Opening this weekend is the action-comedy This Means War. Directed by McG, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy portray the world’s deadliest CIA operatives who are also inseparable partners and best friends…until they fall for the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). Rather than giving up and allowing one of the two to continue seeing Witherspoon, Hardy and Pine put their CIA gadgetry and know-how to work in order to derail each another’s relationship with the girl. For more on the film, here’s six clips and Matt’s review.
During the recent Los Angeles press junket, I was able to land an exclusive video interview with McG. We talked about making This Means War, the battle with the MPAA over rating and what they had to cut to get a PG-13, test screenings, deleted scenes, and what will be on the Blu-ray (it’ll have a Bond-style title sequence). In addition, with McG attached to so many other projects, I got updates on his TV pilot Guilty (about a lawyer that’s been disbarred), Spring Awakening, Dead Spy Running (a spy movie that Stephen Gaghan is writing and possibly directing), Face It (a romantic comedy), Monster Squad (he’s not involved anymore), Medieval (the status is up in the air at Regency), Tink (will star Elizabeth Banks as Tinkerbell), I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President (they haven’t cracked the script yet), Puzzle Palace (a thriller like Die Hard about a boy who has to break in to 1 Police Plaza in New York), Ouija (he’s not involved anymore), The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League (will star Amanda Seyfried as a girl who steals someone’s identity to attend an Ivy League school), and we also talked about the 30 to 40 minutes of deleted scenes from Terminator Salvation and an alternate ending where Skynet wins. Hit the jump to watch.
Director McG has had quite the versatile career. He began by working in music videos before making his big screen debut with 2000’s Charlie’s Angels. The pic was a big success, and led McG down a career path that’s included dramas (We Are Marshall), television (pilots for Chuck and Fastlane), and a stab at the Terminator franchise with Terminator: Salvation. McG is now trying his hand at the romantic comedy genre with an action bent in this month’s This Means War starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy. Steve recently got the chance to speak with the director about the film, but McG also gave updates on pretty much every single upcoming project listed on his IMDb page.
The director talked about his adaptation of the Broadway musical Spring Awakening (his passion project), Dead Spy Running with Stephen Gaghan, the Tinkerbell update Tink, his Die Hard-esque project Puzzle Palace, The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League starring Amanda Seyfried, and more. He also informed Steve that his feature version of Ouija doesn’t seem likely to happen anytime soon.. Hit the jump to see what he had to say about his upcoming slate.
For those out there who thought that we desperately needed another “XXX” movie and that only auteur Rob Cohen could return the franchise to its former glory, prepare to suck on some disappointment. Rob Cohen has decided NOT to direct “XXX: The Return of Xander Cage” and will instead direct “Medieval”. If you want to take this moment to kill yourself, I won’t stop you. It is indeed tragic news worthy of shuffling loose the mortal coil.
Okay, now that I’ve done my best to remove as many “XXX” fans from the gene pool as possible, the plot of “Medieval” according to Cohen is “The Magnificent Seven” set in the Middle Ages. The Variety article mentions that Cohen studied anthropology and European History at Harvard. Taking the time to check that there wasn’t another, far-less-prestigious Harvard, I think the many high school students rejected by the prestigious university should now take solace in the fact that going to Harvard is clearly no guarantee of success or even ability. I know this because Cohen, a film director, said “‘The Magnificent Seven’ set in the Middle Ages” instead of “‘The Seven Samurai’ set in the European Middle Ages” because as everyone knows, “The Magnificent Seven” is a remake. But hey, why reference the Kurosawa film. That would just make you look knowledgeable.
You know, I hate to say this but I think “XXX” fans may have dodged a bullet. But hey, maybe “Medieval” will feature an evil catapult.