A Grab Bag of Semi-Consequential News
It’s the end of the day, and there’s a lot of crap we didn’t bother to cover because the items didn’t warrant an entire post, but here’s a few tidbits to float you until morning.
First, in sequel news, though the movie doesn’t open for another month plus, the powers that be have already greenlit a script for a Star Trek sequel. Awesome. I love presumptuousness. Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci, who wrote the upcoming movie, are back, and joining them will be Damon Lindelof, he of “Lost” fame. No word on whether Abrams will be back in the director’s chair, but come on: Of course he’ll be. Unless, of course, the full force marketing hype doesn’t translate into actual box-office success. The odds of that? Fairly insignificant. Those teevee commercials soften the brain, you know.
Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland will get an IMAX release. Fascinating. Meanwhile, the name for the TRON remake is official. They’re going to call in TRON. Holy shit. That’s brilliant. I wonder how many men in suits it took to come up with that?
Elsewhere, for a limited time this fall (two weeks, to be exact), Pixar will rerelease Toy Story and Toy Story 2 as a 3D double feature. Cool. They’ll also debut the trailer for Toy Story 3 ahead of the two movies.
Mathew McConaughey has signed on for The Lincoln Lawyer, based on Michael Connelly’s novel. He’ll play Mickey Haller, a crap lawyer who works out of the back of his Lincoln Town car, defending DUI drivers and con artists, up and until a Beverly Hills playboy hires him.
Also in sequel news, there is word via MTV that David Cronenberg is planning to reteam with Viggo Mortensen and screenwriter Steven Knight for a sequel to Eastern Promises, i.e. the movie where Viggo shows his funny business. No word on when, if, or how it will happen, but Viggo apparently has some ideas of his own for the sequel. For the sake of the Pajiba ladies, here’s hoping it involves full frontal. (H/T Cindy)
Finally, via Slashfilm, here is a music video for The Pussycat Dolls’ version of “Jai Ho.” Because your masochistic curiosity will compel you to push play, and you’ll be haunted by product placements and Bollywood nightmares all night. I hope to God that Danny Boyle had nothing to do with this: