Film Nerd News #13


Film Nerd News!

Welcome to another edition of iGR‘s Film Nerd News! I’ll be honest, it was a pretty slow week for film since everybody in Hollywood was busy concentrating on TV world but there were a few interesting developments. The first of which is yet more news of another reboot, this time courtesy of a certain Fresh Prince. On top of that, a recent Oscar-nominated director seems to have chosen his next project. Of course the biggest news of the week was surrounding the next Bond film and the possibility of Christopher Nolan‘s (The Dark Knight trilogy) involvement but I covered that when the story broke. Without further ado, the rest of the week’s film news:

5/14 – THE WILD BUNCH is just the latest film to get the reboot treatment

  • While the prospect of seeing a reboot of The Wild Bunch has been in development for a couple years now, it’s just now starting to gain more traction, as Will Smith (Men in Black franchise) is looking at making it one of his next starring vehicles. It was previously being worked on for the late Tony Scott (Man on Fire) to direct but Warner Bros. is tweaking it a bit in order for Smith to star. I’ve stated my indifference towards getting outraged over reboots before so I’m not too fussed about it. However, the logline describing the reboot seems to be, on paper at least, nothing like the original film in nothing more than name. I hope I’m wrong because while I don’t get up in arms about reboots, I don’t particularly like it when studios just change the entire premise and use the same name to draw people in.

5/14 – IRON MAN 3 writer to continue with high profile projects; signs on for MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 5

  • Not many people know the name Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) but that’s about to change. In addition to working on the script for Iron Man 3, Pearce also co-wrote the upcoming Pacific Rim and has already written the eventual third entry in the Sherlock Holmes franchise. So, as you can probably tell, he’s a pretty hot name in the screenwriting business at the moment. In an attempt to continue that trend, last week he signed on to pen the next Mission Impossible film. It’s always interesting to me to see screenwriters come out of relatively nowhere because, as I’ve stated before, it’s the profession I’m ultimately working towards. A director hasn’t officially signed on yet but it’s been a foregone conclusion for months now that long-time Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible franchise) collaborator Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) would get the gig. Nothing’s been made official yet but Cruise, Pearce and whoever signs on to direct have some major expectations to meet after how great the last Mission Impossible was.

5/16 – Trio of actors join WISH I WAS HERE

  • I covered the controversy surrounding Zach Braff‘s (Scrubs) Kickstarter campaign a little over a week ago. Since then, three pretty darn good actors have signed on for the film: Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Josh Gad (1600 Penn) and Mandy Patinkin (Homeland). The video interview that Braff did talks about how if he had gone with an outside financier that he wouldn’t have been able to control casting so if his idea of controlling casting means that those three talented actors signed on, then I don’t see why anybody would want to argue with him. Gad and Patinkin will play Braff’s character’s brother and father respectively, with Kendrick as a possible love interest for Gad’s character.

5/17 – New JFK film LEGACY OF SECRECY could be the subject of an all-star team-up

  • While obviously not quite as ambitions as The Avengers, Legacy of Secrecy could form it’s own all-star team, as news broke that director David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) was looking to direct the pic, with Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed) and Robert De Niro (Goodfellas) starring. DiCaprio has actually been attached to the pic for a couple years now, acquiring the film as part of his production banner Appian Way in 2010 so it’s nice to hear that some traction is finally starting on it. The film would center on the true story that mafia boss Carlos Marcello confessed to an FBI informant that he had ordered the assassination of JFK. DiCaprio would play the informant, Jack Van Laningham while De Niro would play Marcello. Russell has been on a bit of a tear lately with two recent Oscar nominations and the likelihood of another for his current project, American Hustle. I think DiCaprio and De Niro’s reputations speak for themselves so the thought of the three of them working together (in De Niro’s case, again) is quite titillating. Let’s hope it pans out.

5/18 – The ASSASSIN’S CREED film gets a release date

  • It’s been a little while since we’ve heard news about the upcoming adaptation of Ubisoft‘s hit video game franchise, Assassin’s Creed so it was pleasantly surprising to hear that a release date has now been set for the film: Memorial Day 2015 (May 22, 2015). The fact that the studio has set the release date for the film indicates that they’re quite happy with the script that playwright Michael Lesslie has put together so news on a director should come shortly. The film is being produced by and will star Michael Fassbender (X:Men – First Class) so one would imagine that the pic could draw a fairly big name to direct it. Up until this point, I can’t really think of a video game adaptation that was particularly good so they have an uphill battle but the talent that’s been involved so far would indicate that this could finally break that trend.

That it’s for this week, folks! Because of the extensive coverage of last week’s Upfronts, there won’t be a whole lot to report to warrant a new addition of TVNN tomorrow but there will be a new edition of Trailer Tuesday so be on the lookout for that. In the mean time, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @kyle_igr and the site itself @igresponsibly!

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