Hark’s Weekly Wind-Up
Every week, we’ll take a look at the biggest stories in entertainment news and present them to you here in NEWS OF THE WEEK.
It seems like the SIN CITY sequel has been in the “rumor” stage forever. At one point people were saying Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie were gonna star in this thing, but then the world saw THE TOURIST and laws were passed. Miraculously, the movie is inching towards reality with Robert Rodriguez in charge and apparently Mickey Rourke is in talks to come on back for the second film, which will focus on the ‘A Dame to Kill For’ book in Frank Miller’s graphic novel series — this according to Deadline.
ALF shall rise again according to THR, who is reporting that Sony Animation and SMURFS producer Jordan Kerner will team with Alf creators Tom Patchett and Paul Fusco to make an ALF reboot. The movie will be a CGI/live-action hybrid according to the source, which means no puppets, which means I just turned a smile upside down.
Darren Aronofsky’s last two films have been smaller scale dramas that focused separately on a broken down wrestler and a stressed out dancer. Up next? A biblical epic portraying a worldwide flood, so you know, not a small scale film. Russell Crowe is playing the title role in NOAH, and below we have the first look at him in character courtesy of USA Today. Notice the transformation… or not. Seriously, I’m really looking forward to seeing how Crowe and Aronofsky cleanse the world of sin, and by that I mean any residual memories we have of EVAN ALMIGHTY.
Clearly this is Ben Affleck’s world and we’re all just living in it. Early in the week came news that Fox and and Marvel were talking about extending the deadline for Fox’s DAREDEVIL reboot (necessary due to the poor reception that Affleck’s original received). That reboot could be headed up by Joe Carnahan, but it has to start rolling by October or Marvel will get to re-absorb it into their Marvel Movie Universe. See, back before Marvel Studios was the force that it is now, Marvel sold off properties like The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, Daredevil, Spider-Man, and others. Something that could be considered regretable now that the “House of Ideas” had the big idea to unite some of their heroes under the Avengers banner (Oh yeah, Joss Whedon is totally directing the AVENGERS sequel, click here to read our coverage on that.)
Why would Marvel extend such a deadline? Well, according to Variety Fox was willing to trade Marvel Silver Surfer, Galactus, and a conditional draft pick for the privilege. Pretty interesting idea and one that could have benefited the Marvel Movie Universe, but Deadline called the curse word version of bull caca on that and said that no such deal would happen. Meaning we still know very little about the state of the DAREDEVIL movie, except that the clock is still ticking.
Speaking of Deadline and Variety, the two dueled later in the week on another Affleck related story (okay, the Daredevil thing was a loose link, but go with it), with Variety reporting that Affleck, who was the bomb in PHANTOMS, would read Will Bealls’ JUSTICE LEAGUE script and that he might be interested in directing. Hours later, Deadline was saying that Affleck would not direct the project.
At this point, with DC and Warner Bros. chasing Marvel and the Avengers, nothing would surprise me and unless Chris Nolan retracts nearly everything he has ever said on the matter and goes back to the DCU, I will be skeptical, how about you?
While you ponder that question, why don’t we take a look at the Trailer of the Week. This week we’re looking at the trailer for the RED DAWN remake.
Originally set to be released in the fall of 2010 before MGM’s fiscal troubles put the kibosh on that, RED DAWN now has the benefit of Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson’s stardom to get it a bit more exposure. The film also stars Josh Peck, Connor Cruise (Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s son), Adriane Palicki, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan and will be released (we promise) on Novemeber 21st and it looks action packed. Check out the trailer and the official synopsis below.
In Red Dawn, a city in Washington state awakens to the surreal sight of foreign paratroopers dropping from the sky – shockingly, the U.S. has been invaded and their hometown is the initial target. Quickly and without warning, the citizens find themselves prisoners and their town under enemy occupation. Determined to fight back, a group of young patriots seek refuge in the surrounding woods, training and reorganizing themselves into a guerilla group of fighters. Taking inspiration from their high school mascot, they call themselves the Wolverines, banding together to protect one another, liberate their town from its captors, and take back their freedom.