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Biz Break: Lee Pace Will Be Pushing Up PCs In His New AMC Series About Computers In The 80s. No, Really.

By Jodi Smith | Industry | February 27, 2013 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | February 27, 2013 |

I can’t believe any of the Godzilla casting news. We have Bryan Cranston, which, well, I suppose that one is believable. Then Elizabeth Olsen decided she was on board and now we have Juliette Binoche. Is Godzilla going to be a period drama? An indie film? I’m all for actors and actresses moving between the genres, but this cast is blowing my mind. Is Darabont’s script looking that promising? I can’t wrap my head around it yet.

You wanted more remakes, you got more remakes! Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is remaking Flatliners. If you haven’t seen Flatliners, and you should, it follows medical students obsessed with dying and then being pulled back into life. Alas, when they return to the world of the living, they bring something from their past back with them. If Oplev gets the right cast, a remake of Flatliners could be amazing. Any ideas?


The original girl with the dragon tattoo, Noomi Rapace, has confirmed that she has met with Ridley Scott and a Prometheus 2 script is in the works. I thought Prometheus was a beautiful, if overlong and somewhat confusing, film that kept my attention 98% of the time. I’m open to a sequel, especially if we get more explanations, which is what Rapace told Playlist she wants as well.

“And it’s interesting because people, most people I’ve talked to who see the movie, see things that are quite different. Some people who see the movie many times and discover new things. There are all these religious aspects and there are very interesting conversations,” Rapace explained. “And for me, if we do a second one, there are a lot of things to explore in there and to continue.” She added: “I would love to do it.”

AMC has cast Lee Pace (Breaking Dawn Part II, “Pushing Daisies”) for their 80s computer drama “Halt & Catch Fire”. Did I just say computer and drama in the same show description? YOU KNOW IT! The show is set in the personal computer explosion, with Pace playing Joe MacMillan. MacMillan is the smartest dude in the room and wants to help his company compete in the new pc world. He will be joined by Mackenzie Davis (Breathe In) as Cameron How, MacMillan’s sure to be Alternative Girlfriend…eventually. How is a punk programmer with a vulnerable side she hides with harshness, blah blah.

Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) is joining Craig Robinson’s NBC pilot about a musician (Robinson) adjusting to his new teaching career at a middle school. Stenberg, who was absolutely gorgeous as Rue, will play an eighth grader that really wants to learn how to sing even though she sounds like Courtney Stodden mewling. Larenz Tate will also star as Robinson’s brother, Craig.


I leave you with the latest in Star Wars rumors: Bleeding Cool has heard from Jim Dorey of Marketsaw that Alfonso Cuaron and Simon Pegg will be involved in non-specified ways with the franchise. It’s like a game of telephone, only in Hollywood and probably more likely to be correct. Cuaron could be an excellent director for the franchise. His Prisoner of Azkaban is one of my favorites from the Harry Potter movies. Simon Pegg is always welcome in any film as far as I am concerned. How do you think this information will actually play out?

Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.

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