Mid-Week Movie News Wrap Up - Feb. 26, 2009

This week:

Ferrell and Wahlberg are The B Team; make a date with Harry Potter; Matt Damon makes an Adjustment; Twilight's Hardwicke decides to Stay and Blanchett hangs in the Hood.

1. Will Ferrell and Mark "Marky Mark" Wahlberg are due to team up in The B Team. No, I'm serious.

According to Variety the film is

"An Adam McKay-directed action comedy that casts Ferrell and Wahlberg as cops, with Chris Henchy writing the script."

Could be humorous, but it could be dire.

Can Wahlberg do comedy? I'm sure that we'll find out soon enough.

I'd also expect a title change before the lawyers at Fox get over excited

Source: Variety

2. The final Harry Potter film has a release date:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part II will open on July 15, 2011.

Mark that date in your diary. Man, that'll be ten years of Harry Potter. Did anyone else think that the franchise would have run out of steam long ago?

Source: Hollywood Reporter

3. Hollywood loves Dick. Phillip K. Dick that is.

Matt Damon is attached to George Nolfi's adaption of Dick's The Adjustment Bureau.

Apparently Nolfi will make his directing debut with the film that is due to go into production this summer.

Nolfi previously wrote Damon's Ocean's Eleven, while Dick is the mastermind behind some of the greatest Sci-Fi films (and stories) including Blade Runner.

Source: Variety

4. When Catherine Hardwicke departed the Twilight franchise it looked like her relationship with Summit Entertainment had soured. It would appear that the pair are at the...ahem... peak of their creativity. Hardwicke and Summit plan to bring another young-adult novel called If I Stay to the big screen.

According to EW:

"The project centers on 17-year old musician Mia who, after a violent car accident, finds herself watching her damaged body taken from the wreck. She must decide whether or not she has the will to live."

Sounds like a teenage version of The Lovely Bones.

I'm sure it'll make a pile of money. None of it will be mine.

Source: EW

5. We mentioned it before, but now Cate Blanchette is in final neogtiations to star in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood / Nottingham opposite Russell Crowe. Not to be confused with Frost / Nixon.

Blanchett would of course play Maid Marian. The budget of the film is in the region of $130 million and it's due to start shooting (arrows) in April.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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

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