.

At least four documentaries about the story have been produced.

Paul Harris Boardman and Scott Derrickson wrote the screenplay for "Knot" adapted from Mara Leveritt's non-fiction book on the case. with Boardman and Egoyan doing re-writes recently.

Boardman, Elizabeth Fowler, Clark Peterson, Richard Saperstein, and Christopher Woodrow will produce.

Production starts this Summer.

Maleficent Finds Its Prince

Aussie actor Brenton Thwaites ("Home and Away," "Slide") has joined the cast of the live action fairy tale "Maleficent" says Deadline.

Written by Linda Woolverton the film takes "Sleeping Beauty" and switches the focus to the evil Queen (Angelina Jolie) of the story.

Thwaites is playing the handsome Prince

Elle Fanning would play somnolent Princess Aurora Miranda Richardson is set for the part of Queen Ulla, who has a less than peachy relationship with her niece Maleficent. India Eisley will appear in the first act of Maleficent as a younger version of Jolie’s character, establishing her place in the fairy kingdom’s hierarchy. Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville , meanwhile, will play Knotgrass and Flittle. They comprise two of the three pixies who take care of Aurora. Finally, Sam Riley has been cast as Diaval, Maleficent’s right-hand man — or rather, right-hand raven who can take human form. Sharlto Copley will play King Stefan.

Kenneth Cranham co-stars.

"Avatar" and "Alice in Wonderland" production designer Robert Stromberg is on board to direct.

Don Hahn Joe Roth and Richard D. Zanuck will produce the film.

Production kicks off later this year for an early 2014 release.

Thwaites plays the male lead in the cable TV movie version of Blue Lagoon that redoes the 1980 film and will air later this year. 

Iron Man 3: Pic & Bad Guy Chatter

With production now underway on writer/director Shane Black's Iron Man 3 photos popped up earlier this week of filming in the streets of Wilmington, North Carolina.

The story is based on the popular six-issue mini series "Extremis" by Warren Ellis--the film's events take place after The Avengers. The plot involves the spread of a virus through nanobots.

Confusion abounds over just how the film's big bads are going to come together as a threat.


Although previously denied that Ben Kingsley is playing the Mandarin, Latino Review seems certain  that he is indeed playing the criminal mastermind from the comics. However he's a secondary villain - a 'silent partner' behind the events. Instead it's Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian who is using Mandarin's resources and the extremis nanotechnology to create an army of "multiple super-powered individuals".

James Badge Dale and Ashley Hamilton have been cast as Coldblood-7 and Firepower respectively, and it seems likely that they will be two members of that army.

But these photos from the set showing the design of ANOTHER villain's costume - one that's either The Iron Patriot or Detroit Steel. Badge Dale's character is the one wearing this particular outfit in the film, meaning the Coldblood character is being merged with another villain's design.

Robert Downey Jr. Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau Rebecca Hall William Sadler and Chinese superstar Andy Lau also star.

Fraggle Rock Film Gets A Pair Of Writers

Writers James Ward Byrkit and Alex Manugian have been hired to pen a script for "Fraggle Rock: The Movie" says Heat Vision.

The film spawns from the 80's TV series from the mind of Muppet master Jim Henson, follows a group of cave-dwelling creatures that live beneath a lighthouse and spend their days largely having fun. When, that is, they’re not annoying the workabee Doozers by snacking on their carefully constructed buildings.

Lest one forget the Gorgs, the furry giants who treat our small heroes as pests.

An animated series soon followed. A film incarnation has been in the pipeline for years

Hathaway Gets Tuned Up For "Song One"

Anne Hathaway will most likely re-team with her "Rachel Getting Married" producers Marc Platt and Jonathan Demme to star in and produce the indie romantic drama "Song One" reports Variety.

The story sees a young woman return home after her brother is injured, only to meet and romantically connect with his favorite musician, who draws inspiration from the siblings.

Kate Barker-Froyland wrote the script and  will have her feature directorial debut here as well.

Hathaway's fiancee, Adam Shulman, is also producing.

Hathaway is not officially signed on to star but her schedule is free enough for her to do the project.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Les Misérables Teaser Hits The Internet Stage

The teaser trailer for Tom Hooper's big screen adaptation of Les Misérables has arrived...

