Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser and Craig Robinson Set for FREAKY DEAKY
by Adam Chitwood Posted: June 2nd, 2011
A trio of actors have signed on for Charles Matthau’s (The Grass Harp) adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel Freaky Deaky. Variety reports that Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser and Craig Robinson will star in the Hollywood-centered crime flick. Dillon will star as an LAPD bomb squad officer who happens upon a plot hatched by two hippies who plan to scam a movie mogul using their bomb-making skills. Fraser plays a former activist who now puts his bomb-knowledge to work as a Hollywood pyrotechnics and demolition expert, and Robinson is poised to play a former Black Panther who now serves as the assistant to Fraser’s character.
In pitch-perfect casting, William H. Macy is already set to star as the alcoholic Hollywood mogul that the two hippie characters attempt to scam. The other day we heard that Sienna Miller may be starring in the film, but she wasn’t mentioned in Variety’s report today. Matthau will direct, and adapted Leonard’s novel himself. The film version will take place in 1974 instead of Leonard’s late 80’s setting of the book. While Fraser is used to starring in what can mildly be described as horseshit as of late, the other actors involved sound promising. It’ll be interesting to see who Matthau gets to fill out the rest of his cast. Production is set to start this summer in Michigan. Hit the jump to read a synopsis of Leonard’s book. http://collider.com/matt-dillon-brendan-fraser-craig-robinson-freaky-deaky/94390/
Don Scardino to Direct BURT WONDERSTONE Starring Steve Carell
by Adam Chitwood Posted: June 2nd, 2011In magician-comedy movie news, New Line has tapped Don Scardino to make his feature directorial debut on Burt Wonderstone. Starring Steve Carell, the film revolves around a magician in Las Vegas who, after losing his partner, must compete with a new, hipper magician who appears on the strip and starts making waves. Back in February, we reported that TV director Charles McDougall had been set to direct the film, but now Deadline reports that he’s been replaced by Scardino.
A fellow television director, Scardino currently serves as one of the principal directors on NBC’s 30 Rock. He’ll be working from a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses), who wrote the most recent draft after Chad Kultgen’s first pass at the screenplay. Production is set to begin this October in Los Angeles. http://collider.com/don-scardino-burt-wonderstone/94384/
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Theatrical Trailer
by Jason Barr Posted: June 2nd, 2011
The theatrical trailer for director Rupert Wyatt’s (The Escapist) Rise of the Planet of the Apes is now available online. While I continue to be impressed with the digital effects work done by Peter Jackson’s WETA Digital, I’m unsure what to make of dialogue such as “That chimp’s company property!” Moreover, even though I’m a fan of Frank Schaffner’s 1968 original (co-written by Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling), I’m still not convinced that this is a property I need to learn more backstory about (which, I assume, is Rise‘s sole purpose in the franchise). Starring James Franco, Andy Serkis, Tom Felton, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, and Freida Pinto, Rise of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters on August 5th.
Hit the jump to check out the new trailer and click here to find all of our previous Apes coverage. http://collider.com/rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-trailer/94371/
Craig Brewer to Adapt TARZAN for a Potential Trilogy
by Matt Goldberg Posted: June 2nd, 2011Filmmaker Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) will direct a new Tarzan film as part of a potential trilogy for Warner Bros. At the beginning of the year, we told you that Warner Bros. was rebooting or remaking some of its high-profile properties and Tarzan was on that list. And they have a solid director in Brewer although I’d much rather see him make Mother Trucker (which is about a man who escapes from prison, hijacks an 18-wheeler, and races across the South to see his dying mother) as his follow up to the upcoming remake of Footloose.
Warner Bros. also has screenwriter Adam Cozad (Archangel) working on a separate script for Tarzan, but it remains to be seen which film they’ll move into production. Deadline reports that this is a passion project for Brewer, and I’ll be interested to see how he plans to interpret a character who has been adapted into countless formats since he was first introduced in Edgar Rice Burrough’s 1914 novel Tarzan of hte Apes.
Craig Brewer Wants To Reboot Tarzan As A Trilogy At Warner Bros.published: 2011-06-02 13:50:44 Author: Sean O'Connell
Tarzan has been on Hollywood’s backburner for years now. The fictional hero of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ timeless novels has starred in roughly 90 movies since 1918, and was most famously portrayed by Johnny Weissmuller in the 1930s and ’40s. But a new version of the ape-man may swing into theaters as part of an updated adventure that would stretch over three films.
The pitch comes from writer-director Craig Brewer, who according to Deadline is working with Warner Bros. on a rejuvenated Tarzan story that the studio plans to turn into a trilogy. Screenwriter Adam Cozad has been hired to pen the script. His other credits include the planned Jack Ryan reboot and Archangel, which has attracted Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski. No details on how Tarzan would be differently, exactly. There’s only so much you can do with the basic premise of an orphan raised by apes, so I’m intrigued to see how massive this story is that Brewer thinks he can expand it over three films.
On a related note, what happened to Brewer? The guy previously directed the passionate Hustle & Flow and the provocative Black Snake Moan. Since then, he has moved on to a Footloose remake and now a Tarzan reboot. Maybe it was Brewer’s intention all along to go mainstream, but the filmmaking voice and attitude I heard in those first two films didn’t suggest a guy content to coast on safer projects such as these. http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Craig-Brewer-Wants-To-Reboot-Tarzan-As-A-Trilogy-At-Warner-Bros-25027.html