The Rock is a Snitch
After his son is caught up in a drug sting and threatened with a 10-year sentence, Dwayne Johnson makes a deal to become an informant and infiltrate a drug cartel run by Benjamin Bratt. That’s fatherly devotion. Also starring for director Ric Roman Waugh (Felon 58) are Susan Sarandon, The Wire’s Michael K. Williams, Barry Pepper, Harold Perrineau (Walt!) and John Bernthal. Look for Snitch in theaters beginning February 22nd.
Somebody up there likes Nick Offerman
Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) stars in Somebody Up There Likes Me, an offbeat comedy that premiered at last year’s SXSW Film Festival and finally hits select theaters on March 8 (and VOD on March 12). Written and directed by Bob Byington (Harmony and Me 67), the film follows Offerman, his best friend (Keith Poulson), and the woman they both adore (Jess Weixler). Offerman's real-life wife Megan Mullally also stars.
J.J. Abrams and Stars Trek, Wars
J.J. Abrams will not leave the Star Trek universe completely as he steps into the world of Star Wars. He will produce the third Star Trek film, assuming, as everyone is, that Star Trek Into Darkness kills it at the box office, and he will continue to develop another Mission: Impossible as well, according to Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore. As a recent interview in THR reveals, Kathleen Kennedy pursued Abrams early for the Episode VII job, but he didn’t sign until last week, concerned over his other obligations. Also revealed is that the 2015 date is not set in stone for Episode VII, but the 3D re-releases of Episode II and III are now on hold (according to Deadline) so that Lucasfilm can concentrate on “rebooting the franchise.” In other Star Wars news, Terence Stamp picked this week to remark on how “boring” working on Episode I was, and a clever fellow who goes by UnusualSuspect2011 posted a mashup of Star Trek Into Darkness trailer audio and Star Wars clips to salute J.J. Abrams’ hiring. Looking for more information on Star Trek Into Darkness? Check out the featurette below, as well as the new app that will come in handy on Super Bowl Sunday.
A Good Day to Die Hard clips and featurette
Coming in at a brisk 97 minutes, A Good Day to Die Hard will be the shortest film in the Die Hard series. Below, watch 2 of those 97 minutes, as well as a featurette on the film’s car chases. Look for Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney in theaters on February 14th. It looks like John McClane remembered something from his encounter with Hans and Karl: shoot the glass.
Duncan Jones enters the world of Warcraft
Heat Vision reported this week that Duncan Jones will be taking on Legendary Pictures’ adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s hit video game World of Warcraft. The film will have a budget in the $100 million range, a major step up for the son of David Bowie and director of 2009’s Moon 67 and 2011’s Source Code 74. The script from Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond 64) will try to corral the sprawling game into one linear narrative. If you’re a Warcraft fan, it might be worth following the director on his Twitter account, where he posts regularly. (Example: “So the gauntlet was thrown down ages ago: Can you make a proper MOVIE of a video game. Ive always said its possible. Got to DO it now! ;)").The current goal is a 2015 release. Gamers go crazy.
Side Effects clips and one last trailer
Steven Soderbergh’s last theatrical release is only a week away, but if you’re a Soderbergh fan, look for paintings, plays, and possibly a drastically re-cut version of Kafka on DVD, according to a revealing interview in Vulture. For now, enjoy one last trailer and three clips from Side Effects starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Vinessa Shaw, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
An advance look at World War Z's Super Bowl spot
Prepare for a Sunday rife with expensive commercials and new TV spots for expensive films like Iron Man 3. But you don't have to wait until the big game to check out the official Super Bowl spot for Brad Pitt’s troubled zombie flick, World War Z. Director Marc Forster's loose adaptation of Max Brooks' novel has endured reshoots and rewrites, but it finally gets to theaters on June 21st.
Will The Amazing Spider-Man 2 look like Spider-Man 3?
One of the major complaints against Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 59 was that there were too many villains. James Franco as the new Goblin, Thomas Haden Church as Sandman, and Topher Grace as Venom (remember him?) did not add up to much. So when THR revealed that Mark Webb had cast Paul Giamatti as The Rhino in the upcoming sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man 66 to go along with Jamie Foxx as Electro and Dane Dehaan as Harry Osborne, comic book movie fans were understandably concerned. Giamatti’s hiring comes along with a mention of Felicity Jones’s possible involvement as well, which would balance out the female roles by adding her to the returning Emma Stone and the already added Shailene Woodley. Who could be next?
