Here's a bunch of "old news" for the past few weeks...
John Woo to direct Face Off sequel
According to a report on Monkey Peaches, John Woo is considering doing a sequel to “Face Off”, his 1997 blockbuster with John Travolta and Nicolas Cage.
Whilst it’s unlikely that the previous leads will be involved – Cage especially, considering his character bit the dust in the first – Woo’s apparently interested in doing a follow-up, if only because some of the things that happened in the first film are now happening in real life. For instance, a girl is about to get the world’s first full face transplant. Plenty of film-worthy stuff there apparently….
Before a “Face Off 2”, Woo will direct The Rock in “Spy Hunter” and then looks set to do a film adaptation of “The Romance of the three Kingdoms”. “So far, Chow Yun-Fat is the first and the only one being named. Woo would not include or exclude any actor or actress from the future casting, although it will be a Chinese only cast. Written by Luo Guanzhong in the 14th and 15th Century, Romance of the Three Kingdoms is a grand scale book depicting the Chinese history in the 2nd and 3rd Century, during which China split into three kingdoms following the fall of Han Dynasty, and after decades of war and peace, reunified under a new dynasty, Jin”, says the site.
Possible storyline for Terminator 4 surfaces
Long-time scooper ‘Brits’ has uncovered more information about C2’s plans for a “Terminator 4” and “Terminator 5” with added verification that The Rock might indeed get involved somewhere along the line.
“Plot rumors have surfaced again for Terminator 4 and loosely involved the same outline as previous years have stated, especially with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson's possible involvement with Arnold's Terminator.
“As like another Cameron related series, Alien, where we'll see Lance Henriksen's robot character from the original Alien series, in human form, word that The Rock could take on a Rebel character that Arnold's Terminator robot was based on.
“It's no secret that Arnold praises and is championing The Rock as the new action star of the 21st century and that Arnold is contracted for T4 - however it's believed he won't be in the movie for very long, paving the way for The Rock. Effectively, they would be playing the same character. Dwayne in human form as the Rebel hero and Arnold as the Terminator.
“And T5? It seemed to a lot of people, that whilst at a press conference in Cannes, promoting T3, there was no love lost between the C2 producers and Cameron. Sure money talks, but what good is that to The King Of The World?”
Last week, Moviehole was contacted by an employee at the studio saying roughly the same – that a “T4” and “T5” are on the cards. The Rock is interested in doing one of the films.
Story and Director rumours for Rambo 4
A couple of weeks ago rumours surfaced that Rambo might be on the comeback trail and John Woo might be trail guide. That was apparently a falsie, but ‘Long-John Silver’ has the real low-down:
“Well here is an update as to who Kassar, Vajna and the Weinsteins want to helm this new Rambo film. According to a source of mine, the names on the top of the directors list are F. Gary Grey (The Negotiator), John McTiernan (Die Hard) and Martin Campbell (The Mask of Zorro).
The rumored plot for the next Rambo film is that nuclear weapons are lost and Rambo is called in to lead a team to locate the weapons of mass destruction before...BOOM!!! There is an even bigger plot behind all this.
The film is tentative to go into production next summer for a release in Summer 2006. The budget they are aiming for is 75-90 million and that takes into account the rumored 30 million that Kassar, Vajna and the Weinsteins plan on paying Sly to play Rambo again. Kassar & Vajna of C2 will pay Sly 15 million and Bob & Harvey Weinstein of Miramax/Dimension Films will pay Sly the other 15 million to make up the massive 30 million payday. Only fellow action hero governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has ever gotten so much money for a single film!”
Chris Carter Says X-Files 2 Talks in Progress
Source: Coming Soon!
Variety talked to The X-Files creator Chris Carter who says that Special Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Special Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) might soon reunite on the big screen for a sequel to 1998's The X-Files: Fight the Future, which collected $189 million at the worldwide box office.
"Frank (Spotnitz) and I have worked out a story, and there's a negotiation with (Fox) going on," he said, adding he's also in development on two other potential features.
