Mid-Week Movie News Wrap Up - Feb. 05, 2009

It's time for another Mid Week Movie News Wrap Up.

This week:

John Carpenter chooses yet another project; Clooney and Sorkin like a good Challenge; Bill Murray decides to Get Low; Bloom and Kurylenko get Cross and Nottingham wants an accountant.

1. It looks like John Carpenter just can't make his mind up! First it appeared that L.A Gothic would be the follow-up to Ghosts of Mars, and then it looked like Scared Straight (or Riot as it was renamed) starring Nicolas Cage would be his next film. Wrong on both counts.

It now looks like The Master of Horror's next film will be The Ward with Amber Heard.

According to Variety:

"Heard will star as a haunted woman in a mental institution."

Sounds like anything could happen - but I'll believe this to be Carpenter's next movie when I see the first still. I presume Carpenter has become tired of receiving checks for remakes of his old movies. Recently Carpenter classics like The Fog, Assault on Precinct 13 and Halloween have received the make over treatment. Halloween 2 and a reboot of The Thing are on the way.

Source: Variety

2. George Clooney continues to ratchet up polarizing prestige pictures after signing on to produce and possibly direct as well as star in Aaron Sorkin's The Challenge.

According to Variety:

"Clooney ... hopes to play Navy lawyer Charles Swift in the drama about the effort by Swift and Georgetown U. law professor Neal Katyal to ensure a fair trial for Osama bin Laden's driver, Salim Hamdan, who'd been held at Guantanamo Bay for five years."

Warner Bros. and Clooney's Smokehouse Productions are behind the project.

Sorkin has been behind such political fare as A Few Good Men, The American President, Charlie Wilson's War as well as television's The West Wing and Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip.

Source: Variety

3. Bill Murray, Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek Lucas Black will star in "period dramatic thriller" Get Low. The film is "based on the true story of Felix "Bush" Breazeale, a Tennessee recluse who planned his own funeral in 1938 while he was still alive and could enjoy it."

Sounds intriguing, and Murray and Duvall are always good value.

Bill - when is Ghostbusters 3 coming?

Source: Variety

4. Orlando Bloom, Vincent Cassel and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) will star in Andrew Niccol's $24 million Sci-Fi film The Cross.

According to Variety:

"Bloom plays a man seeking to cross a mysterious border, something no one else has achieved; Cassel limns the guard who will go to any lengths to foil him. Kurylenko takes the femme lead"

If only Bloom could act!

Source: Variety

5. It looks like Ridley Scott's Nottingham is gearing up for production.

According to Guardian Jobs:

"Construction Accountant needed for large US studio film. Position requires previous experience as Construction Accountant for a US major studio. Applicant will be responsible for set estimating and processing of all payroll, petty cash, purchase orders and accounts payable for the construction department. Position is based from Shepperton Studios. Start date is immediate."

Shepperton is of course co-owned by Scott and the company looking for the accountant is Nottingham Productions.

To make it even more obvious the interested parties must email Castro at

It looks like the production problems have been solved and an actress has been found to replace Sienna Miller who left/ was fired from the role of Maid Marian.

Source: The Guardian

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

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