Sunday, September 27, 2009

BUZZ: Wentworth on "Prison Break," Diablo Adapting "Sweet Valley High," and more

Wentworth Miller ("Prison Break") is joining Resident Evil: Afterlife as a survivor trapped in a jail with several other people. He may have been infected, and becomes a key element of their eventual escape. Milla Jovovich's character returns after traveling the world to save these people from the company that's chasing them. And Ali Larter reprises her role as well.

• The action comedy The Other Guys is turning into one of those star-studded rom-coms, minus the romance. First Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell were cast as partners who have to prove they're not second rate cops, then Eva Mendes was added on as a love interest. Soon after Michael Keaton and Damon Wayans Jr. were tagged onto the cast. And now Dwayne Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Steve Coogan have been added. Now it's sure to be the funniest and the most action-packed film Adam McKay (Anchorman) has ever directed.

• I'm so confused as to what Diablo Cody aims to contribute to film history. How exactly did she go from the award-winning Juno to the teensploitation "comedy" Jennifer's Body to adapting Sweet Valley High into a film? How? I need a new heroine.

Stephen Gahan (Traffic) is developing an untitled action thriller about "an elite, highly trained, deep cover operative who loses everything, ultimately disappearing into Brooklyn, where he must start over. He washes up as a beat cop, only to discover the global organization he was dedicated to fighting is also operating in his new backyard."

• A potential epic is in the works as Bryan Singer has signed on to direct the modern version of Jack the Giant Killer. I'm sure you're familiar with the plot, but here's how it's updated: "When a princess is kidnapped, a long-standing peace between men and giants becomes threatened, and a young farmer is given an opportunity to lead a dangerous expedition to the giant kingdom to rescue her."

• One type of supernatural creature that television hasn't run into the ground is angels. I'm happy to report that there is a dramatic series in production called "Fallen." "The story revolves around a group of vigilante 'fallen' angels who take down the criminal and the corrupt in New York while falling in love, battling demons and seeking their own personal revenge."

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