Carter and Spotnitz both worked on the first film's story. This latest bit comes after recent news from UK's Teletext which spoke to David Duchovny about the possibility of a second film.
"We're all on the same page," Duchovny said. "Gillian Anderson wants to do it, I want to do it, Chris Carter, who would write and produce the film, wants to do it and I believe Fox the studio wants to do it. When you have the four major players in the enterprise wanting to do it, it will happen. It's just a matter of when. I hope it happens within the next year."
The 43-year-old star quit the TV show before it was cancelled, but said he was keen to play Mulder again. "I think it would be fun at this point, a few years removed, to get back into it and do it."
Live-Action The Jetsons Movie Moving Ahead
Source: Coming Soon!
IGN Filmforce talked to Catwoman producer Denise Di Novi who says she's moving ahead with what might be her next project, a live-action adaptation of the cartoon classic The Jetsons.
According to Di Novi, the most recent draft of the screenplay was written by Sam Harper. His credits include Cheaper by the Dozen, Just Married and Rookie of the Year.
Bringing Down the House director Adam Shankman is scheduled to helm the film for Warner Bros. The site adds that Harper's script should be going out soon with the biggest challenge now being the casting of George Jetson.
Steve Niles on 30 Days of Night & More
Speaking with Comic Book Resources, writer and comic creator Steve Niles talked about how the film adaptation of his comic "Thirty Days of Night" is progressing, and what other projects he has in development:
Thirty Days of Night
Has a new screenplay being written right now by Stuart Beattie and we're that much closer with Sam [Raimi] being done with 'Spider-Man 2. I know of two different occasions where Sam's been interviewed for 'Spider-Man 2' and he brought up 'Thirty Days of Night.' The studio's still excited about it, I'm still excited, we're just waiting".
"I'm writing the second draft for MGM right now and I have to turn that in soon. It's a big, pulpy Cal movie. That's going really well, I'm having a lot of fun with that. With the movie, it's all down to casting. Everybody worries about all the drug references with Cal. It doesn't have to be like 'Cheech and Chong,' where every time he gets out of the car there's a big puff of smoke. It's really the attitude that's more important. I'm still pushing for that because I feel that part of the noir detective thing is the downtrodden guy. Alcohol was the way people used to do it, but now people have a lot of other ways of doing it. The stuff he abuses is like prescription drugs and whatever else he can get his hands on".
Wake the Dead
We're talking with a well-known director now, but I need another conversation or two with him to find out if he's doing it. Mike Dougherty is still doing the script.
They bought that so far in advance, I hadn't even written the comic! So, I just turned in the comic and the studio is running around with that".
Chronicles of Riddick TV spin-off in the works
“Chronicles of Riddick” writer/director David Twohy told SciFi Wire that he’s now concentrating on doing a spin-off of the film, a telemovie that will centre on the character of of Kyra, played in the movie by Alexa Davalos.
"They want to do a sort of Kyra, The Lost Years," Twohy said in an interview. "I'll be writing the story for that, just so that the expanding universe has a creative continuity to it, and it doesn't get too corporate and there are too many hands in the [project]."
The proposed Kyra SCI FI Channel project "will be a two-hour pilot, followed by a series, based on the Jack/Kyra character and how she went in search for Riddick and trouble befell her along the way," Twohy said. The series would fill in the five years between the end of “Pitch Black” and the beginning of “The Chronicles of Riddick”.
Davalos won’t be starring in the series though, says Twohy, because “…A, she wants to pursue a film career, not a cable career, and, [b], it might deal with a slightly younger version [of Kyra]. Because [Riddick takes place] five years later, she's playing 18, 19, 20. I think this character would be 15, 16, 17."
Whoever is cast as Kyra in the pilot will be the third actress to play the character.
Matrix Box Set Details
Nine-disc set is in the works.
May 20, 2004 - The Digital Bits has the news that a number of online retailers, including Australian's e-tailer EzyDVD, are listing a 9-disc The Matrix Trilogy DVD box set in Region 4, although there is no street date.
