The week in ‘news’

Friday April 9th 2010


You might have noticed that we don’t post a lot in the way of news. Most movie blogs are overrun with casting titbits, sequel rumours and endless articles about superhero movies stolen from Variety, but we generally stay away for fear of turning into a carbon copy of Slash Film.

That said, let’s take a look at the week’s ‘big stories’:

ANTON YELCHIN TO STAR IN FRIGHT NIGHT REMAKE
Everyone’s favourite chirpy Russian pseudo-teenager is apparently in talks to star in an upcoming remake of the 1985 horror comedy Fright Night. Lars and the Real Girl director Craig Gillespie is set to direct. Those are the facts, here is the opinion: this sounds quite good.

TRON LEGACY SCREENWRITERS HIRED FOR TRON 3
Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, who wrote Tron Legacy as well as quite a few good Lost episodes, have been hired to write a third instalment in the newly-rebooted Tron franchise. Nobody’s talking directors or casting yet, but we can already imagine the endlessly repetitive viral campaign.

ROB CORDDRY TAKES LEAD ROLE IN BUTTER
Rob Corddry has landed the lead role in upcoming ‘butter-carving’ dramedy Butter, from She’s Out of My League director Jim Field Smith. Jim Carrey was previously thought to be considering the role, but the studio evidently decided to go with someone more rubbish.
OLIVIA THIRLBY TO STAR IN THE DARKEST HOUR
Ultra Culture favourite Olivia Thirlby (of The Wackness and Juno fame) will star in The Darkest Hour, an alien invasion movie set in Moscow. Directing will be Chris Gorak, who did that apocalyptic movie Right At Your Door that was on a lot of bus stop posters but nobody really saw.
JOSS WHEDON MAY DIRECT AVENGERS OR RUNAWAYS
Nerd God Joss Whedon is in the running to direct Marvel’s unbelievably long-awaited Avengers movie (they announced the 2012 release date several years ago). He’s also looking at some other superhero thing called Runaways, which may or may not feature Dakota Fanning as an implausible rockstar.
NATIONAL TREASURE 3 GETS NEW WRITERS
Jerry Bruckheimer just printed another half billion dollars by beginning work on the third National Treasure film. Writers Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard (of Prince of Persia, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and The Uninvited previously) are on board, so it’s bound to be as shit as we’re all hoping.
MEGAN FOX MAY OR MAY NOT BE RED SONJA
Robert Rodriguez is looking to replace Rose McGowan in his upcoming Red Sonja adaptation, since she pulled out to star in Conan instead. Megan Fox was widely reported to be in the running, but her publicist denies that she is considering the role. This one’s a bit of a non-story really.
NEWCOMER TO DIRECT THIRD HAROLD & KUMAR FILM
Kal Penn and John Cho are both set to return for A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, while unknown director Todd Strauss-Schulson takes over the directing reigns from franchise creators Hayden Schlossberg and Jon Hurwitz, who are now tackling American Pie 4.
SHOOTING BEGINS ON THE THING PREQUEL
Production has begun on Matthijs van Heijningen’s prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter classic The Thing. The movie, which stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and hotly-tipped Australian man-person Joel Edgerton, is set for a 2011 release and is tentatively titled (wait for it) The Thing.
STILLER AND BAUMBACH MAY RE-TEAM FOR PENGUINS
Greenberg collaborators Ben Stiller and Noah Baumbach are both in talks for an adaption of children’s novel Mr. Popper’s Penguins, about a man who runs a traveling penguin show. Sex Drive writers Sean Anders and John Morris are set to write the screenplay, so it might not be as mumblecore as it sounds.

THAT WAS THE NEWS.

AND IT WAS SO MUCH EFFORT.