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Twisted Metal, Singing In Hell, And Will Forest Whitaker Get CGI Hobbit-ized?

By TK Burton | Industry | February 20, 2012 |

By TK Burton | Industry | February 20, 2012 |

Greetings, children. Here, have cookie. Yes, they’re supposed to be that color.

Here’s some things from the world of movie news.

First: All you Repo! The Genetic Opera fans should rejoice — Darren Bousman is back with another whackadoodle musical concept. This time, he’s directed The Devil’s Carnival. Brousman says that it’ll be “more accessible than Repo but also a lot darker than Repo.” It’s a musical set in Hell. Yup, that sounds about right.
(via THR)

In totally bizarre and yet still fascinating casting news, Forest Whitaker has signed on for Roland Joffe’s The Archbishop And The Antichrist. Joffe’s the fellow who somehow managed to direct the amazing The Killing Fields as well as the abysmal Captivity. What makes this interesting is that his new film is about the South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his work with the Truth And Reconciliation Commission, one of the most controversial and yet brilliant political ideas of the post-Apartheid era. In the film, Tutu will have to deal with a mass murderer who seeks redemption (it’s a fictionalized story). Most oddly, Whitaker will be playing Tutu. Whitaker is 6’2” and weighs 220 pounds. Tutu is probably at least 8 inches shorter than that. Maybe they’re gonna CGI Hobbit-ize him. I kind of hope so.
(Via The Playlist)

For those of you who love movies based on video games, I need you to kill yourself. As for the rest of you, Brian Taylor, half of the extreme film making duo that made the Crank films (and… Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance, unfortunately), has signed on to direct a film based on the game Twisted Metal, which involves crazy vehicle racing/combat, lunatic drivers, and heavy weapons. It’s a film born for them, actually — little plot and lots of insanity. If they can find someone suitably deranged to play the psychotic ice-cream truck-driving clown Sweet Tooth, I might actually get interested.

Here’s a taste:

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