Here’s a quick round-up of items that don’t necessarily warrant their own post, but count as trade news, all the same:
First up, news that Shia LaBeouf has switched agencies (like anyone gives a shit) also revealed that he will “likely” start work on Transformers 3 in May. Nothing official, but the quick turn-around makes sense: It’s not like the movie actually needs a script. In fact, Michael Bay could probably just splice together the explosions and effects from the first two movies, along with a few new adlibs from LaBeouf, a couple of shots of Megan Fox’s ass, and no one would know the goddamn difference.
Elswhere, Variety reports that middling but competent director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) will direct spy thriller Consent to Kill from a script penned by Jonathan Lemkin, which is adapted from the 2005 novel of the same name by Vince Flynn and centered on counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp.
Variety notes that the logline is being kept under wraps by the studio, but our inside source, The Hollywood Cog, has this for us: “Taken meets The Bourne Series meets Clear and Present Danger. Mitch Rapp, the director of the operations of counter-terrorism in the CIA goes on a personal vendetta against all those responsible for killing his wife after a hit on him misses.”
Elsewhere, Red Bull and Crazy directors Neveldine & Taylor (Crank, Crank: High Voltage) have just completed a spec script that they are floating around Hollywood right now called Cash Money Dollars about a trio — shady Los Angeles private detective, a kick-ass New York City female Secret Service agent, and African-American Texas Ranger — who team up to stop a new wave of terrorist operations and save America.
Finally, big fans of Duncan Jones’ Moon might be happy to know that the cast is coming together for his next project, Source Code, and it’s a good group of folks, which now includes Vera Farmiga and Michelle Monaghan, who are joining Jake Gylenhaal on the project. The movie centers on a soldier (Gyllenhaal) who, as part of an experimental government program to investigate a terrorist incident, finds himself in the body of an unknown commuter living and reliving a harrowing train bombing until he can find out who is responsible for it. Farmiga will play a hands-on communications officer controlling Gyllenhaal as he travels through time and space. Monaghan is a woman on the train with whom the man is involved romantically.