Rob Corddry to Play Zombie in WARM BODIES
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: August 24th, 2011Rob Corddry is in final negotiations to join the adaptation of the zombie novel Warm Bodies. Nicholas Hoult stars as R, a self-aware zombie who falls for the girlfriend of one his victims, played by Teresa Palmer—R protects her from the other zombies as he starts to regain his humanity. According to Variety, Corddry will play M, the only other zombie like R… at first. I know nothing of the comedic/dramatic balance of the role, but Corddry is a great addition regardless.
Warm Bodies is the next project for director Jonathan Levine, who has quietly built an impressive career for himself. I know him best as the director of the slight yet charming The Wackness, though your mind may link him to All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. The dramedy 50/50 comes out September 30, and based on positive early buzz sounds like a big step for the young director. Warm Bodies is something else entirely, a genre movie with a sentimental twist. I love to see Levine pushing himself, beyond the potentially insular world of a Sundance darling.
For a lot more on Warm Bodies, check out our recent interview with Levine, where he spoke at length about adapting the Isaac Marion’s novel. Read the book synopsis after the jump.
Alexander Skarsgard, Michael Nyqvist, Frank Grillo and Colin Ford Join Internet Morality Tale DISCONNECT
by Adam Chitwood Posted: August 24th, 2011A quartet of actors have signed on for Henry Alex Rubin’s indie internet-centered drama Disconnect. Variety reports that Alexander Skarsgard (Battleship), Michael Nyqvist (the Swedish Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Frank Grillo (Warrior) and Colin Ford (We Bought a Zoo) are all attached to star in the flick, with Andrea Riseborough (Never Let Me Go) circling one of the lead roles. Rubin, who’s best known for directing the documentary Murderball, is making his feature directorial debut with the ensemble drama that centers on how the Internet and modern communication impacts, and sometimes ruins, the lives of its characters. Hit the jump for a rundown of how the evil internet influences each character.
New International Trailer for DRIVE
by Adam Chitwood Posted: August 24th, 2011Nicholas Winding Refn’s Drive continues to be towards the top of my list of most anticipated films coming out this fall, and another great trailer has just been released. Since its wildly positive debut at Cannes, the film has been generating a huge amount of buzz (Matt loved it). This international trailer doesn’t really show a ton of new footage, but it does feature one of the songs from the apparently fantastic soundtrack.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman and Oscar Isaac. Drive opens September 16th.
Shawn Levy May Direct Fox’s FRANKENSTEIN, Could Be Off FANTASTIC VOYAGE
by Adam Chitwood Posted: August 24th, 2011Just the other day, we reported that director Shawn Levy (Date Night) was growing impatient with his James Cameron-produced 3D remake of Fantastic Voyage, threatening to walk away if he couldn’t get an A-list star (specifically Will Smith) to topline. Well now it looks like he may be done with the project after all, as he’s considering taking the reins of Fox’s Frankenstein. Max Landis (Chronicle) wrote the script for the retelling of Mary Shelley’s 1818 classic, and the studio is eager to get production moving in order to beat the other 12,000 Frankenstein projects currently in development. Hit the jump for more, including a rundown of those other iterations of Frankenstein.