First on the agenda! Stephen King’s novel Cell, which I enjoyed and own in actual book form, is moving forward on the movie adaptation. John Cusack will portray lead character Clay Riddell. Clay is an artist who has made his first sale and wants to use his success to re-connect with his estranged wife and kid. Cusack, huh. Well, at least it isn’t Johnny Depp.
Depp is busy in twelve-dickety other productions at the moment, including his role as notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass. UGH. Joel Edgerton has joined the cast as Bulger’s childhood friend turned FBI agent John Connolly. It is believed that Connolly assisted Bulger in his evasion of the authorities for years and years. I am convinced that Black Mass will be an interesting and engaging story. Edgerton will likely be quite good as Connolly. It’s Depp I’m worried about. What quirky character accessory or affect will he choose for Whitey?
Going back around to Cusack, he is not in Hot Tub Time Machine 2, which we knew. We also already knew that Adam Scott is the new lead in the sequel, but we didn’t know how he connected to the first movie. Rob Corddry told Howard Stern that Scott is playing Cusack’s son and the group of friends travel to the future instead of the past. Corddry also said that the movie’s title was Hot Tub Time Machine 3: Because Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Hasn’t Happened Yet. Yeah, they had to change that.
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Michael Bay is casting for a time-traveling found footage film called Almanac. Bay is producing, Dean Israelite is directing, and Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan are writing. Israelite has only directed shorts to this point while this will be Stark’s and Pagan’s first screenwriting gig. Jonny Weston (Chasing Mavericks) and Sofia Black-D’Elia (U.S. “Skins”, “Gossip Girl”) are in negotiations to star.
Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) is writing and directing the adaptation of Andy Weir’s book The Martian. The premise is said to be similar to the upcoming Gravity, as it involves a man stranded on Mars and struggling to survive until he can return to Earth.
Last of all, Elysium’s viral site allows you to apply for citizenship in the exclusive oasis from the upcoming Matt Damon flick. I immediately triggered concerns about my application when I connected my Facebook to the site. I understand. I mean, they probably don’t like fart jokes on the Elysium. Then it called me stupid, ugly, and denied me entrance.