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Film News Roundup – March 2010 – Week 3

Film News Roundup – March 2010 – Week 3

Paul Thomas Anderson Talking Religion With Philip Seymour Hoffman And Jeremy Renner
Fresh off his Best Actor nomination at the Academy Awards, The Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner is in talks for a role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled religious film, which takes aim at “new” religions like Scientology. The working title is The Master, but no official title has been attributed yet.

Sigourney Weaver is the queen in horror-comedy ‘Vamps’
Sigourney Weaver, who fought a monster queen in “Aliens,” will now act as a vampire queen in “Vamps,” a romantic horror-comedy. Written by Heckerling, the writer-director behind “Clueless” and “Look Who’s Talking,” the modern-day story focuses on beautiful young vampires (Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter) who are living the good nightlife in New York until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality.

THE THING Prequel will Feature Norwegian Actors Speaking Norwegian
In their quest for authenticity — and with an eye toward helping the film play overseas — the cast is populated with actors from Australia, England, Canada and Norway. In fact, a majority of the Norwegian scientists in the film are played by Norwegian actors, who will play their scenes in Norwegian, with English subtitles.

Ian McKellen confirms: The Hobbit begins filming in July
Sir Ian McKellen revealed on his official site that the start of filming for the Lord of the Rings prequel is only three months away: THE HOBBIT’s, two films, start shooting in New Zealand in June. Filming will take over a year. Casting in Los Angeles, New York City and London has started. The script too proceeds. The first draft is crammed with old and new friends, again on a quest in Middle Earth. [Updated: McKellen has updated his site to say that the movie now shoots in July, a month later than he originally said.]

‘The Hunger Games’ in Hollywood — who will play Katniss?
Who shall play Katniss Everdeen? That’s the 16-year-old gray-eyed heroine of Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games,” the bestselling dystopian novel that is aimed at the “Twilight” set and is now in development at Lionsgate. Set in a grim future where the U.S. has collapsed in the face of war and climate-change calamity, the book presents a North American nation called Panem where the ruthless ruling government, The Capitol, randomly selects one boy and one girl from each of the 12 districts to fight in a televised competition that ends with one survivor. How savage is the contest? Well, there’s only one rule — no cannibalism is allowed on air.

Columbia Wants a Younger Director for Ghostbusters III, But Ivan Reitman’s Contract Says Otherwise
Columbia’s plan to reboot Ghostbusters is being haunted by a Mike Ovitz–orchestrated deal made in the early eighties on behalf of the series’ original director-producer, Ivan Reitman. The studio’s strategy is to revitalize the franchise for next year by having the original ‘busters train a dramatically younger crew in Ghostbusters III, while a correspondingly younger director handles things behind the camera. However, Reitman’s old contract — made at the height of his and Ovitz’s powers — still gives him exceptional creative control over the series, including director approval.

Director Miguel Sapochnik Discusses His ‘Repo Men’
We were looking for generally just a fucked-up tone. We were trying to draw the line, walk the line between something that was entertaining, that had an element of satire in it. A good way of explaining this is by the movies that influenced it. And so A Clockwork Orange, Brazil, the sketch from Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, and Monty Python in general. I think Trainspotting had a big influence on me. I worked on Trainspotting, it was kind of one of the first films I ever worked on, so it kind of affects me. Particularly, the character of Begbie who is, I think, akin to Jake, Forest Whitaker’s character. And Paul Verhoeven, of Robocop, which is just the strange story of an arty Dutch filmmaker who goes over to the states and makes outrageous movies and got away with it.

Da da da dum! Snap! Tim Burton doing 3-D Addams Family!
Alice in Wonderland director Tim Burton has found a new 3D project. He will direct a stop-motion animated film based on Charles Addams’ original ghoulish cartoon drawings of The Addams Family. Illumination Entertainment, the Universal-based family film unit headed by Chris Meledandri, has acquired the underlying rights of the Addams drawings, once a staple of The New Yorker magazine.

