Film Nerd News #15

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Film Nerd News!

Welcome to yet another edition of iGR‘s Film Nerd News! Remember when I made a big deal about the number of articles we’d reached for FNN at, like, #4? Well this week marks #15 and that’s kind of a big deal. And yes, I fully expect that it smells of rich mahogany. Anyways, so we’re up to 15 of these things and I think that’s pretty cool. What’s cooler, though? This week’s film news so let’s get started!

5/27 – Four of Hollywood’s best actresses up for RODHAM

  • Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers), Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), and Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables) are all being eyed to play former First Lady and Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton. Taken after her maiden name, Rodham centers on her experience as a young litigator assigned to working the Judiciary Committee to Impeach Nixon as well as her unresolved feelings for future husband and President of the United States, Bill Clinton. The script made last year’s Black List, a list honoring the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood so it’s nice to see it finally get some traction to get made. That’s an impressive group of actresses but it will be interesting to see who they target to star as a young Bill as well. The film will be directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now), who is a rising director after impressive showings at the last two Sundance Film Festivals.

5/29 – PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 5 finally hires a director or two

  • Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) has chosen the next director(s) for the next installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and it’s a bit surprising: Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki)! Judging by this and many other decisions in the past couple of months, it appears that studios are looking at keeping costs down by hiring indie directors for their big tentpoles. Supposedly, Ronning and Sandberg were Bruckheimer’s favorites all along and he just had to do some minor selling to star Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) and Disney. After the disastrous On Stranger Tides (it made a lot of money but was a really bad film), I definitely welcome a fresh voice or two being the ones to bring the next one to our eyeballs but at this point, it may be too late.

5/27, 5/29 & 5/31 – The cast for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY continues to get stranger and stranger

  • John C Reilly (Step Brothers), Glenn Close (Damages) and Karen Gilian (Doctor Who) all joined Marvel‘s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy adaption. All three join an already eclectic cast featuring Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation), Zoe Saldana (Star Trek franchise), Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) and former WWE Superstar Dave Bautista (The Man With the Iron Fists). Marvel’s definitely not playing it safe with who they’re casting and while that’s commendable, without seeing the actual film it’s hard to imagine just how exactly all these pieces fit together. That said, Marvel has proven they deserve the benefit of the doubt so it will be interesting to see how all this comes together for director James Gunn (Super).

5/31 – Sam Mendes isn’t done with BOND after all; signs up for 24 and possibly 25

  • You may recall a story breaking out about a week and a half ago about the rumored involvement of Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy) for the next Bond film. Well, that seemed to have caught the interest of Skyfall director Sam Mendes (American Beauty), who had originally turned down to direct the next installment. The reason it must have caught his interest is because word came out late last week that he was coming back for Bond 24 afterall as well as likely directing Bond 25 too. That’s quite a turnaround from a couple of months ago when it was said that Mendes wanted to concentrate on his theater work. However, the prospect of bringing in a heavy hitter like Nolan as well as the likelihood of MGM backing up a Brinks truck likely made Mendes change his mind. Mendes had already worked on the story for the follow-up with writer John Logan (Skyfall) so the next film would’ve had his stamp on it already but it’s great news to hear that he’ll be back directing too, as his work with Skyfall was masterful.

5/31 – Ridley Scott didn’t learn with PROMETHEUS, close to hiring writer for BLADE RUNNER prequel

  • Despite the very lukewarm reception of Prometheus, the sorta-prequel to the Alien franchise, director Ridley Scott (Gladiator) is moving ahead with a  prequel of another one of his major 80s franchises: Blade Runner. Word is that Michael Green (Green Lantern) is close to signing on to write the pic for Scott to direct. Despite Green’s biggest credit being Green Lantern, I’m intrigued by the news because of Green’s work in TV (Heroes and the short-lived Kings for NBC). There’s also something to be said about the fact that Green is one of four credited writers for Green Lantern so it’d be a guessing game to try and determine just how much involvement he had in the final product. All of that said, Scott moving ahead with another prequel of a film beloved by nerds might not be the smartest idea after the debacle with Prometheus. Scott isn’t a scrub but maybe he should concentrate on new projects instead of re-visiting stuff from the 80s?

That’s it 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 and the site itself @igresponsibly.

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