Director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) wasn’t kidding when he told MTV today that his “Americanization” of Let the Right One In has “a real bull’s-eye on it.” The heartwarming Swedish horror gathered quite the cult following after its 2008 release. However, Reeves wanted to reassure fans of the original that his adaptation will stay true to the first film and the book on which it’s based — and to remind people that thisisn’t Twilight or True Blood.
Let Me In moves John Ajvide Lindqvist’s story from semi-urban Sweden to small town New Mexico, telling the tale of a boy (The Road‘s Kodi Smit-McPhee) who befriends his neighborhood vampire (Kick-Ass‘ Chloe Moretz). The film recently secured its October 1, 2010 release date. See what Reeves had to say for himself after the break.
Sigourney Weaver hosted last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live, and a good friend of hers appeared with her in the evening’s digital short: James Cameron. The sketch has Cameron pitching a film to SNL producer Lorne Michaels that is equal parts Terminator, Aliens, Avatar, and bad. The short’s clever, and it proves Cameron knows how to make a little fun of himself and some of his bolder assertions (like telling anyone who’d listen that Avatar would be a film industry “game changer”). Watch the sketch for yourself after the jump.
Summit Entertainment, in conjunction with Temple Hill and Taylor Lautner’s father Dan, is producing a star vehicle for the 17-year-old The Twilight Saga: New Moon werewolf. The film, which Variety describes as “a teen-aged Taken meets Die Hard,” tells the story of an elite soldier-to-be who drops training after he becomes injured and goes off to college instead. On a spring break trip to Cancun with some friends, however, he’ll have to bust out the combat training when his travel mates are held hostage by a drug cartel kingpin.
The project is the first to be produced under Taylor Made Entertainment, a company Dan Lautner formed to develop film and TV vehicles for his son. Temple Hill producer Wyck Godfrey says he hopes to start production by June, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn and Max Steel (a project Lautner’s signed onto at Paramount) permitting.
Tina Fey and Steve Carell are tentatively set to co-star in Mail-Order Groom — a comedy about a desperate woman who orders a husband from Eastern Europe –which will be co-produced by their respective companies, Little Stranger and Carousel Productions. Fey and Carell will first be seen together in Shawn Levy’s Date Night, which hits theaters on April 9, 2010. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the concept for Mail-Order Groom comes from Fey’s husband Jeff Richmond, and the script is currently going through rewrites by Glenn Ficarra and John Requathe (Bad Santa and I Love You Phillip Morris).
Fey and Carell are two of the funniest people in television today, so I think the more they do together the better, but don’t be surprised if either or both names get dropped from the project. They both have successful shows on NBC, and their schedules are backed up due to Date Night publicity, so it may be tough to find the time. However, even if they choose not to star, presumably they’ll stay on in a producing capacity.
A new UK trailer for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland has just premiered and other than the intro, it’s mostly identical to the US trailer Disney released earlier today. However we do learn from this one is that Alice (Mia Wasikowska) escapes to Wonderland this second time to flee a marriage proposal, which leads me to believe there may be some slice-of-life element woven into the fantasy war epic. Once in Wonderland, Alice plans to end the reign of the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter). The film co-stars Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, and the voice talents of Stephen Fry, Crispin Glover, Michael Sheen, and Alan Rickman among others.
I’m a huge fan of Burton’s aesthetic, but the more and more footage we see of the actual film, the more I worry for it. Here we get a feel for the hand-to-hand combat, which, cool though it is, reminds me of Narnia or The Lord of the Rings. This isn’t a bad take, per se, it’s just not exactly what I expect when I go to visit Wonderland, and I don’t think I’m alone.
Judge for yourself after the jump. Alice in Wonderland hits theaters on March 5, 2010.
Darren Lemke, writer of the upcoming Shrek Forever After and Jack the Giant Killer, has a new action-adventure fairytale adaptation in the works: The Nutracker. Yes, based on the ballet. According to Heat Vision, New Line has picked up the project, which is being produced by Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill Entertainment (New Moon, the upcoming adaptation of the popular video game Gears of War).
For those not up on their ballet, The Nutcracker follows a 12-year-old girl who receives a nutcracker doll as a gift from her godfather on Christmas Eve. But as the night wears on, the doll comes to life and becomes involved in a war against a Mouse King with seven heads. This won’t be the first time the story’s been turned into a film, but perhaps the first time on this large a scale. It’s unknown as of now exactly what form the adaptation will take–live action or animated.
