I think this is bad-ass casting news, but I still like the old-school guys. And yes: You can consider both Johnny Depp and Tom Hanks old school, at this point. Word from Deadline is that both men are circling Sleeping Dogs, about five men working on the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, an area known for organized crime, where some of that money goes to fund terrorist groups. Even better news: Kathryn Bigelow is directing, and her Hurt Locker screenwriter, Mark Boal, is writing. Give a Shit Factor: 9.5
Robert Downey, Jr. — who is officially on the brink of world domination — is attached to a movie called Yucatan, which is based on 1700 pages of notes that were found among Steve McQueen’s possessions after he died. That’s a lot of material to process and refine, and now Warner Brothers has hired Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) to piece it all together into a script, so says Deadline. The movie is about an archeologist who hires a Navy diver to explore caves in the Yucatan jungle that lead to underground lakes. It’s rumored that the lakes contain gold and other treasure, which belonged to virgins who were sacrificed there a year before. Downey, Jr. would play the diver. It was originally conceived as an action movie without dialogue, but that’s unlikely to fly at a studio, and come on: The man’s voice is part of Downey’s appeal. Give a Shit Factor: 7
And speaking of Downey, Jr., Deadline reports that it’s now official: Sam Raimi will tackle Oz: The Great and Powerful, something of a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, which focuses on the younger life of Wizard, when he was transported from Kansas to Oz. Downey, Jr. is still attached to play the wizard, though he hasn’t officially signed on. And I do believe that the Hollywood Cog originally broke this story, many months ago, when Raimi was still circling. Give a Shit Factor: 8.
Michael Bay’s Transformers 3 now has a name. It’ll be called The Dark of the Moon, according to Collider. And speaking of, here’s a pub trivia question my team had last night: Which Pink Floyd album was also a title in Wind of the Willows? Oh, and: Give a Shit Factor: .05.
Finally, here are a couple of images from the set of Mission Impossible IV, which come from Coming Soon, where you can see the whole galley of them. Note: Many contain Tom Cruise shirtless. Note, also, that there is nothing in the world appealing about Tom Cruise shirtless. Give a Shit Factor: 2.5.