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By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | January 1, 2007 |


As we warned last week, we are now moving to a daily trade round-up, at least inasmuch as daily means Tuesday through Friday. I cannot promise, however, that industry news will be any less depressing, even in the daily format.

For instance, as we wrote last week, the one and only thing going for the big-screen version of Wonder Woman was the fact that Joss Whedon was attached to write and direct. Well, not anymore. Whedon has been kicked to the curb, in all likelihood because his script was more cerebral than T&A-focused, which doesn’t make Hollywood suits happy people. Not when talentless actresses like Jessica Alba are asked to strap on a two-piece and pronounce polysyllabic words without getting flustered and slipping a nip, thereby ruining the box-office-friendly PG rating. The move came only days after producer Joel Silver secured the rights to a different Wonder Woman script, which would have placed the Amazonian princess in the WW2 era. Silver had expressed a lack of interest in producing a period Wonder Woman, but the news of Whedon’s departure certainly casts that statement in a new light. And so we must suffer through another man’s interpretation (and you can be that it will be man, feminist undertones be damned). I have a sneaking suspicion it will fall into the lap of Brett Ratner, who by now is used to sloppy seconds, and he will treat us to a cinematic experience befitting his skills, which means that Wonder Woman will shoot lasers from her breast, a lá “SNL’s” laser cats.

Fortunately, Whedon is not without a project. He is currently attached to write and direct the fantasy thriller Goners. There’s little information about the script, but it does appear to concern a girl, Mia, who seems to resemble “Firefly’s” clairvoyant River Tam. Whedon also seems to share Pajiba’s distaste for torture porn, writing on the barely existent Goners blog: “I’ve been seeing a lot of horror movies that are torture-porn, where kids we don’t care about are mutilated for hours, and I just cannot abide them.”

In non-Whedon news, Russell Crowe has been attached to play the sheriff of Nottingham in yet another version of Robin Hood. Seriously: Wasn’t the Costner travesty enough? Actually, this one sounds intriguing, as it comes from the writers of the entertaining Showtime miniseries, “Sleeper Cell” and will focus on the sheriff’s investigation of a series of murders in which Robin Hood is the chief suspect. No lead has been cast, but a few high-profile directors are expressing interest in the project, including Bryan Singer and Sam Raimi.

Finally, in the trailer watch, behold the sad but inevitable downward spiral of Steve Carell’s career: Evan Almighty. Penguins, monkeys, a constant state-of-beard, and Wanda Sykes. It was a good run, Steve. I suppose we’ll wait a few years and you’ll rebound with an unexpected dramatic role. Until then, enjoy spending the $15 million paychecks you get for making weird faces/noises for thick America.

Dustin Rowles is the publisher of Pajiba. He lives with his wife in Ithaca, New York. You may email him, or leave a comment below.

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