Here's the good news: There's only four Twilight books to adapt … for now. Yes, even though production has just started on the second film in the Twilight Saga, New Moon, those folks tired of talking about potential directors for the third film, Eclipse, have now started talking about the fourth (and final?) film, Breaking Dawn.
Never have I seen folks race to pump out four films faster than it takes to give a pint of blood, but something tells me Summit Entertainment wants to take advantage of Twilight's giant (but pretty specific) Tween fanbase while they're still, well, Tweens. The Wrap reports that Breaking Dawn is already "in the works," according to a "source" close to the production, though filming apparently won't begin until this time next year. Meanwhile, shooting on Eclipse (which, might I remind you, is still searching for its director) is due to begin later this summer.
Do you think they're rushing these Twilight films into theaters, or are you cool with the one-every-year schedule?
Christian Bale Joins Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter
I don't know what it is about the word 'fight', but it's pretty popular in movies right now – what with Fight Club, Fighting and now The Fighter. It's taken some time to finally get The Fighter into the ring; originally Darren Aronofsky was set to direct Brad Pitt and Mark Wahlberg in this film about two boxing brothers from Boston – one a young up-and-comer, and the other a rough-and-tough veteran – who come together, defy the odds, learn the meaning of life and all that other mushy stuff that belongs in an inspirational sports drama.
Problems arose, however, when Brad Pitt dropped out, shortly followed by Aronofsky – leaving Wahlberg (who's playing the young fighter) all alone. Now, Variety tells us that Christian Bale will replace Pitt as the aging fresh-out-of-jail bruiser, while troublemaker director David O. Russell is said to be in talks to step behind the camera. Considering the fact that Bale and Russell both have explosive tempers – coupled with the fact that this is a movie about fighting – doesn’t bode well for the production, though the gossip rags are probably licking their lips as we speak.
G.I. Joe Prequel Cartoon Hits TV This Friday
These days Hollywood seems real keen on releasing prequel products that tie into the eventual full-length feature film. Folks like to work with prequels in comic book form, like they did for I Am Legend and Push, but this summer’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra will do you one better: this sucker is getting its own feature-length cartoon.
Yup, G.I. Joe: Resolute will air at midnight this Friday on the Cartoon Network (though be aware that it might be aimed more at teenagers and young adults), and it will be comprised of ten 5-minute episodes and one 10-minute finale. Supposedly, this cartoon will act as a bridge to the new film, or a prequel of sorts. Check out a preview over here, and don’t worry if you miss the television airing as all the episodes will be available online following the broadcast.