Ron Howard to Direct SPY VS. SPY
by Jason Barr Posted: June 22nd, 2011
We have another installment in our ongoing series “things Ron Howard may or may not be directing in the near future.” Yesterday, we brought you a pair of items in which he displayed optimism for his Dark Tower adaptation before diving into early talks to helm the Formula 1 racing biopic Rush. Now, the Oscar-winning filmmaker has his name attached to a Spy vs. Spy film adaptation over at Warner Bros. John Kamps (Ghost Town) will pen the script which is described by Deadline as a “highly visual action comedy.” Howard will also produce the pic alongside David Koepp and his Imagine Entertainment cohort Brian Grazer.
Those concerned about what Spy vs. Spy could mean for Howard’s ambitious Dark Tower take needn’t worry as the project is believed to be a “down the line” pic for the director. In case you’ve forgotten about the perpetually feuding rivals that make up Spy vs. Spy, you should know that the Antonio Prohias-created property first appeared in 1961 as part of Mad Magazine #60. While I don’t have any memories of Spy in magazine format, I’ll always have a special place in my gaming heart for its NES game. If Howard’s eventual take ends up being half as satisfying as that relic of my youth, then I will consider the whole thing a success. http://collider.com/ron-howard-spy-vs-spy/98134/
James Wan in Talks to Direct Supernatural Thriller THE CONJURING
by Adam Chitwood Posted: June 22nd, 2011Director James Wan has a knack for low-budget horror films. He helmed the first Saw movie, which was so profitable it spurned 67 sequels, and he directed this year’s low-budget hit Insidious. Now Variety reports that Wan is in talks to direct the low-budget thriller The Conjuring. The pitch was inspired by the supernatural events that happened in the home of the Perron family in Rhode Island. Andrea Perron has written a volume recounting her family’s incredibly creepy supernatural interactions in a book called House of Darkness House of Light: The True Story.
No production start date has been set for The Courting, but Wan is also attached to direct a supernatural thriller called Spectre with Nicole Kidman in talks to star. Hit the jump to read a super spooky synopsis of House of Darkness House of Light: The True Story. http://collider.com/james-wan-the-conjuring/98096/
Casting Call: Ray Winstone is a Dwarf in SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, Joel David Moore Joins SAVAGES, Katie Cassidy in Talks for FREAKY DEAKY
by Adam Chitwood Posted: June 22nd, 2011We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, Ray Winstone has been cast as the seventh and final dwarf in Snow White and the Huntsman. Heat Vision reports that Winstone joins previously announces dwarfs Ian McShane, Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan and Steven Graham. Winstone will play Trajan. Directed by Rupert Sanders, the film centers on princess Snow White (Kristen Stewart) attempting to escape the grasp of her evil stepmother (Charlize Theron) with the help of a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) who trains her to survive. Snow White and the Huntsman hits theaters June 1st, 2012.
Additionally, Joel David Moore has joined the burgeoning cast of Oliver Stone’s Savages. Based on the book by Don Winslow, the film stars Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Emile Hirsch, John Travolta and Uma Thurman. The story centers on two Laguna Beach marijuana kingpins (Kitsch and Johnson) who encounter a world of trouble when their shared girlfriend (Lively) is kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel. Risky Business reports that Moore will play a computer geek who moves from a think tank in Washington to the marijuana business. Savages hits theaters on September 28th, 2012. Hit the jump for the casting news of Katie Cassidy in Freaky Deaky. http://collider.com/ray-winstone-snow-white-and-the-huntsman-joel-david-moore-savages/98073/
Ed Helms and Isla Fisher Join WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING [UPDATED]
by Adam Chitwood Posted: June 22nd, 2011Two more have joined the cast of What to Expect When You’re Expecting (yes, this is a movie). Following yesterday’s announcement that Jennifer Lopez was in talks to star, Vulture reports that Ed Helms and Isla Fisher are on board as well. The film follows six different couples, Love Actually-style, in the months and weeks leading up to baby-time.
Directed by Kirk Jones (Nanny McPhee), the film also stars Cameron Diaz, with Matthew Morrison (Glee) circling a role, though his schedule may be too tight to join the cast. Fisher is taking on a part that was originally offered to Kristen Wiig, but the shooting schedule conflicted with her SNL commitments. Helms will be playing one of the expectant fathers. What to Expect When You’re Expecting hits theaters May 11th, 2012 (please note that I did not use a “due date” joke here. I’ll be accepting medals and accolades at a later date.)
[Update: The Playlist now reports that they've spoken to Ed Helms' reps and he is NOT in the movie after all.]