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Kristen Stewart Hits The Road With Jack

Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, a story based in the Jazz era,  is finally getting its big screen debut.  After years of failed attempts, The Motorcycle Diaries director Walter Salles, will bring his and Kerouac’s vision to the film.  It was recently announced that Twilight actress Kristen Stewart has been cast in the film as a character named Marylou.  

Being that the that the cross country epic is in its early stages, details are sparse.  It is currently scheduled for a 2011 release.   

The Three Musketeers Get Multiple Updates

Bourne Identity director Doug Liman has been tapped to direct an update of the Alexandre Dumas story.  Along with the news of Liman’s involvement, comes the news of another Musketeers project, directed by Death Race director Paul W.S. Anderson. 

No release dates are known, but the Anderson project is said to be in 3D.

Bond 23 Delay, Craig Says Okay

It was announced late last week that the new Bond film would be delayed, shortly after the announcement that director Sam Mendes would be heading up production.  The film is being delayed due to uncertaintysurrounding MGM that has arisen out of financial issues.  There are talks that the franchise could move to another production company, which would get the film back on track sooner.

Daniel Craig, the current James Bond, has stated that he is happy with the decision to wait.  The film was slated for a 2011/2012 release, which will likely change.

Harrison Ford To Star in “Cowboys and Aliens”

The other day, it was confirmed by Iron Man director Jon Favreau, over Twitter that Ford is in fact starring in the film Cowboys and Aliens.  The tweet read, “Please stop asking if Harrison Ford is in Cowboys & Aliens. Okay? He is.” 

Ford will be joining cast members Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde in the comic book adaptation, which is slated for a July 2011 release.

Sam Mendes Will Direct Bond 23

Sam Mendes, director of last year’s Away We Go, has been confirmed as the director of the next Bond film.  British newspaper, The Telegraph,  reported that Mendes is on board, as well as Danile Craig in the title role, along side Dame Judy Dench.  Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the regular Bond scribes, will be joined by Peter Morgan, who gained acclaim for his screen adaptations of Frost/Nixon and The Other Boelyn Girl.

Prepare For The Longest Movie Ever…24 The Movie

It was announced recently that 24 would wrap up at the end of the current season, and then shortly after that it was announced that a film is in the works.  In the works only so far as they have a script just about set and are pitching ideas. 

How will the twenty-four hour realtime format translate to the screen?  According to Jack Bauer himself, the plan is to show all twenty-four hours in a two hour film, which will free them up creatively, as they won’t have the hindrance of presenting events in realtime.   

If all goes according to plan, the film should hit theaters in early 2011. 

Paul Greengrass Eyes Fantastic Voyage

Up until now Greengrass has been firmly planted in the real world of cinema, but he is now in talks to make the leap to the world of sci-fi/fanatsy. 20th Century Fox is working towards a remake of Fantastic Voyage, the story of a scientist suffering from an unknown illness, only to have his colleagues miniaturized and injected into his body. The previous incarnation was made in 1966, so it only seems appropriate to Fox that it get a modern day, big budget treatment.

The Green Zone director is only in talks at the moment, but Fox is looking to strike while the iron is hot.

Mel Gibson’s Viking Film May Be His Directorial Swan Song

Mel Gibson has had an idea for a viking film for a while now.  It’s only now coming to fruition and the actor/director believes it will mark the end of his directing career. 

Gibson has stated that he’s going for the same level of realism that he showed in Passion of The Christ and Apocalypto, where the primary languages were Aramaic and Mayan, repsectively.  The script is being reviewed by all involved, as we speak, in order to ensure the level of realism that Gibson seeks.

At this time Leonardo DiCaprio, seen recently in Shutter Island, is attached to the project.  All other details are heavily guarded by Viking Axe-Men.

Comic Book Movie News

At SXSW Ed Norton announced that there are no plans for a Hulk sequel in the near future.  The implication was that the focus, right now, for Marvel is to get as many of the individual characters that comprise the Avengers into action, and then look at sequels.  On deck are Captain America and Thor, with an Iron Man sequel hitting theaters this summer. 

Speaking of Captain America, the news hit last week that Hugo Weaving would don the visage of the Red Skull, but still no word on who would be the Cap himself.  This week’s names being bandied about:  Ryan Phillipe and Channing Tatum.  The First Avenger: Captain America, is slated for a July 2011 release. 

The S.S. Minnow Maybe Sailing Into Theaters Soon

Gilligan’s Island creator Sherwood Schwartz is looking to bring his castaways to the big screen soon.  Details are sketchy, but the film has been greenlit by Warner Brothers and Schwartz has his lead actor in mind: Michael Cera.  Another name that has been bandied about is Beyonce, who would likely play the role of Ginger if she were on board.  Nothing is set in stone at the moment, but it seems the project now has some forward momentum.   

