Perhaps impressed by the critical and financial success of his first blockbuster lead, Thor, Sony Pictures has tapped Chris Hemsworth to star in their recently acquired actioner, Shadow Runner. According to Deadline, the studio picked up the pitch for the action/thriller which is based on an idea from Drive scribe Hossein Amini who will executive produce. Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson, and Will Ward will co-produce the pic which is believed to require Hemsworth to “lead an elite team of operatives who take on impossible tasks.” Let’s hope they only seem impossible, or else moviegoers could be in for a frustrating 90 minutes.
Per the report, Amini’s original idea is inspired by a real-life event in which a 17-member team of Israeli assassins tracked and dispatched of a Hamas leader in the lobby of a five-star Dubai hotel. However, the film is not expected to mirror that event verbatim. In addition to Shadow Runner, Hemsworth also has a lead spot alongside Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman which is scheduled to hit theaters on June 1, 2012. The Thor star is currently filming The Avengers and will hopefully see his turns in the MGM back-logged films Red Dawn and Cabin in the Woods on the silver screen in the near future.
Earlier this week, we reported that the producers behind the remake of Red Dawn were digitally changing the film’s main villain to North Korea in order to secure international distribution to the remake’s original evil country, China. For those unfamiliar with the plot, the story centers on a group of teenagers who defend their town from an invading communist force.
The film was set to be released last November, but was put on the shelf due to MGM’s bankruptcy. Producers are now looking for a new distributor and they’re willing to change the villain in order to make the movie more appealing to international distributors who know that China has some serious spending power. I found the change to be ludicrous and racially insensitive, but producer Tripp Vinson has let me know that the remake of Red Dawn isn’t for me and that top men have said North Korea is a viable threat. Top men. Hit the jump for Vinson’s angry missive and my response.
According to Variety, Mark Pellington (Henry Poole Is Here, The Mothman Prophecies) is set to helm the remake of Juan Antonio Bayona’s ghost story, The Orphanage. Guillermo Del Toro, who produced the original, is also on board to produce the remake along with ContraFilm toppers Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson attached to produce. Pellington will direct from a script written by Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter) and Del Toro.
As described by Variety, “The original Orphanage stars Belen Rueda (“The Sea Inside”) as a woman who takes over the orphanage where she was raised, to open a home for disabled children. Then her young son begins to play with the same imaginary friend who terrorized her when she was a child.”