I’m not exactly sure why we need a fourth Jurassic Park film, but Universal has been trying to get one for years. At one point, John Sayles (Lone Star) wrote a script that took an Island of Doctor Moreau bent, and created genetically engineered human-dinosaurs mercenaries that could wield guns. What’s more dangerous than a velociraptor? A velociraptor with an AK-47 (clever girl). The project was eventually scrapped due in part to concept art by Carlos Huante that has now been leaked online. Some of it just looks like The Lizard from The Amazing Spider-Man, but there are some seeds of a cool idea, like the triceratops, since he’s the only one with opposable thumbs. I don’t know if this would be a good fit for the Jurassic Park franchise, but I can absolutely see it working for a SyFy movie. They should hire Lorenzo Lamas, shoot it this weekend, and release it next week. I’d watch.
Hit the jump to check out the concept art, and click here for what producer Kathleen Kennedy had to say about the current status of Jurassic Park 4.
Taylor Swift is ready to try her hand at drama. Showblitz reports that the country singer is circling the role of Joni Mitchell in the adaptation of Girls Like Us. The film follows the careers of Mitchell, Carly Simon, and Carole King and how they “reflected, enervated and shaped the feminist movement that grew up with them.” Swift has thus far only appeared on the big screen in the ensemble Valentine’s Day (she lent her voice to The Lorax), so playing the lead in a biopic would be a fairly humongous step up. I haven’t seen enough of her acting prowess to decide one way or another on Girls Like Us, but the physical likeness isn’t far off.
House executive producer Katie Jacobs will be making her feature directorial debut on the project from a script by John Sayles. Though the project hasn’t yet been greenlit, but producers hope to start filming later this year. Apparently Alison Pill has been eyeing the role of King, but no word on who producers have pegged to play Carly Simon. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the book and to watch Mitchell in action.
Jonathan Demme was one of the brightest spots of filmmaking in the 1980’s. Like early Spielberg, his sensibilities for Americana were funky but authentic. He liked weird people, but not in an ironic or grotesque way. He loves people, and it shows in every bit of his casting. Though the academy would reward him for The Silence of the Lambs, and unintentionally turn him into a serious director for a while, his loosey-goosey charms were never more apparent than in Something Wild, which the Criterion collection has released. It stars Jeff Daniels and Melanie Griffith, and introduced the world to Ray Liotta. Check out our review of the film on Blu-ray after the jump.
by Jason Barr Posted: January 21st, 2011 at 7:11 pm
Two-time Oscar-nominee John Sayles (Lone Star) and House executive producer/director Katie Jacobs are teaming up to bring Sheila Weller’s 2008 novel Girls Like Us to the big screen. The pair, with Sayles slated to pen and Jacobs set to helm/produce, will adapt the female singer-songwriter novel for Sony. According to Risky Business, the film (like Weller’s book) will follow the personal journeys of female artists Carly Simon, Carole King, and Joni Mitchell from “their childhood to their burgeoning professional careers.”
While the music world may be uncharted territory for Jacobs, Sayles has experience both writing (see his 2007 film Honeydripper) and directing (the music video for Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.”) within the bars and beats. To learn more about Girls Like Us, hit the jump for a synopsis of Weller’s book.