We have two quick release-date stories for you. First up, Summit has set Paul W.S. Anderson’s 3D adaptation of The Three Musketeers for April 15, 2011. This will put it up against Wes Craven’s Scream 4. As we reported earlier today, Hayden Panettiere and Rory Culkin will join Emma Roberts in the slasher flick along with original stars Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette.
However, Musketeers has a pretty killer line-up. Christoph Waltz, Mads Mikkelsen, Milla Jovovich, and Orlando Bloom are all playing villains in the film. Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson) will play the lead role of D’Artagnan with Ray Stevenson (Punisher: War Zone), Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans), and Matthew Macfadyen as the trio of musketeers. [Box Office Mojo]
When two filmmakers try to make the same project, it’s often a race to see which one gets in front of the cameras first. After all, with the abundance of movie choices every week, it’s hard to ask audiences to pay for the same movie twice in the same year – even if the directors and take on the material are vastly different.
As some of you already know, director Paul W.S. Anderson and Doug Liman are both developing Three Musketeer projects. Both are planning to film this year, but it looks like Anderson’s is going to be the first one out of the gate as Summit has just announced it’s picking up domestic rights to the 3D swashbuckler and they aim to release the film next summer! To meet the release date, Anderson will start shooting this August.
For more on the rival projects and casting, hit the jump:
Cary Fukanaga’s adaptation of Jane Eyre and Michael Winterbottom’s The Promised Land loaded up their casts today with some very talented actors. First up, THR reports that Jamie Bell (Defiance), Judi Dench (Nine), Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) and Imogen Poots (Me and Orson Wells) are all in negotiations to join Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Michael Fassbender (Hunger) in the adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.
Here’s The Hollywood Reporter’s rundown of the story and casting: The Gothic tale follows young governess Jane Eyre (Wasikowska), who falls in love with her employer, Edward Rochester (Fassbender), but discovers he harbors a dark secret. Bell will play St. John, a clergyman who turns out to be Eyre’s cousin. Dench will play Mrs. Fairfax, the housekeeper of Thornfield Manor, who disapproves of Eyre’s engagement with Rochester. Hawkins is Mrs. Reed, Eyre’s aunt, who adopts her but abuses and neglects her until death.
Hit the jump to learn about the casting and plot for Michael Winterbottom’s (24 Hour Party People) next film, The Promised Land.
Universal Studios has released synopses for some of their major 2010 films and the two that are especially worth reading are “MacGruber” and Ridley Scott’s “Untitled Robin Hood Adventure”. While it might surprise you to hear this, a few people have told me “MacGruber” is going to shock everyone next year as it’s a super-violent, hard-R movie. Also, I’ve heard there are many lines that we’re all going to quote. Did I mention Val Kilmer plays the villain and his name is Dieter Von Cunth? I know, I know–I am just as shocked to report SNL’s “MacGruber” might be a great movie.
As for Ridley Scott’s “Untitled Robin Hood Adventure”, this synopsis is the first real story details I’m hearing about the plot. Since I haven’t watched every version of “Robin Hood”, I’ll let the synopses do the talking, but I’m pretty sure we’re going to get a better version than Kevin Costner’s “Prince of Thieves”. Hit the jump for not only “MacGruber” and “Untitled Robin Hood Adventure”, but “Green Zone” starring Matt Damon, “Get Him to the Greek” starring Russell Brand and Jonah Hill, and “Your Highness” starring Danny McBride, James Franco, and Natalie Portman.