Movie News Wrap Up: October 29th, 2011

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 3rd, 2013 at 9:19 am,

This week:

Travolta and Pacino’s Gotti film bites the dust; Will Smith is the $50 million man – at least on Independence Day; Charlie Sheen is Charles Swan III and Sean Penn as well as Robert De Niro team for The Comedian.

1. Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father has been “put on hold”. The film which was set to star John Travolta, Al Pacino, Kelly Preston and Ben Foster has apparently hit a major financial stumbling block. Producer Marc Fiore was unable to raise the cash to pay the film’s stars and the director, Barry Levinson. The film was set to start shooting in January, but almost no pre-production work had been done – a major no-no for a project of this type.

Gotti has had many problems since it was announced, an October shooting plan was scrapped and the original director Nick Cassavetes bailed over scheduling conflicts, then actor Joe Pesci sued producers – when he was dropped from the film. He claimed that he was then given a smaller part than the one he had agreed to (that of Angelo Ruggiero) and asserted that his $3 million salary was cut to $1 million. Producers disagreed and counter-sued.

Will it ever make it to the screen? It might, but I doubt that it will do so with the likes of Travolta and Pacino.

Source: Showbiz411

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2. Director Roland Emmerich is currently travelling the globe shilling his latest project; the William Shakespeare conspiracy thriller Anonymous. That film is something of a departure for the director, who is known for his big budget disaster movies like 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow, but it looks like he’s returning to his comfort zone by directing not one, but two sequels to his 1996 hit Independence Day - they are collectivley known as ID4-Ever. While Emmerich and his writing (and producing partner) Dean Devlin are willing to return, it looks like star Will Smith is unwilling – if he doesn’t get a $50 million paycheck for both films.

Smith is arguably the biggest star on the planet at the moment and he doesnt come cheap, but Emmerich is also asking for a hefty sum for both movies and studio 20th Century Fox is conscious of overspending. Smith’s next film is Men In Black III; a film project has had extensive production and budget problems during its shoot.

I imagine that Fox might wait to see how that film fares at the box office before throwing down $50 million (and probably some serious profit participation).

Source: NYMAG

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 Charlie Sheen Bill Murray star in Charles Swan III Movie News Wrap Up: October 29th, 2011

3. Ever hear of A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III? Well, you have now.

The film, which is set to be directed by Roman Coppola (son of Francis) stars infamous Hollywood bad boy Charlie Sheen; Ghostbuster Bill Murray, Patricia Arquette, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jason Schwartzman.

According to Variety:

“Sheen stars as the title character, a successful graphic designer whose fame, money and charm have made him irresistible to women. When his girlfriend breaks up with him, his life swirls into a downward spiral of doubt, confusion and reflection. Through delirious fantasies involving his many failed romances, he begins the hard road of self-evaluation to come to terms with life without her.”

Hmmm… sounds vaguely familiar.

Source: Variety

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4. Sean Penn is set to direct Robert De Niro in The Comedian.

De Niro will portray “a raging, past-his-prime comic,” while Kristen Wiig co-stars “as a woman who changess his life when they meet up in a community service program”.

Sounds like a riff on Martin Scorsese‘s 1983 film The King of Comedy. That film saw De Niro play an aspiring comedian who stalked his chat show host idol (played by Jerry Lewis).

Penn and De Niro previously worked together in We’re No Angels, the disastrous 1989 comedy directed by Neil Jordan.

Source: Variety

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

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  1. 50 million? On your way Mr Smith, it can be done with out you.

    • Someone of his caliber commanding $25 mil per movie is not only not unheard of. But I would wonder why not take points on the film instead — DiCaprio has apparently made over $50 mil from Inception.

      • He could take points, but if he asks for and receives a contract for $50 million, he’ll surely get that $50 million.

        And, avatar_popco, sure it can be done without him, but will it make more money without him? I doubt it. If you’re not aware, Will Smith — whether you like it or not — is a top Hollywood star and remains a big box-office draw.

        When you look at how much money most of his movies make, $50 million isn’t that much money.

        • Not sure what you guys are talking about,Smith is long long past his time !
          Haven’t seen any good with him in recent years and mostly all he is doing Bombs !

          50mil..? He is Dreaming !

          • Internationally his films still turn a tidy profit.

  2. i’m surprised there’s been nothing about the accident involving the stuntmen in Expendables 2, with one of them dead and another in critical condition!

    • yeah!! I saw that on yt hope that doesn’t delay the movie tho

  3. Movie is a bust without him. Pay the man. Check his Box Office totals. He is money in the bank and so are these movies if he is the star.

  4. Well if Smith isn’t in it and really shouldn’t be the main character for the near 20 year sequel, get an up and comer actor, like Sebastian Shaw or Cam Gigandet, then the studio can afford bigger names in supporting roles. Will Smith is great but not 25 mil a movie during a recession great.

  5. I can’t wait to watch Charlie Swan, awesome cast and Coppola Jr is talented.

  6. And by the way it is good to see De Niro comes back to comedy, The King of Comedy was a little ‘bijou’ of course it was Scorsese but Penn can be a good director.

    • Agreed, Lucy – I actually think Rupert Pupkin is one of the best roles De Niro’s ever played, and he was great in Midnight Run. Looking forward to seeing what he does with this. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen him in anything that’s really stretched him.

  7. just look at how much Marlon Brando got for Superman:( so why not
    but I loved the ending of Independence Day,what happens in the sequel,
    the aliens come back for revenge? Do Men in Black 3 first then see if
    you can top that with a sequel,good luck however though .

  8. uh, I guess everyone forgot how bad Hancock sucked. And am I the only one that thinks ID-4 ever is a dumb title?

    • I didnt forget…..I liked Hancock!

  9. I’m sorry but 25 million a picture is RIDICULOUS. Actors that demand huge paychecks along with all those sports stars out there need to take stock of reality and realize the majority of Americans make less than 40k a year. In fact he is asking for more than 100 times what a highly trained doctor makes in a year, talk about a skewed sense of values. Now I’m not saying they don’t deserve to make a tidy sum but even 10 mil a movie I consider more than fair.

  10. Wasnt Michael C. Hall asking for close to 25 million for the next two seasons of Dexter ?
    I dont think anybody is worth that amount of money .
    and certainly not 50 million.

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