From time to time I like to use the opening paragraph to discuss my latest screenprint investments and/or dream items. This week I’m playing a similar note as I recently picked up Olly Moss‘ “Batman’s Rogues Gallery” set on eBay for very close to what the timed edition went for originally. Those of you who follow posters and prints know how redeeming it can be to finally get an item you originally missed out on without having to pay exponentially more than its original asking price. Now, if only Ken Taylor‘s Halloween print would stop being so rare/expensive, I could officially run out of room on my walls.
I’ll stop gushing and leave any more in-depth poster/print talk to our own Limited Paper. For my part, this week’s Top 5 includes the first trailer and a video blog recap of 10 minutes of footage from Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium, our White House Down set visit recap, an exclusive interview with Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull, the first trailers for Ron Howard‘s Rush, and an extended interview with Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael. As is customary, a brief recap and link to each is ready and waiting for your attention after the jump.
Last year, on the set of White House Down, I was able to participate in a group interview with producers Brad Fischer and Reid Carolin. They talked about how quickly the project came together, the crazy first meeting between Channing Tatum and Roland Emmerich, the tone (which they compared to Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, and Independence Day), how the film is going to take us into parts of the White House that normally aren’t shown, how the script changed, why Tatum wanted make this project, and so much more. Hit the jump for what they had to say
We previously reported that a sequel to Magic Mike was in the works after the success of the original film, but now it looks like star and producer Channing Tatum may find himself in the director’s chair for Magic Mike 2. Since director Steven Soderbergh is planning on retiring from filmmaking and headed towards TV land, he presumably wouldn’t be returning for the sequel which leaves the spot open. Tatum recently spoke about the possibility of him assuming the director’s role alongside screenwriting partner and producer Reid Carolin. Carolin, meanwhile, leaked a few details about the plotline the sequel would follow. Hit the jump to see what he said and to find out who else is in the running to direct Magic Mike 2.
One of the best films of 2012 so far is a movie about male strippers. I’m dead serious. With Magic Mike, director Steven Soderbergh crafted a movie that works wonderfully both as an entertaining ensemble and as an introspective, sad portrait of the reality of the American Dream. Matthew McConaughey gives one of the best performances of his career, and Channing Tatum continues his 2012 streak of proving that he’s a genuinely talented guy. Though we already know that Tatum and Jonah Hill are developing a sequel to 21 Jump Street, and Tatum recently revealed that he’s working on a stage musical adaptation of Magic Mike with Soderbergh, the actor now says that he’s also developing a feature film sequel to Magic Mike. Hit the jump for more.
Channing Tatum is in negotiations to produce and star in a biopic about TV’s top daredevil, Evel Knievel. The stuntman gained fame in the 1970s for his many televised motorcycle jumps, always while wearing red-white-and-blue leather and a cape. This could set up competing biopics, since it was announced last year that Ric Roman Waugh was developing a Evel Knievel movie with the wish that Tom Hardy, Chris Hemsworth, or Joel Edgerton would star. But more than a year has passed with no updates, and Tatum has all the power in the world right now to fast-track his version at Sony after his three 2012 hits, The Vow, 21 Jump Street, and Magic Mike.
According to THR, Tatum’s producing partner Reid Carolin will write the screenplay based on the Stuart Barker biography Life of Evel. Mike DeLuca and Dana Brunetti (The Social Network) will also produce; this is their second high-profile score of the week on the heels of Fifty Shades of Grey. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the source material and a clip of Evel in action.
Out to prove he’s more than just an immensely pretty face, Channing Tatum hopes to make it as a producer as well. We heard about his first effort, the thriller The Contortionist’s Handbook, earlier this month. Project number two is an ensemble drama entitled Ten Year, which reunites a group of friends a decade after their high school graduation. Naturally, Tatum intends to star in addition to his producerial duties, shared with producing partner Reid Carolin (Stop-Loss) as well as Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey (Eclipse).
According to THR, Tatum hired his Dear John scribe Jamie Linden to write and direct, with a few of Tatum’s friends in mind for the ensemble. There’s a role set aside for wife Jenna Dewan (Step Up), and the wishlist includes Chris Pine (Star Trek), Anna Faris (Observe and Report), Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation), and Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights). There are no deals in place yet, but if Tatum and Co. can land that cast, I’m sold. I actually tend to respect Tatum more than most males in my age bracket, and like the conceit enough that I imagine I could get behind even a Pine-less Ten Year. The filmmakers hope to assemble financing and cast in time for a November shoot.