Sunday, February 07, 2010

FILM: Bourne Reboot, Beyonce & Crowe in "A Star is Born," "Enchanted" Remake, and more

• Instead of making us wait 5 years for another Jason Bourne film, the producers want to either reboot it with a new actor or make a prequel. I prefer the latter because that means that Matt Damon will eventually reprise his role once they get a suitable script for him. The only question is: who is young enough and looks similar enough to play a younger version of him? Plus, what exactly would the prequel entail? The first time he signed on and what they had him do right before he forgot everything? Why would that be interesting? There's no mystery. Unless there's a secret lying in his pre-amnesia life that we haven't discovered yet. That might be interesting, because then Damon's sequel would restart a new mystery. So what exactly is young? He's what, 40? Matt Czuchry ("The Good Wife" and "Gilmore Girls") almost has his same facial structure and he passes for 20 even though he's 33. If they're going as far back as his teens, as though he were bred to be a future assassin, then I think Michael Angarano (Lords of Dogtown) could pull it off.

• Looks like Christian Bale is taking a break from being in action-oriented films, which he's been involved in for the last five years, for an untitled romantic drama starring Javier Bardem, Rachel McAdams, and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Max Payne, and Hitman).

Beyonce might work with an even bigger diva. She's being considered to play the Barbara Streisand role in the remake of A Star is Born, alongside Russell Crowe, who'll play her alcoholic mentor.

Eric Bana is in talks to play Saoirse Ronan's father in Hanna, training her to become to an assassin and robbing her of a childhood.

• I never imagined that Ryan Reynolds would be a plan B if Brad Pitt was unavailable, but apparently the producers of the western Gunsmoke think so.

McG is going from directing the dystopian action reboot Terminator Salvation to the musical adaptation Spring Awakening to the spy comedy This Means War. There are a lot of those going around lately. Tom Cruise plays a spy in the upcoming Knight & Day with Cameron Diaz. Ashton Kutcher just wrapped up the rom-com assassin action film Killer with Katherine Heigl. And JJ Abrams is creating a new NBC series "Undercovers" about married spies, who are forced to come out of retirement. McG's film, like the rest of these, reminds me of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. In This Means War, two best friends, who are spies, fall in love with the same girl. Competing for her escalates into an all-out battle. So far Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) and Reese Witherspoon have signed on to star. Hmm, who should play his competition? Zach Galifianakis? lol Oooooh what about Matthew Goode? I just saw him in Leap Year and he just oozes rebellious hotness. Plus, I'm assuming casting Jake Gyllenhaal would just be…awkward.

Taylor Lautner has been tapped to play Stretch Armstrong in 2012. I guess he won't be retiring that bag-of-meat diet anytime soon.

• Back in 2007, when Enchanted became a hit and there was buzz about a sequel, I thought by the time they thought of a good enough concept and acquired a shoot date, Amy Adams would be too famous to reprise her role. While it's true that she's maintained her good name with roles in indies like Sunshine Cleaning, Doubt, and Julie & Julia, earned an Oscar nod for Doubt, and scored a supporting role in the boxing drama The Fighter with Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg, she hasn't exactly skyrocketed to the stratosphere of success. She could turn down the sequel and still be successful, but she's not so successful that it would be a step down in her career. Alas, I can't imagine where they'll go next with the sequel. She lived happily ever after. Will a new villain surface to ruin her relationship? If so, I hope she's a Ursula-type character, turning into a more attractive version of her hideous/villainous self to enviously seduce the princess's prince away.

Danny McBride has signed on for a criminal comedy where instead of playing the con, he'll play a cop. Described as a beaten down, hard-boiled private investigator in L.A.P.I., I would imagine he'll be a cross between Bruce Willis' Die Hard and Jack Nicholson's Chinatown…except funny, really really funny. Also, his buddy Jody Hill (Observe and Report and "Eastbound & Down") is directing.

• Apparently, the new Fast and the Furious film will focus on both Brian (Paul Walker) and Dom (Vin Diesel) being on the run from the police. I hope it's something relatively clever, like Brian got framed for something at his new FBI job and now Dom has to help him clear his name, because what other reason would Brian need to evade the police? Overdue parking tickets?

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