Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: August 10, 2008

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 25th, 2009 at 8:47 am,

Welcome to another fun filled installment of Screen Rant‘s Weekend Movie News Wrap Up.

This week:

We see who is penning Flash Gordon, we learn some details about Alex Proyas’ Dracula Year Zero, discover what David Goyer is working on, Channing Tatum lines up something for after GI Joe and The Conversation goes to television.

1. The Flash Gordon Remake/ adaptation has now grabbed Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless to pen the script. The Neil Moritiz produced, Breck Eisner (Sahara) directed film is in production at Columbia.

I just hope the film is more like the 1980′s movie and less like the Si-Fi channel show.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

2. Speaking of Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, their script for Dracula Year Zero is to be directed by Robot and Dark City director Alex Proyas. Proyas recently gave some details about the Dracula prequel/origin story:

“You could see it as a prequel to Bram Stoker’s novel, in some ways. All the cool bits out of Francis Coppola’s “Dracula”. You can see it that way as well.”

It sounds like a cool idea. I hope that they change the title. It worked for Batman in a comic – that’s it!

Source: Moviehole

3.  David Goyer spoke with MTV about his upcoming film slate, the writer-director appears to be a very busy man. He’s got a Magneto film in the works, an Invisible Man film in the pipeline as well as a slew of comic book adaptations on the way.

Goyer had this to say:

“I’m writing a new version of ‘The Invisible Man’ for Universal I’m in the process of (doing that) right now, and I’m working with some conceptual artists in tandem with writing the script. I’m actually working with one of the artists from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. So it could be ‘Magneto’, or it could be The Invisible Man next.”

“Well, ‘The Invisible Man’, the Universal film, is a great movie, a Claude Rains film. My take is kind of an extrapolation. It actually deals with a nephew of the first character. It’s got some of the characters from the H.G. Wells book, but it’s kind of a continuation. It involves Scotland Yard getting their hands on the current Invisible Man and basically saying, ‘Wow, you’d be a really good secret agent to send into Imperial Russia right now. It starts off from there.”

“It kind of crosses a lot of genres. It’s very steam punk. I don’t want to give too much away, but I took what being invisible could mean to the next logical extreme. We do a lot of crazy things in it that are sort of far beyond what anyone’s done with it yet.”

I always enjoy a good Invisible Man film, so I really hope that it gets cooking before Magneto, because who really wants a Magneto spin-off?

Not me.

Source: MTV

4. Forthcoming GI Joe star Channing Tatum is attached to a free running film at New Line Cinema. The script written by Kevin Lund and T.J. Scott involves a pair of Parkour experts who use their skills in order to carry out crimes. The film will be directed by Rychie Smith, and it is currently without a title.

Tatum’s character will be called Peter Parkour.

Just kidding.

Man – Parkour is so 2005

Source: Variety

5. I have a real soft spot for the Francis Ford Coppola directed film The Conversation, starring Gene Hackman. The film plays like a low key prequel to Hackman’s Enemy of The State (that co-starred Will Smith). Seriously, watch the two movies back to back in a double bill – it’s worth it!

Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) and Erik Jenresen (Band of Brothers) are writing a television series based on the film for cable channel AMC.

The series will have the same 1970′s setting as the film.

I’m pretty interested in this, but as it’s a remake I won’t get too excited. The original is a masterpiece and it includes a beautiful performance from Gene Hackman and a strangely creepy turn from Harrison Ford.

Source: Variety

That’s it for this week. See you at the movies!

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TAGS: dracula year zero, flash gordon, magneto, the conversation, the invisible man

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  1. Am I the only one who thought the Sci-Fi channel version of “Flash Gordon” wasn’t that bad? I mean, it had issues, but the show had potential, and room for improvement.

  2. Talk about an uncreative way to jump on the Parkour bandwagon…using that to be criminals, wow.

    The magneto spinoff…by Fox im sure will be dumb and will probably feature random popular marvel characters that have nothing to do with Magneto’s history. Maybe they’ll make him grow up with best friends Cannonball and sunfire or some crap. And his brother will be James Proudstar, lol.

  3. The Invisible Man sounds a lot like what Alan Moore did with Extraordinary Gentlemen.

    The Conversation is a really interesting film. A TV series could be very good.

  4. I wonder who can top the Queen soundtrack in the 80′s version of Flash ???
    Also a piece of advice for Sci-Fi channel, “you guys would have sold more dvds of Flash Gordon if the price wasn’t 20 bucks”
    For a show like that tring to build a new audience, really the price should have been $10.99.

    Having a New Invisable Man story where he’s a spy would be cool. ;-)

  5. 790, I have a vision and it’s a horrible one. A metal cover of the Queen theme. Chugga-chugga doom-laden chords and some guttural scaryman going “FLASH. WOOO-EEUUURRRGH”. Either that or Nickelback. You KNOW they’ll do this!

    After the dire Hollow Man it’s good that they’ve gone with a different take on the invisible thing. This might actually be okay, but in these days of maximum CGI how come no-one’s thought of remaking The Man With X-Ray Eyes? That one’s RIPE for it.

    The Conversation, All The President’s Men and The Parallax View are the three classic paranoid thrillers of the Nixon era. These are deeply paranoid times, and a Conversation series with fearsome 21st century surveillance technology could have a lot more impact than setting it in its original time. I don’t see the point.

    Loving Peter Parkour! Burk Sharpless is a fantastic name as well. Get him on the next Tugg Speedman movie…

  6. Nickelback,,,,
    Wow that would sink the film like a photon torpedo.

    Btw,,, Noooo Magneto film !!!

  7. Ash, no you’re not the only one who liked the SciFi version of Flash. There was some hokiness, but no more than was in the 80′s movie. I would’ve loved to have seen it come back for 2nd season with some better writing to flesh out the characters some more. Did anyone else notice that after Flash Gordon ended, the actress who played Dale showed up on Smallville for a couple of episodes? I knew then that Flash Gordon was done.

  8. hey all

    Here’s a pic of Jake Gyllenhaal as the price of persia

    http://justjared.buzznet.com/2008/08/11/jake-gyllenhaal-shirtless-prince-of-persia/