It was the kind of day where we had to run with posts that, on most days, may have ended up here in the end-of-day round-up, which means that the missed trade items today are real barrel scrapings. Hey! I think that’s what we’ll start calling the last post of the day: “Barrel Scrapings.”
The first item: Mike Newell (Pushing Tin, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) is set to direct The Box of Delight, a movie adtaped from a 1930’s novel based on a boy with a magic box that allows him to travel through time. This will be the third adaptation of Box of Delights, following a radio adaptation 40 or 50 years ago, and a 1984 television adaptation on the BBC. Mike Newell is currently wrapping up Prince of Persia with Jake Gyllenhaal.
Elsewhere, the George Lucas produced Red Tails, a movie about the WWII Tuskegee airmen — the first African-American fighter pilots — has put together its cast. Leading the way are Bryan Cranston, Terrence Howard, and Cuba Gooding, Jr., which unfortunately solidifies in my mind the notion that Terrence Howard’s career is taking a turn toward the Cuba. Television director Anthony Hemingway (“True Blood,” “Heroes”) is set to direct. Method Man and Nate Parker are also among the cast members.
In other news, Cinemablend is reporting that Jason Mewes has signed onto The Science of Cool, which also stars Mischa Barton. The film is about two nerds who stumble onto a formula that turns them into studs. Mewes will play a gym teacher that torments the nerds. Barton will play the love interest, who is transformed by the experiment. Weird Science much? Mewes is making the most of his second chance — he’s got nine projects on the horizon. Unfortunately, they all look like B-movies, including that Midgets vs. Mascots flick with Gary Coleman. It pays the bills, I suppose.
Someone gave Rob Schneider another job; he’ll be playing a daredevil helicopter pilot in You May not Kiss the Bride, which also stars Katherine McPhee and Mena Suvari. I’d give you the plot details, but I don’t want to make anyone’s brain bleed. It’s only Monday. We need you the rest of the week.
In equally depressing news, a remake of the 1978 flick, Ice Castles, is currently being filmed in Nova Scotia. Figure skater Taylor Firth will play the starring role. I have no idea who that is.
Finally, Mickey Rourke showed up in a wrestling ring last night for Wrestlemania and basically demonstrated why he should’ve never been given a second chance at his career.