Jamie Foxx to star in ‘Kane & Lynch’ adaptation
Jamie Foxx is in negotiations to star opposite Bruce Willis in “Kane & Lynch,” a video game adaptation that veteran stunt coordinator and second unit director Simon Crane is helming. The game follows Kane (Willis), a death row inmate who, along with a schizophrenic killer named Lynch (Foxx), is sprung by Kane’s former team so that he can retrieve a stolen fortune. Kane travels to Los Angeles, Japan and Cuba, with Lynch acting as the team’s watchdog in order to save his wife and daughter.

Neil Patrick Harris Thinks ‘Dr. Horrible’ Sequel Will Be A Feature Film, Won’t Be Web-Based
“That’s their plan,” he reiterated when asked whether a feature-film was indeed the preferred format for the sequel. “I don’t know of what scale. They’re talking all options, because they made the first ‘Dr. Horrible’ in five days on no budget at all — that was its intention. You don’t want to necessarily make the feature film be an $80 million giant movie, because it defeats the purpose of what the first film was made to be,” he explained. “Then again, you don’t want it to be so low-brow that it’s not worth paying money to see as a movie.”

Lionsgate Buys Raimi Ghost House Story
Lionsgate has acquired North American rights to Dibbuk Box, a thriller in the vein of The Shining that will be written by Juliet Snowden & Stiles White. Ghost House Pictures partners Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert will produce. The jumping off point is a true story culled from the Leslie Gornstein-bylined Los Angeles Times article A Jinx In A Box. In the film, a family finds itself in possession of a haunted box, and struggles to get rid of its evil curse. Using even a tenuous tie to a true story has been a fright fare staple, and helped films that include The Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Amityville Horror and Psycho.

Angryfilms options young-adult novel ‘Little Brother’
Don Murphy’s Angryfilms has optioned “Little Brother,” the young-adult novel by sci-fi author and blogger Cory Doctorow, with the aim of translating it to the big screen. “Brother,” a play on Big Brother of George Orwell fame, centers on a high school senior who, after a terrorist attack blows up San Francisco’s Bay Bridge, becomes swept up in the extralegal world of Homeland Security. After he and his friends are interrogated and tortured, he is released into a city that is under total surveillance. The teen leads an Internet-fueled rebellion to rescue his friends and free the city.

Jay Roach Teases ‘Austin Powers 4′
“[Star Mike Myers is] working on ideas for it, people are definitely talking about it and I’m all good for it,” Roach said matter-of-factly. “I love those characters.” The Bond-parodying secret agent has faced off against his nemesis, Dr. Evil, in a variety of locations. Including the moon. And a hilarious new villain, Goldmember, was introduced in the last movie. So how will a fourth “Austin Powers” top all of that? Where could Austin — the series and the character both — go next? “That’s hard to say,” Roach replied. “Somewhere you haven’t thought of.”

Malkovich, McDormand Join Transformers
Michael Bay has added some quality actors to Transformers 3. He has set John Malkovich and Frances McDormand to join Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox. McDormand will play a big role, the National Intelligence Director. Malkovich plays Shia’s character’s first boss. That promises to be interesting. Also aboard is Ken Jeong, from The Hangover. Pre-shoots start next month, and shooting is set for Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Florida, Texas, Africa, Moscow and China.

‘Twilight’s’ Kellan Lutz fighting ‘War of the Gods’
Kellen Lutz, who plays Emmett Cullen in the “Twilight” movies, is suiting up for “War of the Gods,” a Greek myth fantasy movie that Tarsem Singh is directing for Relativity Media. “Gods,” formerly known as “Dawn of War,” centers on the conflict between the Greek gods and the elder gods known as the Titans, whose king, Hyperion (Mickey Rourke), is on a murderous rampage across Greece.

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  • Posted: Thursday, March 25th, 2010
  • Author: Scott From LA
  • Filed Under: Movie News,News


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