Batman 3 has a title; what about a female lead?
In an interview with Hero Complex, Christopher Nolan revealed a few minor details about his third Batman film. The film will be called The Dark Knight Rises. The Riddler will not be the villain, and -- wait for it -- the film will be shot in 2D and IMAX. That’s right: no 3D. This has been suspected all along, since Nolan has always expressed his distaste for 3D, but, even more importantly, he wants the films to be consistent in look and feel. In other Dark Night news, Movie Hole floated a story about the search for a female lead, but very few details were provided. Who might they be casting? A new love interest or a villain? Let the speculation begin.
Tron: Legacy trailer featuring Daft Punk, plus a new clip from the film
Two preview clips became available this week for Tron: Legacy. The first features a song, Derezzed, from Daft Punk’s original score to the film, which accompanies various scenes from the movie, including a glimpse of Michael Sheen as Castor. The second is a clip of Sam Flynn, played by Garrett Hedlund, meeting Olivia Wilde’s Quorra. The Joseph Kosinski-directed film will be released in 3D on December 17.
Mel Gibson’s Hangover 2 replacement is the much less crazy Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson will be taking over Mel Gibson’s role of a Bangkok tattoo artist in the upcoming Hangover 2. Neeson told Variety, “I just got a call to do a one day shoot on Hangover 2 as a tattoo artist in Thailand... I just laughed my leg off when I saw The Hangover, I was shooting in Berlin earlier this year and rented it on the hotel TV.” It seems that Neeson’s A-Team co-star Bradley Cooper invited Neeson to take on the role. This news might come as a disappointment to fans of Mike Tyson’s cameo in the original film, but Mike Tyson is fine with whomever joins the cast, according to the New York Post, “I'm not going to ever in my life point my finger at anyone. I don't live in a glass house. None of us do. I work with anybody, as long as they're respectful.” He also said we all have a Mel Gibson-type guy inside us; let’s hope not.
The first trailer for Rabbit Hole
Rabbit Hole stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as grieving parents struggling to cope with the death of their son. John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) directs from a screenplay by original Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. Academy Award winner Diane Wiest and Sandra Oh are also featured. Rabbit Hole makes its way into theaters on December 17.
Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 coming (eventually) to a theater near you
For all of you hoping to see what a Cleopatra biopic starring Angelina Jolie and directed by James Cameron would look like, we have a sad announcement: James Cameron’s next two films will include Avatar in the title. Cameron hopes to begin production in late 2011 to hit release dates of December 2014 for the second Avatar film and December 2015 for the third. Deadline has the full press release from Twentieth Century Fox.
King’s Speech international trailer
The buzz for The King’s Speech has been overwhelmingly positive since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The U.S. trailer, which appeared here back on September 24, was a bit bombastic, but the new international trailer lowers the volume on the music and provides us with our first glimpse of Guy Pearce playing Edward VIII, whose abdication thrusts Colin Firth’s Duke of York to the throne. Helena Bonham Carter plays the future Queen Elizabeth and mother of the now reigning Queen, and Geoffrey Rush plays speech therapist Lionel Logue. Tom Hooper (The Damned United) directs. The film can been seen in theaters beginning November 26.
Spielberg to direct Robopocalypse
Deadline confirmed this week that Steven Spielberg’s next directing project will be Robopocalypse, based on the Daniel H. Wilson novel of the same name. Wilson has previously published How To Survive a Robot Uprising (which Jack Black will reportedly star in) and How To Build a Robot Army. Robopocalypse is scheduled to be published in June 2011 and is, simply put, about a robot uprising against humans. Drew Goddard is already in the process of adapting the book for Spielberg, who currently has two projects slated for December 2011 release dates: Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn and War Horse. He is scheduled to begin shooting Robopocalypse in January 2012.
The new Mission: Impossible has a colon problem
This week, at a press conference in Dubai where the fourth Mission: Impossible is filming, Tom Cruise revealed the title for the upcoming film. It will be Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, but no one seems to be sure if it should be written that way or with a second colon (Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol (Playlist)) or with a dash (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (SlashFilm)). Maybe a shot of it written on a banner will help? Probably not. Did the punctuation question distract you from thinking about how poor the title is? We hope so.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 featurette
Here is a behind the scenes look at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, with some cast and crew interviews. The seventh film in the Harry Potter series will be in theaters on November 19.