The pic takes the world famous musical--based on Victor Hugo's book--and make it sing once again.

The story follows the struggle by ex-con Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) to outrun his past and his relentless pursuer - the uncompassionate police inspector Javert (Russell Crowe). Sacha Baron Cohen has been cast as a villain Thenardier in the pic. Amanda Seyfried to play Eponine and Cosette respectively. Eddie Redmayne ("Black Death," "My Week With Marilyn") will play the role of Marius Aaron Tveit will play Enjolras, a character responsible for a student rebellion in the streets of Paris. He’s best known for ordering Javert’s execution George Blagden has been cast as student revolutionary Grantaire Samantha Barks, who played Eponine in the 2010 London production of will play the same role here. She joins original London stage cast members Colm Wilkinson and Frances Ruffelle as a kindly bishop and a "fabulous whore" respectively. 

The script for this adaptation was penned by William Nicholson, which Cameron Mackintosh will produce. This time dialogue has been introduced in the script--amidst the singing.

The film hits theaters on December 7th 2012.

Bobby & Sly Hold A "Grudge"

Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro are in talks to team up for the comedy “Grudge Match” says The Wrap.

The story follows two retired boxers who return to the ring for a final grudge match.

"Entourage" creator Doug Ellin wrote the latest draft of the script from which Peter Segal's calling action

Mark Steven Johnson, Bill Gerber and Carrie Gillogly will produce the film

Production hopes to begin early next year.

Madden Will Have Some "Long Nights"

"Game of Thrones" co-star Richard Madden will star in the erotic indie drama "Long Nights Short Mornings" says ShowBlitz.

The story follows a young man on a sex odyssey through the streets of New York as he sleeps with seven women in seven nights.

Chadd Harbold will direct the film.

Vaughn Options Lexicon

Director Matthew Vaughn has optioned the rights for aussie author Max Berry's new novel "Lexicon" says Deadline.

The story is set in contemporary times where a secret, ancient, global organization of people exists - people who have a potentially lethal aptitude for persuasion. Their most gifted and troubled member, a young woman, breaks the society’s primary rule and falls in love.

Vaughn is writing the adapted script with the intention of directing the film.

The book publishes next year.

Iron Man 3 Starts Production

Production is underway on writer/director Shane Black's Iron Man 3 in North Carolina. Comic says a few hours of filming have taken place at the Cape Fear Club in which extras were dressed in military uniforms and suits.

 The site talked with locals and their source involved with the production claims that the Mandarin
was definitely the villain. He said "Mandarin had a set of twins that did most of his dirty work for him." 

There is no word yet as to the accuracy of this report.

The story is based on the popular six-issue mini series "Extremis" by Warren Ellis--the film's events take place after The Avengers. The plot involves the spread of a virus through nanobots.

Robert Downey Jr. Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle,Jon Favreau Ben Kingsley Guy Pearce Rebecca Hall James Badge Dale Ashley Hamilton William Sadler  and Chinese superstar Andy Lau star.

Another of the site sources says that Chinese storefronts were being built at the local studio.

It seems that some of the film's action takes place in Miami. Vehicles with logos for the city of Miami and the Miami Police Department were seen being unloaded on one of the sets.

Franklin Explores The City Of Night

Carl Franklin ("Devil in a Blue Dress," "One False Move") will direct the cop thriller "City of Night" says The Hollywood Reporter.

The story follows a rookie with the LAPD who finds himself working in the toughest crime unit in the city.

David Chisholm wrote the script

Brendan McDonald (and Jesse B'Franklin will produce while it will be executive produced by Lawrence Steven Meyers (Unfaithful) and Randy Dannenberg

Test Audiences Help Delay GI Joe 2 And More

The official reason for the delay of the debut of "G.I. Joe: Retaliation by a full nine months from June 29th to March 29th 2013 was that it gives Paramount the time it needed for a proper 3-D film conversion--including some additional shooting of scenes to take advantage of the format.

Now Deadline reports that the public's growing appeal for Channing Tatum also factored into the delay...


