Film Nerd News #8

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Film Nerd News!

It’s the start of another week so you know what that means: iGR‘s Film Nerd News! Not to make it a big deal or anything (I am) but this week is slightly special since today’s my birthday! Birthdays are always fun but I’m not sure how I feel about being alive for a quarter of a century now. Then again, how old do you think that makes my parents feel? Pretty old I bet but they’re still cooler than you are and I’m sure that gives them some amount of gratification.

Anyways, enough with my self-aggrandizing and let’s talk about film:

4/8 – I guess Hollywood still loves vampires, tries another DRACULA reboot

  • I suppose it shouldn’t be too surprising that Universal is still pursuing reboot #243 of the Dracula story but I kind of thought the vampire craze was dormant for a little while. I guess not because news came out last week that Luke Evans (upcoming Fast & Furious 6) has joined as the titular character. The plot for this reboot though makes Dracula out to be more of a hero than the infamous, villainous vampire we now know as it centers on Dracula as a young prince, sacrificing his soul in order to save his family. It’s seemingly in vogue to create new versions of established stories so that’s not too surprising. What is surprising though, is that Universal has tapped commercial director Gary Shore to make his feature debut with the film. It’s quite the vote of confidence to give such a high profile property to a guy who’s only directed commercials but after checking out some of his work on Vimeo, I’m not that surprised anymore as they clearly show a talented director. Me? I’m just waiting for Patrick Rausch to get a shot at something.

4/9 - INTERSTELLAR has a female lead and you may recognize her

  • Even though he surprised many of us with his casting of Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike), Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy) is back to his old tricks, casting someone he’s worked with before as the female lead: Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises)! In case you didn’t notice, Nolan frequently re-casts actors he’s worked with. So much so that it’s almost a joke at this point. That said, Hathaway is certainly talented and it’ll be interesting to see Nolan direct her without having to cater any of the performance to people expecting anything from her character. I also have complete faith in Nolan. It’s become trendy to hate on the guy these days because a lot of people didn’t like how Inception ended and were disappointed by The Dark Knight Rises but he has yet to make an outright bad film and there aren’t a lot of directors that can say that. I’m also incredibly intrigued by the premise which is fairly obvious given the extent of my coverage on this film. As I previously reported, Interstellar is on track for a November 7, 2014 release date so expect more casting news in future installments of FNN.

4/10 – Is the next FAST & FURIOUS film going to be scary? Judging by their recent hiring…

  • After Justin Lin (the last four Fast & Furious films) dropped out of directing the seventh installment, I reported on last week’s FNN that the producers of the Fast & Furious franchise were looking at names like Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) and Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) to replace him. At the time, I really enjoyed the idea of Furman taking over because I rather liked The Lincoln Lawyer. Turns out, there was another name they were considering: James Wan (Insidious). And that surprised the crap out of me because Wan has made a name for himself by directing horror films so it’s a bit out of left field. That said, I enjoyed Death Sentence, Wan’s only foray out of the horror genre (he even made me care about Kevin Bacon!) so I don’t hate the hiring. Still, it’ll be an uphill battle for anybody to match Lin’s franchise turnaround so it ultimately may not matter who ends up disappointing the audience.

4/10 – Has Hollywood run out of 80s films to reboot? POINT BREAK reboot coming

  • I’ve made some “jokes” (not really funny ones) about how seemingly every 80s film is being rebooted for today’s audiences but there is a basis of truth in that. So what happens when you run out of 80s films? You move onto the 90s! That’s right, everybody’s favorite pre-Matrix Keanu Reeves (The Matrix trilogy) film, Point Break, is getting the reboot treatment and will be helmed by Ericson Core (Invincible), a long-time cinematographer turned one-time director. I’ve pretty much accepted that reboots are aren’t going away so it’s hard for me to really get upset about this, especially when Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium) wrote the script. That said, it’s going to be pretty hard to beat the original.

4/11 – Even when he’s producing, Christopher Nolan can’t stop casting familiars in TRANSCENDENCE

  • When Transcendence, the directorial debut of frequent Christopher Nolan cinematgorapher Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight trilogy), was announced I was curious if Pfister would enlist any of Nolan’s previously cast actors or if he was going to go with a whole new group of people. On Thursday, I got my answer: a mix of both. That’s because he brought in Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption) to go along with the already cast Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise), Rebecca Hall (The Town), Kate Mara (House of Cards) and Paul Bettany (A Beautiful Mind). Freeman is a legend in this business and rightfully so, so his addition to the cast is great news.

That’s it for this week folks! We’re tweaking our output of the weekly film and TV articles so look for a new TVNN tomorrow, along with another edition of Trailer Tuesday. In the mean time, follow me on Twitter @kyle_igr where I do make random comments about various news stories that may or not may not be included in future installments of my stuff. And don’t forget, the site’s Twitter handle is @igresponsibly.

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