For a while, there were two competing Three Musketeers projects, one from a good director, Doug Liman, and one from a crap director, Paul W.S. Anderson. Well, Paul W.S. got his shit together and cast his first, beating Liman to the punch. As a result, Liman may be abandoning his project for All You Need Is Kill, an adaptation of the Hiroshi Sakurazaka novel about a soldier who battles an alien species. (Deadline)
The Thing sequel is happening hard now. There’s an official release date. April 29, 2011. Or the day you will find TK under his porch with a bottle of whiskey drinking himself into a weepy stupor. (You could probably find the same on April 28, 2011 and April 30, 2011. But on April 29th, he’ll have a reason).
Elliot Spitzer is set to become a permanent fixture on CNN; he’s close to a deal where he’d be the liberal pundit in another “Crossfire” type of show. Let that be a lesson to you, kids: If you hold a position of power and pay for sex, you might get your own show on the teevee. (NYPost)
What’d I say about adaptating ’80s television shows for the big screen? Historically, it’s a failure. It’s an even worse idea if you take an ’80s show without a particularly huge following and add an unlikable actor in the lead role, but apparently, Russell Crowe is attached to play the lead in an adaptation of “The Equalizer.” Will no one listen? Guh. (LAT)
The Joss Whedon-produced Cabin in the Woods, which was once delayed for a year so that it could be converted into 3D, looks to be delayed again. Perhaps indefinitely. All because MGM couldn’t pay its bills. Blame Tom Cruise. I do. (THR)
You know that big, gory birth scene in the novel Twilight: Breaking Dawn, where Bella gives birth to a vampire that comes out of her womb and eats her face or something? The screenwriter has decided not to include any of that in the movie, meaning that there’s still no reason to watch Twilight movies. (LAT)
Brian and Mark Gunn have been hired to write the Monster Squad remake that once seemed left for dead. My condolences to all of you. (THR)
Finally, what you’ve all been waiting for: Alison Brie discusses the Angry Pirate with Mrs. Vanlandingham. And no: That’s not figurative. It’s exactly what you think. Kind of.