In what's been really no big secret Tatum's Duke character, the hero of the first film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra gets killed at the start of 'Retaliation'. It seems the death is so abrupt that it did not sit well with test audiences, this as the studio only recently became aware of the power of 'The Tatum' and his rise in cinema stature in recent months.

Their source says:

"In our first screening of the film the reaction from audiences was good but with two big concerns: 1) They didn't like the fact that Channing and The Rock really didn't have any time to develop a friendship before Channing died, and 2) Why wasn't it going to be in 3D? We went back and shot another week with Channing to develop more of his story with The Rock, which made the film play much better. But we didn't have the time to be in 3D."


Beyond Tatum there was also the issue,of what could be considered unfairly nicknamed the 'Kitsch factor' - how big-budget disasters "Battleship" and "John Carter" would've ended up far worse had it not been for each film raking in $200 million worth of ticket revenue from international markets (mostly through 3D screenings).

The source says:

"That ['Battleship' and 'John Carter' bombed in the States] was just a wake-up call that said to us we need to offer the best version of the film irrespective of summer market share to ensure the best possible performance. Not being in 3-D will cost us a ton of business internationally."

There was also the competition to consider--Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper flick Magic Mike, which also stars Channing Tatum but in a much bigger and more revealing role. The source claims Paramount "didn’t want uniformed Channing to compete with stripping Channing on the same weekend."

Meantime over in THR, a producer told the trade that "The Amazing Spider-Man" reboot opening on July 3rd later caused concern that the film simply couldn't compete - especially in a Summer where only the biggest film The Avengers is boffo films from Tim Burton's take on Dark Shadows" to Men In Black 3 have dissapointed.

With the delay though, the most important question now becomes one of cost. 'Retaliation' cost $125 million and the studio claims that only $5 million will be spent on the conversion as all the extra time allows them to negotiate better deals with the companies doing the work.

A delay like this is almost always seen as a negative. In recent years though, Paramount has had success with films that were delayed by at least four months from their intended release such as "Star Trek" and Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island".

Byung-hun Lee is the only other returning cast member other than Tatum

French actress Elodie Yung will play a ninja member of the Joe squad named Jinx Adrianne Palicki will play the female lead in the film as Lady Jaye/Alison R. Hart-Burnett. She is the Joe Team’s covert operations specialist Ray Stevenson will play the villain. Dwayne Johnson is Roadblock Joe Mazzello is set to play the role of Mouse Rapper/actor RZA AKA Robert Diggs amd D.J. Cotrona are cicling roles as well. While Bruce Willis plays General Joseph Colton, the man who in 1980s comic books starts the G.I. Joe strike team, and got the handle G.I. Joe. Walton Goggins will play Warden Nigel James in the film.

Jon Chu called the shots on the film from a Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick script.

The film is being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

Anderson Follows You Down

Gillian Anderson is joining the sci-fi mystery "I'll Follow You Down" says Deadline.

The story follows a scientist (Rufus Sewell) who mysteriously disappears during a business trip, devastating his wife Marika (Anderson) and son Erol (Haley Joel Osment). Erol and his grandfather (Victor Garber) years later make a shocking discovery about the man's whereabouts.

Richie Mehta wrote the script and directs the film.

Lee Kim is producing.

Production is underway in Toronto.

Plaza's Work Is Necessary

Parks and Recreation actress Aubrey Plaza has joined the action romance "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman"says Latino Review.

Matt Drake wrote the Black List script which follows a young man named Charlie (Shia Labeouf) who, after the death of his mother, heads to Europe to find himself. There, he meets a girl (Evan Rachel Wood) and falls in love. As it turns out she's the girlfriend of an insanely violent crime boss (Mads Mikkelsen) with a gang of thugs at his disposal.

No deets on Plaza's role were revealed.

Til Schweiger will play a Serbian gangster and former paramilitary fighter named Darko who runs a Budapest strip club.  Melissa Leo has been cast LaBeouf's late mother whose spirit visits to advise him. James Buckley ("The Inbetweeners") and Rupert Grint have supporting role.

The duo behind Little Miss Sunshine, Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, are set to produce the pic along with The Kite Runner‘s Bill Horberg and Craig J. Flores

Commercial director Fredrik Bond is at the helm as filming on the pic is currently underway in Romania.

