A second look at Jack Reacher
Christopher McQuarrie still might best be known for his screenplay for The Usual Suspects 77, but he also directed The Way of the Gun 49 and wrote many other scripts, including the Tom Cruise-starring Valkyrie 56. Now McQuarrie gets a chance to direct Cruise in Jack Reacher, an adaptation of Lee Child’s One Shot, one of many novels featuring the Reacher character. Much has been made of Cruise’s lack of height for a character described as 6’5” and “huge” in the books, but a strong supporting cast of Werner Herzog (as the villain), Robert Duvall, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, and Jai Courtney should help sell the film. Look for it in theaters beginning December 21st.
Carrie remake gets a quick teaser filled with fire and blood
Can Chloe Grace Moretz and Kimberly Peirce top Sissy Spacek and Brian De Palma? We’ll find out on March 15, 2013 when this remake of Stephen King’s Carrie hits theaters. Peirce hasn’t made a feature since 2008’s Stop-Loss 61, but Moretz’s star has been steadily rising with roles in Let Me In 79, Hugo 83, Dark Shadows 55, and her upcoming reprisal of Hit Girl in Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall. The supporting cast of the remake is solid, with Julianne Moore playing her deeply religious and unstable mother and Judy Greer playing the friendly gym teacher Miss Desjardin. Glee and Big Love writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa provides the script, which is said to be closer to King’s original text than the first adaptation.
Get to know the characters of The Man with the Iron Fists
The Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA has contributed to the soundtracks of Kill Bill and Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai, starred as a rapper looking to become an actor in season five of Californication, and now stars in his own directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists. The latest set of trailers introduces you to the film's other stars—Lucy Liu, Russell Crowe, David Bautista, and Cung Le (though, unfortunately, we don’t get trailers for Pam Grier, Jamie Chung or Rick Yune). Check out The Man with the Iron Fists in theaters beginning November 2nd.
Prepare to be a star, Shailene Woodley
It looks like Shailene Woodley’s breakout performance as George Clooney’s eldest daughter in The Descendants 84 is about to pay off. Deadline reports that she could follow in the footsteps of Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence by starring in an adaptation of the young adult series Divergent. Written by Veronica Roth as a planned trilogy and picked up by Summit with Neil Burger (Limitless 59) attached to direct, the story takes place in the futuristic dystopia of Chicago, where the inhabitants fall into five categories: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Woodley would play Beatrice “Tris” Prior who is “Divergent,” or not suited to any single one of the factions and must choose and pass a series of test to join a particular one. Woodley is also the favorite to land the role of Mary Jane in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 66 sequel. THR reports that the role is small in the planned sequel but would be much larger if/when there’s a third film.
A Fitzgerald Family Christmas
Since the release of The Brothers McMullen 73 in 1995, Edward Burns has been acting steadily as well as directing smaller and smaller independent films—Looking for Kitty 43, Purple Violets, Nice Guy Johnny, and Newlyweds—that get little or no time in theaters. His latest, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, is a return to his roots as a look at an Irish-Catholic family deciding whether to forgive their father for Christmas. Ed Lauter plays the father in question, and Burns is the oldest of seven children played by Michale McGlone, Heather Burns, Marsha Dielein Bennett, Kerry Bishe, Tom Guiry and Caitlin Fitzgerald, but the biggest name and brightest spot in this trailer is Connie Britton as a possible love interest for Burns' character. Reviews were solid after its screening at TIFF, so look for the film on iTunes beginning November 21st or in theaters December 7th.
An international look at Killing Them Softly
Andrew Dominik’s third film, Killing Them Softly, is already screening in many foreign markets, but the U.S must wait until November 30th for its release. Luckily, The Weinstein Company released a clip and an international trailer this week. The film moves George V. Higgins' 1974 novel Cogan’s Trade to post-crash, pre-election 2008, when an assassin played by Brad Pitt tracks down the guys who robbed a mafia-controlled poker game. Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Sam Shepard, Ben Mendelsohn, and Scoot McMairy also star.
Dragon comes to the U.S.
Originally titled Wu Xia when it premiered at Cannes in 2011, Dragon stars Donnie Yen as a man trying to start a peaceful new life only to have it interrupted by a detective whose investigation attracts the attention of ruthless gangsters. Peter Chan (Warlords 70) directs. Get your martial arts fill on VOD beginning October 26th or wait until it hits theaters on November 30th.
Don’t go in the closet ...
In this debut feature from director Andres Muschietti, Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones, Headhunters 72) play a couple who adopt his young nieces who are still traumatized after being left alone in the forest for five years. From the looks of it, they need more time to recover. Guillermo del Toro produced this creepy look at a mother’s undying love. Mama opens in theaters January 18, 2013.
