If It Bleeds, It Leads, Even If It's Bleeding a Stone
The crazy fresh new trend in adapting book series these days is to squeeze one more movie out of them, as they have done in dividing Harry Potter’s Deathly Hallows into two, and as they have done in dividing Twilight’s Breaking Dawn into two. According to Deadline, that’s the plan for The Hunger Games as well, even though filming hasn’t even officially begun on the first one. They’re already looking ahead to four movies, which is presumptuous and unfortunate because the book series lost quite a bit of steam as it progressed (not unlike the Dragon Tattoo novels). Much of the third book was slow and boring; now they’re going to drag it out into two films?
In terribly tedious news, there will almost certainly be a POTC 5, Rob Marshall may not return to direct, and many other directors are potentially being considered, including several directors who would never take the gig, like Tim Burton, Sam Raimi, and Alfonso Cuaron. As I said on Twitter last night, there’s only one pairing that would make me excited about Pirates 5 and that is if Terry Gilliam is hired to direct, Captain Jack is paired with a sidekick, and the two battle windmills. Let Gilliam finally make his Don Quixote and give him $200 million to do it under the guise of a POTC film. (Cinemablend)
You guys remember Josh Lucas? The rising star in Sweet Home Alabama whose career crashed after Poseidon, relegating him to a series of supporting roles? In fact, in that Katherine Heigl movie last year (Life As We Know It), Josh Lucas actually played the Patrick Dempsey role from Sweet Home Alabama: The safe, charming guy who gets dumped in the end for the douchebag. Anyway, Lucas will be heading to television now, as he’s signed on to play the lead in NBC’s “The Firm,” based on the John Grisham novel. Lucas will play the role originated by Tom Cruise in the film. (Deadline)
Here’s the first 8 minutes to MTV’s TV adaptation of Teen Wolf. I skimmed it enough to know that I want nothing to do with this show.
The next James Bond movie will officially be released on November 9, 2012.
Adam Sandler’s I Hate You, Dad has signed Susan Sarandon, who will play Andy Samberg’s mother, a sexy teacher type, in the film (a possible nod to “SNL’s” “Motherlover”?). The story is about a father (Sandler) who makes life very difficult for his son when his son moves in right before getting married. Samberg’s fiance will be played by Leighton Meester. The movie will also star Vanilla Ice and Ian Ziering. And no: I am NOT fucking with you. (Movieweb)
Jennifer Hudson will play a nun in the Farrelly Brothers Three Stooges film. Obviously. (Deadline)
Paramount bought the rights to the story of Liz Taylor and Richard Burton’s on-again, off-again love affair. Martin Scorsese is attached to direct. It’s one of six dozen films Scorsese is attached to, and since it’d be all but impossible to cast someone else as Liz Taylor, I suspect this movie will go away. (Deadline)
Cinamablend is also reporting a rumor that Hailee Steinfeld is the top choice to play the lead in the remake of Stephen King’s Carrie.