-Someone floated me a rumor that they're working on a Planet of the Apes prequel. No, not the original series, that wouldn't make sense anyway since 3-5 were like prequels anyway, but of the lousy Tim Burton remake.
-Speaking of Tim Burton, he's working on a live action/cgi mix version of Alice in Wonderland with, who else but Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter (and if that's not enough for goth fans, Crispin Glover is in it as well). Aside from seeing that do we really need another Alice film? It's been done as everything from a horror film, to a hippie freakout, to a softcore porno. And maybe Burton needs to check out Svankmejer's version and see that there's really no way he can top that.
-Speaking of Johnny Depp, here's the big rumor on the internets this week, that Johnny Depp is going to play the Riddler (What's with him and hat related roles) in Batman 3. But that's not all...Phillip Seymour Hoffman would play The Penguin (sorry, Dick Cheney). This was at first just speculation, but Michael Caine, while promotin his latest film, told this story:
“I was with [a Warner Bros.] executive and I said, ‘Are we going to make [a sequel to The Dark Knight]?’ They said yeah. I said, ‘How the hell are we going to top Heath? And he says ‘I’ll tell you how you top Heath — Johnny Depp as The Riddler and Philip Seymour Hoffman as The Penguin.’ I said, ‘Sh-, they’ve done it again!’” [Laughs]. Hoffman denied the rumors.
Though this is probably news to Chris Nolan. Last I heard he's put himself on hiadus and won't even look at a script for the next while.
-Speaking of scripts:
Sam Mendes has been shopping for a Preacher (comic) script, but doubts it will ever get made.
David Gordon Green, who knows somethings about films never getting made, is set to direct an adaptation of the comic Freaks of the Heartland, which seems right up his alley.
Despite the fact that Choke choked, Chuck Palahniuk's Haunted, which seems more like his brand image type of story, has been picked up for a film adaptation.
Gus Van Sandt is rumoured to be helming an adaptation of The Electric-Kool-Aid Acid Test.
Casey Affleck is set to star in another adaptation of The Killer Inside me, with Jessica Alba playing a prostitute.
Speaking of prostitutes, Sin City 2 and 3 are in development right now, with, Johnny Depp in negotiations to play in the third installment.
Speaking of shooting back to back, Iron Man 2 is well on its way, as well is an "Iron Man 2 sequel," though the studio's refusing to call it Iron Man 3. Samuel L. Jackson will play Nick Fury. Get Smart 2 is also being greenlit.
In Remakes of Foreign Films we don't need news:
Steven Spielberg is supposedly directing the Old Boy remake with Will Smith set to star. I like the casting choice, but really, I don't see this as Spielberg's material. And for those of you familair with the film I don't know if American audiences would embrace the last third of the film and its significant plot point. And how on earth do you translate the squid eating sequence? That's a significant thematic element in the film. Does Will Smith just happen to frequent Korean restaurants?
I already lamented the fact of the American remake of Let the Right one in and how that can't work...Cloverfield director Matt Reeves is set to direct.
And Elizabeth Banks just completed filming for The Uninvited, the title I guess serving to fake you out thinking its a remake of the 40's classic, the American remake of A Tale of Two Sisters.
A remake of Phone is set to be released next year, hoping that audiences will have long forgotten the One Missed Call remake.
In case you forgot, yes, the Akira live action remake is still set for 2011. A much closer release date is set for the how the #$%^ are they going to remake it for America, Battle Royale, though I can't find any more information on it. And if that all makes you made, there's also a Suicide Club remake, which somehow they're wanting to keep Pg-13. I don't know how you do that with a film, where the original opening sequence used about as much blood as the elevator scene in the Shining.