Log Entries: 02/27/2012

PRODUCER AKIVA GOLDSMAN has made a deal with Warner Bros. for a sequel to I Am Legend.  The script will be penned by Arash Amel and Will Smith is said to be interested … IN OTHER WILL SMITH NEWS, director Peter Berg has commented again on the possible sequel to Hancock: “We’ve come up with like 40 different storylines. We all change our minds all the time so we’re like hyperactive little kids. Like, ‘Oh man, it would be cool if the Internet started a competition on how to kill Hancock?’ That was one idea we had.”AND IN STILL OTHER “WILL SMITH NEWS,” there’s a photo on-line of Smith’s son Jaden Smith in costume on the set of M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth.  And as you can see here, in costume he somewhat resembles ‘Hancock’ himself.   The story is set a thousand years ahead of us and revolves around a kid and his father who crash on a desolate Earth.  The father is wounded, and the kid is forced to do what he can to save them both.  After Earth is currently scheduled for release on June 7th of next year … ANDREW (Finding NEMO) STANTON AND MICHAEL CHABON are already hard at work on a script for another John Carter movie.  This, in spite of what is called ‘soft tracking’ among the public surrounding the initial entry in what is proposed as a multi-picture franchise.  John Carter: the Gods of Mars will not be greenlit unless John Carter is a hit.  The film opens March, 9th … WILLIAM (CONTACT) FICHTER has replaced Dwight Yoakam as the heavy in Disney’s The Lone Ranger.  The film was recently described by director Gore (Pirates of the Caribbean) Verbinski as, “‘Don Quixote’ told from Sancho Panza’s point of view.”  … TRANSFORMERS 4 is a definite, Michael Bay is returning to direct, and NONE of the original cast members are said to be returning …  DWAYNE (THE ROCK) JOHNSON will play the title character in Brett (X-Men III) Ratner’s Hercules.  This version of the oft filmed Greek character is based on the comic book “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” by Steve Moore … AND IN OTHER CASTING NEWS, actor Joel (AMC’s The Killing) Kinnaman has been singed to play the role of Alex Murphy in director Jose Padilha’s reboot of Robocop. Filming is scheduled for this summer … SKYFALL will be the first James Bond film to open in the IMAX format … KICK ASS creator Mark Millar has stated that the sequel Kick Ass 2 shoots this summer … PAUL AND CHRIS WEITZ, the brothers separately behind The Vampire’s Assistant and Twilight: New Moon, are planning to soon adapt Michael Moorcock’s character, Elric of Melniboné to the big screen.  Elric, an albino, sword-wielding, bloodletting warrior has appeared in fiction in Moorcock’s own multiverse history of stories, and has also made numerous cross over appearances in various comic books.  The brothers purchased the film rights to Moorcock’s ‘The Elric Chronicles’ a few years ago, and wrote a “very edgy” script that got a luke warm reaction from Hollywood.  Now, it seems, their project is gaining steam … THE FIRST ON-SET PHOTOS from Abram’s second Star Trek movie have begun popping up on-line.  Here’s one of Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch : 

… WRITER/PRODUCER SIMON KINBERG recently made comment regarding the the X-Men: First Class sequel.  And involvement of Michael Fassbender’s Eric Lyncher/Magneto character was of particular topic: “Magneto becomes the villain, ultimately, of the franchise.  But he’s a much more complicated character as a young man. He’s someone you sympathize with, you care about, you root for — even though you might not necessarily agree with his methods, you understand his philosophy”  Kinberg also added, “I think the truth is ultimately that because Michael is such an interesting actor, he’ll never be full-on anything. He’ll have a villainous side, and he’ll have a sympathetic human side you’ll be able to relate to, but you’ll also be afraid of him. He becomes Magneto, he says ‘Call me Magneto’ at the end of the first movie.” … COMIC-CON EPISODE IV:  A FAN’S HOPE! will be available Video On Demand, starting April 6th.  It will also be released to a very limited number of theaters next month.  Here’s the trailer:   … THIS VERY INTERESTING VIDEO popped up on-line over the weekend.  It’s from an old three-quarter inch video tape, and features Steven Spielberg responding to the 1976 announcement of Academy Award nominations for the year 1975.  The only part of this I have ever seen was screened during an old Barbara Walters interview, back in the 70’s.  She didn’t show the entire tape.  Whether young or old, you will probably find this of curious interest: IN HOME VIDEO NEWS, The Adventures of Tin Tin will arrive on DVD and Blu-ray on March 13.  And Criterion will release a special limited edition of the trippy sci-fi cult classic Being John Malkovich on May 15th … ACTOR LAURENCE FISHBURNE (The Matrix) has joined the cast of The Colony.  The story focuses on, “… a group of underground survivors after the next ice age, fending off an invasion of feral cannibals.” … BRIAN (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance) TAYLOR will write and direct a film adaptation of the video game Twisted Metal … WRITER BRETT (Sons of Anarchy) CONRAD has sold the sci-fi drama The Dover Agenda to the SyFy Channel.  Story is about a man approached by a future version of himself — a time traveling doppelganger, if you will, who tries to recruit himself to work for a secret parapsychology branch of the military.  Problem is, he’s a worse person in the future than he is today … GAEL GARCIA BERNAL (The Motorcycle Diaries) will star in 20th Century Fox’s, Zorro Reborn — a sci-fi re-imagining of the bygone pulp hero.  The character will be replanted to a futuristic Mad Max-like wasteland, and fueled by vengeance instead of the pursuit of justice.  So in other words ‘Zorro’ in name only.  Good luck with that … RIDLEY SCOTT further commented on the quasi-prequel to ALIEN, Prometheus.  He divulges that the title is actually the name of a the ship which takes humanity deep into space.  He also had this to say about actor Guy Peirce’s role in the film, and the apparently minor connection to the original ALIEN: “The Prometheus is owned by an entrepreneur called Peter Weyland, and is played by Guy Pearce. That’s the connection between the two films, and nothing more. PROMETHEUS is a new film, a new world, and is full of new ideas. And of course new monsters as well.”   In additional Prometheus news, the ‘International’ trailer for the film is more or less the same as the initial U.S. trailer — only without those pesky title cards :

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