News and Notes
Over the weekend, film journalist Drew McWeeny managed to score a copy of the script for the RoboCop remake and tweeted out a slew of specific details, most of which are really bad. You can read his full thread of tweets from August 12 over @DrewAtHitFix but we'll summarize a few of the details from the film. Note: These are some HUGE spoilers, so if you don't want to know, skip the next two paragraphs and move on to Hugh Jackman and The Wolverine.
OK, so here are a few tweets strung together as one long quote. "I’ll share this one detail. In the film, when Murphy is turned into Robocop 1.0, it’s described "a high-tech version of the ’80s suit." Then they show a focus group scene where criminals laugh at the design. "He looks like a toy from the '80s!" So they redesign him to look "meaner" as Robocop 2.0, who passes focus group approval. So they not only make sure to include the original design, they also point out it’s dated and stupid. *facepalm*" A few tweets later, "Ahhh… now they just dropped Robocop 3.0 onto an Al Queda training camp to see what he does," followed by, "By page 54, they are already onto Robocop 4.0, who looks like a “cop on steroids painted metallic blue," and "Oh, god… oh dear god… Robocop is a Transformer. He goes from "social mode" to "combat mode" and back. Full transformation."
McWeeny concludes with "I’ll say this: once the script stops all the winky-winky crap and just starts telling a story, it’s not terrible. But it’s way too late. If you can get past Robocop The Transformer, there are some interesting action beats. And I’m sure Padilla will direct the hell out of it. But overall? Ouch. Ouch. Ohpleasedon’t. Ouch. And a big side order of ouch."
James Mangold's The Wolverine is currently filming in Australia with Hugh Jackman reprising his role as the adamatium-infused mutant. The script by Christopher McQuarrie is based on the Chris Claremont and Frank Miller series that finds Wolverine in Japan fending off the evil ninja order known as The Hand and wrestling with the love of a woman. The series also introduces us to the ronin Yukio and features The Silver Samurai. While that's great and all, Jackman has commented on the general approach of the film saying, "We've deliberately not called it Wolverine 2 because we want it to be placed and feel like a standalone picture. With an all-new cast and setting it in Japan, it's going to give us a whole new visual aesthetic. The approach to character means we won't be overloaded with mutants and teams and the like, so it'll be more character-based. I think in many ways it will feel like a completely different X-Men film." The Wolverine opens July 26, 2013. [ComingSoon]
Disney's Aladdin is making the jump to Broadway. A musical version has performed in Seattle and St. Louis and is currently on stage in Utah, but the production will be making the jump to New York. No start date has been specified. [Slash Film]
Keanu Reeves lays out the plot details for Bill & Ted 3. "We have a nice story. We'll see if anyone else wants to make it," adding, "One of the plot points is that these two people have been crushed by the responsibility of having to write the greatest song ever written and to change the world. And they haven't done it. So everybody is kind of like: 'Where is the song?' The guys have just drifted off into esoterica and lost their rock. And we go on this expedition, go into the future to find out if we wrote the song, and one future 'us' refuses to tell us, and another future 'us' blames us for their lives because we didn't write the song, so they're living this terrible life. In one version we're in jail; in another we're at some kind of highway motel and they hate us." [Movies.com]
Sasha Barrese will reprise her role of Doug's wife Stacey and sister of Alan (Zach Galifianakis) in The Hangover: Part III. [Variety]
Lionsgate continues their casting-announcement-a-day routine today by informing us that Maria Howell (she was the Welfare Worker in The Blind Side) has been cast as District 11 victor, Seeder in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
An early test screening of Cloud Atlas finds the film weaving together five storylines over the course of three hours. Needless to say, that run time will be shortened before the film arrives in theaters October 26. [Slash Film]
Terry Gilliam's next movie will be a wild, existential sci-fi film titled The Zero Theorem and will star Christoph Waltz, who replaces the once-attached Billy Bob Thornton. Waltz will play Qohen Leth, "an eccentric and reclusive computer genius." [Deadline]
Movies.com kicks off Jaws Week today with a discussion about what your favorite Jaws scene is, 10 things you might not know about the movie and they're giving away the new Universal 100th Anniversary collector's edition of Jaws on Blu-Ray /DVD/Digital Copy! And that's just day one!
Mel Gibson believes that if there's going to be a new Lethal Weapon movie, it'll go the way of Total Recall and come in the form of a reboot. Gibson concedes, "Though it's really tough to replace Danny Glover. He was so amazing in those things. It was a good gig for us. It worked. But we knew it would," he said. "...I had fun on every one of them and they were lucrative and good to me. And they really afforded me the opportunity to slow down and pick things and do things that really interested me."
The Hunger Games writer Billy Ray (don't confuse him with the Achy-Breaky guy) has come on board to script the Frank Sinatra biopic which will be directed by Martin Scorsese. [Deadline]
Ang Lee's Life of Pi will make its world premiere on opening night of the 50th New York Film Festival.
Jodie Foster will direct a new mob-themed drama for Showtime titled Angie's Body. The series will center on a deadly woman who runs her own syndicate. [Deadline]
The Dark Knight Rises has surpassed $800 million worldwide.
Videos, Clips and Trailers
Lawless unveils a new featurette touting its bootleggers as heroes.
Here's the opening scene from the horror-thriller Chained. The NC-17 rated film arrives on Blu-Ray/DVD on October 2.
Over the weekend, The Schmoes listed their Top 10 Superhero Theme Songs of All-Time. Watch the video below and then jump over to their page and post your own Top 10.
The trailer for the television adaptation of The Transporter has arrived online, though one look at it and you'll probably wish they didn't even bother with an adaptation to begin with. Chris Vance (Burn Notice, Prison Break, Dexter) steps into Statham's shoes. To quote Marlon Brando's Col. Kurtz, "The horror…"
Finally, since it is his birthday and he was doing the movie cameo thing long before Stan Lee was popping up in Marvel movies, here's a compilation of all of Alfred Hitchcock's cameos in all his movies. Hitch would have been 113 today.
Pics and Posters
Screencaps from a Chinese bootleg of The Avengers have found their way online and clearly, something was lost in translation.
Four new images from Cloud Atlas have arrived.
Twitter and the web have been up in arms about Miley Cyrus' new haircut. There's a rumor saying that Cyrus donated the hair to a cancer organization, though the singer/actress doesn't make any mention of it on her Twitter account where she posted pics of her new cut. In fact she's still posting pics.
Take a look at the first image from the $100 million 3D film Empires of the Deep starring one-time Bond girl Olga Kurylenko. No word when the sci-fi flick will hit theaters, but the film tells the unlikely love story between a young human and a mermaid and we don't think it's gonna be all happy-ending like that '90s Disney movie with a similar storyline.
Here's a new image of Robert Pattinson in Cosmopolis plotting something… or staring off into the distance. The David Lynch directed film is in theaters with a limited release on August 17.
Check out this new poster from Tony Moore (The Walking Dead) for [REC] 3: Genesis. The film is in theaters September 7.
Finally, they meet again.