Biz Break: Gary Oldman Is Set To Fight 'Apes' While Daniel Radcliffe Prepares To Assist 'Frankenstein'
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Biz Break: Gary Oldman Is Set To Fight Apes While Daniel Radcliffe Prepares To Assist Frankenstein

By Jodi Clager | Trade News | March 1, 2013 | Comments ()


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes place 15 years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Apparently James Franco's character, who created the super-smart Caeser that led the apes away in a revolt, was killed or shot into space to live on a satellite with robots and watch bad movies, because he isn't in the sequel. Or maybe SPOILER he died from the virus unleashed at the end of the first movie.

In Franco's place is Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) in an unspecified lead role, Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) as the same, and Gary Oldman (EVERYTHING) might be the leader of the humans left on Earth. Andy Serkis is returning as Caesar, leader of the apes and eventual harbinger of human doom! Dawn will be directed by Matt Reeves (Coverfield) and hits theaters May 23rd, 2014.

Aaron Eckhart is sliding into action hero territory with Erased, a movie about a former CIA Black Ops agent on the run from former employers trying to murder him. Yawn.

Bradley Cooper is interested in directing and might direct himself in Kokowääh, the remake of a German comedy from 2011. Cooper is definitely starring in the film about a man that discovers he has an 8-year-old daughter and that she loves her foster father more than him. The film was a huge hit in Germany and the sequel opened at number one, so the remake will be looking for franchise possibilities as well. Also interesting is the fact that Til Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds) directed and co-wrote the original film. Unfortunately, it sounds awful and we should remember that the Germans like Hasselhoff.


Daniel Radcliffe is making lots of bold and interesting choices in his post-Potter career. I'm excited for his turn as Ig Parrish in the movie adaptation of Joe Hill's "Horns" and now he's been cast as Igor in Frankenstein. This particular re-imagining of the classic horror story doesn't focus on the Dr. Frankenstein or his Monster, but on Igor. Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin) will direct the Max Landis (Chronicle, son of John Landis) penned script and shooting is set to begin this fall.

Paranormal Activity 5 is looking for a new hook to bring in audiences. I'd say that's a good idea and maybe they should move away from the Katie story and onto something else. Or maybe tell the story to a satisfying conclusion. That would be good. Except, no, the story won't be changed, but their grab for 3D money might. Bleeding Cool is reporting that PA5 might go the route of the original Thirteen Ghosts and give customers the ability to see more ghosts, or more of the ghosts with the 3D glasses technology. F*ck that. MAKE ANOTHER GOOD MOVIE. Keep your damn glasses and shove them up your respective asses. Better yet, let's pretend the PA movies stopped with the second one and be done with it. Good? Yes.

Last of all, this news makes me giggle, Dane Cook is the lead in Disney's animated feature Planes. Cook (I accidentally typed 'Cock' on my first go) will play Dusty, a plane that is afraid of heights. Even more idiotic is that the press release is saying Cook "brings unmatched charisma and brilliant comedic timing and instincts to the character". HAAAAAA! OKAY! Maybe the best part: Jon Cryer was originally the voice of Dusty. WHAT IS THIS I DON'T EVEN. HAHAHAH! Yep. I've lost it. Send Deadpool comics, cupcakes, and chai tea.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • BWeaves

    1. Igor wasn't in the novel Frankenstein OR the movie Frankenstein.

    2. The hunchback assistant in the movie Frankstein was named Fritz. He was played by Dwight Frye, (who also played Renfield in the original Dracula movie with Bela Lugosi).

    3. Igor only appears in the sequels to Frankenstein, but he was not a hunchback. He was an insane blacksmith with a broken neck from being hanged. He was the one played by Bela Lugosi.

    4. So, what or who is Radcliffe playing?

    5. And yes, I'll probably see it, because I have a soft spot for Radcliffe. He seems to be relatively normal, humble, and really trying to transition to adult life well.

  • That French Guy

    Igor is a hunchback in Gene Wilder's Young Frankenstein, though. Played by Marty Feldman.

  • BWeaves

    Well, technically, Marty Feldmen played EYE-gore.

  • Exactly! So Radcliffe is going to be playing Marty Feldman. (R.I.P.) So it's a biopic!

  • Is it just me or does that picture of Radcliffe have shades of Armitage?

  • Richard Armitage? For SHAME!

  • Look at that photo. You know it's true.

  • Kala

    It's not just you. Radcliffe has been bringing the smolder as of late. I can dig it.

  • Irina

    "Cook brings unmatched charisma and brilliant comedic timing and instincts to a character".

    Just draw a face on a turd. There, matched.

  • Tinkerville

    So next up are we going to see the movies Jetskis, Zambonis, and Tractors (our hero has a wheat allergy)? Ugh.

  • ee

    Planes seems like a Disney decision, not a Pixar one. I think the Cars franchise makes ridiculous merchandising money, and why not throw in planes too.

  • Ben

    It is a disney decision, it's a Disney movie, nothing to do with Pixar except sharing a fictional universe.

  • Kballs

    Jon Cryer? Jesus. Dane Cook? Oh, man.

    What's the expression? "Out of the frying pan into the fir"---no, wait, that's not it. "Fuck you in the soul, Disney." Yep, that's it.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    "Bradley Cooper is interested in directing and might direct himself in Kokowääh, the remake of a German comedy from 2011."

    After I read that line, I sat in stunned silence for what felt like 10 minutes, trying to make sense of it.

    I couldn't.

    There may also be a head-shaped hole in my desk now.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Aaron Eckhart looks very Michael Rooker-y in that freeze frame, no?

  • Three_nineteen

    The line is: Germans LOVE David Hasselhoff!

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Nah. We may have taken care of your toxic waste for a short time, but we gave it back eventually. He's all yours, now.

  • stardust

    Maybe I'm just loopy at the end of a long week, but "Gary Oldman (EVERYTHING)" killed me. It's so true.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Hey, Eckhart! Neeson's not dead yet, mate.

  • Quatermain

    David Hasselhoff was the best thing about Piranha 3DD, followed closely by the part where the piranha swims up the girl's cooter while she's skinny-dipping and then bites off her boyfriend's dick when they try to have sex.

  • 724wd

    Whoa, Whoa, WHOA! so the fish swam up her junk WITHOUT her knowing it?! then she had SEX? AND THE PIRANHA BITES HIS JUNK OFF?!! how did i miss this oscar nominee?

  • Explanations would just ruin the magic. You have to see it to believe it. Also you get see Hasselhoff call a kid who has just been eaten by piranhas a 'little ginger retard' while his(the eaten kid's) mother is standing right there.

  • BWeaves

    It's like the movie Teeth, only with more Teeth, or something.

  • 724wd

    someone gave me a copy of Teeth. i watched it. once.

  • VonnegutSlut

    I know really refreshing comedy can come from unexpected places but that log line for the German foster father movie sounds like anything BUT comedy.

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