Friday, January 30, 2009

FILM NEWS: "Green Hornet" Back On, Segel & Blunt "Travel," Montiel & Tatum form "Brotherhood," and more

Seth Rogen has confirmed that the Green Hornet is still alive and kicking (ass). Here's a few facts cleared up:
1. While Stephen Chow still won't be directing, he will be playing the role of Kato.
2. The budget isn't what's stalling production. They're just looking for another director.
3. Adam Sandler has a cameo in the film as a super hero.
4. The film is still slated for a Summer 2010 release.

• A fourth Resident Evil is in the works, but producers are still working on getting Milla Jovovich to sign on. In less enticing news, Sylvester Stallone plans on doing another Rambo. And in even worse news, producers are searching for a screenwriter for the Ghost Rider sequel...perhaps one that doesn't make a flaming skull seem like a total joke. No, but seriously, did someone think that Mark Steven Johnson, the guy behind the campy Daredevil and the barely badass Elektra, would actually produce something worth watching?

Julia Roberts is going to star in the adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir Eat, Pray, and Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia. It's the story of how Gilbert had an epiphany, decided to divorce her husband, and travel the world.

Michael Cera is rumored to have signed on for the "Arrested Development" film--fingers crossed for some incestual loving between George Michael and Maeby.

Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Emily Blunt (Devil Wears Prada) might join Jack Black in the upcoming Gulliver's Travel adaptation. The way they intend on modernizing the story is by making it so that Black plays "free-spirited travel writer Lemuel Gulliver, who on an assignment to the Bermuda Triangle washes ashore on the hidden island of Lilliput, home to a population of industrious yet tiny people." So Blunt's playing a princess that Segel's Lilliputian character is interested in. I think it'll be trippy to see someone tower over Segel for once.

• I've never seen Shrek 2, even though I've seen 1 and 3. I wasn't offended by the addition of a sword-wielding (double entendre anyone?) feline Lothario, I just never got around to it. So maybe that's why it doesn't really interest me to know that Antonio Banderas' Puss in Boots will be getting a non-direct-to-DVD spinoff. What does interest me though is that Shrek has become a multi-billion dollar franchise, bolstered by children who can't even spell ogre and who probably think he's just a green man. Someone should really do a thesis on the power of animated figures over children during their formative years. I bet they could make kids do anything. Heck, after watching Wall-E, I would put money on the tykes of today growing up to eco-fy the world. Now if only someone could subliminally make them clean their rooms...

• I don't normally talk up celebrity romances on this blog, but Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilary Swank are re-teaming after their brief romantic encounter in P.S. I Love You for a suspense thriller, The Resident. When I started to read the premise, I was little worried that he might be dead in this one too, since he's known for dying on most of his jobs ("Weeds," "Supernatural," and "Grey's Anatomy"). Luckily, he's very much alive...albeit creepy. He plays a landlord who takes an obsessively invested interest in his new resident (Swank). Plot aside, maybe Swank and Morgan enjoyed their ten minutes of on-screen, raw, sexual tension and they decided to do another film together. Whatever the reason, newly divorced Swank should pounce on that handsome lug before Mary-Louise Parker ("Weeds") takes him back.

Dito Montiel is steadily becoming the Scorsese to Channing Tatum's Leo. He cast Tatum in his directorial debut, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, and in his second feature film, a street boxing drama called Fighting. Now he's tapped him for his third film, an action thriller called The Brotherhood of the Rose. "In David Morrell's novel, two orphans are raised by a CIA operative to become assassins, only to become targets themselves." In the 1989 TV miniseries adaptation of the novel, the agent who trains the orphans was trying to create his own team of professionals who would be at his beck-and-call--kind of like Morgan Freeman's nefarious character did in Wanted. The agent is actually motivated by a secret government agreement with several countries that says "no nation shall make greater progress in any field than all the others are." His team of assassins work solely to maintain the status quo.

I wish and pray that Shia Labeouf were fully-recovered enough to be courted for the second brother role, but I could also see Cam Gigandet (Never Back Down and Twilight) in it as well--not that they have the same acting abilities. I just wish Gigandet would get some lines instead of being pigeon-holed as screen-candy. IMDb also mentions that the brothers team up with a female Mossad-executive to bring their adoptive father down. That sounds like a job for Natalie Portman, who's due for a badass role any day now. I mean, she was the kid in Jean Reno's 1994 hit man classic Professional. Her playing an assassin was written in the cards.

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