Biz Break: 50 Shades of Grey Has A Release Date. Get It? Release Date?
That picture didn't make you think that Ryan Reynolds would be portraying Whatshisstupidname in 50 Shades of Grey, did it? He's totally not. Instead of that, or the Deadpool movie, Reynolds will be taking starring in Mississippi Grind. Originally the role of the gambling addict was to be played by Jake Gyllenhaal, but obviously that's no longer the case. Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly) will accompany Reynolds' character on a trip through the South. The duo are looking to make some sweet, sweet gambling dollars and probably score some chicks. Or dudes. Whichever.
The Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson) penned Mississippi Grind will begin filming next year.
In actual 50 Shades of Grey news, the Sam Taylor-Johnson "film" has been gifted with an actual opening date: August 1st, 2014. This leaves plenty of time to continue speculating about who will be cast as leads Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. I'm pulling for Sterling Archer and Lana Kane.
Mark Wahlberg just keeps being cast in things, doesn't he? He's re-teaming with director Peter Berg to make American Desperado. Based on a true story recounted in the book written by Jon Roberts and Evan Wright, the film will follow Roberts as he works for the mafia, the Colombians, and the 'Merican government. This part of the synopsis caught my eye:
Nothing if not colorful, Roberts surrounded himself with beautiful women, drove his souped-up street car at a top speed of 180 miles per hour, shared his bed with a 200-pound cougar, and employed a 6"6" professional wrestler called "The Thing" as his bodyguard. Ultimately, Roberts became so powerful that he attracted the attention of the Republican Party's leadership, was wooed by them, and even was co-opted by the CIA for which he carried out its secret agenda.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the freakish PTSD Tim Robbins vehicle Jacob's Ladder may be getting a remake. The script written by Jake Wade Wall (When A Stranger Calls ) is being used as a jump-off point for new writer Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train). Got it? A remake script written by the man that brought us a terrible remake of a classic horror movie is now being improved upon by a man who wrote an adaptation of a Clive Barker story.
Producers Mickey Liddell, Michael Gaeta and Alison Rosenzweig are looking to update the story and have new characters. This won't be difficult since PTSD isn't going anywhere, I wouldn't think. Choose any recent war and you've got a solid foundation to get a remake happening.
Last of all, The Vatican Tapes, first mentioned by Lionsgate in 2009, has finally finished casting. The movie centers around Angela Holmes, to be played by Olivia Dudley (The Chernobyl Diaries), a normal woman that starts to make bad things happen to the people around her. In comes Father Lozano (Michael Pena), Vicar Imani (Djimon Hounsou), and Cardinal Brunn (Peter Andersson) to purge the evil right outta that girl. Ugh. I just know I'm going to watch this movie.