Mid-Week Movie News Wrap Up – March 26, 2009

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In this week’s A-list packed Wrap Up:

Kevin Costner, Ben Affleck and Tommy  Lee Jones are Company Men; Costner is The One; Silver rewrites Battle: Los Angeles for Aaron Eckhart; Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz are in love; Magnum Pi hangs out with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl in Five Killers; Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore are Bill and Hilary Clinton in The Special Relationship and Moore is less for The Thing.

1. Kevin Costner, Ben Affleck and Tommy Lee Jones will star in the independent drama Company Men. According to Variety:

“Affleck plays a corporate hotshot whose Porsche and six-figure salary vanish after he gets laid off. Costner plays his brother-in-law, a salt-of-the-earth drywall installer who gives him a construction job. Jones plays a senior partner in the firm, a principled man who struggles with the greedy actions of his partners.”

I sounds like it couldn’t be more suited to the current economic climate.

Affleck has been on the comeback trail lately and Costner is one of the best leading men around. As for Jones – he was never better than he was in No Country For Old Men.

The John Wells (ER) penned film starts shooting next month.

Source: Variety

2. Variety also has the scoop that Costner will be directing and starring in The One.
The film was written by Michael Blake the man behind Costner’s finest hour Dances With Wolves.

“Costner will star as a free-spirited man who inherits $3 billion, leading him on an adventure and an eventual collision with pirates in the Cayman Islands.”

I can’t wait.

Source: Variety

3. Scott Silver has been brought onboard to rewrite Battle: Los Angeles.
The film sees an alien invasion of Los Angeles and the battle to reclaim the city by a platoon of marines.

Chris Bertolini wrote the original script and Jonathan Liebesman is set to direct.

The Dark Knight’s Aaron Eckhart is attached to star.

Source: Variety

4. Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz are mulling over reuniting on the big screen for a romantic comedy. The untitled film that has previously gone by the name of Wichita and Trouble Man.

According to Variety:

“Story revolves around a woman who has terrible luck with men but finds her path intertwined with that of a mysterious handsome man she meets on a blind date.”

The film was originally being tooled as a vehicle for Chris Tucker and Eva Mendes.

James Mangold the director behind Walk the Line and 3.10 To Yuma will call the shoots if the Vanilla Sky duo decide on starring.

It is one of many films that Cruise is pondering at this moment in time.

Source: Variety

5. Tom Selleck, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Mull will join Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl in Five Killers.

“The story follows a hitman (Kutcher) at the top of his game who falls for a computer tech (Heigl) and decides to hang up his guns. Years later, their suburban bliss is ruptured when he finds out there’s a hit out on him, forcing him and his spooked wife to go on the run.”

Magnum star Selleck and O’Hara will play Heigl’s parents.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

6. Dennis Quaid will play Bill Clinton in HBO’S The Special Relationship. The film charts the political relationship of Clinton and Britain’s Tony Blair. Michael Sheen seen recently as David Frost in Frost/ Nixon will star as Blair for the third time following The Queen and The Deal.

Julianne Moore will co-star as Hilary Clinton. Julianne Moore? Maybe they’ll cast Keira Knightly as Monica Lewinski…

Quaid will next be seen in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Source: Variety

7. It looks like Ronald D. Moore’s script for The Thing didn’t give Universal what they wanted because they’ve brought Eric Heisserer in to do a rewrite.

Heisserer has recently reworked the A Nightmare on Elm Street script by  Wesley Strick.

What this means is unknown.

Are they now going for a straight up remake and ditching the idea that this remake/ prequel will be a companion piece to John Carpenter’s original?

Maybe Heisserer is doing nothing more than a polish on the dialogue. Time will tell.

But wouldn’t it be cool if the reason Kurt Russell didn’t do The Expendables was his commitment to this?

Just hoping.

Source: Bloody Disgusting

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

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  1. im excited about a prequel to the thing as long as its gory as carpenter’s film

  2. Ashton Kutcher as an assassin? Is there ANYONE out there who would buy that?

    Isn’t there already a movie called “The One” with Jet Li??

  3. andy s

    i would buy that only after hell froze over lol and as far as the one is concerned you can always have a movie w/ the same title, hell john campea’s film is called the anniversary yet there is already a film out that is called the anniversary, you cant copyright a film title unless its like star wars or godzilla, etc.

  4. Rather see Kurt in the Expandables myself.
    Maybe Moore’s script had too many loose ends and the Thing just vanishing for no reason. 😉

    The Special Relationship sounds good. Sheen is a seriously good actor but he is fantastic at imitating people. He is in a new movie called the Damned United where he plays a famous british football manager in the 70s and he is brilliant in the role.
    Moore is a fantastic actress too.

  5. WHAT?!?! They can’t do the “Thing”. That’s just sacrilege!

  6. “you cant copyright a film title unless its like star wars or godzilla, etc.”

    That makes absolutely no sense to me. Copyright is copyright it doesn’t only apply to certain titles. If a title is copyrighted it is copyrighted. Why do you think Shamalamalamalamalayaman’s The Last Airbender isn’t called Avatar like Cameron’s? Cameron won the copyright race.

    Kevin Costner = Movie killer
    (unless it is sports related for some ungodly reason.)

  7. INK
    i meant to say they cant copyright a film title you can have two completely different films called the one or the anniversary and give them two completely different plots, but you cant name another film titled star wars that has nothing to do w/ what lucas has created and there are other titles that are like that like star trek, godzilla, etc

  8. INK, you can’t copywrite something that is in common usage. Star Wars can be copywrited, but you can’t copywrite star or wars, but only them together. And Godzilla, since that’s a specific name, but you can’t copywrite “The One” since that can be used by so many people not trying to reference this movie. Imagine if I can copywrite the letter e. Then everyone will owe me royalties…

  9. About Kutcher as a assassin though, I would have believed Tom Selleck to be the assassin before Kutcher, lol.

  10. Ken, I can TOTALLY see Tom Selleck as a retired assassin!! C’mon Sly, add Tom to “The Expendables!” LOL!

    @INK…I never thought about that Costner connection, but it’s funny. The sports movies (which I love) are well done by Costner. Then there is Waterworld…..

  11. All right Mr. Smartipantses, then explain Avatar to me.

    Hmmm? Hmmmm? Hmmmm?

    Or is it just a matter of not getting the films confused with the audiences since they are so close together in release time, relatively that is.