Mid-Week Movie News Wrap Up - Dec. 18, 2008

One week to Christmas and to take your mind off all the shopping that you haven't done is the Mid Week Movie News Wrap Up.

This week:

Adam Shankman sails Sinbad; Sam Worthington may be The Phantom; Barry Sonnenfeld reads The How-To Guide for Saving the World and Rachel McAdams has Morning Glory.

1. Adam Shankman is in negotiations to direct a new Sinbad film for Sony Pictures. The film was originally going to star Keanu Reeves and Rob Cohen was set to direct, however the plug was pulled following the cinematic travesty that was Stealth. According to Variety:

"The story centers on Sinbad and his crew, who are marooned off the coast of China and embark on a quest to find the lamp of Aladdin."

I just can't see this being any good.

Source: Variety

2. The Phantom Legacy witer Tim Boyle is reportedly hoping that he will be the man that is going to weild the megaphone on the set of the forthcoming superhero film.

Boyle also hopes that Avatar and Terminator Salvation star Sam Worthington will be donning the purple tights for the action-adventure film. The pair originally worked together on a low budget film named Fink.

Nothing is offical yet, and this is speculation but expect an announcement soon naming all key members of cast and crew.


3. Men In Black director Barry Sonnenfeld will direct The How-To Guide for Saving the World. Sonnenfeld had this to say about the action-comedy:

"One of the first things I read when I joined the manly William Morris Agency was Ben David Grabinski's script. I loved the writing, and the concept: what would happen if one afternoon, the secret group that protects Earth from alien invaders was wiped out? Fortunately, they left behind an instruction manual for saving Earth. Unfortunately, a non-action-hero guy not unlike me, in terms of manliness, and a woman who hates him, find the book, and have to save the planet from an impending attack. I had a great experience making Get Shorty with MGM/UA and could not be more excited to be working with them again."

The phrase been there done that springs to mind.

Source: Comingsoon

4. Rachel McAdams is in negotiations to join Harrison Ford in Morning Glory. The comedy is set in the cut-throat world of morning TV news. The J.J Abrams produced comedy was written by Aline Brosh McKenna the writer behind the musical montage that was The Devil Wears Prada. Roger Michell director of Notting Hill and the outstanding Enduring Love (starring Daniel Craig) will call the shots.

Source: Variety

That's it for now, see you at the movies!

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