And in sequel news today, Steven Knight has been hired to adapt Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol for the screen. Knight is responsible for some decent work, including Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things as well as a draft of Shutter Island. The third Dan Brown book is about a boring wannabe Indiana Jones guy with bad hair who has 12-hours to unravel some sort of mystery involving a Freemason conspiracy. Though not signed on yet, Tom Hanks is expected to reprise his role for a third time, and Ron Howard will likely direct. No one will particularly enjoy the movie, but everyone over the age of 45 will see it.
In more sequel news, Anne Fletcher has been hired to direct a sequel to Disney’s fairly charming Enchanted, which is news that the Hollywood Cog gave me a few months ago that I couldn’t get confirmed, dammit. Anne Fletcher also directed The Proposal, which owed most of its success to a decent rom com script and its cast, Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock. Still, Fletcher will have the talents of Amy Adams on hand, though she’s no guarantee to improve a movie (see the insufferable Leap Year). Jesse Nelson (I Am Sam, Stepmom) will pen the script. And really: Enchanted was not a bad movie for what it was. Swearsies. It is strange, nevertheless, that neither the writer nor the director from the original are returning for the sequel.
Elsewhere, in the bizarre realm, Russell Crowe of all people is the front-runner to come on as the male lead in the fourth iteration of A Star Is Born. Doubly bizarre? His female romantic interest is expected to be Beyonce. Hmph. A Star Is Born is about a young woman whose career is on the rise and her relationship with an older lover, whose career is on the decline. Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook) is in talks to direct.
Things I never thought I’d see: Russell Crowe and Beyonce doing the double-backed bang bang.