The set breaks down as three discs for The Matrix, three discs for The Matrix Reloaded, two discs for The Matrix Revolutions, and the Animatrix DVD.
Among the features are new HD transfers of the films, an extended version of Reloaded with an hour of additional footage and new documentaries, commentaries and other newly-created special edition content.
We've already noted that Eric Matthies Productions, a media production company in the Hollywood area, let the information out that it was working on the box set by boasting of it on its corporate Web site.
EMP said it is working on "over one dozen hours of new material for this upcoming collectors [sic] edition release. This expanded edition of discs will include detailed documentaries on the philosophy and science behind the Matrix scripts as well as a look at the history of action cinema. EMP is also creating a densely layered documentary package estimated at nine total hours using footage that has not been seen in the other Matrix releases."
Viggo Mortensen Has A History of Violence
Source: Coming Soon!
Viggo Mortensen will reunite with his "Lord of the Rings" studio New Line to topline A History of Violence for director David Cronenberg.
Adapted by Josh Olson from John Wagner and Vince Locke's graphic novel of the same name, the film tells the story of an ordinary family's life after the father receives unwanted national attention for a seemingly vigilante-style self-defense killing at his diner. Mortensen would play the father, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Mortensen most recently starred in Hidalgo at Disney and played Aragorn in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
New Line Reaches a Third Destination
Source: Coming Soon!
Variety reports that New Line Cinema has greenlit Final Destination 3 by reuniting with franchise creators Glen Morgan and James Wong.
Wong directed the original film, which he wrote with Morgan and Jeffrey Reddick, in 2000. The second installment was directed by David R. Ellis and written by J. Mackye Gruber and Eric Bress. Both film cost only about $25 million and made $90 million and $70 million worldwide, respectively.
Co-writer Morgan and writer-director Wong have not revealed what kind of accident the third film will entail.
Return of the King Extended Edition DVD in December
Source: Coming Soon!
Video Business reports that New Line Home Entertainment will release the extended edition DVD of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in December.
That falls outside of the holiday shopping primetime of mid-November--when the past two extended versions of the series, "The Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Two Towers," hit stores.
Still, the switch is not expected to hurt sales. Consumers have been aware for months about an upcoming extended take on "Return of the King," given the releases of ones for "Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Two Towers".
The trade adds that the extended edition took longer to produce because cast members, now filming new projects, had to be rounded up from all over to complete their commentaries.
Cagney & Lacey coming to the big screen
Are there any TV Shows left to do?
The latest Television show to get the film transfer is cop show “Cagney & Lacey”, according to an insider today.
Instead of being a spoof on the dramatic series though – like “Starsky and Hutch” – producers are out to pretty much transfer the serious tone of the Television serial into the film version. “In the vein of Thelma & Louise, with mature actresses in the leading roles”, says scooper ‘Brits’.
Created by Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday and Barney Rosenzweig, “Cagney & Lacey” told the story of two female police detectives whose professional and personal lives kind of meet head-on on a daily basis.
No word whether Tyne Daly (Cagney) or Sharon Gless (Lacey) will appear in the film, though cameo appearances are more than likely.
Courtney Love Charged With Attacking Woman
Courtney Love was charged with attacking a female friend of her former managers in April with a bottle and a metal flashlight, authorities said.
The felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon stems from an April 25 incident at the Los Angeles home of former manager Jim Barber. An arrest warrant for the rocker was issued Wednesday, district attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said Tuesday.
Love was not in custody, and it was unclear whether she had been served with the warrant. She has been charged in three additional cases, including two that occurred hours apart in October.
Her attorney, Michael Rosenstein, could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday.
Authorities said cocaine and other opiates were found in Love's system after she was arrested for allegedly trying to break into the home of a former boyfriend in October.
Love pleaded guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court to a misdemeanor count of being under the influence of a controlled substance and agreed to enter a drug rehabilitation program in that case.
Love also faces felony charges in Beverly Hills Superior Court, where she is accused of illegally possessing prescription painkillers. She has pleaded innocent in that case and is scheduled to return to court June 17.
