Film Nerd News #21

Film Nerd News

Welcome to yet another edition of iGR’s Film Nerd News! Now that I’m not wishing that was in charge of the Emmys, I’ve got some time to bring the focus back to my weekly articles and of course the first one up is always FNN. That said, while my focus is back on these articles I actually don’t have anything I can really add here so I’m going to draw attention to that! Why don’t we just get to the news then, shall we?

7/15 – KEVIN COSTNER’S CAREER RESURGANCE CONTINUES

  • Prior to his supporting role in Man of Steel, it looked increasingly likely that Kevin Costner (Dances With Wolves) would end up doing TV before too long. After all, up until this year, his best role in the past 10 years had been on the Hatfields & McCoys mini-series for the History Channel. However, since wrapping on Man of Steel, Costner has lined up numerous high profile gigs, such a supporting role in the Jack Ryan franchise reboot, a starring role in the football drama Draft Day and a starring role in the next McG (Terminator Salvation) movie. Well, that run is continuing because Costner is in talks to join the Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy franchise) produced thriller Midnight Delivery. Co-written by del Toro and Neil Cross (Luther), the film centers on a man who becomes a drug mule to save his daughter’s life. I’m a huge fan of del Toro and Cross has a very solid background (he also co-wrote del Toro’s horror pic Mama) so I’ll let the fact that the logline essentially sounds like Snitch slide. It’s worth noting that Costner’s resurgence may actually be attributed to Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction) because Costner was originally cast in a role for Tarantino’s Django Unchained before scheduling conflicts with Man of Steel caused him to drop out of the Tarantino pic.

7/16 – AN UNLIKELY (BUT AWESOME) PAIRING OF ACTOR AND DIRECTOR

  • In this week’s edition of Why Didn’t I Think of That comes news that actor John Lithgow (3rd Rock From the Sun) is joining Christopher Nolan’s (The Dark Knight trilogy) next project Interstellar! Man oh man, what a bizarre yet tremendous piece of casting. Lithgow is known to most for his comedic work but he’s an accomplished stage actor by trade so he knows how to bring the drama. Like most things related to the film, it’s unclear exactly what Lithgow’s role will be but Nolan has become a master of inspired casting at this point so why does it even matter?

7/16 – A RISING DIRECTOR TURNED DOWN STAR WARS…WHAT?

  • This story features two bits of news. The first of which is that Neill Blomkamp (District 9) is making solid, albeit slow, progress on the script for District 10, the sequel to the surprise 2009 sci-fi hit. I was really impressed with District 9 and while there has always been talk about a sequel, it’s nice to hear some progress is being made on it. The second bit of news is the revelation that Blomkamp was asked to direct one of the upcoming Star Wars films and he turned it down. It’s unclear if he was offered the Episode VII gig or if it was one of the planned spinoffs but the director said he turned the opportunity down because he doesn’t feel comfortable adapting someone else’s work (though he also stated he wouldn’t completely rule it out in the future). While he was one of the few directors that yours truly thought would be able to do a tremendous job with bringing Star Wars to a new audience, I do have to say I’m pretty glad to hear that he turned it down to focus on more original material. I’ve said a few times here in FNN that I’ve made my peace with reboots, sequels, prequels, etc. but Hollywood as a whole still lacks original material and to hear a high profile, on-the-rise director say he’d rather focus on original material is refreshing to hear, especially when I imagine there isn’t any shortage of directors that would be interested in Star Wars.

7/18 – FROM UNDER THE DOME TO TOMORROW, FEMALE LEAD CAST IN DISNEY PIC

  • Britt Robertson (Under the Dome) has been cast in Disney’s Tomorrowland, a very secretive sci-fi film from writer Damon Lindelof (Lost) and director Brad Bird (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol). Her role is pretty vague (teen with technological gifts is the gist of it) but she joins a cast that’s top-lined by George Clooney (Ocean’s trilogy) as the lead and Hugh Laurie (House) as the antagonist. This film is definitely in my top 5 of most anticipated films scheduled to come out in the next couple of years so any news about it is great. Robertson hasn’t been given a ton to work with between her CW stints (The Secret Circle and Life Unexpected) and Under the Dome but she must be doing something right because this would appear to be a pretty big role in what’s shaping up to be a pretty big film. Be on the lookout for even more casting news in the coming weeks because the film is gearing up to start production.

7/20 – THE AVENGERS 2 GETS A TITLE

  • Because most of Marvel’s upcoming films are either well into production (Guardians of the Galaxy), in post-production (Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier) or very far off (Ant-Man, etc.), they didn’t have a whole lot of news to present at Comic-Con like their DC counterparts. However, they were able to drop one little bombshell: the title of the sequel to Marvel’s massive 2012 team-up will be Avengers: Age of Ultrton! What this title means is relatively unclear at this point but it obviously points to Ultron as being the villain of the film which contradicts earlier assumptions that Thanos would be the villain after making his presence known in next year’s Guardians of the Galaxy. However, with rumors swirling around Vin Diesel’s (Fast & Furious franchise) potential casting as The Vision, who was created by Ultron, it makes a little sense. Still, Avengers 2 is pretty far off so nothing really of note will break for a little while and right now, all the title does is get Marvel fanboys curious about what’s happening in Phase 2.

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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