Thursday, January 28, 2010

FILM/TV NEWS: Efron on "Fire," Demi Moore & Miley Cyrus "LOL," "La Femme Nikita" Remake, and more

Zac Efron just signed on for another action film. The first was Johnny Quest, and now he's signed on for the comic adaptation of Fire. He'll "play a college student who is recruited by the CIA, only to find that he has been trained for a program that creates expendable agents." Sounds like he and Taylor Lautner are both trying to follow in Matt Damon's Bourne footseps.

• It's been about 13 years since Demi Moore did anything worth mentioning or flocking to theaters for. G.I. Jane was the nail in her career's coffin. She needs to make waves to get everyone talking again, so I guess that's why she's doing a film with Miley Cyrus. In the remake of the French comedy LOL, she'll play a divorcee who's stuggling with moving on, and Cyrus will play a teenager who goes after her boyfriend's bff after he dumps her for being sexually inexperienced. Hmm, I'll withhold my judgement until I see the trailer.

Nicholas Hoult (A Single Man and "Skins") just scored a role in the upcoming Mad Max remake.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was screenwriter Shane West's directorial debut, and I loved it. So naturally I'd be excited for whatever he has planned next. Unfortunately, both of his upcoming projects involve Mel Gibson. Not only did he write Lethal Weapon 5, but he's going to direct the spy thriller Cold Warrior. "The story follows a Cold War spy (Gibson) who comes out of retirement to confront a domestic terrorism threat from Russia by joining with a younger agent." Ugh. I was really hoping I could neglect Gibson's "forgive me" campaign, but I might have to watch this. Hopefully, they'll cast someone cool in the "younger agent" role, like Chris Pine or Shia Labeouf or you know someone who isn't busy right now. It helps that Bruce Willis is so old, even 30 counts as young. Hmm, maybe Bradley Cooper could be a nice fit. Two douchebags cancel each other out.

• The CW is planning to remake "La Femme Nikita," which was really big on the USA Network in '97. "This time Nikita goes rogue and a new assassin is trained to replace her." McG ("Supernatural" and "Chuck") is executive producing.

• Director David Fincher (Zodiac and Fight Club) and actress Charlize Theron are teaming up with the executive producer of "Dexter" Scott Buck to produce a new HBO serial killer series. "Mind Hunter" will be based on John Douglas and Mark Olshaker's book, which covers Douglas' criminal profiling career as a top FBI investigator of serial killers and rapists.

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