The Latest Movie News: Bad News for Roger Rabbit 2
It was a relatively slow news week in the world of movies, but I managed to pull a few nuggets from the last week. Here they are:
- Sacha Boren Cohen has started his own production company to do two more films, but they won’t be in the style of Borat and Bruno. After Bruno, all I can say is “thank God.” His next movie will be Accidentes, a comedy where he plays a lawyer.
- Dan Akroyd returns to a leading role! He’ll be voicing Yogi Bear, while Anna Faris will play a nature documentarian who tags along for the ride. Justin Timberlake is rumored to be in talks to voice Yogi’s pal Boo Boo.
- J.J. Abrams continues to be busy. He’s in talks to direct the TV pilot Undercovers, his first TV directing job since he did the pilot for Lost. I’m sold.
- Sam Worthington is out of The Tourist, about an Interpol agent, along with its director, and Johnny Depp and Alfonso Cuaron are in talks to replace the two. Angelina Jolie is still attached to co-star.
- Steve Guttenberg seems overly enthusiastic about sequels to his 1980’s properties (I wonder why). He confirmed Three Men and a Bride is moving ahead, of which he said, “That’s going to be a smash. A smash hit.” He also said new sequels to Police Academy and Cocoon would be “surefire hits and I think they’re good for the world. They make the world a better place and that’s what it’s all about.” Um… yeah. Whatever you say, Mr. Guttenberg.
- Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin will be co-hosting the 82nd Academy Awards. Baldwin… perfect choice.
- Kevin Williamson said he’s hard at work writing the script for Scream 4, and said that while that movie will star the original cast members, he’ll also be introducing new cast members who could headline future Scream movies. Uh-oh.
- I spoke too soon about Robert Zemeckis returning to live-action, dammit. The director who seems intent on ruining his career has announced that the “live” actors in the Roger Rabbit sequel will be filmed using his motion-capture technology and 3D, while the cartoons will remain two-dimensional. So now the whole bloody thing is going to be a creepy cartoon. Somebody slap this director now! Jesus f**king Christ.
- All the major studios and some production houses are salivating after the announcement that the Terminator franchise, one of the few not owned by a big studio, is being put up for auction.
- Comic book writer, responsible for creating the works that resulted in such film adaptations as Wanted and Kick-Ass, announced that he will be directing a superhero feature of his own. However, he refused to say what that film would be just yet.
- If you don’t get enough destruction in next weekend’s blockbuster 2012, it was announced that Roland Emmerich and the film’s producer are working on a television series about the aftermath. Take one damn guess what it’ll be called.
By Erik Samdahl
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