Arterton In Step For Runner, Runner,

Gemma Arterton has joined the online gambling thriller "Runner, Runner" says Variety.

In the film Justin Timberlake stars as a Princeton University student who gets pulled into the world of online gambling in order to help bankroll his expensive education. After he loses money he flies to Costa Rica hoping to reclaim his losses from the site's billionaire owner (Ben Affleck) and ends up becoming the corrupt CEO's right-hand man.

Gemma will play JT's love interest

Anthony Mackie is in talks to play an FBI agent who has spent years trying to bring down Affleck's character and sees Timberlake as a way in. Project X co-star Oliver Cooper will play an Ivy League computer nerd who gets hired along with Timberlake's character.

Brad Furman ("The Lincoln Lawyer") will direct from a script by "Rounders" scribes Brian Koppelman and David Levien.

Koppelman, Levien, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher and Scott Steindorff will produce the pic.

Shooting begins next month in Puerto Rico.

Akerman & Sudeikis Get Ready To "Leave"

Malin Akerman and Jason Sudeikis are upped to join the ensemble comedy of This Is Where I Leave You says Variety.

Based on Jonathan Tropper's novel, the story centers on a father who dies and requests that his highly dysfunctional and non-religious family sit Shiva for seven days.

Tropper has written the adapted script from which Adam Shankman is set to direct.

Goldie Hawn, would be playing the the family matriarch while Jason Bateman, Zac Efron, and Leslie Mann are poised to be playing siblings.

Akerman would play Bateman’s wife whose affair with his boss (Sudeikis) goes public.

Jennifer Gibgot, Paula Weinstein Shankman and Jeff Levine are producing the film.

Pfeiffer May Visit Malavita

Michelle Pfeiffer is in talks to play Robert De Niro's wife in director Luc Besson's new mafia-themed thriller "Malavita" says Digital Spy.

The pic is an adaptation of  author Tonino Benacquista's novel Badfellas and the story follows a mob family that relocates to Normandy under a witness protection program. However, the family finds that old habits die hard.

Besson who will also produce the film--writes the adapted script with Michael Caleo

If Pfeiffer signs on for the project, it won't be her first time working with De Niro - the pair previously appeared on screen together in 2007's fantasy adventure Stardust.

Production begins in August.

Trek 2: "Kahn" Artist

The speclution and back and forth about whether Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch's villain role in the as yet Untitled Star Trek Sequel. is none other than Khan Noonien Singh got a bit more twisted with actor Simon Pegg who plays Scotty, saying the claims are bunk in an interview with The Telegraph.

Kahn is the genetically enhanced human of the 1967 episode of "Star Trek" called Space Seed as well as the big screen sequel Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan played by Ricardo Montalban and in the process solidified himself as the best Trek villain period...,

"It’s not Khan. That’s a myth. Everyone’s saying it is, but it’s not. I think people just want to have a scoop. It annoys me – it’s beyond the point to just ferret around for spoilers all the time to try to be the first to break them. It just spoils the film. It masquerades as interest in the movie but really it’s just nosiness and impatience. You just want to say, ‘Oh f--- off! Wait for the film.'"

Rumors have swirled of Khan's involvement since the film was announced. When Cumberbatch got the role as the film's villain, I noted that he is physically all wrong for Kahn

I know trekkers who are convinced that Cumby is playing Kahn's son in the film...No fooling...I still hope that Pegg is telling the truth

AICN posted a story a few weeks ago saying that Cumberbatch was indeed playing Khan after all....OK if not Kahn then who? Pegg only says he's "not just another disgruntled alien. It’s a really interesting… sort of… thing… Obviously I can’t talk about it."

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin John Cho and Bruce Greenwood have all returned to the Final Frontier in their respective roles as Kirk Spock Uhura Dr. McCoy Chekov Sulu and Admiral Pike.

The Supporting Cast Includes Nazneen Contractor who will play the wife of Noel Clarke’s family man character Alice Eve has a major role as does former "Robocop" star Peter Weller and actor/stuntman Joseph Gatt

Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof wrote the script for director J.J. Abrams.

The sequel will be produced by Abrams, Kurtzman, Orci, Lindelof, Bryan Burk, and David Ellison.

