Here are a number of the stories that I would have covered over the last few days if my Mac’s power brick hadn’t died. I tried to blog as much on the iPad, or by proxy, but there’s a lot I couldn’t get to. So here are the best, missed bits.
Michele Soavi wants to make a Goonies-like adventure film and has offered Nic Cage a role. Twitch say that the film will start shooting in April, and all being well, Soavi will then embark on a sequel to Dellamorte Dellamore, aka Cemetery Man. The original is wonderful, and if you haven’t seen it, I fully recommend grabbing a copy of Anchor Bay’s out-of-print DVD before it vanishes.
Music Rooms reported bits of what Mandy Moore said in response to my question at the Tangled press conference. I think you might be rather more interested in my full interviews with the film’s directors or animation director.
The weather has contributed to America having the worst January for the box office in 20 years.
Brian De Palma is to direct a UK-set remake of the French thriller, Crime D’Amour. Variety quote the director on the project’s appeal:
Not since Dressed to Kill have I had a chance to combine eroticism, suspense, mystery and murder into one spellbinding cinematic experience.
Which, sadly, makes it sound like he wasn’t too pleased with Femme Fatale, a film that he seemed to design from the floor up just to combine those same elements. Shame – I quite liked that one.
Real Steel‘s Shawn Levy is making a voyage into directing for the small screen. Deadline say he’ll be behind the pilot for Family Album, which will revolve around “a headstrong patriarch who, determined to get some quality family time, embarks on a vacation with his extended family. In the vein of real-time drama 24 and short-lived ABC comedy Big Day, where each season chronicled the events that took place during the course of one day, each season of Family Album will take place during one summer vacation.”
A tie-in version of Angry Birds is being released to promote the new toon Rio. There’s a trailer for it below.
And the Rio marketing continues with two minutes from the start of the film. Here they are now.
The BBC have commissioned a second series of the uneven Lucas and Walliams mock-doc, Come Fly With Me.
Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller took to Twitter to address the state of their slate of pictures, from TMNT to Friday the 13th:
Time to start tweeting again. Lots of rumors out there. I want to set the record straight on Freddy and Jason. First, let’s talk Jason. Shannon and Swift wrote a great script. We are ready to go, when New Line is ready. But as of yet, they are not ready.
As for Freddy, as far as I know, there isnt even talk of writing another script. Rated R Horror movies, right now, don’t seem to generate interest from the studios. Everyday we want to hear from any studio that they want a horror movie, but it hasn’t happened.
So right now we are working on a handful of films, including TMNT and Ouija. There is still hope for rated R horror, because it is profitable, but there is a larger interest in tent pole film.
Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand will start production on My Mother’s Curse this spring. Anne Fletcher is directing from a script by Dan Fogelman. Here’s how The Hollywood Reporter set up the film’s premise:
The story follows an inventor (Rogen) who invites his mother on a cross-country trip as he tries to sell his new product while also reuniting her with a lost love.
Rotten Tomatoes ranked the official list of 50 Disney animated features, and Chicken Little came in at number 50. That’s behind Home on the Range and The Fox and the Hound, so you know something is up. Pinocchio came out on top, however, and that’s 100% correct.
The official synopsis of Johnny English Reborn has been released:
Rowan Atkinson returns to the role of the accidental secret agent who doesn’t know fear or danger in the comedy spy-thriller Johnny English Reborn. In his latest adventure, the most unlikely intelligence officer in Her Majesty’s Secret Service must stop a group of international assassins before they eliminate a world leader and cause global chaos.
In the years since MI-7’s top spy vanished off the grid, he has been honing his unique skills in a remote region of Asia. But when his agency superiors learn of an attempt against the Chinese premier’s life, they must hunt down the highly unorthodox agent. Now that the world needs him once again, Johnny English is back in action. With one shot at redemption, he must employ the latest in hi-tech gadgets to unravel a web of conspiracy that runs throughout the KGB, CIA and even MI-7.
With mere days until a heads of state conference, one man must use every trick in his playbook to protect us all. For Johnny English, disaster may be an option, but failure never is.
The Bonnie & Clyde film with Hilary Duff, Lee Majors and Thora Birch is gearing up for a March shoot, and Ozarks First have spoken to its director about… well, location scouting, mainly.
Orlando Bloom and Imogen Poots are set to star in The Laureate, a romantic biopic of Rupert Graves. Screen Daily report that William Nunez is writing and will direct.
There’s going to be a Dark Tower video game to tie in with the films and TV shows. Probably.
Here are the first official images from Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress. Welcome back, Whit – I missed you.
Minka Kelly, Rachel Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh are the new TV Charlie’s Angels, say Deadline. Robert Wagner has been cast as Charlie, though it’s not yet clear if he’ll just be a voice once again.
Deadwood creator David Milch is adapting the video game Heavy Rain into a movie. Now, if somebody would just adapt it into a real video game.
Elton John told some BBC Radio 2 presenter or another that Lee Hall was writing a Elton John musical biopic, and that it would be a fantasy in the vein of Moulin Rouge.