Steven Spielberg’s Robocopalypse has been in development for so long now that it was an entry in my Most Anticipated Movies of 2013 and Most Anticipated Movies of 2014. After spinning its wheels for quite some time, it’s finally gained some momentum after casting Chris Hemsworth as the lead in the Drew Goddard scripted film that centers on the fate of the human race following a robot uprising. Now, Anne Hathaway has signed on, and April 2014 is still the tentative release date. I like the casting, particularly now that we’re all on the same page regarding Hathaway.
It’s been in the works for a while now (in fact, I dream-casted the series a few months ago), but now it’s official: FX has ordered scripts for a series based on the Coen Brothers’ Fargo, although there no cast announcements have been made yet. I’d still love to see Carla Gugino in the lead.
In other news, Len Wiseman — who tanked the Die Hard franchise, who made a less than mediocre Total Recall remake, and who is the engineer behind making one of the most succesful film franchises without even (fucking) trying has now been hired to reboot the Mummy franchise. His wife, Kate Beckinsale, will undoubtedly land the Rachel Weitz role.
Meanwhile, because everyone else is doing it, Baz Lurhmann is now getting into the TeeVee biz, signing with Sony to develops shows for cable and broadcast. They’ll be like Glee, only classy.
The once incredibly sought-after Ruben Fleischer, who frittered away his Zombieland capital on the lackluster 30 Minutes or Less, has fallen so far now that he’s signed on to produce and direct Spy Hunter, a movie based on that Atari game the old people among you used to play when you were kids. That’s just plain dumb.
Miley Cyrus is going to be on an episode of Two and a Half Men. The way the Emmys are going lately, she may also win an award for best guest star.
Well, at least it’s better than Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen’s appearance in Scary Movie 5.
Finally, like some other directors — Rob Reiner, Francis Ford Coppola, Ivan Reitman — who just woke up one day and totally lost it, Amy Heckerling (Clueless, Fast Times at Ridgemont High) is still giving it the old college try. Her latest movie, I Can Never Be Your Woman went straight-to-DVD despite starring Paul Rudd, and now she’s trying to conjure some of that Clueless chemistry with Alicia Silverstone in Vamps, which will also essentially go straight-to-DVD despite the presence of Justin Kirk, Sigourney Weaver, and Krysten Ritter.
Here’s the trailer. It’s basically Clueless meets Van Helsing meets a train wreck.
Wow. That doesn’t work at all. That is painful.
Finally (Part 2) Jay Baruchel has confirmed that he’s penning a sequel to Goon, the hockey movie starring Baruchel, Alison Pill, and Sean William Scott that we’ve all been going gaga about all year long. It’s fantastic, a legitimate Pajiba cult classic, and you should all see it.