Now in post production the film will be released May 17, 2013 in 3D.

Gong Li Explores Marco Polo Biopic

Gong Li ("Memoirs Of A Geisha," "Miami Vice") has joined the cast of Tarsem Singh's Marco Polo biopic says Screen Daily

Gong will play a Mongolian Empress in the film about the 13th century Venetian explorer
and his adventures in China.

Gianni Nunnari will produce the film.

Production kicks off in Inner Mongolia at the end of the year.

"Sullivan's Sluggers" Film In The Works

A feature film based on Mark Andrew Smith's baseball-themed horror comic book "Sullivan's Sluggers" is in the works says Heat Vision.

Tom Mullen and Tim Mullen are adapting the script about a has-been baseball manager and his dysfunctional minor league Sluggers who get an invitation to play a small venue game. Soon enough, they find themselves fighting for their lives against a town of shape-shifting monsters on a feeding frenzy.

Todd Garner, Adam Herz, Josh Shader, Scott De Las Casas and Sean Robins will produce the film.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Kitsch, Hedlund, Hammer Up For Catching Fire Role

Taylor Kitsch, Garrett Hedlund and Armie Hammer are the frontrunners to play Finnick Odair in the upcoming sequel "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" says E! (via The Playlist). Last week there was noise that "The Twilight film series" star Robert Pattinson was rumored for the role but was quickly nixed.

In the books, Odair is a handsome and tan 24-year-old from District 4 who won the annual Hunger Games ten years earlier armed with a trident and a net. He's known for having many lovers around the Capitol.

"Slumdog Millionaire" scribe Simon Beaufoy had signed on to originally go ahead and adapt author Suzanne Collins' next novel in the series a while back when Gary Ross was attached to direct. Since Francis Lawrence has replaced Ross, a new script is being commissioned.

Whomever the choice, we should expect to hear some more concrete news in the next week or so.

None of the actor's reps have commented on the story, while a Lionsgate spokesuit says "As with the first film, we won't be confirming, denying or commenting on any casting rumors for this title. We will announce news wide when there is official casting news to announce."

Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz and Donald Sutherland are expected to return.

Things need to move at a quickend pace since Catching Fire already has a set release date of Nov. 22, 2013, and needs to finish shooting by December so that star Jennifer Lawrence can start work on Fox's in-development as yet Untitled X-Men First Class Sequel in January.

Quartet Are Ready To "Leave You"

Jason Bateman, Zac Efron, Goldie Hawn, and Leslie Mann are in talks to star in the ensemble comedy  of This Is Where I Leave You says Deadline New York.

Based on Jonathan Tropper's novel, the story centers on a father who dies and requests that his highly dysfunctional and non-religious family sit Shiva for seven days.

Tropper has written the adapted script from which Adam Shankman is set to direct.

Hawn would be playing the the family matriarch while the other three actors are poised to be playing siblings.

Jennifer Gibgot, Paula Weinstein Shankman and Jeff Levine are producing the film.

Zac and Leslie played husband and wife of sorts in the body switchero comedy 17 Again--while this would mark Hawn's first pic in a decade (??!) since 2002′s The Banger Sisters, and it would be great to get her back on the big screen

Vuorensola Says He Killed Adolf Hitler

It seems that "Iron Sky", and Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning filmmaker Timo Vuorensola can't seem to get enough of sci-fi comedy and Nazis according to Twitch.

Vuorensola will helm "I Killed Adolf Hitler", a time travel comedy based on the award-winning graphic novel.

The story follows the adventures of a hitman who encounters serious complications after traveling back in time to 1938 to assassinate Adolf Hitler- the fascist dictator sent to the present while killer becomes stranded in the past.

D.C. Walker is writing the adapted script

Jamie Brown and Alex Brown will produce the film.

Vuorensola is also in development on both an 'Iron' sequel and a prequel mini-series.

Feige On Thor 2, Beyond

Discussing the success of "The Avengers", Marvel suit Kevin Feige, tells Empire (via CBM) that despite his closing credit cameo in the film - don't expect the vile Thanos to be making another appearence any time soon.

