When last we reported on Running Scared-director Wayne Kramer’s Pawn Shop Chronicles, the picture had attached Paul Walker to star with Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst set to direct. That’s old news. What’s current is the casting of Elijah Wood, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser and Vincent D’Onofrio in the dark comedy. The plot seems pretty much the same, which involves a local pawn shop in a small Southern town that is a link between a man searching for his kidnapped wife, two white-supremacist meth addicts and a down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator. Production on the Adam Minarovich screenplay is underway in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Hit the jump for more casting news on Pawn Shop Chronicles.
by Jason Barr Posted: September 30th, 2010 at 9:04 pm
Limp Bizkit frontman turned film director Fred Durst has been given the keys to the action/black comedy Pawn Shop Chronicles. Written by Adam Minarovich, the script is said to be in the vein of Pulp Fiction with 24 Frames describing it as such: “in a nutshell, a missing wedding ring leads to a wild-goose chase involving meth addicts, skinheads and an Elvis impersonator.” Meth addicts, skinheads, and an Elvis impersonator? With a trio like that, honestly, who’s not going to pay to see this film?
Pawn Shop Chronicles is being financed and produced by Jordan Schur, the CEO and co-chairman of the film production company Mimran Schur. Schur and Durst go way back as the latter signed the former to a record deal on his label Flip Records. As such, if you’ve ever grown weary of hearing the term “nookie” (a slim chance, but nevertheless), you now know where the blame truly lies. As for Durst’s film career, he previously helmed 2007′s The Education of Charlie Banks starring Jesse Eisenberg (which played 2007′s Tribeca Film Festival) and 2008′s The Longshots starring Ice Cube (which plays on repeat on my home DVD player). Pawn Shop Chronicles is schedule to begin production in early 2011.
USA announced today at their Comic-Con panel in Ballroom 20 that a Burn Notice prequel movie centered around Bruce Campbell is in the works. According to Variety, the telepic will follow “the last assignment of [Campbell's] character, Sam Axe, as a Navy SEAL before his retirement.” Filming is set to begin after season four (currently airing) wraps and before the start of season five on location in Latin America. Campbell has long been a geek icon due to his role as Ash in the Evil Dead series, so Comic-Con is truly the perfect venue for such an announcement.
Hit the jump for an update on casting additions to the AMC zombie series The Walking Dead.