In May, Love was arraigned in New York City on charges of assault and reckless endangerment for allegedly hitting a fan with a microphone stand at a club on March 18.
The Fountain Starts Flowing November 1
Source: Coming Soon!
Scooper 'Narrows101' tells us that, according to Newsday, director Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain will start filming on November 1 in Montreal.
In the Warner Bros. film, starring Hugh Jackman, a quest for immortality - via a "tree of life" found in Central America - is attempted in three different centuries, the ultimate lesson being that death, as part of the process of rebirth, is to be embraced, not feared.
Jackman, who just won Best Actor Tony for his performance in Broadway's "The Boy From Oz," will be toplining the musical through September 12.
David Chappelle in Talks for Super Freak
Source: Coming Soon!
The Hollywood Reporter says that Lorenzo Di Bonaventura is in negotiations to acquire the film rights to Rick James' autobiography, Memoirs of a Super Freak, with David Chappelle in early talks to topline the feature film adaptation of the funk rocker's memoirs for Paramount Pictures.
James, best known for his hit "Super Freak," has been working on a book for some time. In addition to his own pop and R&B hits, James wrote and produced many songs for artists such as the Temptations, Teena Marie and Eddie Murphy.
Chappelle has impersonated James on his Comedy Central series, Chappelle's Show.
Eric Bana Starring in Spielberg's Olympics Film
Source: Coming Soon!
The Terminal director Steven Spielberg is moving forward on his as-yet-untitled DreamWorks and Universal co-production about the 1972 Munich Olympics, says Variety.
The Hulk and Troy actor Eric Bana is the first to come aboard to star in the film, which will begin shooting in European locations beginning in the next six weeks. Ben Kingsley had previously agreed to play one of the leads, but his participation now appears unlikely because Spielberg pushed back the start five weeks so he could lock the score and attach a new ending for "Terminal".
The trade adds that Spielberg, who's producing the Olympics project with Kathleen Kennedy and Barry Mendel, will now begin casting the project in earnest, even though actors are rumored to be committing without getting to read the Eric Roth script.
Spielberg's intends to follow his summer project with a winter start on The Rivals, the Robin Swicord-scripted DreamWorks drama about catfighting 19th Century stage divas. Spielberg then hopes to direct Tom Cruise in a Paramount/DreamWorks adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel The War of the Worlds, which is being scripted by David Koepp.
Andy Serkis is King Kong!
Source: Coming Soon!
Andy Serkis, who brought to life Gollum's movements and voice in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, is reuniting with Peter Jackson to become the man behind the monster in Universal Pictures' King Kong.
Like he did for Gollum, Serkis will provide motion capture reference for the character of Kong, who will eventually be realized as a completely computer-generated creature.
Serkis also has been cast as Lumpy the cook, a member of the crew of the Venture, the tramp steamer that sails to Skull Island.
"I expect this time round will be a very different experience for both Andy and myself as we'll actually get to shoot extended drama sequences together," Jackson said. "It will be a little weird seeing Andy out of his Gollum gimp suit -- and I hope we can both make the adjustment!"
Commenting on Kong himself, Jackson said: "While Andy will provide very valuable onset reference, this doesn't mean we will be softening Kong by attempting to humanize him. The power of the story lies in the fact that this is a savage beast from a hostile environment, and we don't intend to compromise that."
Serkis joins Naomi Watts, Jack Black
and Adrien Brody in the cast. Jackson and his "Rings" colleagues, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, are writing, with Jackson and Walsh also producing.
Wolfgang Petersen Takes a Bullitt for WB
Source: Coming Soon!
Troy director Wolfgang Petersen and Warner Bros. are reloading Bullitt, reports Variety. The studio will remake the 1968 Steve McQueen drama with Petersen directing.
The crime caper, centered on tough-guy detective Frank Bullitt, will be contemporized by Cynthia Mort. The original drama was based on the Robert L. Pike novel "Mute Witness," but the remake isn't. Petersen sparked more to the character than to the original storyline.
