Film Nerd News #19
Welcome to yet another edition of iGR’s Film Nerd News! So, in case you missed it I covered my first Kickstarter campaign last week and while that’s great news for me, the folks behind The Night Guardian still need some help. Their campaign closes in about 36 hours and could still use about $2,000 to fund their project. So help out! In other news, this week’s FNN has some interesting Marvel news and some progress being made on yet another comic book adaptation. Without further ado…
6/24 – WHO’S LEFT TO BE TAKEN? LIAM NEESON SIGNS ON TO FIND OUT
- Like my acceptance of reboots, remakes and adaptations in present-day Hollywood, I’ve accepted the fact that actors sometimes choose roles for the payday. Well, Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List) is no exception as he has signed on for another Taken film, despite the fact that the last one was a steaming pile of crap and he had publicly indicated he wasn’t excited about the prospect of doing another. However, he has about $20 million reasons for changing his mind, as producers increased his payday a full $5 million from the last one. Here’s hoping against hope that perhaps the producers learned their lesson from the last one and not employ one of their 5 year old nephews to write the script.
6/26 – SAM MENDES ISN’T LOCKED FOR THE NEXT BOND AFTER ALL
- Pretty much exactly a month ago, I talked about the news that Sam Mendes (American Beauty) was signing on for the next two Bond films. Well, that wasn’t quite accurate as last week it broke that Mendes hadn’t actually signed on to do the films yet. His involvement in Bond 25 was never really confirmed but it was said to be a lock that’d be doing Bond 24. That still may be the case but he apparently has yet to sign the dotted line. Let’s hope that this is just a minor delay because while I would’ve loved for this story to have been true, Mendes definitely did some amazing things with Skyfall and the Bond franchise definitely deserves to be in the hands of such a capable filmmaker, especially considering the misstep that occurred the last time the franchise changed hands after a great film (Casino Royale into Quantum of Solace).
6/26 – MARVEL CONTINUES BEING ODD, WANTS TO MEET WITH VIN DIESEL
- Obviously it might not mean much more than just kicking the tires to see who’s available and gauge their interest but according to the actor himself, Marvel wants to meet with actor Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious franchise). There isn’t any information as to why they want to meet but the rumors have already begun that it could be to voice the pivotal role of Thanos for The Avengers 2. I personally don’t know much about the character but I do think that Diesel’s talents would be best served as voicing a Marvel character as opposed to outright being one because his limitations as an actor can be masked if he’s just voicing a CG character, which is what Thanos will be. Whatever the case, it’s pretty clear that Marvel is not content with playing it safe so at this point, any involvement that Diesel may have with any Marvel property will not be surprising to me.
6/27 – DICAPRIO AND FOXX RE-TEAM FOR NEW CRIME FILM
- Fresh off the heels of collaborating together in Quentin Tarantino’s (Pulp Fiction) Django Unchained, Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed) and Jamie Foxx (Ray) are reuniting for an adaptation of S. Craig Zahler’s upcoming crime novel, Mean Business on North Ganson Street. Unlike in Django Unchained, it’s believed that the two will be on the same side as two rough and tough cops trying to find whoever keeps killing their fellow officers in a rough Missouri town. Despite the fact that they were enemies in Django Unchained, there was a clear rapport between DiCaprio and Foxx so it’s nice to hear that they plan on working together again. Zahler is writing the script for the adaptation which isn’t too surprising given the fact that he’s actually working on his directorial debut with the western Bone Tomahawk.
6/27 – THREE UP-AND-COMERS EYED FOR LEAD IN THE SECRET SERVICE
- The Secret Service marks a reunion between comic book writer Mark Millar (Kick -Ass) and director Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) and is supposedly the reason that Vaughn dropped out of directing the X-Men sequel (though this particular writer still doesn’t buy that as the reason). As a huge fan of Vaughn’s, I’ve been looking forward to seeing him helm something again so news about its progress is very welcome. Unfortunately, I actually ended up forgetting to talk about it when Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) was cast a couple of months ago so I’m making up for it now. News broke late last week that Vaughn was looking at John Boyega (Attack the Block), Jack O’Connell (Skins) and Christian Cooke (Magic City) to play the young lead that Firth’s character trains for, you guessed it, The Secret Service. Of those three, I’m definitely pulling for Boyega as one, he’s the only one I’ve actually seen in anything and two, I’ve been hoping to see him land bigger roles already as he was a highlight of Attack the Block. It’s definitely intriguing that Vaughn seems to be targeting relative unknowns after Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) had reportedly turned down an offer for the role due to scheduling conflicts. No matter who he chooses, though, I have full confidence in Vaughn to deliver so it’s all fairly moot anyways.
That’s it for this week’s edition of FNN! Be on the lookout for a new edition of TVNN tomorrow. There probably won’t be a new Trailer Tuesday this week because there haven’t been a lot of new trailers released in the past week but we’ll see if that changes in the next 24 hours. In the mean time, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @kyle_igr and the site itself @igresponsibly.