A Freaks and Geeks reunion is in the works…kind of. Lizzy Caplan (Party Down), who played the recurring character Sarah on Freaks and Geeks, has landed the female lead opposite Seth Rogen and James Franco in the upcoming comedy The Interview. Rogen co-wrote and will co-direct the film with his This Is the End collaborator Evan Goldberg, and Franco will star as a talk show host who, along with his producer (Rogen), accidentally gets involved in a plot to assassinate the prime minister of North Korea. Details regarding Caplan’s role are unknown, but she’s an extremely talented comedic actress and should make for a great foil opposite Rogen and Franco. Caplan can currently be seen on Showtime’s new drama series Masters of Sex.
Hit the jump for casting news concerning the Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie movie Maggie.
The cast for director David Koepp’s (Premium Rush) crime drama Mortdecai is coming together rather quickly. Johnny Deppsigned on to star in the adaptation of author Kyril Bonfiglioli’s novels just a couple of weeks ago, and now Variety reports that Ewan McGregor and Gwyneth Paltrow are in talks to join the cast. Depp plays an antihero art dealer who finds himself in “a race to recover a stole painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.” No word on which characters McGregor or Paltrow would play in the Lionsgate pic, but they are in line to co-star. Filming is looking to get underway later this year after Depp wraps the musical Into the Woods.
Hit the jump for casting news concerning Arnold Schwarzenegger’s zombie movie.
He’s done the “rise of the machines” thing, and now Arnold Schwarzenegger is ready to tackle a zombie apocalypse. Variety reports that Schwarzenegger has signed on to star in and produce Maggie, which takes place during a zombie outbreak. The Governator will play a father whose daughter has been infected and is slowly turning into a member of the undead. Commercial director Henry Hobson will direct from a Black List script by John Scott 3, and Chloe Grace Moretz was at one time set to star as the young girl but it appears as though she’s fallen off the project.
Production on Maggie is set to get underway this fall, after which Schwarzenegger will shoot The Expendables 3 followed by the long-promised Terminator 5, which is aiming to start filming early next year. He also recently entered talks to star in a remake of The Toxic Avenger.The actor will be seen in theaters opposite Sylvester Stallone this October in the prison break pic Escape Plan.
After starring in this weekend’s Dark Shadows, Chloe Grace Moretz may return as one of the undead in the father-daughter zombie film, Maggie. Originally picked up by producer Timur Bekmambetov as a Black List spec script by John Scott 3, Maggie deals with a zombie apocalypse in which the titular 16-year-old becomes infected. The story further deals with the unconditional love of a father for his daughter, as Maggie remains with the family over the six-month course of her transformation. Fittingly, The Walking Dead title/credits designer Henry Hobson will make his directorial debut on this feature. Moretz is in negotiations to play the title role while Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum) is in talks to play the father. Maggie plans to start production this September. Hit the jump for more on Moretz.
At this past weekend’s WonderCon, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov, star Ben Walker and writer Seth Grahame-Smith showed off a new trailer and an extended section of a big action set piece that featured all the principal cast. If you missed Dave’s recap of the panel, click here. You can also watch the new trailer here. For those just hearing about the project, the film re-imagines our 16th President as a statesman by day and a vampire slayer by night.
Shortly before the panel, I got to sit down with Bekmambetov for an extended interview. He talked about collaborating with Tim Burton and 20th Century Fox, the challenges of editing the film because of the 3D, and the runtime, tone and music. In addition, Bekmambetov talked about the status of Maggie and reveals he plans on stepping back for his next project to do something out of character because he feels he’s done “too many genre movies.” Hit the jump to watch.
Each year, Hollywood releases “The Black List.” The list is a compilation of the “best” unproduced scripts making the rounds of Hollywood, as voted on by hundreds of film executives. Past scripts that have made their way to the list include Diablo Cody’s Juno and Aaron Sorkin‘s The Social Network. This year, topping the list is Graham Moore’s script for the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game. Turning was a mathematician and codebreaker during World War II who was criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality, after which he elected chemical castration over prison, and eventually ended his own life.
The Imitation Game has been in the works for a while, and last we heard Warner Bros. was keen on getting Harry Potter director David Yates to take the helm. Leonardo DiCaprio is also said to have taken a liking to the role of Turing. Also appearing on the list is Matt Damon’s planned directorial debut Father Daughter Time and Chewie, which tells the behind-the-scenes story of Star Wars from the perspective of Peter Mayhew. Hit the jump to peruse the entire list, which includes two Pinocchio projects, a movie about catching a screening of Jurassic Park, and zombies!
Producer/director Timur Bekmambetov beat out five competitors to acquire the rights to the John Scott 3 spec script Maggie in a mid six-figure deal. The story revolves a 16-year-old girl stricken with the zombie infection. The twist: it takes six months for young Maggie to fully transform into a zombie, during which time she remains with her family. Title/credits designer Henry Hobson (The Walking Dead) will make his directorial debut. Bekmambetov will produce with Trevor Kaufman.