Everything's Coming Up Quaid!
The man hasn't made a really good movie in a decade, but suddenly, Dennis Quaid is all over the trade news.
Let's start with G.I. Joe, where Quaid will be back for the sequel as General Hawk. The news here is that, just a day after signing on to pen the Deadpool movie, Zombieland scripters, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, have also signed on to write the screenplay for the G.I. Joe sequel. Great for G.I. Joe, not so much for Reese and Wernick. The first movie was a disaster (even if it did occasionally appeal to my inner 12-year-old), and it's not a franchise that looks to have a long future, so there's no reason to sully their good names by getting involved. More than that, if director Stephen Sommers returns, it won't matter how good the script is -- Sommers is bound to fuck it up. More than that, the characters -- as set up in the original -- just aren't that compelling, and there's just not a lot to do with them besides have them blow up more shit. You don't need screenwriters of their caliber to pen explosions -- just ask the five people who had a hand in the original's script.
Elsewhere in Quaid news, The Playlist is reporting that Dennis is among four actors who have joined the cast of Steven Soderbergh's upcoming action-spy flick, Knockout, joining Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, and Michael Fassbender. Those four join martial arts star, Gina Carano, in the female ass-kicking revenge flick. "Double crossed by someone on her own team, Mallory Kane (Carano)-- a black ops super soldier -- seeks to uncover who has set her up to take the fall for a job that goes bad and involves a murder." The script comes from Lem Dobbs, who wrote Soderbergh's phenomenal, The Limey (as well as Kafka), and the film is expected to be in the vein of The Bourne Identity and La Femme Nikita.
Finally, the first image for HBO's movie, The Special Relationship was released yesterday. The movie, from screenwriter Peter Morgan, is the third in the Tony Blair trilogy (Michael Sheen played Blair in all three, including The Deal and The Queen). The Special Relationship focuses on the relationship between Tony Blair and President Clinton, played convincingly, it appears, by Dennis Quaid. Hope Davis recently replaced Julliane Moore in the role of Hilary Clinton. Richard Loncraine (My One and Only) directs. The movie is expected out later this year.
(Image Source: Dark Horizons)