Film Nerd News #14
It’s a holiday so this week’s edition of iGR‘s Film Nerd News is quite obviously a little late. And to that I ask: who cares? Just be glad I’m getting it done today at all! Or that there’s one at all! Seriously, last week lacked some serious bite film news-wise. Anyways, I don’t want to be a complete a-hole about it so why don’t we just get to the news?
5/20 – Another actor has an INHERENT VICE for P. T. Anderson
- Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master) used to be known for employing a large cast of big names in his films but his last two films, There Will Be Blood and The Master, have both been fairly light on the names. Well, he’s going back to his roots because news broke last week that Sean Penn (Mystic River) was joining the already stellar cast of Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator), Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers), Benicio Del Toro (Snatch.) and Reece Witherspoon (Walk the Line). Anderson has found great success lately utilizing smaller casts so it will be interesting to see how well he’ll be able to go back to managing such a large group of talented actors.
5/22 – The director of THE GODFATHER isn’t quite done after all
- Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather trilogy) is in the pantheon of the greatest directors working. Well, he was. For the lack of a better word, he’s pretty much been retired lately, only coming out to do quirky projects that never really amounted to anything serious. Well, that’s about to change because it came out last week that he’s hard at work on yet another Italian-American saga, this time one that centers on two teens. Not much else is known about the pic, other than that it takes place from the 30s-60s but we’ll provide more information when we get it. Sidney Lumet (Network) proved it was possible after he rebounded from some pretty terrible work to make Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (which, if you haven’t seen, do so immediately and you can thank me later) so hopefully Coppola can prove that Lumet isn’t the only one that can do it.
5/22 – “More reboots!” Hollywood says. TIMECOP is next on the list
- As I’ve exhausted in this article before, I’ve made peace with the idea of reboots so I can’t say I was exactly surprised to learn of another. However, I was pretty surprised to learn that it would be Timecop of all things. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Timecop when I was a kid (who didn’t love Jean Claude Van Damme [Street Fighter adaptation]) but it seems like an odd choice to reboot. It’s not a terrible premise and if written correctly, with an appropriate star (who else is thinking Jason Satham [Transporter trilogy]?), it could be quite good. Then again, Universal is hurting for big franchises so they could be getting quite desperate to find something, anything that will help their overall stock.
5/23 – Actor joins X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, starts potential war with Marvel
- When news broke that Evan Peters (American Horror Story) had been cast as Quiksilver in Fox‘s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, it ignited a lot of debate as to how this affects Marvel‘s mega-sequel The Avengers 2. The reason for the debate is quite simple: the casting came a little under a week after Joss Whedon (The Avengers) confirmed that Quiksilver (and his sister The Scarlet Witch) would be one of the new hero additions to The Avengers 2. When Whedon confirmed the additions, the discussion led to how the characters would be introduced because the characters themselves are mutants (they’re the offspring of Magneto), something that hasn’t been brought up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet. Things get even more confusing when you take into account the question of who exactly owns the character rights? Fox owns the rights to the X-Men characters but does Marvel still retain rights to certain characters that weren’t involved in the original X-Men trilogy? A lot of the questions around the news are still unanswered so we will definitely keep you posted but one thing is for sure: everybody’s confused.
5/24 – Tom Cruise doesn’t like being a spy as much as we thought, drops out of THE MAN FROM UNCLE
- A little over two months ago, I reported that Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible franchise) was helping to revive another TV spy series, The Man from U.N.C.L.E, for the big screen. Unfortunately, news broke last week that he would have to drop out so that he can concentrate on that other spy franchise that I reported hired a writer last week. This is just another in a long of line of issues that Warner Bros. has had getting The Man from U.N.C.L.E off the ground but word is the project will continue in its current form as they seek another big name to replace Cruise as the lead. The film still has Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes franchise) set to direct, with Armie Hammer (The Social Network) set to co-star so it certainly doesn’t lack some attractive names to overcome this latest hiccup. We’ll keep you posted.
That’s all for this week’s edition of FNN! Be on the lookout for new editions of TVNN and Trailer Tuesday tomorrow. In the mean time, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @kyle_igr (I’m actually using it again!) and the site itself @igresponsibly.