Jeremy Renner: good job hunting
To remove the stink of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 21, Jeremy Renner will star in Kill the Messenger, the tragic tale of a journalist who committed suicide after being smeared by the CIA. Deadline reports that Homeland’s Michael Cuesta will direct from a script by Peter Landesman, who is currently making his feature directing debut with the JFK assassination drama Parkland. Kill the Messenger's story is based on two books, Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras, And The Crack Cocaine Explosion, by Gary Webb, and Nick Schou’s Kill The Messenger: How The CIA’s Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb. After publishing his original article in 1996 about the CIA’s role in the crack cocaine problem in California, Webb was ostracized by his colleagues. With this as well as David O. Russell’s next project (also starring Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper), Renner looks to be getting back on track.
Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more
- According to Bryan Singer’s Twitter account, Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pride), and Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) will be returning in X-Men: Days of Future Past. All hail time travel!
- Is it possible that Daniel Craig could be written out of the sequel to David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? According to THR, yes.
- Brad Bird’s mysterious new film starring George Clooney and written by Damon Lindelof is now titled Tomorrowland. The film is currently slated for a Dec. 19, 2014 release.
- The 2013 SXSW Film Festival has announced its lineup. The festival runs from March 8-16.
- The sequel to 2011‘s The Muppets will be titled The Muppets... Again! and take the gang to Europe, where they get entangled with the world’s number one criminal. - Coming Soon
- Room 237, the documentary investigating conspiracy theories surrounding Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, will come the theaters on March 29th.
- Action-comedy The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, will now be released on June 28th.
- The Entourage movie is a go. - Deadline
- Charlize Theron is in talks to join Seth MacFarlane’s comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West. - Heat Vision
- Eva Green will play femme fatale Ava Lord in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. - Coming Soon
- Bradley Cooper will not play Lance Armstrong, but will be The Man from Primrose Lane and possibly a Chef. - Deadline & Variety
- Richard Curtis’ time-travel love story About Time, starring Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson, Tom Hollander and Bill Nighy, has been moved to a November 1st release date.
- Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell will star in Liv Ullman’s adaptation of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, which was previously made into a film in 1999 by Mike Figgis. - THR
- Sam Worthington will play an assassin for Philip Noyce in his adaptation of Kevin Wignall’s novel For the Dogs. The screenplay comes from writer-director Oren Moverman (Rampart). - Variety
- Look for Ant-Man and Dr. Strange to be in “Phase 3” of Marvel’s movie world. - MTV
- Gore Verbinski, who is currently finishing up The Lone Ranger, might have found his next project: Guy Deslisle’s Pyongyang. The graphic novel tells Deslisle’s own darkly comedic true story of being a young animator on a work visa in North Korea who gets accused of espionage. - Deadline
- Director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) will direct an untitled sci-fi movie penned by Eric Roth (Munich). - Variety
- Pierre Morel (Taken) is in talks to direct Sean Penn as an international operative on the run in Prone Gunman. - Heat Vision
- Tim Blake Nelson will play Charles Bukowski’s father in James Franco’s Bukowski and will also join Hilary Swank and Meryl Streep in the cast of The Homesman, a pioneer-period drama being directed by Tommy Lee Jones. - THR
- Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) plans to adapt Don DeLillo’s The Body Artist with a cast that includes Denis Lavant (Holy Motors), Isabelle Huppert, and David Cronenberg. - Variety
- In addition to a Bored to Death movie, Jonathan Ames and Jason Schwartzman will be collaborating on an adaptation of Bernard Malamud’s short story collection Pictures of Fidelman, about an art student who travels to Rome in the mid-20th century. - THR
- Fox and Ridley Scott will produce an adaptation of Mind MGMT, the graphic novel by Matt Kindt about a government agency of psychic spies. - THR
- Will Gluck (Easy A) will direct the new remake of Annie being produced by Jay-Z’s Marcy Media and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment. Willow Smith will no longer play the lead, having gown out of the role since the project was first announced. - Coming Soon
- Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace are in talks to star in Safe House director Daniel Espinosa’s adaptation of Rob Smith’s novel Child 44 about a Soviet police officer searching for a serial killer in the 1950s. Richard Price (Clockers) wrote the screenplay, in which Rapace would play Hardy’s wife, who has secrets of her own. - Heat Vision
- Cody Horn (Magic Mike) will join Maria Bello and Frank Grillo in the supernatural thriller House of Horror. - Heat Vision
- Kenneth Branagh is in negotiations to direct Disney’s live-action Cinderella starring Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother. Branagh would replace Mark Romanek. - Vulture
- Walter Salles (On the Road) is in talks to direct The Man in the Rockefeller Suit, the strange story of German-born Rockefeller impostor Christian Gerhartsreiter. - Variety
- Jim Carrey is in negotiations to star in Loomis Fargo for director Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite). The film is based on the true story of four men who stole $17 million from a Loomis Fargo truck in 1997. - The Wrap
- John M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) will direct Disney’s adaptation of of Ally Condie's YA novel Matched. - Heat Vision