Thursday, October 13, 2005

Snippets of Movie News

Batman Vs.Batman
According to Dark Horizons, original “Batman” (1989) star Michael Keaton might be set to trade suits. Yep, according to a scooper, he’s being eyed for the role of ‘The Joker’ in the forthcoming “Batman Begins” sequel.

Keaton, whose expressed his love for the recent “Batman Begins” (mainly because a prequel idea is something he suggested back when they asked him to do the third film – which he consequently turned down), would play the clown prince of crime to Christian Bale’s Batman.

The upcoming sequel – still untitled, will also re-introduce to the serie's, Harvey Dent, rumoured to be played by “Scream” star Liev Schreiber.


Penguin, Robin, Vale in Batman sequel?
Christopher Nolan is remaining tight-lipped about the “Batman Begins” sequel, but put him on the spot anyway.

I have been talking to the studio and to David Goyer about directions for a sequel because we’re certainly very excited still about the world we were able to dive into and the characters we were able to put on screen. It’s a pretty interesting bunch of people and an interesting place, so we’re definitely talking about places we would take it”, says the helmer, responsible for putting the goolies back into the "Batman" series.

Nolan is yet to confirm – though, we know he will be anyway – that the character of The Joker (rumoured to be played by either Paul Bettany or Lachy HulmeEDITOR'S NOTE: OR MICHAEL KEATON? OR MY NEWSPAPER DELIVERY GUY?) will be the main fixture of the next sequel. “I wouldn’t want to talk about any specifics per se. All I can really say is it’s a film we’re talking about doing."

What about Vicki Vale or Robin? “Like I said, I can’t really go into details”, he again replies.

The reporter then asked an intriguing question – “Could Robin be introduced without dumbing down the series?”

His reply, “Possibly, but I can’t really talk about specifics."

So might we see Robin in the next chapter?

Meantime, an insider tells that the sequel is about as official as interest rates going up this Christmas.

"Bill, remember I told you several times that is was simply a matter of time before Nolan “officially” signs on for the sequel? Well, it certainly looks like it is headed that way rather quickly. If [Jeff] Robinov is telling ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ that Nolan is coming in to tell them about the next BATMAN, he’s probably already signed on the dotted line. There has never been an question in Hollywood that Nolan wouldn’t be back”, says the scooper. “You can bet your ass that Nolan isn’t pitching a idea for Warner to OK - he’s telling them exactly what the film is going to be about. That man is gold to them right now”. EDITOR'S NOTE: WOW. THE DRAMA BEHIND ALL OF THIS IS ALMOST AS EXCITING AS THE 'WHO-IS-GOING-TO-PLAY-JAMES-BOND' SAGA. ALMOST. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

The site’s also reporting that a couple of new villains might be introduced in the next sequel - Rupert Thorne – an ambiguous mob boss, Roman Sionis - an industrial heir and Oswald Cobblepot (a.k.a – The Penguin) - British arms dealer.

"I won't reveal all the villains, but I'll leave a few hints that the avid comic fan should be able to decipher”, a scooper tells. “One will be an ambiguous mob boss with ties to the late Dr. Thomas Wayne. Another will be an industrial heir not unlike Bruce Wayne - in fact it could be said that he is a dark mirror of Bruce. Over the course of the story, he will be forced to present a new 'face.' And then we have a small, almost cameo type [appearance by a] villain who is considered a 'classic rouge' as a British arms dealer. It may sound a bit crowded, but it all fits together, makes sense, and works much like a comic story arc."

He continues, “As for the villains plot, the mob boss and the heir get involved with a major arms deal with the 'British Guy,' while Batman and his allies attempt to foil it. [As a result,] they uncover more of the corruption plaguing Gotham. Unfortunately for both sides, nobody knew there was a Joker in the deck who complicates matters."

With The Joker, Dent, The Penguin, Thorne, and Sionis all in the next “Batman” movie – is there any screen-time left for the Caped Crusader? EDITOR'S NOTE: TAKE OUT THE SEMI-POINTLESS AND SANS-CHEMISTRY KATIE HOLMES SUBPLOT, AND THERE SHOULD BE PLENTY OF ROOM FOR BATS. (AND WHILE THEY'RE AT IT....MORE GARY OLDMAN (LT/COM. GORDON) PLEASE?!)

Connelly to sparkle in Diamond
The lovely Jennifer Connelly is in negotiations to star opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Warner Bros. Pictures' dramatic thriller "The Blood Diamond.", according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Edward Zwick [“Glory”] will direct the film, which centers on a poor African farmer who gets caught up in a conflict between an American diamond smuggler (DiCaprio) and the syndicate that controls the local diamond mining industry. EDITOR'S NOTE: CONNELLY...RAPIDLY BECOMMING THE NEW ANDIE MACDOWELL. (I'M PRETTY. I'LL STAND HERE AND SEE IF ANY ACTING TAKES PLACE IN MY VICINITY).

The story is by Charles Leavitt and C. Gaby Mitchell, with a screenplay by Leavitt and Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz.

