Mid-Week Movie News Wrap Up - April 9, 2009

This week:

Russell knows Aaron and Sarah; Freddy Krueger claims his first victim; more superheroes in The Umbrella Academy;; Warners dust off an old Goonies 2 script for Treehouse Gang and ever wondered what a movie starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Spade, Salma Hayek and Maria Bello would be like?

1. The Hollywood outsider who always manages to get in David O. Russell -  is readying a new romantic comedy entitled Aaron and Sarah.The plot of the John Hughesesque comedy is as follows:

"Story centers on a nerdy guy and a popular girl who meet as freshmen and, over four years of high school, four proms and one funeral, become friends and eventually fall in love."

It sounds like typical Hollywood fare, but I think that there just might be a little bit of bite to it - after all this is from the man who directed Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees Spanking the Monkey as well as the forthcoming Nailed with Jessica Biel and Jake Gyllenhaal."

I wonder who is crazy enough to work with the man that got into a shoving match with George Clooney?

Source: Variety

2. Kyle Gallner fresh off the horror success of The Haunting in Connecticut is a dead man. The young actor has signed on to star in the reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Jackie Earle Haley will play the iconic Freddy Krueger in the fresh take/ rehash of the horror franchise.

Gallner must love horror as he also stars in the yet to be released Jennifer's Body which was written by Diablo Cody and stars Megan Fox..

Source: Variety

3. Mark Bomback is adapting The Umbrella Academy for Universal Pictures. The film will be based on the Dark Horse comic book created by My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way.

This is the plot:

"The Umbrella Academy is a group of disbanded superheroes who reunite after the death of their adoptive father, Sir Reginald Hargreeves, an alien disguised as a wealthy entrepreneur. Hargreeves collected the members of the group shortly after their birth and trained them to save the world, and after his death, they carry on his plan."

I wonder if Rhianna will be on the soundtrack?

It never rains but it pours with Superhero movies.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

4. Kent Alterman director of Semi-Pro will direct Treehouse Gang for Warner Bros.According to The Hollywood Reporter:

"The project is based on Timothy Dowling's spec, which centers on a group of six childhood friends who get together in their late twenties for a treasure hunt that echoes the hunts of their youth, in the process exploring longtime friendships and grudges."

It's pitched as a grown-up version of The Goonies, which is what The Goonies 2 was supposed to be - which was also set up at Warner Bros.

Anybody else think that they're just re-using an old spec script for that film?

Source: Hollywood Reporter

5. Maria Bello is in final negotiations to join Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Spade, Salma Hayek and Maya Rudolph in an untitled film which was written and will be produced by Sandler.

The film which will start shooting in May "revolves around high school friends who reunite 30 years later."

Sandler chum Dennis Dugan will direct.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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

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