Our weekly column brings you everything you need to know about this week's major developments in Hollywood.
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune film to be directed by David O. Russell?
The Los Angeles Times reveals that David O. Russell (Three Kings, Flirting with Disaster) is on Sony’s shortlist to direct an adaptation of the videogame hit Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony for the PS3 in 2007, Uncharted tracks the journey of Nathan Drake as he searches for the lost treasure of El Dorado. If successful, Sony could have a new franchise; a sequel Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was released in 2009 and was the best-reviewed game of 2009 for the PS3.
First trailer released for The Adjustment Bureau
In his first major shot at directing, writer George Nolfi (The Bourne Ultimatum, Ocean’s Twelve) adapts Philip K. Dick’s short story, "Adjustment Team." Matt Damon and Emily Blunt play lovers kept apart by a suspicious group. Maybe the clip below will explain it better (then again, maybe not).
Men in Black back in -- wait for it -- 3D
Columbia Pictures confirmed this week that a third Men in Black will be coming to theaters, in 3D, on May 25, 2012. Barry Sonnenfeld, director of the first two installments in the series, will return, along with star Will Smith. Talks are ongoing with Tommy Lee Jones to return as Agent Kay and Josh Brolin to join as the young agent Kay. The script will be written by Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder).
New trailer and TV spots for Inception
The release of a new trailer and three TV spots might help clarify Christopher Nolan’s mysterious Inception. The film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, and Michael Cain has quite a buzz building as its July 16 release date approaches. The trailer is below; you can view the spots here, here, and here.
Neuromancer finally coming to the big screen?
William Gibson’s legendary cyberpunk novel Neuromancer has a long history of starts and stops in Hollywood. Well, it’s starting again. THR drops the story in the middle of other Canadian film news, and reports that Vincenzo Natali (Splice, Cube) will direct. Neuromancer, published in 1984, tells the story of Case, a damaged computer hacker, hired to pull off a job in exchange for renewed health. Natali speaks about the project at CinemaBlend.
Wu-Tang’s RZA to fulfill his kung fu dreams as a first-time director
Deadline reports that Universal has made a deal to distribute The Man With The Iron Fists. It will be the first film written (with Eli Roth) and directed by RZA. Previously, the RZA’s film exploits have been limited to acting (Repo Men) and composing soundtracks (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai), but anyone who has followed his musical career knows his love and knowledge of martial arts. After all, the Wu-Tang Clan was named after the film Shaolin and Wu Tang.
3D Three Musketeers gets a cast and rival
THR’s Heat Vision reveals that the Paul W.S. Anderson (Death Race, AVP: Alien vs. Predator) version of the classic The Three Musketeers has been building its cast quickly. Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) will play D’Artagnan while Ray Stevenson (The Book of Eli), Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans), and Matthew Macfadyen (Robin Hood) have been cast as Pathos, Aramis and Athos, respectively. Christoph Waltz and Mads Mikkelsen (Clash of the Titans) will play villains while Milla Jovovich fills the love interest role. Summit Entertainment will distribute, hoping to hit theaters in 2011 ahead of the Warner Bros Three Musketeers picture helmed by Doug Liman.
New Fair Game clip
Speaking of Doug Liman-directed features, Summit Entertainment released a clip from the upcoming Fair Game. Currently in competition in Cannes, the film follows the true story of Valerie Plame as her covert status as an officer for the CIA unravels. Naomi Watts stars as Plame, and Sean Penn stars as her husband Joe Wilson.
Aronofsky and Pitt to finally work together
Variety reports that Darren Aronofsky will direct Brad Pitt in Guillermo Arriaga’s (Babel) adaptation of John Vaillant’s upcoming book The Tiger. Pitt was the first star attached to Aronofsky’s The Fountain and, once he dropped out, Aronofsky was forced to rethink and recast the film, with Hugh Jackman ultimately starring. However, there seems to be no hard feelings, as the two will tackle the true story of a man who attempts to track and kill a tiger after it turns against a remote Russian village.
Judge Dredd coming back in 3D
A 1995 dud starring Sylvester Stallone can’t prevent the return of long-running British comics character Judge Dredd to the big screen, and this time the violent, futuristic tale will be in 3D, according to Deadline. Pete Travis (Vantage Point) will direct a script penned by frequent Danny Boyle collaborator Alex Garland (Sunshine, 28 Days Later).
A third Toy Story 3 Internet-only trailer and more Pixar news
This time Mr. and Mrs. Potatohead are featured in the third “on the run” trailer from the Pixar film due in theaters June 18th. In other Pixar news, Newt, the feature announced in 2006 and to be directed by Oscar winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom (Saving Private Ryan, Titanic), has been cancelled. The Pixar Blog has the story.
Super 8 goes viral
After it’s premiere in front of Iron Man 2 last week, the internet is still buzzing about the J.J. Abrams project Super 8. The trailer, bootlegged Thursday night, was officially released online, and the dissection began. Visit Super 8 News for a deeper look at the trailer and the film's website.
Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis adaptation gets two stars
David Cronenberg will direct Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard in his adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel Cosmopolis. The story tracks one day in the life of 28-year-old billionaire Eric Parker as he crosses Manhattan in a stretch limo. Variety has more.
New clip from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Eclipse comes to theaters June 20th. Enjoy the clip below until then.
Sam Jackson talks Nick Fury’s future
Having appeared in the first two Iron Man films, Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury might be getting a starring role in the Marvel universe at some point. CinemaBlend reports that in a radio interview, Jackson said, “The Avengers should start shooting some time next year, and then some time after that there’ll be a big S.H.I.E.L.D. movie” -- vague, but intriguing.
Dunst and Stewart going On the Road
Last week it was reported that Kristen Stewart had been cast in the adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. This week we learn that Kirsten Dunst will be joining Stewart. According to Variety, Walter Salles (Dark Water) will direct a screenplay written by Jose Rivera (Letters to Juliet). Sam Riley (Control) will play Kerouac stand-in Sal Paradise, and Garrett Hedlund (Death Sentence, Tron Legacy) has been cast as Dean Moriarty (based on Kerouac’s friend Neal Cassady). Stewart will play Dean’s sometimes wife, Mary Lou.
Easy A official trailer
Following a clever teaser trailer, the high school comedy Easy A, staring Emma Stone (Zombieland), gets an official trailer this week. The film, directed by Will Gluck (Fired Up) with an excellent supporting cast -- Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson, and Thomas Haden Church -- will be released September 17th.
Two trailers and a clip for three Sundance successes
The Audience Award Winner for Documentary, Davis Guggenheim’s Waiting for Superman (which deals with the state of the US public education system) got an official trailer this week:
Nowhere Boy, a biopic about a young John Lennon starring Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) and directed by Sam Taylor Wood, will be released October 8th. Trailer below:
And last but not least, here's a clip from Blue Valentine, written and directed by Derek Cianfrance and starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. The film was picked up by The Weinstein Company for U.S. distribution after receiving great reviews at Sundance. It is currently pegged for release on December 31st, most likely to take advantage of Oscar buzz for its two leads.
- De Niro joins Statham and others in Killer Elite - MovieHole
- Mary J. Blige to play Nina Simone in biopic - THR
- Naomi Watts will play Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik’s adaptation of the Joyce Carol Oates novel Blonde - The Playlist
- Michelle Williams also cast as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn - Cinematical
- Evangeline Lilly will have work after Lost in Dreamworks' Real Steel - Variety
- Worthington will play the lead in Dreamworks' Quatermain - THR’s Heat Vision