Another Video Game Movie, Pacino as Napoleon, and Everyone Poops!
Here’s the day’s remainders:
First up, HBO announced today that it would be renewing Danny McBride’s “Eastbound and Down” for another season. I’d feared, after reviewing the pilot episode, that they’d be unable to keep the momentum for the entire season. Fortunately, it was only six episodes, so they didn’t have to carry it too long. But it worked. It was an insanely, darkly comic show. Mean-spirited, sinister, and hilarious. I hope they stick with the six-episode order in season two. Production is expected to begin in the fall.
Days after it was announced that Jackie Early Hayley would be taking over Freddy Krueger’s role in the Nightmare on Elm Street remake, Kyle Gallner (“Veronica Mars’” Cassidy Casablancas) has also been added to the cast. He’ll play an “indie-style guy” who runs the high-school’s podcast, “Insomnia Radio.” A podcast? Gallner will play Johnny Depp’s role in the original movie.
One of the video games mentioned several times in today’s comment diversion on the best video games of all time was a game called Shadows of Colussus. Well, now it’s being made into a movie. Sony has optioned the property, and for anyone that had any hope that it might someday be made into a decent flick, give that hope up now. Justin Marks has been given the task of writing the script. Marks’ most notable achievement in life so far is the script for Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li. It’s nothing he should be proud of.
Elsewhere, Al Pacino has signed on to play Napoleon Bonaparte in a movie based on Betsy and the Emperor, a children’s book by Stanton Rabin. The movie is about Napoleon’s last days and his relationship with a young girl. John Curran (The Painted Veil) will direct.
Finally, here’s a pretty spectacular video spoof of the Where the Wild Things Are trailer: A trailer for a Spike Jonze directed adaptation of “Everyone Poops.” It’s true, too. Everyone does poop. Tell all your friends.