Tuesday Rushes – Blood Stains, Fake Magic, Super’s Sale And More

Here’s a whole gravel pit of smaller stories, with a few bigger chunks tossed in for good measure. I was suffering somewhat yesterday, so I start today playing catch up. But catch up we will, beginning right now. And it’s always good to have somewhere for the fiddly stuff I just couldn’t crack over the weekend too.

70’s schlocker Kingdom of the Spiders is getting remade. In 3D. Webs can actually look rather nice in stereo. Screen Daily have such scant info on this one, they didn’t actually have anything meaningful hidden behind their paywall.

The Guardian ask a real magician what he thought of Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist.

Found via Quiet Earth, here’s a promo reel for Max Pachman’s Red Haven, which is maybe something a bit like It meets Monsters but with a much younger cast.


Here’s a run of stories from Variety:

  • Oren Moverman’s Rampart stars Woody Harrelson, Ice Cube and Ben Foster with Steve Buscemi, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon, Sigourney Weaver and Robin Wright recently added to the line-up. The script, about the late-90s Rampart scandal in the LAPD, was co-written by Moverman and James Ellroy.
  • The writer of Robosapien: Rebooted has also written a 3D CG toon called Hot Dogs, set to enter production early next year. Clearly he’s something of a scourge.
  • Christian Slater is to star in Michael A. Nickles’ Playback as “a sinister cop who is pivotal in exposing a small town’s deepest, darkest secret”. It will likely be a supporting role as the story is “triggered by high school students digging into their town’s infamous past and unwittingly unlocking an evil that preys upon their classmates”.
  • David Wain has cast Lauren Ambrose in his comedy Wanderlust. Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are already onboard. The film’s script – by Wain, Ken Marino and Rudd – is about some New York folk on a move to Atlanta coming across a comune.
  • Anthony Burgess’ A Dead Man in Deptford is heading to the big silver oblong on the wall. Sam Riley has been cast as Christopher Marlowe, the playwright who spied for the crown during the reign of Liz 1.
  • Meanwhile, Riley’s Brighton Rock director, Rowan Joffe, is teaming up with Scott Free for a film of Before I Go To Sleep. Steve Watson’s novel tells of a young woman who appears to have aged by a couple of decades overnight. At least, that’s one perspective on what is going on… I won’t spoil it, but Watson’s book is most definitely not about a case of supernatural aging.

And now, a few from The Hollywood Reporter too:

  • Barry Levinson’s son Sam is to direct The Reasonable Bunch, a wedding comedy about families clashing and fraying. Demi Moore, Thomas Haden Church, Kate Bosworth, Martin Landau, Ellen Barkin and Ellen Burstyn are amongst the warring aunts, uncles, cousins, exes, grandparents (and so on).
  • IFC have paid a substantial sum of money for James Gunn’s Super. I hope they give it a wide roll-out – it looks like it could sustain one.
  • Mickey Rourke is attached to take the lead role in Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer. Awful title. This “Ice Man” was a real guy, Richard Kuklinski, who performed contract killings throughout four decades of an otherwise bland, suburban family life. Blow screenwriter David McKenna is scripting.

In case you didn’t notice their logo, Coming Soon were responsible for disseminating the Tron Legacy banner at the head of the post.

Wes Craven has been making with the wet stuff on the set of Scream 4. Here’s a couple of his own pictures:

That film’s cast has now expanded to include TV sub-stars Brittany Robertson and Aimee Teegarden.

More soon…