Movie News Wrap Up: May 19th, 2012

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 23rd, 2013 at 9:47 am,

This week:

Morgan Freeman kicks-back and joins Michael Douglas and Robert De Niro in Last Vegas; Amy Adams goes to Dark Places; John Cusack and Elijah Wood live in perfect harmony in Grand Piano; Alex Proyas walks like an Egyptian with Gods of Egypt and Anthony Mackie goes the distance with Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake in Runner, Runner.

1. Morgan Freeman is set to join Michael Douglas and Robert De Niro in Last Vegas.

The Jon Turteltaub directed film follows four ageing gents as they hit Las(t) Vegas for one final hurrah. It’s believed that Christopher Walken will be the final member of the gang in what is being described as a “Hangover-style comedy.”

Forget The Hangover 3, this is what I’m looking forward to!

Source: Slash Film


2. Amy Adams is in negotiations to star in an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel Dark Places.

According to Deadline:

“Adams will play Libby Day, a woman who, at seven-years old, survived the brutal massacre of her family and testified against her brother as the murderer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club, a secret-society obsessed with solving notorious crimes, bring her to question and confront the truth of what took place that day.”

Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key) will direct the Superman actress in the film.

I suppose it could be a good sign that the book made the New York Times Best Seller List. Does that still mean something?

Source: Deadline


3. John Cusack will join Elijah Wood in the thriller  Grand Piano.

Wood plays a pianist with stage fright who receives a note saying that his wife will die – if he doesn’t play the greatest show of his career. Talk about pressure.

Eugenio Mira directs from a script by Damien Chazelle. It’s not known what role Cusack will take, but I might be willing to bet some cash that he’ll be the villain of the piece.

Source: Digital Spy

4. Alex Proyas, the director of I, Robot and The Crow is in the frame to direct Gods of Egypt for Summit Entertainment.

According to The Hollywood Reporter: “The story sees a mortal, a god and a goddess unite to fight an evil force in ancient Egypt.” Pharaoh ‘nuff.

Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless wrote the script for the film which will be produced by Clash of the Titans producer Basil Iwanyk.

Source: THR

5. Anthony Mackie will join Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake in the gambling thriller Runner, Runner.

According to Variety:

“Timberlake stars as a Princeton student who is cheated out of his tuition money playing online poker. He flies to Costa Rica hoping to reclaim his losses from the site’s billionaire owner (Affleck) and ends up becoming the corrupt CEO’s right-hand man. Mackie is in talks to play an FBI agent who has spent years trying to bring down Affleck’s character and sees Timberlake as the key to his investigation.”

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way produces the Brian Koppelman and David Levien scripted film, which will be directed by Brad Furman.

Source: Variety

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

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  1. Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt sounds promising, still wish his Paradise Lost filmed had gone through.

  2. Gods of Egypt sound intriguing but so help me, if they make the bad guy Anubis I will hunt down the idiot(s) who wrote the script and kneecap him/them.

    • awaiting moderation? I assume that’s for using the word “idiot”?

      Oh and thank you for reverting the general format of the site. I was going to suggest putting the tiled format on the secondary page but you already did it! :)

      • mongoose,

        Shhh… don’t give away our moderation secrets. :)


  3. “Gods of Egypt” sounds very interesting. I would love to see more mythologically-based films…as long as they are well done.


    I agree about Anubis…not only is he NOT a villain, he is actually one of the most respected and JUST of the Egyptian pantheon.

    • Yeah I know why they do it but their logic is stupid. Just because you are involved with the dead and have the head of a Jackal, in Hollywood’s perception that somehow brands you as a villain.

      Anubis is the “Guardian of the Dead”, keeping them safe on their journey to the afterlife. He is also the weigher of souls that judges your evils in life against a feather.

      Set is the pantheon’s bad guy, get it right Hollywood!

  4. Timberlake can not act. If you think so then you are a better actor than Justin.