Tuesday, January 27, 2009

BUZZ: Jamie Bell Scores "Tintin," "G.I. Joe" Posters, "Thriller" Broadway Play, and more

Jamie Bell (Defiance and Jumper) was cast in the lead role of Steven Spielberg's Tintin.

Scott Silver (The Mod Squad and 8 Mile) is penning a "futuristic take on the classic Samson and Delilah story" in Samson. The original tale is about "the biblical strongman [who] was invincible until he was betrayed by Delilah, to whom he entrusted the secret that his strength came from his long hair." I'm not quite sure how they'd modernize that concept, but I'm interested in seeing them try.

Chris Evans has confirmed that there's been no talk of the Fantastic Four franchise being continued.

• While Mickey Rourke is locked in for the Iron Man 2 sequel, Sam Rockwell is still mulling it over.

Steven Rogers (P.S. I Love You) is adapting Shanna Swendson's novel Enchanted, Inc., a story about "a small-town woman who comes to New York only to find out magic is commonplace in Gotham and has existed there for centuries. But because she is one of the rare creatures without the slightest bit of magic inside her, she can see through any spell." I think it'll look great visually, but it probably needs a new name so as not to confuse parents and kids who fell in love with the live-action fairytale Enchanted. As for casting...I think it's been proven that a big name isn't necessary, just as long as the acting is on par. Amy Adams flourished in her role as a lost princess, and whoever gets this role needs to do the same. I really liked Christina Ricci in Penelope, but there's been buzz all over about British import Carey Mulligan (above), who was the Sundance breakout star of the year in An Education and The Greatest, so maybe she could give it a whirl.

• Check out the film posters for G.I. Joe featuring the likes of Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, and a few more.

• The 3rd Dark Knight will hit theaters Summer 2011.

Chris Rock and writer Aeysha Carr ("Everybody Hates Chris") have written a remake of the truly funny 2007 British dark comedy Death at a Funeral. The film only grossed $47 mil worldwide, but it was very well-reviewed by American critics. Rock has tapped Neil LaBute (Nurse Betty and The Wicker Man) to direct this story of a dysfunctional family trying to mourn the death of a patriarch, while all of the deceased's embarrassing secrets start to unearth themselves.

• Check out the trailer for this super cute and funny animated film, Mary and Max. It's the story of two pen pals who cultivate an amazing friendship over many years voiced by Toni Collette, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Eric Bana.

• Someone had the genius idea of turning Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video into a musical on Broadway. I'll be front and center for all...ten minutes of it. lol No seriously, so there's going to be a play about a young werewolf who goes on a date with a human girl, lures her into the darkness so that he can...introduce her to his dead friends, boogey down, and then make her think it was all in her imagination? That sounds more like a teen rom-com starring Zac Efron to me. What do you think? lol

• PETA activists, specifically Anjelica Houston, are campaigning for the producers of the next Tarzan film to not use real apes and blow their budget on CGIed creations.

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