Archive for January 7, 2012
Two Disney-backed projects that were on the lookout for a director throughout 2011 have now found people to sit in the captain’s chair and serve as helmer: the (intended) Angelina Jolie-starring vehicle Maleficent and a project previously known as The Hill – which is not officially based on the company’s Matterhorn theme park ride, as was previously thought to be the case.
Maleficent is a new take on Sleeping Beauty that tells the classic fairy tale from the eponymous villainess’ perspective (ie. what Wicked is to The Wizard of Oz). Disney’s currently-untitled mountain climbing mystery-adventure set in the Alps is… well, kind of self-explanatory.
Deadline is reporting that Robert Stromberg is set to make his feature-length directorial debut with Maleficent, working from a screenplay penned by Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King,
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It seems there are now multiple new Hollywood studio-backed versions of nearly every famous fairy tale either being actively developed or on the verge of hitting theaters (see: this year’s Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman).
Case in point: Italian author Carlo Collodi’s famous “children’s story,” Pinocchio, which is the basis for a new 3D stop-motion flick from the Jim Henson Company and Guillermo del Toro, and a prequel titled The Three Misfortunes of Gepetto from 20th Century Fox – and a live-action project at Warner Bros. that is based on a screenplay by Bryan Fuller (the creator of Pushing Daisies).
Heat Vision has learned that Tim Burton is now considering the Fuller-scripted Pinocchio project as a possible future directorial effort. More so, the iconic Gothic filmmaker reportedly has his eye on ...
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Production on director J.J. Abrams’ highly-anticipated (and frustratingly delayed) Star Trek 2 is getting underway, which means there’s been a flurry of casting announcements recently.
Thespians such as Alice Eve and Peter Weller have signed up for important supporting roles in the film, alongside Noel Clarke (a.k.a. Mickey on Doctor Who) and the increasingly-popular Benedict Cumberbatch – who is thought to be playing either one of the sci-fi sequel’s secondary villains or its primary antagonist, taking the place of former candidate Benicio Del Toro.
EW has learned that the latest addition to Star Trek 2′s cast is India-born actress Nazneen Contractor, who will portray the wife of Clarke’s “family man” character. Contractor is best known for her turn as Kayla Hassan during the eighth (and final) season of 24.
It goes ...
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Tom Hardy has confirmed that he's set to play mobster Al Capone in David Yates' "Cicero" at Warner Bros. Pictures and has already begun prepping for the role.
"I've been working with Warners, watching their gangster films - the ones with James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Edward G Robinson. It's interesting to get them, and a bit of Capone into the bloodstream. You look at pugnacious James Cagney in The Public Enemy and see how this guy rises up to become a kingpin in Chicago" he told Britain's Daily Mail.
The 34-year-old actor, who is set to start filming the new "Mad Max" movie in Namibia with Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult later this year, adds that "The idea isn't to remake those films but to get a flavour of them as we explore Capone's career as a racketeer."
"Cicero" remains in fairly early stages - "The idea at the moment is of doing a trilogy of films, but nothing is set. Everyone is just talking and exploring".
People are betting big on the actor though. Harvey Weinstein tells The Los Angeles Times that the company's delay of John Hillcoat's Depression-era drama "Wettest County" from April 20th to August 31st was due to cash in on Hardy's post-"The Dark Knight Rises" marketability.
"We have a star in Tom Hardy who’s completely anonymous right now. If you go to a line at the ArcLight nobody would know who he is… He’s going to be a huge movie star by August. The idea is to go to Venice and then hit the domestic market right after" Weinstein told the paper.
Spike Lee's remake of the highly acclaimed 2003 Korean cult classic "Oldboy" at Mandate Pictures seems to have hit a stumbling block.
Variety's Jeff Sneider posted on his Twitter a few hours ago that production on the film has been pushed back to late summer/early fall due to star Josh Brolin's press commitments for "Men in Black 3".
Shortly after that he added that Clive Owen is out as the villain in the film. At last report Owen was considering signing on as the film's main antagonist. Owen was offered the part after Colin Firth passed on the role.
The story follows a man who as kidnapped and held for 15 years in solitary confinement without explanation. He is eventually released and sets out on a path of revenge.