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Biz Break: Only In Hollywood Would You Replace Timothy Olyphant with Paul Walker

By Jodi Smith | Industry | February 6, 2013 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | February 6, 2013 |

Ryan Gosling is set to make his directorial debut with How To Catch A Monster. Christina Hendricks and Ben Mendelsohn will join Gosling’s lovah Eva Mendes in the odd sounding flick.

Set against the surreal backdrop of a vanishing town, a single mother of two is swept up into a dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a hidden road into an underwater city. Mendes will play Cat, a prominent figure in the Big Bad Wolf Club while Zabrecky stars as a cab driver.

What I’m getting from this is some sort of Grimm-style fairy tale set in modern day. How To Catch A Monster starts filming in May.

Six years. That’s how long it has been since Timothy Olyphant shaved his head and played Agent 47 in Hitman. According to Hollywood, that’s enough time passed to warrant a reboot! Instead of Olyphant and his fine, fine ass, we get Paul Walker in Agent 47. Will this be the video game movie that makes us all believers? Ha ha, no. It won’t. For one thing, Mike Finch and Skip Woods are writing. Guess who wrote the first Hitman: Skip Woods. Woods also wrote A Good Day To Die Hard and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Do with that information what you will, as I will take a moment to appreciate this:


Is Paul Giamatti Rhino in the upcoming Spider-Man 2? No one is confirming yet, but we do have proof that he has been cast in the movie, along with Colm Feore. Here is the synopsis:

In The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2, for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy - between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away - but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.

No mention of Giamatti’s character or Feore’s role. Perhaps Feore is Norman Osborne and we can count on Green Goblin popping up. Of course, we already have Electro. Let’s hope they learned what not to do from Spider-Man 3 and keep it simple, stupid.

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