FlixChatter’s Casting & Misc News

Well, well, well, I haven’t done a news post in a while and lots of interesting stuff are swirling. Here’s some of the highlights you might’ve missed.

  • Entourage movie is inevitable
    Mark Wahlberg, the executive producer and occasional contributor of the HBO hit Entourage, confirmed a movie version is in the works. “We’d like to follow in the Sex and the City footsteps and do a movie,” he said according to MTV blog. He’s not talking about doing it any time soon though. The show which is now in its sixth season might continue for a couple more and then the finale will leave open some story lines that could set up a feature film. “I can’t tell you [which story lines we’d leave unresolved],” Wahlberg said. “I’m sworn to secrecy.” The dude himself will be seen in Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones and next year in The Fighter with Christian Bale.
  • Terry Gilliam lost Depp, gained Duvall for Don Quixote
    Funding may still be an issue, but at least Terry Gilliam has found his Don Quixote. Robert Duvall was quoted as saying to Collider, “I may work with Terry Gilliam next – if they get the money – to play Don Quixote de la Mancha.” He also said that “[Gilliam] saw him play a Cuban barber one time with Richard Harris and that’s what gave him the idea to cast me as Don Quixote.”
    As you may have heard, Gilliam originally wanted Johnny Depp to play the role, but “[Depp]’s too busy doing swashing and buckling and Tonto-ing,” as Gilliam put it, referring to both the Pirates sequel and the Lone Ranger movie that Depp has committed to. Depp instead opts to do, get this, Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman With Six Finger, which Cinematical reported as a biopic about a Mexican Revolution hero, whom he would reportedly portray entirely with Spanish dialogue.
  • Romancing the Stone remake?
    Another day hour, another remake in Hollywood. This time it’s the Michael Douglas/Kathleen Turner comedy adventure directed by Robert Zemeckis in 1984. For younger readers out there who aren’t familiar with this movie, it’s about a romance writer (Turner) who sets off to Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds a myriad of unexpected adventure — and romance — with a rouge-ish explorer (Douglas). Another Robert (Luketic) has reportedly been asked to helm the project according to Empire. I love the original and that’ll be hard to top. Besides, I doubt the Aussie director — who’s known for sub par rom-coms like Win a Date with Tad Hamilton and The Ugly Truth — can do it. I sure hope he’s not going to pair Gerry Butler with Katie Heigl again for this, ugh!
  • My Fair Lady Update
    Since Joe Wright apparently has never been attached to this project after all, other big name directors have reportedly been circling this one. SlashFilm mentioned the likes of Baz Luhrman (trying to crawl up from his Australia flop), Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot), even Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire). But Variety reported that John Madden is in talks to direct this one. Perhaps they’re looking to bring back his Oscar glory when his 1998 movie Shakespeare in Love won Best Picture, as well as nabbed Best Actress for Gwyneth Paltrow. Despite the rumors, Keira Knightley hasn’t signed on the dotted line to play Eliza Doolitle just yet, but I think she’d be perfect to play Eliza.
    I’ll keep an eye on further development on this one. Currently, the English director is filming The Debt, a remake of a 2007 Israeli film about three Mossad agents who captured a Nazi criminal in 1965. It’s got an intriguing cast that includes Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Ciarán Hinds, Tom Wilkinson, and Marton Csokas. WOW, this sounds interesting just on the casting alone!
  • Personal directing project for former Friends star
    David Schwimmer is one of the TV’s mega hit alums that’s had quite an interesting career as a film director. His last movie Run Fatboy Run with Simon Pegg was actually pretty good and funny. Now he’s looking to tackle a totally different genre. Yahoo reported that last week Schwimmer was in Ann Arbor, Michigan on the set of his next film Trust, starring Clive Owen and Catherine Keener as the parents of a 14-year-old girl who is raped by an online predator. The movie is apparently a personal one for the 43-year-old actor who serves on the board of directors of the Rape Foundation of Santa Monica (CA) and has been working on bringing a story of this kind to the big screen for some time. Kudos for him for bringing such an important subject to light, and for nabbing such a great cast that also include Viola Davis.
  • Hugh Jackman will play the ‘Don King’ of robots
    Steven Spielberg is looking to produce Real Steel, a story that centers on a fighter who has to reinvent himself when human boxers are replaced by robots. According to Variety, Jackman will play a struggling Robot Boxing promoter who finds a discarded robot that always seems to win. He also discovers he has a 11-year-old son, and they bond as the robot brawls its way toward the top. This won’t be the first time Spielberg dabble in human-robot storyline, as he’s been involved in various roles as director/producer/executive in the similarly-themed flicks like A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, Transformers and Eagle Eye. Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) is set to direct.

    Meh, for some reason this doesn’t pique my interest in the slightest.

  • Last but not least, Keanu Reeves is to star in 47 Ronin, what Variety reported as an epic period film for Universal Pictures based on the true tale of a band of samurai swordsmen who avenged the death of their master in 18th century Japan. Not sure what role Keanu is playing, but most likely it’ll be one of the swordsmen. Being part Asian — his dad is Chinese-Hawaiian — Reeves seems tailored-fit for the role. The film will tell a stylized version of the story, mixing fantasy elements of a la The Lord of the Rings trilogy, with gritty battle scenes akin to films such as Gladiator. Cinematical said commercial director Carl Rinsch has been set to direct, the site even had a few of his renowned commercial clips if you’re interested.

6 thoughts on “FlixChatter’s Casting & Misc News

  1. Mike B.

    Entourage is about the only one of those that I’d like to see. Love the series! Sometimes they don’t exactly get better in film form tho …

    1. Actually I’m kind of intrigued by the samurai flick. I’m not a huge Keanu fan but he’s pretty good in action stuff and this looks like he’d be good in. I’ve only seen a couple of Entourage episodes, it’s definitely the guys’ version of Sex in the City, which I’m not a fan of by a long shot.

    1. Hey, glad you noticed it. I thought it’s kind of a nice touch given our first major snowfall. I noticed WordPress had this feature over the weekend and I just had to have it 🙂

  2. I was crazy for Romancing the Stone & The Jewel of the Nile when I was a kid. Always wished Douglas/Turner/DeVito had gotten together for a third adventure. Oh well, a sub par Hollywood remake will have to do. 😦

    1. Hi Siegfried! Too bad Douglas/Turner are obviously too old to do some of the stunts but they sure have great chemistry that’s hard to match by today’s stars. Sadly, sub par remakes seem to be the only things in store for us from Tinseltown, though The Clash of the Titans just might break that ‘curse’ as it looks waaaay cooler than the original!

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