James Cameron’s Titanic is headed back to theaters April 6, 2012 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the ocean liner’s historic maiden and final voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in April 1912. But this time, when Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet set sail on the big screen, they’ll do it in 3D.
Written, directed and produced by Cameron, the film was first released in 1997 and collected 11 Oscars along the way, including Best Picture and Best Director. As the movie that was both the domestic and worldwide box office champion for more than a decade (until another little Cameron film called Avatar came along), Titanic had one of the most remarkable runs in history. Hopefully, Cameron’s post-conversion job will produce a far better product than other 3D efforts that Cameron has publicly slammed, such as Clash of the Titans and Piranha 3D. Either way, I expect people to come out in droves to experience what is sure to be one of the most anticipated releases of next year. Check out the full press release after the jump, which includes a statement from Cameron on the conversion.
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story helmer Rawson Marshall Thurber is in talks to step into the director’s chair for New Line’s pot-centric comedy We’re the Millers, which has been kicking around in development since 2002. THR reports that the project centers on a drug dealer who decides on his 30th birthday that he wants out of the game. But before he’s done for good, he decides to pull one final job, which involves him traveling to Mexico to invent a fake family in order to smuggle 1,400 pounds of marijuana back into the U.S.
We reported last year that Hot Tub Time Machine writers John Morris and Sean Anders would be co-directing the film, but that is obviously no longer the case. Will Arnett and Steve Buscemi had both been attached at different points to star in the project, and filmmaker Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty) was previously in talks to direct before Morris and Anders. As a huge fan of Dodgeball, I’m hoping that Thurber can light up what could potentially become the next stoner classic. Hopefully the project will finally get off the ground after years of struggling to get into production.
The lovely and talented Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz is in talks to play the villainess in Oz, The Great and Powerful, Disney’s prequel to 1939’s classic The Wizard of Oz. THR declares that Weisz would play Evanora, a wicked and powerful witch who is set on obtaining control over the land of Oz. Directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man), the film will star James Franco as a traveling snake oil salesman and illusionist with a grandiose attitude. After his hot air balloon is swept up by a tornado, he is taken to an enchanted land where he comes across real witches and eventually becomes the legendary Wizard.
We previously reported that Mila Kunis would be taking on the role of Evanora’s sister, Theodora, a good witch whom Evanora coaxes into turning evil after she is rejected by Franco’s character. The two then join forces to rule all of Oz, and Theodora ultimately becomes the Wicked Witch of the West. Yet to be cast is the third sister, Glinda (aka the Good Witch of the North). After Kunis was cast, Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams, Kate Beckinsale, Keira Knightley and Rebecca Hall were all reportedly on the shortlist for the remaining two sisters. Now that Weisz is set to play Evanora, there’s a good chance that one of these five ladies will play Glinda.
Summit has announced a January 13, 2012 release date for Man on a Ledge, its upcoming heist film about, you guessed it, a man on a ledge. Directed by Asger Leth (Ghosts of Cité Soleil), the film centers on an ex-cop (Sam Worthington) convicted of a crime he didn’t commit who stands on the ledge of a Manhattan building, threatening to kill himself. However, unbeknownst to the cops on the scene, what appears to be a suicide attempt is in fact a cover for a massive diamond heist.
Along with Worthington, the thriller boasts an impressive cast that includes Elizabeth Banks (The Next Three Days), Jamie Bell (Jane Eyre), Edward Burns (27 Dresses), Ed Harris (The Way Back), Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), and Titus Welliver (Lost). Read the official synopsis after the jump.
After starring in acclaimed crime dramas such as LA Confidential and American Gangster, Russell Crowe now looks to be ready to jump into the director’s chair with a new 1970’s period crime drama called 77. The movie is based on a story by LA Confidential writer James Ellroy and will be adapted by David Matthews. Crowe also plans to star.
Deadline reports that the film will revolve around the unsolved homicide of an LAPD officer in 1974 and the ensuing nationally televised battle in South Central Los Angeles between the Symbionese Liberation Army and the LAPD, which included 50,000 rounds of gunfire. The events will be told through two police partners, one black and one white. Hit the jump for my thoughts on Crowe’s potential as a director.