Movie News Wrap Up: Jan 12 2013

Guillermo Del Toro Retrying Mountains of Madness

This week:

Mark Romanek is no longer attached to Cinderella; Guillermo Del Toro is giving At the Mountains of Madness one last try; Hailee Steinfeld joins Kevin Costner for Three Days to Kill; Brad Pitt is eying Pontius Pilate; Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence plan a sitcom; and Drunk History is headed to cable.

Director Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) is no longer attached to Disney's forthcoming update of the classic fairy tale Cinderella.

Mark Romanek Off Cinderella

Deadline reports that Romanek and Disney were unable to come to an agreement in terms of how best to revise the story. The site also suggests that Disney will be quick to find a replacement for Romanek as they were hoping to put the project in production some time this summer.

As of right now, the only star attached to the film is Cate Blanchett, who will play the evil stepmother character. The role of Cinderella, however, has yet to be cast, although rumors suggested a young group of actress (including Saoirse Ronan) have already begun screen testing.

Source: Deadline


Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro's will-he/won't-he relationship with adapting H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness looks to have swung back into the "will he" category, as the director says he is "going to try it one more time."

Guillermo Del Toro Retrying Mountains of Madness

Back in 2011 ,it seemed like the project was dead in the water – one of many del Toro projects to fall by the wayside – however, that appears to no longer be the case. Though his attention is surely trained toward getting Pacific Rim finished on time, del Toro has never been averse to lining more projects up in the mean time (occasionally to a fault).

According to del Toro, the plan is to "do a big presentation of the project" and hope that a studio bites. And, if the project is picked up somewhere, del Toro reveals that Tom Cruise is still "game to be on board."

Source: Indiewire


The Kevin Costner thriller Three Days to Kill – which has become a staple of these news wrap-ups – has added Hailee Steinfeld to its cast.

Hailee Stenfeild Joins Three Days to Kill

Steinfeld had been rumored to be up for a role for a few months, and now Deadline has confirmed she's joining the cast. The True Grit actress will be playing the estranged daughter of Costner's character, a retired Secret Service agent asked to complete a job in exchange for a life-saving drug.

Along with Steinfeld, both Amber Heard (who had also been rumored for a role) and Connie Nielsen have been confirmed. McG (This Means War) has been pegged to direct.

Source:  Deadline


Brad Pitt is reportedly interested in the lead role for Warner Bros' Pontius Pilate, a drama centered on the historical figure.

Brad Pitt Eyeing Pontius Pilate

Though Pitt's interest is merely suggested at this point, Deadline surmises that if the actor did sign on, things could start speeding along for the film. The site also reports that the film's script has the makings of a big budget period film – following Pilate's evolution from "sensitive son" to "vicious soldier."

They even reveal that the script, penned by Vera Blasi, has its fair share of intriguing twists and turns that make it more akin to Braveheart or Gladiator than Passion of the Christ. However, as solid as the role and story sound, Pitt does have a full slate of projects lined up, so we'll have to wait and see if he's willing to commit.

Source: Deadline


Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence are both reportedly looking to return to sitcom comedy.

Though a series concept has not been finalized, the two have allegedly been fostering the idea since as early as November, with the project finally starting to gain traction earlier this week. As of now, Lionsgate TV is looking to find a creator/showrunner for the series, which is said to have an Odd Couple feel to it.

Martin Lawrence Kelsey Grammer Sitcom

The plan, according to Deadline, is to produce 10 episodes of the multi-camera sitcom and structure a deal that says if the ratings hit a certain threshold, a multi-season order would follow shortly thereafter.

For both Grammer and Lawrence, this would be a return to the genre that made them household names and further pushed them into stardom. And for Grammer, the timing is perfect, as his critically acclaimed (but underappreciated) series Boss was canceled after two seasons.

Source: Deadline


The popular Funny or Die web series Drunk History is heading to Comedy Central thanks to actor Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay (Anchorman 2), who will executive produce the show. Check out an episode feature Ferrell, Don Cheadle, and Zooey Deschanel below:

Drunk History's basic idea revolves around the retelling of some historical event by an inebriated narrator. As the story unfolds, and the narrator battles their drunkenness, things get more and more incoherent, and thus more entertaining.

Even though episodes rely heavily on celebrity cameos and are most successful (in this writer's opinion) in short spurts, McKay, Ferrell, and Comedy Central seem to believe the concept could work as a series. Many web series have found success on cable television, but that is oftentimes a fleeting success. We'll keep you posted as the story develops.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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