Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: July 13, 2008

Published 6 years ago by , Updated January 23rd, 2013 at 7:42 pm,

It’s almost time for The Dark Knight. We’ve almost made it. Not long now. However, in the meantime here’s a new Weekend Movie News Wrap Up to keep you preoccupied.

This week:

We try and figure out Where the Wild Things Are, David Duchovny blogs, Robert Downey Jr goes Holmes, John Cusack sues and Darren Aronofsky may be giving us some Prime Directives.

1. Warner Brothers’ Where the Wild Things Are isn’t out of the woods yet. The $80 million Spike Jones film has been pulled from the WB release schedule.  The film was originally supposed to open this October, but after a test screening went haywire (kids crying and terrified at children’s film is never  a good thing) the release was then shifted to October 2009, but now it’s appears to be going under some major retooling.

Warner Brothers Big Cheese Alan Horn (that is his official title) said this about the current state of the film:

“We’ve given him more money and, even more importantly, more time for him to work on the film. We’d like to find a common ground that represents Spike’s vision but still offers a film that really delivers for a broad-based audience. We obviously still have a challenge on our hands. But I wouldn’t call it a problem, simply a challenge. No one wants to turn this into a bland, sanitized studio movie. This is a very special piece of material and we’re just trying to get it right. We try to take a few shots, sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. The jury is still out on this one. But we remain confident that Spike is going to figure things out and at the end of the day we’ll have an artistically compelling movie.”

It’s good to see that the studio is still behind Jonze, but I just wonder how long that will last. This is starting to sound an awful lot like the troubles that The Exorcist: Dominion had a few years back.

At the very least – expect a few interesting versions of the DVD in 2020.

Source: LA Times

2.  David Duchovny has begun blogging about his X-Files: I Want To Believe experiences. The star will be answering fans questions and sharing stories about the franchise.

Come on – who wants to go online and read what some idiot has to say about movies? …. um I just realized – that’s what I do. Do’h!

Seriously though, it’s a fun blog  (fitting in nicely with Duchovny’s dry sense of humor) so I recommend that you check it out here.

Source: Chud and The Duchovny Files

3. Robert Downey Jr will star as Sherlock Holmes in the Guy Ritchie directed film about the legendary detective which is to be titled..err.. Sherlock Holmes.

The film is being pitched as a more action oriented version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic creation, but it will have to compete with the Judd Apatow produced comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell that also plans to put a modern spin on the literary character. Wait a minute – wasn’t that comedy version already made with Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley as Without A Clue ?

Source: Variety

4. John Cusack seems like a pretty nice guy – but be warned  – make sure that you pay him!

Last year Cusack signed on to the Jan De Bont film Stopping Power, an action thriller with a supposed 51 minute car chase. However, the film was never made (the company didn’t have enough money) and now Cusack is suing to get his $4.5 million salary that was promised in his “pay or play” contract, and an extra $1.1 million for costs and other payments for relocating to Germany for the shoot.

If you don’t know “pay or play” is a contract that stipulates that you get paid whether or not the film is made – hence the reason Nicolas Cage was paid $17 million for not playing Superman!

Source: TMZ

5. We screamed and cried when we heard that MGM were planning a RoboCop remake, but it would seem that the film has taken a very interesting turn. Requiem For A Dream and The Fountain helmer Darren Aronofsky is now in discussions to direct the remake of the 1987 Paul Verhoven original.

Interesting, if there’s a director who won’t play safe it’s Aronofsky. He is after all the man who Warner’s originally brought in to reboot the Batman franchise, but when he delivered a script that was dark, serious and nothing like Batman, he left the project.

Side note – although I own Requiem For  A Dream on DVD I’ve never watched it because I haven’t got over the experience of seeing the film in the cinema. Never has a film left me so shell shocked.

Source: Chud

That’s it for another week.

See you at the movies!

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TAGS: robocop, sherlock holmes, the dark knight, where the wild things are, x-files 2

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  1. Really Big Dentist, I thought Robert Patrick did a great job after David left, if you watch the episodes in season 9, they close the show up real well. I liked the ending. ? :-)
    This new film looks kinda boring though.

    Also Greenknight, I can’t stress more if you think the film prices are high then simply don’t go to the movies. I do this alot. ;-)

    I liked seasons 7.

  2. Now him I didn’t mind, I just thought they kept flogging it into the ground until the show had nothing more to say. Maybe I was expecting too much of the end.

  3. Yeah I hear that BD, alot of people wanted the conspiracy to be solved.
    I figured that C,Carter wanted to leave that open for a huge film, but then we get the new small scale stand alone film. ???

    Smells like a conspiracy ! Boooo

  4. Do we know if the smoking bloke is in the film, or is he dead and gone for good? I seem to remember him getting blown up, or if not his lungs must be rough as old boots by now.

  5. Haha maybe as a clone. He was taken out by the attack copter in the season finale.

  6. Some more Scoopies for you.

    First Trailer (Red Band) for Tarentino’s next grindhouse themed film, Hell Ride. And wow, it looks really entertaining. Alot of the usual boys are back including Carradine and Madsen and some other cool stars like Vinnie Jones!
    –Link:
    http://www.comingsoon.net/hellrideredband.php

    Also, for those who know about Fanboys and its attached controversy with director changes leading to terrible plotchanges, which lead to a rebellion from fan groups, etc. etc. blah blah. Anyways, GREAT NEWS, they have finally succumb to the light side and brought back the original director and more importantly: the PLOT! So the movie will again be about a group of friends travelling to get into skywalker ranch and see Ep1. The Phantom Menace before it comes out because of of the buds has terminal cancer and won’t be around for the actual release. The film features a plethora of awesome young actors and even better cameos from lots of our fav star wars characters, including Ray Park as a security Guard. The issue was that other directors took over and tried to change the storyline just to some kids going to break in and watch it…thats it…not cancer storyline and no heart and emotion.

    Anyways, this post is over. That’s my scoops for today.

  7. I love the idea of RDJ as Superman, but not so much the idea of the movie itself. We’ll see.

    I’m looking forward to checking out David’s blog. He was very funny on Celebrity Millionaire.

  8. Terminal cancer AND The Phantom Menace. Poor kid.

  9. Liz, RDJ as Superman would definitely have to mean Woody Harrelson as Brainiac!

  10. Some scoopies for today:

    Wachowski brothers may team with Keanu (woah!) for the Plastic Man movie which they had written before even doing the first Matrix.
    http://www.latinoreview.com/news/updated-keanu-reeves-as-plastic-man-whoa-5001

    Anyone remember that old cartoon?

    In bigger news, a trailer for Frank Miller’s the Spirit was leaked today, taken down everywhere….THEN officially released (what?). So here’s an HD version

    http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/news/new-disappointing-trailer-for-the-spirit-gets-leaked.php

    Well, the first half of the trailer, i was like “wow, just as awful as the first trailer.” BUT then I got to see Scarlet Johansson AND Samuel L. Nick Fury Mace Windo M-Fing Snake Jackson! and I got just a wee bit excited to the point where the film MAY, just may be watchable.

    whadya all think?

  11. Meh as much as I loved Sin City I am really not that excited about Spirit despite it looking almost identical to Sin City. I really would of liked to have seen it done differently. I think general audiences may think it’s a Sin City Sequal or something.

  12. @Rob I’ve posted up the trailer for The Spirit, check the home page. I think it looks like a trailer for soft core porn.

    Vic

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