Lots of interesting developments lately, I don’t think one blogger can ever catch up to the well-oiled machine that is Hollywood. So here goes:
- One of my most-anticipated flicks of 2010 gets a detailed synopsis courtesy of Collider.com:
The untitled Robin Hood adventure chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richard’s army against the French. Upon Richard’s death, Robin travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from the corruption of a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation, where he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion, a woman skeptical of the identity and motivations of this crusader from the forest. Hoping to earn the hand of Maid Marion and salvage the village, Robin assembles a gang whose lethal mercenary skills are matched only by its appetite for life. Together, they begin preying on the indulgent upper class to correct injustices under the sheriff. With their country weakened from decades of war, embattled from the ineffective rule of the new king and vulnerable to insurgencies from within and threats from afar, Robin and his men heed a call to ever greater adventure. This unlikeliest of heroes and his allies set off to protect their country from slipping into bloody civil war and return glory to England once more.
Besides Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, the rest of the cast is impressive: William Hurt, Matthew Macfadyen, Mark Strong, Danny Huston and Max von Sydow. WOW!
- Another Crowe-related news, he’s set to star in the Crash’s director Paul Haggis’ The Next Three Days. The plot according to CanMag: Crowe is playing a teacher whose wife (Elizabeth Banks) is arrested for a gruesome murder she says she didn’t commit. Several years of incarceration leaves her suicidal and he plots to break her out. An ex-con who has broken out of jail multiple times (Liam Neeson), has written a book about it, and shows the teacher how it’s done. Neeson has been a busy bee lately, throwing himself in one project after another, which could be his way to cope with the death of his wife Natasha Richardson earlier this year.
- The Tourist is undergoing yet more casting adjustments. As I posted previously, Tom Cruise had left the romantic thriller, to be replaced by Aussie Sam Worthington to star opposite Charlize Theron. Now Theron has withdrawn from the project as well, but according to THR blog, Angelina Jolie’s been courted by Spyglass studio — who’s eager to get this movie made — as her replacement. The plot seems to have shifted as well, the plot now reads like this: an American tourist who, on behalf of Interpol, goes undercover to entrap a former lover who’s a suspected global criminal. Originally, the tourist is supposed to be a victim of manipulation by an Interpol agent, on a quest to catch the agent’s former lover. In any case, Worthington is still attached to the project, and the choice of leading lady is certainly equally alluring.
- Another day, another franchise reboot. After news of big franchises are gearing up for their FOURTH installment (The Hobbit, X-Men, Spiderman and Pirates of the Carribean), now come news that Paramount Pictures is firing up the ‘Jack Ryan‘ franchise that’s based on Tom Clancy novels.
Per Variety, Star Trek star Chris Pine is in talks to play the CIA analyst. If the deal is confirmed, he’d be the fourth actor to play the role that Alec Baldwin started with The Hunt for Red October, with Ben Affleck (my least fave) as the latest in The Sum of All Fears. To me, Jack Ryan will always be Harrison Ford, who’s perfect in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. Let’s see how Pine will fare amongst these array of actors. He’s currently starring alongside Denzel Washington in Tony Scott’s runaway train drama Unstoppable.