Mid-Week Movie News Wrap Up - Jan. 29, 2009

It's that time again - you know when you catch up on film news that you might have missed.

This week:

Neil Marshall is a Centurion; John Orloff helps create James Bond and Smith backs away from Oldboy.

1. Brit director Neil Marshall (Doomsday and Dog Soldiers) will direct Centurion, a sword and sandals epic set in Britain.

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

"The movie, billed as a thriller set during the Roman invasion of Britain in A.D. 117, tells the story of Quintus Dias, sole survivor of a Pictish raid on a Roman frontier fort, who marches north with General Virilus' legendary Ninth Legion, under orders to wipe the Picts from the face of the Earth and destroy their leader, Gorlacon."

300's Michael Fassbender, The Wire's Dominic West and Quantum of Solace's Olga Kurylenko will star.

Sounds like it should be good.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

2. John Orloff the writer behind real life Angelina Jolie starrer A Mighty Heart will is going to be shaken not stirred when he writes Fleming. The film will chart the life and times of James Bond creator Ian Fleming.

Leonardo DiCaprio's Apian Way will produce the film for Warner Bros, with the star mulling over a starring role.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

3. It sounds like the Will Smith and Steven Spielberg version of Oldboy may be a long way away. At the very least.  Speaking to MTV Smith said:

“We’re working from the comic and we haven’t done anything other than talk about it. So we’ll see what happens, but he’s not going to do anything that would be less than stunning.”

Sounds like the project isn't going to be released anytime soon. I'm sure Smith and Spielberg have better things to do with their time than make a film that isn't going to match up to the original Korean version.

Source: MTV

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

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