Ang Lee to direct The Life of Pi
Yann Martel’s Booker Prize-winning novel will finally be coming to the big screen. USA Today reports that Ang Lee has reached a deal with Fox to shoot the film in 3D, and he has already cast Suraj Sharma, a Delhi high school student with little acting experience, in the lead. The book tells the story of Pi Patel and his struggles to survive on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, a hyena, a zebra, and an orangutan named Orange Juice. Release is already set for December 14, 2012.
Hemingway’s Garden of Eden trailer
Based on a posthumously released novel by Ernest Hemingway, Hemingway’s Garden of Eden follows an American writer and his new bride as they enjoy their honeymoon until both fall in love with the same woman. Jack Huston (Factory Girl) and Mena Suvari (American Beauty) play the couple, while Caterina Murino (Casino Royale) plays the object of lust. John Irvin (City of Industry) directs. The fact that the film has been completed for a while and is only now finding distribution does not bode well, but maybe the trailer will change your mind. Hemingway’s Garden of Eden will get a limited release on December 10.
Ong Bak 3 trailer
Tony Jaa is back in Ong Bak 3, and in a big way; he writes, directs, stars and produces this final installment in the series. The story picks up right after the ending of Ong Bak 2, with Tien captured and almost dead, but, after being saved, he must face one last enemy, a fierce warrior named Demon Crow played by Dan Chupong (Dynamite Warrior). Ong Bak 3 hits U.S. theaters on January 14, 2011.
Produced by James Cameron and shot using his 3D cameras, Sanctum tells the fact-based story of a group of underwater explorers and cave jumpers who must find a way out of one of the deepest caverns in the world after a tropical storm hits. Richard Roxburgh (Van Helsing), Rhys Wakefield, and Dan Wyllie (Animal Kingdom) star in the film directed by Alister Grierson. See it in 3D when it comes to theaters on February 4, 2011.
Justin Bieber biopic trailer
He’s sixteen, Canadian, sings, and has a really special haircut. Yes, it’s Justin Bieber, and this is his biopic/concert film, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, coming out February 11, 2011 in 3D. Once you see it, your life will be complete.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale trailer
This might be the craziest Finnish re-imagining of the Santa Claus myth ever. In what is sure to become a holiday staple, a multinational corporation unearths the “real” Santa Claus only to find out the he’s not as jolly as everyone thought he would be, especially when the local children start disappearing. Luckily, the father and son team of Pietari and Rauno are on the case. Jalmari Helander directs based on his own short film. A limited theatrical release begins December 3 in New York.
Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more
- The Hobbit will shoot in New Zealand after all. - NY Times
- J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 will be released on June 10, 2011
- George Clooney’s big-screen adaptation of Farragut North will be titled The Ides of March. Clooney will direct as well as star alongside Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. - Deadline
- Tony Scott confirmed that he will direct Top Gun 2, and screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie revealed that Maverick will be the star. How old will Tom Cruise be when this starts shooting? - HitFix and Vulture
- While waiting for the official announcement that he will direct the next Wolverine, Darren Aronofsky signed on to develop and direct Machine Man - THR
- Francis Ford Coppola has started production on his latest film, Twixt Now and Sunrise, starring Val Kilmer as a horror author. Yes, Val Kilmer. Sweet. - Deadline
- Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, and Oprah Winfrey will star in Michael Patrick King’s (Sex and the City) next ensemble comedy - Deadline
- A host of horror directors have signed up to direct segments for Paris, I’ll Kill You, a play on the love anthology, Paris, je t'aime - THR
- Harmony Korine (Trash Humpers) has cast Marlon Wayans in his latest film, Twinkle Twinkle - The Wrap
- Mark Wahlberg will star in Seth MacFarlane’s (Family Guy) talking teddy bear comedy, Ted - Deadline
- Matthew Broderick and Casey Affleck have now joined the increasingly large cast of Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist, already starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy - THR
- Jeremy Piven will play the villain in the upcoming Spy Kids 4 - The Playlist
- Would Michael Jackson’s Thriller make a good feature film? - Deadline
- Wesley Snipes isn’t going to jail quite yet; he’s starring in a martial arts comedy with Chuck Norris - Variety