Asked whether the character is the big villain in Thor 2 Feige says "No, future, future. But there will be a major new villain. A major, major new antagonist".

The best educated online guess right now is the Enchantress--Although Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) is in talks to join the film as an unspecified villain 

Feige says the "Thor" sequel will show different areas of Asgard, not just the palaces of the ruling class - "We’re going to see the other side of Asgard. It’s not all polished and golden in this film. And the events of Avengers will have affected Thor for sure. His relationship with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) will continue to evolve, and the biggest part is Natalie and Thor returning with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman)."

Jaimie Alexander is returning to play Sif and Idris Elba will be reprising the role of Heimdall and Anthony Hopkins will be back a Thor's Poppa

Alan Taylor will direct the sequel that is expected to be on a larger scale than the first film with double the amount of Asgardian characters and the inclusion of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) battling more mythical Norse creatures.

"Saving Private Ryan" scribe Robert Rodat is set to perform a re-write of the sequel. First Thor co-writer Don Payne had written the first draft.

Production kicks off this Summer in London.

Feige isn't letting the success of "The Avengers" be pegged as the endgame for the company - "The Avengers was not the finale for us. It was a giant, giant marker, but it was never the finale. We are already well into the plan for the next phase of our little cinematic universe."

Loads Of Folks Go To Club Cbgb

Malin Akerman will play singer Debbie Harry from Blondie , while Joel David Moore and Julian Acosta are set to play Joey and Johnny Ramone in Randall Miller's biopic "Cbgb" says THR.

The film traces the rise of the famous New York nightclub and its effects on the underground music scene in the late 70's and early 80's--and its founder Hilly Kristal (Alan Rickman)

Actress Stana Katic will appear as Goldie and the Gingerbreads singer Genya Ravan, Richard De Klerk plays the club's soundman Taxi, Josh Zuckerman is playing Punk Magazine founder John Holmstrom, Ryan Hurst is 'Mad Mountain', and Estelle Harris as Hilly’s mother Bertha. Rupert Grint will play Cheetah Chrome, the lead guitarist of short-lived ‘70s punk band The Dead Boys.

Jody Savin and Miller wrote the script.

Savin, Miller, and Brad Rosenberger will produce the film

Production kicks off this time next month in Savannah before moving to New York City.

Ford's Deckard MIGHT Cameo In Blade Runner 2

Ridley Scott has stated that his early in development Untitled Blade Runner Sequel, would certainly not involve Harrison Ford's Deckard character in a major way.

That said he didn't rule out a brief cameo appearance perhaps, telling The Independent this weekend: "I don't think it'll be Harrison starring, but I've got to have him in it somewhere. That'd be amusing."

Original "Blade Runner" co-scribe Hampton Fancher is currently at work on the script for new film.

Fancher and and David Peoples adapted the script for the 1982 sci-fi classic based upon author Philip K. Dick's story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Scott, Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove, Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin will produce the pic.

Robbie Pattinson Is NOT Catching Fire

Last week there was noise that  "The Twilight film series" star Robert Pattinson was gonna play Finnick Odair in the upcoming sequel "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire".

The link was made due to the fact that the sequel's director, Francis Lawrence, worked with Pattinson recently on "Water for Elephants."

Not so fast folks--Pattinson told USA Today that the chatter is total bunk- "I woke up...and saw all these things about me being cast in 'The Hunger Games.' I was kind of curious for a second. So I called my agent, [My agent] was like 'no one's going to offer you that part.'"

Little Miss Sunshine writer Michael Arndt is writing the adapted script.

"Fire" has a set release date of Nov. 22, 2013, and needs to finish shooting by December so that star actress Jennifer Lawrence can start work on Fox's in-development as yet Untitled X-Men First Class Sequel in January.

Browning Lives The "Plush" Life

Emily Browning ("Sucker Punch") is in talks to star in Catherine Hardwicke's "Plush" says Variety.

The story from Artie Nelson follows a psychic psychologist who delves into the minds of patients and sees their memories in order to help them unleash past demons.

Browning plays a teen who shares his gift.

Evan Rachel Wood co-stars.