McMahon talks Fantastic sequels
Julian McMahon tells IE that he'll be back for one more "Fantastic Four" movie. After that, he'll be hanging up his 'Doom' mask.

"My contract is a little different from everyone else because it is with Fox rather than with Fantastic Four", he tells the paper. "Fantastic Four did a lot for me. It bridged the gap between me and studio films and it got me involved with one of the largest studios we have and with that team of people, which means you are on their radar now when they're doing different things".

McMahon, currently filming "Prisoner", says there's not a day when "somebody doesn't say, 'There's Dr Doom' or 'Hey, I loved your work on Fantastic Four'. The amount of people who have seen it worldwide now is enormous."

In otherwords, expect Dr Doom to either have an unfortunate run-in with some TNT in the next sequel, or possibly just be carried away to the supervillain prison.

Cast for Highlander 5 announced
The long-in-the-works "Highlander : The Source" begins filming next week, and has the word on who'll be sharing the screen with headliner, Adrian Paul.

Jim Byrnes, Peter Wingfield, Cristian Solimeno, Thom Fell, Stephen Rahman Hughes and Stephen Wight will co-star in the film, directed by Brett Leonard, which is rumoured to be going straight to DVD next year. EDITOR'S NOTE: WITH A NO-NAME CAST LIKE THAT, IT'S A WONDER THEY AREN'T JUST GOING STRAIGHT TO CABLE AND SKIPPING THE DVD RELEASE ALL-TOGETHER.

The film, shooting in Lithuania, is believed to be the first of three new "Highlander" films.
Also in the works, an animated "Highlander" film.

Dunst to quit Spider-Man series?
The “Spider-Man” franchise might be one foxy siren short, in the near future.

Kirsten Dunst, who plays Wet T-Shirt wearing Mary-Jane Watson in Sam Raimi’s web-busters, says “Spider-Man 3” will probably be her last stint playing Peter Parker's squeeze. EDITOR'S NOTE: AWWWW.......NO.....DON'T QUIT!

"Unless they pay me an exorbitant amount of money, this will be my last one," she tells "If there is more of a story to tell and (director) Sam Raimi is on board, and everyone is, then maybe. But this is what I am signed to do - three."

It’s believed Sony is indeed keen on carrying on with “Spider-Man” films, so maybe they’ll do a ‘love interest switcheroo’ for the fourth instalment? EDITOR'S NOTE: NO. THAT JUST WOULDN'T FLY. PETER HAS BEEN IN LOVE WITH MJ HIS WHOLE LIFE. NOT GONNA SWITCH AND KEEP ME HAPPY. (AND IT IS ALL ABOUT ME).

Fleming... Ian Fleming
Warner Bros. has made a deal to make a movie about Ian Fleming. Damian Stevenson wrote the script. Andrew Lazar will produce.

The story will center on how the author's own experiences with womanizing and spying shaped his signature secret agent creation.

Born into a privileged English family, Fleming began as a comparative underachiever until a stint as a journalist covering the Soviet Union led him to begin spying on that country for the Foreign Office. He dreamed of becoming a daring secret agent and adapted his own womanizing feats and the stories he heard to craft the Bond novels.

DARK IS RISING for Writer Hodge

John Hodge has been hired to write a a feature adaption of Susan Cooper's THE DARK IS RISING.

The story revolves around Will Stanton, a boy whose life is turned upside down when he learns that he is the last of a group of immortal warriors who have dedicated their lives to fighting the forces of the dark. As he uncovers mysterious clues, Stanton discovers that with the dark once again rising, the future of the world rests in his hands. EDITOR'S NOTE: BLAH BLAH BLAH...BOY SAVES WORLD FROM EVIL DARK RISING STUFF. LIKE THAT HASN'T BEEN DONE BEFORE! ?
Marc Platt will produce the film.

Pegg Joins M:I-3 Team
Paramount Pictures and director J.J. Abrams have cast actor Simon Pegg to play an ally of Special Agent Ethan Hunt in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 3.

Pegg joins a cast which includes Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Laurence Fishburne, Billy Crudup, Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell and Maggie Q. EDITOR'S NOTE: PITY CRUISE IS IN IT. THE REST OF THE CAST IS GANGBUSTERS!

Universal Pictures has picked up the film rights to author Jason Lethcoe's TALES FROM THE WISHWORKS FACTORY.

The fantasy centers on an orphan on Earth who wishes for unlimited wishes on his birthday, he unknowingly becomes a player in an struggle between the Wishworks Factory, a place in a magical realm that processes all of Earth's wishes, and its evil rival, the Curseworks Factory. EDITORS' NOTE: THIS SOUNDS AN AWFUL LOT LIKE THE PLOT OF A STORY I WROTE AS A SERIES OF ANONYMOUS LETTERS I SENT TO FRIENDS WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL. (UNTIL ONE OF THE FRIENDS' MOMS GOT SCARED AND THREATENED TO CALL THE POLICE).


Underground Films' Nick Osborne and Trevor Engelson will produce. Jason Lethcoe will executive produce.


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