Hateship, Friendship to begin filming
Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Nick Nolte, and Hailee Steinfeld will all star in Hateship, Friendship, an adaptation of Alice Munro’s book of short stories, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage. The book already served as the source for Sarah Polley’s Away from Her 88, and THR reports that Liza Johnson, who recently directed Return 63 with Linda Cardellini, will helm the project, which will see Steinfeld try to spark a romance between her nanny, played by Wiig, and her estranged father, played by Pearce. Complications come in the form of Nick Nolte’s grandfather character who still blame’s Pearce for the death of his daughter.
Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more
- The long delayed and now newly named Bryan Singer film, Jack the Giant Slayer, will come to theaters a little earlier than expected on March 1, 2013.
- The Place Beyond the Pines, Derek Cianfrance’s follow-up to Blue Valentine, will be released March 29, 2013.
- Jose Padilha’s Robocop remake starring Joel Kinnaman will not hit theaters until February 7, 2014. Taking the August 9, 2013 release date vacated by Robocop will be Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 follow-up, Elysium, starring Matt Damon.
- Malavita, Luc Besson’s movie about a mob family hiding out in France (starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer), will open on October 18, 2013.
- Two Edgar Wright movies have official release dates. The World’s End, the finale of his trilogy with stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, will come to theaters on October 25, 2013, and following two years later will be Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.
- Director Joe Wright could move from the dramatic fictional life of Anna Karenina to the amazing true-life tale of Harry Houdini. - L.A. Times
- Christoph Waltz will play Mikhail Gorbachev opposite Michael Douglas as Ronald Reagan in Mike Newell’s Reykjavik. - Variety
- Aaron Paul will leave Breaking Bad’s world of meth behind and move on to speed in Scott Waugh’s (Act of Valor) adaptation of the video game series Need for Speed, coming to theaters February 7, 2014. - EW
- Mike Epps will play Richard Pryor in Nina, a biopic of the great singer Nina Simone, but the real controversy is the casting of Zoe Saldana as Simone. - THR & NY Times
- Tom Hanks and Robert Zemeckis want to make a movie based on the astronaut toy Major Matt Mason. - The Wrap
- Rupert Sanders, director of Snow White and the Huntsman and front-page news in gossip mags the world over, is in talks to make the sci-fi film The Juliet his next directorial gig. - Deadline
- Jim Carrey is in talks to star in Loomis Fargo, a comedy based on a real 1997 armored car robbery of $17 million. Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) will direct. - Variety
- Sinister director Scott Derrickson hopes to bring Stephen King’s Breathing Method to the big screen. - Deadline
- John Leguizamo will join Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in Ride Along, a comedy to be directed by Tim Story (Think Like a Man) about a cop (Cube) putting his soon to be brother-in-law (Hart) through a series of tests. - Heat Vision
- Robert Pattinson and Carey Mulligan are attached to star in Man on Wire director James Marsh’s Hold On To Me, a true crime thriller about a woman and her boyfriend who kidnap and hold for ransom the richest man in their town. - Deadline
- Lee Daniels (The Paperboy) is in talks to direct Amy Adams as Janis Joplin in a biopic titled Get It While You Can. - THR
- David Fincher wants to reunite with Brad Pitt for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (if it ever happens). - Variety
- Tom Cruise is interested in another sci-fi project, Our Name is Adam, following the recently wrapped Oblivion and soon to be shooting All You Need is Kill. - Variety
- Elizabeth Banks will star in the comedy Walk of Shame, written and directed by Steven Brill (Drillbit Taylor, Mr. Deeds). - Variety
- Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) will star as an artist whose work becomes more valuable after he’s believed to be dead, and Brit Marling will play a reporter who threatens to uncover his ruse in Posthumous, a dramatic comedy written and directed by Lulu Wang. - Deadline
- Adrien Brody and Maria Bello are the latest additions to the cast of Paul Haggis’ Third Person. - Third Person
- Warner Bros. optioned a feature version of the sci-fi short True Skin by director Stephan Zlotescu. Check out what impressed them here. - THR
- Tom McCarthy (Win, Win, The Visitor) will direct a feature based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe reporters who uncovered Cardinal Bernard Law’s decades-long cover-up of child molestation in the Catholic Church. - Variety
- Michael Douglas will play a “self-absorbed” realtor whose life is changed by the granddaughter he never knew he had in And So It Goes.... Diane Keaton will play his “lovable neighbor,” and P.J. Hogan (Confessions of a Shopaholic) will direct. - Deadline
- Ewan McGregor and Kate Hudson will star together in Born to Be King, a romantic comedy about an extra (McGregor) whose resemblance to a star puts him in the middle of a conflict with a Hollywood starlet (Hudson). - Variety
- Hopefully Alex Cross does well this weekend. We wouldn’t want to miss out on its planned sequel, Double Cross. - Deadline
- Warner Bros. hopes to release a Justice League movie in 2015. - L.A. Times
While we were away last week...
- The first trailer for Hitchcock, with Anthony Hopkins in the titular role, premiered.
- Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained got a second trailer.
- In its first extended trailer, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty looks to be a solid follow-up to The Hurt Locker.
- Here’s a new look at Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad, now coming to theaters (after re-shoots) on January 11, 2013.