Right on the heels of one of its most successful seasons, Entourage has been picked up for another year, but executive producer Mark Wahlberg is looking further ahead. At the premiere for The Lovely Bones, Wahlberg told The Hollywood Reporter he feels the series has two more seasons left in it, and then, perhaps, a movie. A spokesperson from HBO revealed that though an Entourage film is not “out of the realm of possibility,” the staff has their sights set on the new season and not much beyond that. But with the success of the Sex and the City movie with its sequel already due out in Summer 2010, an Entourage movie seems very much in the “realm of possibility.”
Ultimately, as much of an Entourage fan I am (it’s really useful for learning about the business!), it’s hard enough watching half-hour episodes during which nothing really happens; I don’t know if I can sit through two hours of nothing.
Joseph Kosinski (director) and Sean Bailey (producer) of Tron Legacy, the highly-anticipated sequel to 1982′s Tron, are teaming up again to revisit another Disney sci-fi classic: The Black Hole. The original followed a space expedition that bumps into another craft hovering just outside a black hole, on which the explorers find a scientist who refuses to let them go. The $26 million feature was Disney’s most expensive at the time, and their first to receive a PG rating.
Though specifics on the project are scant, some aspects will remain the same while others won’t. Namely, the menacing red robot Maximilian is expected to return, but the science behind black holes featured will be much closer to reality. Whether or not the plot will remain the same is unknown. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Travis Beacham is writing the project. Beacham is no stranger to remakes, with his Clash of the Titans slated to come out next year. Kosinski, a commercial director by trade, is making his feature debut with Tron Legacy. With that film slated for release on December 17, 2010 and Disney anxious to turn it into a serious franchise, it is unknown where The Black Hole would land in between potential Tron Legacy sequels.
Producer-Director Barry Sonnenfeld (Pushing Daisies) is set to direct and executive produce the pilot of Funny in Farsi. The single-camera comedy is being developed for ABC about growing up Iranian American in 1970s Newport Beach, based on Firoozeh Dumas’ memoir of the same name.
According to THR, ABC ordered a pilot script last season, but the director they had in mind pulled out and the project got shelved. The pilot has been adapted from the book by Jeffrey Hodes and Nastaran Dibai (who worked together on the three-camera According to Jim), and Sonnenfeld is helming the show in conjunction with another show, likely a drama, both in a deal with ABC.
It’s said if you stare at something for more than four seconds, other people start staring at it too. This is especially unfortunate for vampires. They survive on remaining unnoticed. In Thirst, famed Korean filmmaker Chan-wook Park (Oldboy) bites into the vampire myth by asking “How would a vampire have to survive in society today?” This isn’t a new question–it’s actually a very popular question of late. But Park has a decidedly darker take than Twilight; darker even than True Blood or Let the Right One In. His aesthetic is very much his. It’s almost as if Park said, “You think you know the vampire myth? You have no idea…” Find out what I mean after the jump.
Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody plays a drug dealer in the stoner comedy High School and we have pictures to prove it. The film, written and directed by John Stalberg, tells the story of a high school valedictorian who accidentally gets stoned the day of a drug test that threatens his title. The boy’s solution? Get the rest of the school stoned too! The film stars Brody as drug dealer “Psycho Ed”, Colin Hanks as the valedictorian, and Michael Chiklis as the principal, so it’s not as Direct-to-DVD as its premise might suggest. See Brody in all his reefer regalia after the jump.
Right on the heels of rumors of his retirement, New Moon director Chris Weitz has announced he will be teaming up with Summit Entertainment again to make The Gardener. The film is about a Los Angeles immigrant trying to protect his son, and it begins production early next year. More information on the brand new Chris Weitz project after the jump.
Lee Daniels, the expert director of this year’s likely Oscar-contender Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire , is in advanced negotiations to direct Selma, a piece about the 1965 march in Alabama that marked “the political and emotional peak of the civil rights movement.” Christian Colson of Slumdog Millionaire fame and Pathé U.K. are set to produce. Hit the jump for more details and my brief thoughts on Precious.
Iron Man 2 and Tropic Thunder writer Justin Theroux is penning a new draft of Space Invaders–not based on the video game. The original spec by Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger is about an astronaut who goes into space to catch his girlfriend in the act of cheating on him with a fellow astronaut. Even better: Will Arnett is attached to star! Get some of the space madness along with more details about the project after the jump.
Word has come in on good authority that Sam Raimi is starting to cast the villains and supporting cast of Spider-Man 4, and it looks like Rachel McAdams has met with producers to take a hefty role, most likely Felicia “The Black Cat” Hardy. Sources also indicate, but don’t yet confirm, that Black Cat will be the second of two villains, the other likely being Lizard with Dylan Baker reprising the role of Dr. Conners. More on the update after the jump.