Pitt/Aniston for Time Traveller’s Wife? Say it ain’t so!

TimeTravelersThe Time Traveller’s Wife is one of my must-see flicks before year’s end, mostly because it’s got Eric Bana as the lead. So I was flabbergasted when I read this bit from Digital Spy that Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were the couple screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin had in mind when he wrote the script. Well, apparently he wrote the adaptation from Audrey Niffenegger’s novel before their divorce in 2005, but still!

Speaking to OK magazine, he said: “I thought they would be perfect for this film. I just saw them as a perfect version of Henry and Clare. I just found them equally attractive and equally compelling, and in terms of the Hollywood arena at that time, they were as good a couple as you could find. I was writing it in my mind for them.”

Meh, I’m glad it didn’t turn out that way as I wouldn’t have been at all excited to see it with the two of them as the lead. Regardless of their relationship and love life drama, I don’t think much of either of them as an actor. I’m probably in the minority here, but I’ve never been a fan of Pitt nor do I fathom what all the fuss is about the guy. There are a plethora of better looking and far more talented actors than he, but like Rod Stewart says, some guys have all the luck. As for Aniston, well let’s just say she will forever be ‘Rachel Green’ as she can’t ever seem to shake that role out of her psyche, no matter what character she plays!

In any case, I think the movie will be much better with Bana and Rachel McAdams on board, whom Rubin labeled “wonderful embodiments of who I envisioned would be on screen.” Judging from its trailer, I think both of them are perfect for the roles.

Yet ANOTHER Robin Hood film in the works?

Yup, the well of creativity has definitely run dry in Tinsel town.

The most frequently adapted medieval English folklore is still as popular today as ever. Just as the Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood version with Russell Crowe is undergoing production, yet another one is apparently in the works. According to RiskyBusinessBlog, the untitled version is getting a futuristic makeover courtesy of the producers of  The Dark Knight and 300, as well as Warner Bros. [there’s been an update on the project, per Cinema Blend about who’ll write and direct the movie]

So instead of bows and arrow, our favorite man in tights will be gunslinging in dystopian London and the story will focus on a band of thieves whose activities restore hope to the city’s embattled population. The producers bill it as a ‘futuristic action adventure’ that’ll both be inspired by and pay homage to Robin Hood. Ok, I’ll give ’em some credit for taking a different spin instead of just a straight remake.

Jason Hall, the screenwriter of the upcoming Ashton Kutcher dramedy Spread, will write the screenplay. Not sure what other stuff he’s got under his belt that’ll make me think he’s the right guy for this, but I can tell you right now I’m not too crazy about the Spread trailer. It’s basically a great vehicle to ogle Ashton Kutcher, if he rocks your boat that is.

In any case, now I kind of wish sir Ridley would have stuck with the original idea of making the Sheriff of Nottingham as the good guy opposite less-noble Robin of Sherwood—I mean it could very well be the case anyway depending on where you look at it—so it’d be a novelty take of the centuries-old tale. When I first heard of it, it was called Nottinghamand immediately I thought, why didn’t someone think of that? They’ve got enough adaptations of Robin as the hero anyway, and we know Russell can play any ambiguously moral character worth rooting for.

Richard Armitage as Guy of Gisbourne
Richard Armitage as Guy of Gisbourne

Now, they haven’t cast the role of Robin in the futuristic version, but my mind keeps going back to British actor Richard Armitage. He’s practically unknown to US audiences but you might’ve noticed him in BBC miniseries North & South and the Robin Hood series that just ended recently. He played Robin’s nemesis, the dark and brooding Guy of Gisborne, and stole hearts everywhere. Seriously, when they cast someone who looks like THAT as the villain, who’s going to pay attention to the hero??

Richard also has a recurrent role in the BBC spy drama Spooks (a.k.a MI-5) that’s been airing on PBS, as agent Lucas North. So he’s definitely got the looks, charisma, acting chops, delicious British accent, plus that deep, throaty voice. What more could you ask for? Plus he’s already got that kick-@$$ black shiny leather suit that’ll look awesome as a futuristic Robin.

Just take a look at the clip from the BBC series below (between Guy and his boss, the Sheriff of Nottingham). If only I were his agent, I’d march him to audition for the role pronto!

Ok, now that I’ve got my casting fantasy out of the way, it’d be interesting to see what’s to become of this. It was tough enough to even get the Ridley’s version off the ground (that’s also produced by Warner Bros.), with even the weather + leaf colors being a factor in the delay of its release. Who knows whether they’d end up putting the kibosh on this one.

What do you think folks? Are you at all interested to see a futuristic Robin Hood film?

Conspicuous Trailer of the Week – The Boys Are Back

Clive Owen takes a break from being a gunslinging action hero with a tender fatherhood tale that’s based on a true story. The plot centers on a wisecracking sportswriter Joe Warr who’s suddenly thrown into single parenthood in the wake of his wife’s tragic death. Forced to raise not one but two boys, a curious six year-old and a rebellious teen from a previous marriage, he struggles to take care of them in a household bereft of any feminine influence. Ultimately, father and sons alike must find their own way, amidst tumult and grief, to grow up and draw closer as a family.

Brought by the director of Shine and producer of Billy Elliot (which I absolutely adore!), the film is also executive produced by Owen himself. I teared up just watching  the trailer, Clive looks like a natural in what’s promised to be a poignant family drama. Oh, and the scenery of South Australia countryside is breathtakingly gorgeous. Here’s wishing Clive will never again do anything like the atrociously preposterous Shoot ’em up. Ever.