Hardwicke will also produce the thriller

Monday, May 28, 2012

Wallace Takes Over The Conscientious Objector

"Braveheart" writer Randall Wallace will now direct “The Conscientious Objector” says The Wrap..

The pic will tell the story of Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector in American history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor in World War II who refused to kill or even carry a gun and ended up saving the lives of seventy-five men at the Battle of Okinawa.

Robert Schenkkan wrote the script.

Wallace has directed “The Man in the Iron Mask” and “We Were Soldiers” and he is set replace Aaron Schneider who had been attached to direct.

Terry Benedict, Bill Mechanic and David Permut are producing.

Greer Feels Bad For "Carrie"

Judy Greer is lined up to play Miss Collins in the in the upcoming remake of Carrie says Bloody Disgusting.

Based on author Stephen King's book--the 1976 film directed by Brian De Palma is a horror classic about a timid and tortured girl (Sissy Spacek) who uses her telekinetic powers to punish her tormentors

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a playwright who was brought in to rework the troubled Broadway production Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, is writing the new script which is said to be both more faithful and more realistic than the previous 1976 version. Kimberly Peirce ("Boys Don't Cry") will call action.

Julianne Moore nabbed the role of Carrie's (Chloe Moretz) abusive, fundamentalist Christian mother, Margaret White, played in the original De Palma film by Oscar nominee Piper Laurie.

Meantime The Three Musketeers Gabriella Wilde has indeed won the role of Carrie's school ally Sue Snell.

Both Collins and Snell are 2 of the tale's nicer characters- the former a student who feels guilty about a previous humiliation of Carrie and tries to mend ways, the latter a gym teacher concerned about Carrie's welfare.

Production on the remake starts soon to meet a March 15th, 2013 release date

O'Reilly Joins Jobs Biopic As Girlfriend

"The Help" star Ahna O'Reilly is set to join the biopic about the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs titled "Jobs" says Variety.

Matt Whiteley wrote the script that producer Mark Hulme says will focus on the early years of Apple, its founding by Jobs (Ashton Kutcher) and Steve Wozniak (Josh Gad), the up and down years from 1971 to 2000. The film itself is not based on one particular book though. Unlike a rival biopic in development based on Walter Isaacson's authorised biography and adapted by "The West Wing" creator and "The Social Network" writer Aaron Sorkin called Steve Jobs

O'Reilly will play Chris-Ann Brennan, the Bay Area painter who was Jobs' first girlfriend and later gave birth to his daughter.

Jobs's died last fall after a battle with Pancreatic Cancer.

Joshua Michael Stern ("Swing Vote") will call action on the biopic which will be shot during Kutcher's hiatus from Two And A Half Men, Thus production begins soon

The film is intended for release late this year.

Ludwig Is Spade's Offsring In Grown Ups 2

"The Hunger Games" bad guy Alexander Ludwig is set to join the comedy sequel "Grown Ups 2 says the Chicago Tribune.

The original film starred Adam Sandler, Kevin James David Spade, Chris Rock and Rob Schneider as five friends who reunite over the 4th of July weekend to attend their youth basketball coach's funeral. Maya Rudolph and Salma Hayek also starred.

In this installment David Henrie Taylor Lautner and Project X co-star Oliver Cooper are among a group of frat boys who run up against the original cast.

Ludwig wil play Spade's son in the film.

Nick Swardson will play Schneider's brother, an alcoholic school bus driver. Cheri Oteri will play Sandler's ex-girlfriend from middle school.

Original helmer Dennis Dugan will return to call action again along with first film's scribe Fred Wolf doing the next screenplay.

Sandler and Jack Giarraputo are producing the sequel.

The movie will shoot later this year for a Summer 2013 release.

The first Grown Ups was Sandler's highest-grossing film worldwide at $271 million despite a majority of negative reviews.

Box Office Update: Back In The Black

The sequel Men In Black 3 bests the superhero smash The Avengers to take the top spot over the extended holiday weekend....

Pamela McClintock of THR:

Despite a $203.2 million worldwide opening, the jury's still out on whether Will Smith threequel Men in Black 3 can recoup its $230 million production budget and hefty marketing spend.

The Sony tentpole grossed a modest $70 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend in North America, compared with the $75 million to $80 million that the studio was anticipating (rivals thought the film would do $90 million to $100 million).

