Mid-Week Movie News Wrap Up – Jan. 29, 2009

Published 6 years ago by , Updated January 30th, 2009 at 9:02 am,

It’s that time again – you know when you catch up on film news that you might have missed.

This week:

Neil Marshall is a Centurion; John Orloff helps create James Bond and Smith backs away from Oldboy.

1. Brit director Neil Marshall (Doomsday and Dog Soldiers) will direct Centurion, a sword and sandals epic set in Britain.

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

“The movie, billed as a thriller set during the Roman invasion of Britain in A.D. 117, tells the story of Quintus Dias, sole survivor of a Pictish raid on a Roman frontier fort, who marches north with General Virilus’ legendary Ninth Legion, under orders to wipe the Picts from the face of the Earth and destroy their leader, Gorlacon.”

300‘s Michael Fassbender, The Wire’s Dominic West and Quantum of Solace’s Olga Kurylenko will star.

Sounds like it should be good.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

2. John Orloff the writer behind real life Angelina Jolie starrer A Mighty Heart will is going to be shaken not stirred when he writes Fleming. The film will chart the life and times of James Bond creator Ian Fleming.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Apian Way will produce the film for Warner Bros, with the star mulling over a starring role.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

3. It sounds like the Will Smith and Steven Spielberg version of Oldboy may be a long way away. At the very least.  Speaking to MTV Smith said:

“We’re working from the comic and we haven’t done anything other than talk about it. So we’ll see what happens, but he’s not going to do anything that would be less than stunning.”

Sounds like the project isn’t going to be released anytime soon. I’m sure Smith and Spielberg have better things to do with their time than make a film that isn’t going to match up to the original Korean version.

Source: MTV

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.

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  1. Centurion sounds like the King Arthur movie from a few years back with Clive Owen…which I enjoyed so this should appeal to me as well I guess…

  2. As long as they don’t try to be “300″, I am cautiously interested.

    It’s funny how it all boils down to STORYTELLING in movies … regardless of what era they’re placed in. :-)

    As for Oldboy … I really like the original (and own it on DVD). I don’t think a remake is necessary. The only good American “version” of an Asian film (ever) was The Ring.
    And that one started a wave of PG-13 horror movies. Ok, I don’t blame the movie, but it’s still kinda depressing.

  3. lol what happend to no.3?

  4. @ Oscar!

    Newsbit No.3 is so horrible that Vic couldn’t bear to publish it.

    I heard it’s something about Paul W.S. Anderson writing and directing the next Batman movie. And some blabbering about making it more hip and bright … with rap music and definitely more cowbell.

  5. Doh! Niall included an item that we covered in a separate post and I forgot to re-number the list. :-P


  6. @Vic, so its true about Paul W.S.? Ok my thoughts on that is that if its some old school rap it could work, i dont like that new stuff. Im not too sure about the cowbell though, but i guess we’ll have to wait and find out how it turns out :) lolololol

  7. I’ll come clean – it was a scoop about Cher playing Lara Croft in WB’s Tomb Raider movie.

    joke BTW


  8. Wait, now im really confused! So Cher ISNT playing Lara Croft??? :(

  9. @ Oscar!

    Calm down, dude. I will shed some light on the issue:
    Paul W.S. Anderson will pull another brilliant “versus” film and Cher (playing Lara Croft) will replace the Catwoman part in the next Batman movie.
    Warner Bros. apparently loved the idea.
    They’re not sure about the cowbell though …

    but I am.

  10. Ok ok, now i get it. I was hoping for a Marvel vs. DC, but Batman vs. Lara Croft is pretty cool too :) (This is too much fun)