Earlier today, I was in New York to do the press junket for Crazy, Stupid, Love. I’ll have the full roundtable interviews on the site closer to the film’s release date, but I wanted to provide some quick updates on future projects I learned from stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and producer Denise Di Novi. Hit the jump for an update from Carell on Civil Warriors, Ryan Gosling talking about Logan’s Run and Only God Forgives, Emma Stone commenting on the tone of The Amazing Spider-Man, and producer Denise Di Novi speaking about the current state of her adaptations for The Jetsons and The Illustrated Man as well as the Guillermo del Toro-produced adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.
For those who may not remember, Civil Warriors was a project first mentioned a few years back where Carell would co-star with Ed Helms and the two would play Civil War re-enactors who get sent back in time to the actual Civil War and must return home without altering history. I loved the concept but hadn’t heard anything about it for a while so I asked Carell about project’s current status:
CARELL: We just got a re-write on that. So that’s still be worked on. It’s a really funny premise and I would love to work with Ed again.
Ryan Gosling’s first collaboration with director Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) has been getting great buzz and the two are planning to re-team for a remake of Logan’s Run and the indie drama Only God Forgives. Gosling commented on both projects:
Are you guys still figuring out Logan’s Run and what sort of visual style and tone are you going for?
GOSLING: That’s what we’re trying to figure out. We’re trying to discover the world before we develop the story. We’re asking “What kind of world do we want to be in?” and then we’ll learn what kind of story we want to see within that world. Warner Bros has been really great and [producer] Joel Silver giving us the time to create that.
And I assume that Only God Forgives will be a smaller film as opposed to the sci-fi of Logan’s Run.
GOSLING: Yes. It’s a small…it’s a small budget, I guess. But it’s a…whew. It’s different. With Nicolas, it has to be.
Obviously, Emma Stone can’t say much about the plot of The Amazing Spider-Man, but because screenwriter Steve Kloves had told us that he had written a “realistic” Spider-Man movie, I was curious to find out what she had to say about working on a “realistic” superhero movie.
STONE: It was great. It made it possible for me to do. I don’t think I’d be able to function in a world I didn’t understand. And this was just Andrew and I doing a scene. There wasn’t anything…it was just like making any other movie where you’re just two human beings connecting. It was like that. It just happened to be set in a New York City where a guy runs around in a spandex suit and he just saves lives! He got bitten by a radioactive spider!
Finally, producer Denise Di Novi (Edward Scissorhands) talked about her long-in-development adaptations of The Jetsons and Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man. On The Illustrated Man, which has Zack Snyder still attached to direct:
“I was the only person who was sad when he decided to do Superman. [Snyder] reminds me of [Tim Burton] in a lot in that he’s such an auteur, and he just gives a hundred percent to what he’s working on. But that’s one of my favorites; I’m a huge Bradbury fan, and we’re waiting for him.”
As for The Jetsons:
“I’ve been developing that for so many years. We actually just turned a new draft in of that script last week to the studio, so I’m still trying to make it. I still think it would be a hit movie. [Robert Rodriguez] was attached to it and his version was fantastic, but it wasn’t a mainstream studio picture. It was kind of his version of what he would shoot at his studio in Texas. He’s got a great set-up down there, and I think part of it is that it may be fun to play with all those big toys at his studio, but he has a pretty good system going.”
She elaborated that the problem in adapting The Jetsons is that the climate keeps changing:
“Part of it is that every couple of years, the genre kind of changes. I really credit Jeff Robinov at Warner Bros. with this. In choosing Christopher Nolan to do Batman, he really exploded the expectations on adapting all these kinds of titles. The pressure is on to really make them the coolest movies, and not the cornball cartoon movies. Every couple years it’s changed what they thought the movie should be and I’m hoping now we’re hitting it at the right time. I’ve never given up on that movie.”
And in the biggest cliffhanger walking out the door, she briefly mentioned that she was working with Guillermo del Toro to produce an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson attached to star. I have never wanted to follow up on a response so badly during an interview, but I’m sure folks will be asking del Toro about it at Comic-Con later this week.