Part of the issue: MIB3, which returned the sci-fi franchise to the big screen after a decade-long hiatus, played best to older moviegoers, with 56 percent of those buying tickets over age 25.

There's no doubt that MIB3 performed far better than fellow May event pics Battleship and Dark Shadows -- both of which bowed much closer to box-office monster The Avengers' opening -- but MIB3's inability to crack $100 million further fanned concerns about the summer box office so far, excluding Avengers.

MIB3 does have the bragging rights to being the film that finally bumped Avengers from the top spot, albeit in Avengers' fourth weekend.

Overseas, MIB3 earned an estimated $133.2 million from 106 territories, fueled by strong performances in Russia, Asia and Latin America territories. It struggled in many parts of Europe, where good weather kept moviegoers otherwise occupied.

Sony says it's more than pleased with the performance of the film, which is Smith's first in four years.

"The numbers in the U.S. are terrific, plus we took over the world," Sony worldwide president of distribution Rory Bruer said. "It's playing well in every theater, and it's great to have Will Smith back in theaters. Moviegoers and reviewers think it's the best installment in the franchise."

MIB3 likely will have to gross $500 million or more globally for Sony to come out ahead. Sony insiders say they're confident the pic, which received a B+ CinemaScore, will have a great multiple and indicated another installment is possible based on the film's early returns.

Overseas, MIB3 debuted to $19.5 million in China, the seventh-biggest opening of all time and beating the openings of Avengers and Battleship. It scored the sixth-biggest debut of all time in Russia, grossing $18.9 million, and earned $8.5 million in Korea and $8 million in Japan.

In the threequel, Smith's character travels back in time, where he meets a young Agent K, played by Josh Brolin. Tommy Lee Jones returns to play the older Agent K, while Barry Sonnenfeld returned to direct after helming the first two installments

Sony says MIB3 is the best-performing film in the franchise in terms of its three-day weekend gross of $55 million. However, Men in Black grossed $84.1 million during the course of its six-day debut in July 1997, while Men in Black II posted a five-day debut of $87.2 million in July 2002 (both those films debuted around July 4th).

In North America, moviegoing was down a sizable 31 percent from Memorial Day 2011, when The Hangover Part II and Kung Fu Panda 2 debuted to strong numbers, with the Hangover sequel alone grossing north of $135 million for the four days.

Disney and Marvel Studios’ Avengers remained a formidable force in its fourth outing, grossing an estimated $46.9 million for the four days, including a three-day gross of $36.8 million -- the second-best showing for a film in its fourth weekend behind Avatar. Also during the weekend, Avengers became the fastest film to reach $500 million (23 days) domestically.

Avengers' global gross is now $1.31 billion -- just short of the $1.33 billion earned by last year's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the third-biggest title of all time. The superhero pic's domestic gross through Monday was $523.6 million, while its international cume was $781.6 million.

Alcon Entertainment and FilmNation's horror pic Chernobyl Diaries, Memorial weekend's other nationwide release at the domestic box office, grossed a muted $9.3 million for the four-day weekend to come in No. 6. The low-budget film released by Warner Bros. on behalf of Alcon earned a dismal D+ CinemaScore.

Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom made big headlines at the specialty box office. The Focus Features film, which opened the Cannes Film Festival this month, grossed $523,006 from four theaters in New York and Los Angeles for the three days for a record-breaking per-location average of $130,752 -- the highest of all time for a live-action film, beating previous record holder Dreamgirls ($126,317 in 2006).

For the four days, Moonrise Kingdom grossed $669,486 for a staggering location average of $167,371.

The Weinstein Co. also did well with French comedy The Intouchables, which grossed $103,507 from four theaters for the three days for an impressive location average of $25,877.

And Fox Searchlight's specialty film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel came in No. 8 with a four-day gross of $8.2 million as it expanded into a total of 1,233 theaters. The film's cume is $18.4 million.

Next up: The 2nd live action film version of the Snow White fairy tale arrives--Snow White and the Huntsman; The rowdy looking Piranha 3Dd swims its way into theaters and on demand; And Brandon Routh leads the Crooked Arrows on to the field.