"Bullitt" is not about "remaking a film or repeating a plot, it is about reviving a great character," Petersen told the trade. "Frank Bullitt is a cool, no-nonsense man who doesn't compromise. Bullitt walks his own path and his pursuit of the truth is unrelenting."
Mark Waters Directing The Spiderwick Chronicles
Source: Coming Soon!
Freaky Friday and Mean Girls director Mark Waters will helm Paramount and Nickelodeon's children's movie, The Spiderwick Chronicles.
Based on a six-part book series by fantasy writer Holly Black and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi, the film revolves around twin boys and their teenage sister. They discover a world of goblins, fairies and other magical creatures.
David Berenbaum (Elf, The Haunted Mansion) is writing the script which is expected to cover the first three books
Waters was also recently attached to the Disney comedy Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, about a bachelor who goes to his younger brother's wedding, where he is visited by the ghosts of his past girlfriends.
Spyglass Takes Rob Liefeld's Spin
Source: Coming Soon!
Spyglass has preemptively purchased a pitch based on the yet-to-be-published online comicstrip Spin, created by Rob Liefeld, reports Variety. Kara Holden is writing the film's script.
The fantasy comedy in the vein of Bruce Almighty concerns a highly successful single woman whose life is uprooted when a curse is put on her.
Comic creator Liefeld is the co-founder of Image Comics, the third largest publisher in the genre after D.C. and Marvel.
Star Wars Opening Info
Coming Soon has landed one hell of an impressive scoop from Lucasfilm detailling the space battle sequence that opens thee third prequel next year and here's a sneak peek:
"The starfleets of the Galactic Republic and Confederacy of Independent Systems are locked in a jumbled brawl of lumbering capital ships and swift starfighters, exchanging fire high in the Coruscant atmosphere.
Hundreds upon hundreds of ships are engaged in this high-stakes battle of the Clone Wars, but the audience will only really follow two small snubfighters into the thick of battle. As Obi-Wan and Anakin dive into the heart of the conflict to carry out a most important mission, they'll be the camera's guide through the chaos.
A dry-erase board hanging in the Animatics Department serves as a recipe list for possible mini-dramas playing in the background of the scene. Note that not all may not be in the final film. This list instead just represents some of the tantalizing possibilities:
- Colliding / scraping starships
- Sacrifice ship to break through blockade
- Diving formation of assault frigates to save cruiser from swarm
- Shockwave causing havoc from large explosion of ship
- Shockwave bombs across surface of larger ship causing damage
- Shockwave bomb on droid fighters
- Tractor beams picking up ships to repair / collision
- Pockets of intense debris caused by explosion that heroes fly through
- Reinforcements dropping out of hyperspace to help less fortunate ships
- Launching and docking tri-fighters / clone fighters
- EMP bomb causing loss of power to large ships, out-of-control collision
- Vulture droids landing on large ships and attacking"
Bachelor Party Rekindled
According to a recent interview with producer/writer Bob Israel of Aspect Entertainment, a sequel to the Tom Hanks comedy "Bachelor Party" may be in the works. The original comedy, released by 20th Century Fox in the summer of 1984, starred Hanks, Tawny Kitaen and Adrian Zmed.
Bob Israel, one of the original film's producers, recently spoke to the Bachelor Party 20th Anniversary Movie Website about his involvement in the film. When asked about a potential sequel, Mr. Israel replied, "Right now we are actually in serious talks about doing a sequel. We'll keep you informed."
Israel also released some interesting trivia about 'Bachelor Party'. In the interview, Israel mentions that the studio had auditioned then-up-and-coming actors Jim Carrey, Tim Robbins, Howie Mandel and Paul Reiser for the role that Tom Hanks would eventually get as Rick Gassko. They also considered 'Seinfeld' actress Julia Louise-Dreyfuss and 'The Terminator' star Linda Hamilton for the role of Debbie Thompson, played in the film by Tawny Kitaen.
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