Saturday, November 28, 2009

FILM: Reynolds & Faris in "TMI," Worthington in "Last Days of American Crime," and more

Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation) is making interesting choices for his next few features. He recently signed on for the adaptation of The Last Days of American Crime. "Set in a near future where, as a final response to terrorism and crime, the U.S. government plans in secret to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts. To keep this from the public, the government creates a distraction, installing a new currency system using digital charge cards. A not particularly successful career criminal intends to steal one of the charging stations, skip the country and live off unlimited funds for the rest of his life. The media however has leaked news of the anti-crime signal one week before it was to go live...and now Graham and his team have just a few days to turn the crime of the century into the last crime in American history." That sounds like it could be fun.

• I'm genuinely excited to report that Ryan Reynolds and Ana Faris are reteaming, after their hilarious shenanigans in Just Friends, for the comedy TMI. For those of you who have yet to master web speak, that stands for "too much information." The film will tackle whether there's such a thing as too much honesty. That sounds like trouble.

• I'm not sure what's going on in the world of McG, one of my favorite directors, but none of it seems good. I was positive that after his major debut in reinvigorating the Terminator franchise with Terminator Salvation, he'd have producers and writers banging down his door. I was also positive that his ambitions to shoot the adaptation of Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was good-to-go. But five months later, after Terminator Salvation failed to domestically exceed the $200 million budget and critics failed to be impressed, the rights to the Terminator franchise were put up for grabs and Joss Whedon ("Dollhouse") made a playful play for it, while 20,000 Leagues was put on indefinite hold. Now the only thing on his horizon is a film adaptation of the hit Broadway play Spring Awakening. Fingers crossed for it not to suffer great criticism after the unquestionable future success of Nine.

• There were rumors that Rachel McAdams was set to play the villain Black Cat, who kind of looks like a Catwoman ripoff, in the upcoming Spider-Man 4 flick. Dark Horizons debunked it, and hopefully the character's involvement is squashed altogether, because it sounds lame.

Elijah Wood has never really been a comedy guy, unless you count his childhood acting in Flipper and North, but he's currently filming a co-starring role in the indie comedy The Romantics with Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin ("True Blood"), Josh Duhamel (Transformers), Malin Akerman (The Heartbreak Kid), and Adam Brody ("The O.C."). The film is about a group of college friends who reunite for a wedding. It certainly has an interesting mix of actors.

• Oooh I almost forgot about Thora Birch, but apparently Hollywood didn't. The last time the former child actress of All I Want for Christmas and Hocus Pocus-fame was in the spotlight was back in 2001 with the indie Ghost World. Now, she's been tapped to play the leading lady in the new Bonnie and Clyde remake alongside Kevin Zegers (Transamerica). Maybe if it doesn't get pandered, she can parlay this into a career revival a la Dakota Fanning.

• Looking to capitalize off of the evergrowing vampire trend, the Scott O. Brown graphic novel Nightfall is being adapted into a film. It can at least boast a somewhat original plotline: "The story centers on a man who finds out just how bad life can get when he discovers that the prison he just entered is controlled by vampires." I wonder which B-list actor will sign on for that.

• The 2007 documentary Young@Heart, which followed a choir of Massachusetts geezers who sang covers of songs from "the likes of The Clash to Coldplay," is being adapted into a narrative film. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you "Glee" for the old folks.

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