Wednesday Night Rushes – Feuding Pythons, Muppet Love, Lost Superman Toys And More

This poster is here to tell you: John Carter is going to play in IMAX cinemas, in 3D.  [Fandango]

Tyrese Gibson seems to think that Jason Statham will be in Transformers 4. I think he probably just read the rumours on the internet while his drivel-filter was running low on charge. [CBM]

I wish there was a lot more to report on this one, but there isn’t, really. Not yet… but, anyhow, what we do know is that No Heroics, Runaways and Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce has sold his pitch Secretaries Day to Sony and Will Gluck is going to direct. Cough Emma Stone cough. [Deadline]

Viva la Muppet hats. [Craftzine]

USA are developing a drama about the Pinkerton agency’s Kate Warne, America’s first female detective. The pilot script will detail her uncovering of an assassination plot targetting Abraham Lincoln. [Deadline]

And talking of Abe, here he is. [Richmond Times Despatch/Anne Thompson]

It seems that The Blind Side is now the most rented film in the history of Netflix, forcing the (superior, if we’re keeping score) Bucket List down to number two. Best film in the top ten is number ten, the Coens’ No Country For Old Men.

Perhaps more importantly: Netflix in the US launched their revised iPad app today. [Netflix]

Here’s the trailer for Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds, which certainly seems sincere.

HBO have won the rights to Beat the Reaper, from writer-directors Brian Koppelman and David Levien. I like those guys a lot, and the source book for this series seems to offer them some meaty material to work with:

A criminal/medical thriller about a young ER doctor whose life is upended when a patient comes through his ward that recognizes the internist from his old life — when he used to work for a notorious crime family. As his past comes crashing back and his enemies from his old life try to destroy him, he tries to hold his new life together while discovering that everything he knew about his past may have been wrong.

It was once going to be a big-screen vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio, who is still involved, at least as a producer. [Deadline]

Universal, Village Pictures Asia, China Film Group and Wanda Media Group have clubbed together to fund Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut, Man of Chai Tea. Sorry, Man of Tai Chi. Ahem (and my apologies to Matt Wall). Reeves is to star alongside Tiger Chen. [Screen Daily]

Here’s almost a minute’s worth of Christmas Downton.

Good news everyone! Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion is to be adapted into a musical. [Playbill]

First, Eric Idle told The Telegraph:

I fired John Cleese – surgically removed [his voice from the new, touring version of Spamalot]. It wasn’t mean – he’s had millions of dollars from it. He charges people a fortune for using his voice. He’s always been in financial crisis

Then, John Cleese tweeted:

I see Yoko Idle’s been moaning (again), about the royalties he had to pay the other Python’s for Spamalot. Apparently he paid me “millions”

… actual rough figures last time we checked – Yoko Idle $13m, Michael Palin $1.1m, the others just under a million each…

The Kal-El crazies at the Man of Steel Facebook fan page appear to have found lots of concept art for toys that Hasbro were planning to coincide with Tim Burton’s Superman Lives movie, before it was canned. [Facebook]

Kim Kardashian has paid $64,900 for three bracelets that used to belong to Elizabeth Taylor. Whatever gets you through the night, Kim. [TMZ]

The novel Here Lies Bridget is described as:

an edgy It’s A Wonderful Life meets Mean Girls

by Kat Coiro, the director of its upcoming feature film adaptation. She’ll be working rom a script by STARF*CKERS‘ Leah Rachel. [Deadline]

Here’s how the cast are looking as we head into season 2 of the American Being Human do-over.

Stephen Frears’ 1984 film The Hit is amongst his very best, a tense and sometimes upsetting gangster drama. For reasons not yet fully clear, Frears has decided that now is the time to remake it. Orginal screenwriter Peter Prince and producer Jeremy Thomas are joining in too. The plan, they say, is to relocate the action to the US, “against the backdrop of the land of cinema.” You know what? I’ve got a hunch this is going to be shot in 3D.[Variety]

Brad Grey has signed on to stay as Paramount’s chairman-CEO until 2017. Good for him, you’d assume. [Variety]

David Cross says that filming Alvin and the Chipmunks 3: Chipwrecked was:

Without question, the most unpleasant experience I’ve ever had in my professional life. It’s safe to say I won’t be working with some of those people ever again. Not the actors. And the director [Mike Mitchell] was great. We got along. There were a couple of people, though…it was just a really awful, unpleasant experience.

And, trust me, it shows on screen. [The Playlist]

Here’s a belatedly uncovered commerical by Wong Kar Wai, courtesy of The Playlist. It’s a rather handsome piece of work.

Amazon are currently offering an extra $5 discount on the price of The Muppets on Blu-ray or DVD when you pre-order. Click the “Clip This Coupon” button and you’ll pay whatever the lowest price they set between now and the disc’s release minus that extra five bucks. Bargain.

Note that the Wocka Wocka pack includes a Blu-ray, a DVD, a digital copy and also the soundtrack. That’s pretty great.

Universal have acquired the movie rights to young adult novel Daughter of Smoke and Bone (er… yuck) from right under the nose of Paramount. [Deadline]

For one night only, George Clooney is going to star 8, a play directed by Rob Reiner and written by Dustin Lance Black about the trial that overturned Proposition 8. [Backstage]

I’m afraid that’s going to have to be all for tonight, but hopefully we can have an extra-sized Rushes tomorrow.