Our weekly column brings you everything you need to know about this week's major developments in Hollywood.
Tom Cruise's Les Grossman project moves ahead
After successfully producing and dancing at the MTV Movie Awards, Les Grossman has a deal with Paramount to tell his life story. Ben Stiller, who directed Tom Cruise in this role for Tropic Thunder, will produce this time, along with Cruise, and Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) will get first crack at the screenplay. Paramount has the full (and funny) press release.
New Scott Pilgrim vs. The World clip
In this clip, we get a glimpse of Michael Cera confronting Chris Evans (formerly the Human Torch and now Captain America). Seems like an unfair fight, considering Evans plays Lucas Lee, an A-list action star with all the perks that come with the job... but we’re betting on Scott Pilgrim. The Edgar Wright-directed film hits theaters August 13.
Are you ready for Bourne 4?
Tony Gilroy is currently writing a Bourne sequel, according to Deadline, and the working title is The Bourne Legacy. Gilroy was fully immersed in the writing of the previous three Bourne films before going on to direct his first two features, Michael Clayton and Duplicity. In previous interviews, Matt Damon has said he will not return to the character of Jason Bourne unless Paul Greengrass directs, but Greengrass has not shown any interest in jumping back into the franchise. Hopefully, the whole team can be convinced to return in time to hit a 2012 release.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy adaptation coming to theaters
Gary Oldman has been cast as George Smiley in the latest film version of the John le Carré novel. Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) will direct from a script by Peter Morgan (The Damned United). Smiley was previously portrayed by Alec Guinness in a 1979 television series. Le Carré’s novel follows Smiley as he attempts to root out a Soviet mole in MI6 during the Cold War. According to the Daily Mail, Colin Firth, Michael Fassbender, and David Thewlis are also up for roles in the spy thriller.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows teaser trailer
A second peek at the two-part Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows premiered at the MTV Movie Awards. If you missed it, check it out below:
Carpenter to direct Fangland
John Carpenter will direct an adaptation of Fangland, John Marks’ novel about a TV news producer sent to Transylvania on assignment. ComingSoon.net reports that Hillary Swank will play the lead, Evangeline Harker. The story involves the strange happenings at Harker’s New York office while she is away investigating arms dealer and possible vampire, Ion Torgu. Carpenter will be directing for the big screen for the first time since 2001’s Ghosts of Mars.
New Last Airbender clip
Arriving July 2nd, M. Night Shyamalan's adaptation of the animated series tells the story of reluctant hero Aang (first-timer Noah Ringer) and his friends as they battle Lord Ozai and Prince Zuko of the Fire Nation. The cast also includes Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) and Jackson Rathbone (The Twilight Saga).
Kane & Lynch movie may have a new director
Heat Vision reports that the adaptation of the third-person shooter Kane & Lynch: Dead Men could be directed by F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen). The film will star Bruce Willis as Kane and Jamie Foxx as Lynch. The project has been looking for a director since Simon Crane left in May. The IO/Eidos Interactive game follows the two death row inmates as they search for a stolen fortune to save Kane’s wife and daughter.
Another Inception featurette
The Christopher Nolan film is set to blow the minds of moviegoers on July 16. Last week Wired received a Dream-Share manual. This week, we get to look at the scale of the production in a new featurette. Playlist also has more plot details and conjecture from the print edition of Empire.
Fright Night remake picking up steam
A remake of the 1985 cult classic will be directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) from a script by Marti Noxon (Mad Men). THR’s Heat Vision reports that Anton Yelchin (Terminator Salvation) will play Charlie, who believes his new neighbor, played by Colin Farrell, is a vampire. Toni Collette will play the mom, while Christopher Mintz-Plasse will be Evil Ed and Doctor Who’s David Tennant will step into Roddy McDowall’s old role of Peter Vincent. This time around, the film will be set in Las Vegas. No word yet on a release date.
New Sorcerer’s Apprentice trailer
Will this be the final trailer for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice? Probably not; there’s still plenty of time before the July 14 release date, but it could be the best one.
My Idiot Brother casting news
We don’t know if this film will be any good, but it has quite a cast. The Jesse Peretz-directed comedy already landed Paul Rudd as the idiot brother, and THR reveals that Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer will play his sisters, while Rashida Jones has also joined the cast as Deschanel’s girlfriend. Rudd plays an idealist dealing with an overbearing mother and crashing at the homes of his three sisters. No word yet on who will play the mother.
New Takers trailer
If you like your heist films with big casts, lots of action, rap music and a funny hat, then Takers might be for you. Directed by John Luessenhop (Lockdown), Takers will be in theaters August 20.
New international trailer for The Other Guys
On the other end of the cops and robbers spectrum is The Other Guys, starring Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell. The new international trailer pumps up the action a bit, but the funny, as well as Eva Mendes, is still there. Adam McKay (Step Brothers) directed the film, due in theaters August 6.
Quick hits: New release dates, casting news and more
- Summit has confirmed that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn will indeed be split into two films, with the first of the pair arriving in November 2011 - ComingSoon
- Clash of the Titans 2 may go before cameras as early as January, and Jonathan Liebesman (Darkness Falls) may take over for Louis Leterrier as director - LA Times
- Transformers 3 will be released in 3D (naturally), and is intended as a final conclusion to the series - USA Today
- CBS Films has delayed the release date of its Beauty and the Beast update Beastly (starring Vanessa Hudgens) from July 30 to March 2011 - LA Times
- Stanley Tucci will join Marvel Studio’s Captain America: The First Avenger as Dr. Abraham Erskine - Ain't It Cool
- Final Destination 5 will be directed by Steven Quale (a second unit director on Avatar) - Heat Vision
- The next Muppet movie -- written by and starring Jason Segel, and directed by James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords) -- will be in theaters on Christmas Day in 2011 - Entertainment Weekly
- Playlist reports that Eddie Redmayne (Savage Grace) will play the lead in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse.
- Milla Jovovich will star in the David R. Ellis-directed horror film Bad Luck - MovieHole
- The Tom Cruise action-comedy Knight and Day will now be released on Wednesday, June 23, two days earlier than originally planned. - Cinema Blend
- The Steve Carell comedy Dinner for Schmucks, however, has been pushed back a week to July 30 - Deadline
- Rosamund Pike (An Education) is rumored to be in talks to play Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class - Forces of Geek
- Is Jamie Bell (Defiance) the new Spider-Man? Sony’s not denying it... yet - Bleeding Cool
- Scott Rudin is developing an adaptation of Stacy Schiff’s upcoming biography Cleopatra: A Life with Angelina Jolie as the lead. - USA Today
- Could Joseph Gordon-Levitt play the Riddler in the next Batman? There are rumors at Hollywood Life, though the actor's reps are denying them.
- And the rumored titles for the upcoming installments of two old franchises are... Die Hard 24/7 and Fantastic Four Reborn - Ain't It Cool