Arthur Returns: All Hail The Drunken Hero

One of my favorite movies when I was younger was Arthur starring Dudley Moore. Arthur was a boozing playboy, who takes absolutely nothing serious. He then meets a working class woman, (played by Liza Minelli) and falls in love. His family threatens to cut him off if he marries her, and in the end love conquers all. Read the rest of this entry

Shrek Forever After Will Premiere At Tribeca

The latest installment of Shrek will be coming to the big screen on April 21, a month before it’s wide release, at the Tribeca Film Festival.  The choice has been lauded as both innovative and odd, but is believed to attract the much needed attention that the film festival needs. 

The movie will run April 21 through to May 2 at Tribeca, and opens in theaters all over on May 21.

Comic Book Movie News

In Green Lantern news, writer extraordinaire and new Chief Creative Officer for DC Comics Geoff Johns visited the set and confirmed in a Twitter post that Mark Strong will indeed be playing Sinestro.  Strong was last seen as the adversary of Sherlock Holmes in the recent incarnation.  Read the rest of this entry

Bradley Cooper Gets Picky

With the success of The Hangover Bradley Cooper has a right to be choosey when it comes to his projects.  After duds like All About Steve and Valentine’s Day, Cooper is likely to be a bit gun shy. 

Cooper was initially on board to do a spy comedy with Reese Witherspoon called This Means War, but has dropped out citing that he intends to focus on a sequel to the summer hit, The Hangover

Indian Goddess Freida Pinto To Battle Greek Gods

Fighting the Greek gods is all the rage right now, so Universal is moving forward with it’s War of The Gods.  The film, much like Clash of The Titans, focuses in on one of Zeus’ children rebelling against daddy on a large scale.  Theseus, played by Henry Cavill, will enlist the help of Freida Pinto’s Phaedra to battle the tyranny of the gods.   The film is slated to release in 2011.

Editor’s Note:  This story has a personal connection for me, as my daughter’s name happens to be Phaedra.

The Clerks Guy and Tuesdays With Morrie Guy Team Up

Director Kevin Smith and writer Mitch Albom have teamed up on the screenplay for Hit Somebody, which is adapted from a song by Warren Zevon.  The story centers around a player whose talents lie mainly in his ability to enforce and take out opposing players.  Smith, a huge hockey fan, paired with Albom, a sports journalist as well as a bestselling author, are treating this film like a labor of love.

The film is slated for a 2011 release. 

 

BAFTA Award Winners Announced

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced their winners list yesterday. 

 If I may editorialize for a moment here:

Surprises…Avatar getting trounced by The Hurt Locker and Kristen Stewart winning a “Rising Star” award.

Not so surprising…Duncan Jones’ “Outstanding Debut” award and Mo’Nique and Christoph Waltz waltzing away with the Best Supporting Actress and Actor awards.  Read the rest of this entry

Daryl Hannah Eyes Role in Kill Bill Vol. 3

Tarantino has long discussed the possiblity of a third volume of Kill Bill.  Only recently have potential character reprisals been discussed.  Daryl Hannah has expressed an interest in returning to the franchise, while Tarantino states it’s not out of the realm of possibility.  Having only blinded Hannah’s character Elle Driver, there is the potential for her to still exist in the Kill Billiverse.   As for a confirmation, it’s yet to be seen. 

On Tarantino’s Plate: Spaghetti Western

Next up for the Inglourious Basterds creator is a spaghetti western that actually takes place in that approximate time period. Since many Tarantino acolytes classify most of his films as “spaghetti westerns in alternate settings”, this isn’t that surprising.  Details are sparse, but Tarantino did say he’d like the film to be set during slavery times. 

Scorsese and DeNiro Together Again

Martin Scorsese, while in Berlin for the premiere of Shutter Island, intimated that he and Robert DeNiro are talking about revisiting their gangster roots.  When asked Scorsese stated that the film will be more introspective than previous gangster films he had done.  The focus will lie with what it means to be an aging mobster.  This year marks the fifteen year anniversary since the two had worked together on Casino.

James Cameron: Producer, Director…Novelist?

The clamor for more Na’vi exploits has been heard and answered.  James Cameron, the film’s writer, director and producer, will be authoring a novelized prequel to the film.  It’s expected that the book will cover Jake Sully’s background, as well as his brother’s, and the human’s early involvement on Pandora.   If successful this could open the floodgates for more stories in various formats.  

Vin Diesel is Riddick Again

Vin Diesel will return as Riddick in another installment in the series. Diesel will not only get top billing, but will be sporting a producer’s credit as well. Director David Twohy will be helming the film. All other details are being kept close to the vest at the moment.

Who’s pumped for the new Chris Nolan movie?

I must admit, I was very sad when I heard Christopher Nolan was considering not directing the next Batman movie. His feelings were two-fold, from what I could tell: he planned on having the Joker return in the next film (and didn’t want to cast anyone else in that role), and he felt somewhat responsible for what happened to Heath Ledger.  For this, I completely understand.

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