Movie News Wrap Up: March 29th, 2012

24 movie delayed

This week:

Kiefer Sutherland is out of Touch with 24; Michael Douglas and Jeff Bridges are Dirty Grandpas; Only God Forgives a bruised and battered Ryan Gosling and Chloë Moretz gets Carried away.


1. Fans of 24 have been anxiously waiting for the film version of the show for several years. It looked like the film was set to go into production in April, but it has now been pushed back to next year – at the earliest.

Budgetary concerns appear to be the reason for the delay. Sutherland and producer Brian Grazer believed the movie could be made for just over $40 million, while 20th Century Fox wanted the budget of the film capped at $30 million.

Star and producer Kiefer Sutherland is said to be furious at the delay, which has also been caused by salary negotiations. The star wanted $5 million to star in the film, but Fox low-balled him with a $1 million offer. This was then upped to $2 million, but that still didn’t please Sutherland.

Fox and Sutherland have a limited time frame to make the film because it has to be scheduled between the seasons of the 24 star's new show Touch.

Source: The Wrap


2. Michael Douglas and Jeff Bridges are in contention to star in Dirty Grandpa, a new R-rated comedy from John Phillips, the writer of Bad Santa 2.

Jeff Bridges eyed for Dirty Grandpa

According to Vulture:

Michael Douglas eyed for Dirty Grandpa

Bridges is Universal Pictures' first choice for the role, and Douglas is the back-up plan.

Personally, I’d like to see Douglas snag the role. Bridges is currently on a roll after snagging the Oscar for Crazy Heart, and he’s been busting blocks with the likes of Tron: Legacy and True Grit over the last few years. Douglas has been keeping a low profile since his cancer scare a while back, but he was great in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and he has Liberace with Steven Soderbergh on the way.

Source Vulture


3. Nearly everyone loved Drive, the Nicolas Winding Refn-directed thriller starring Ryan Gosling. The pair reunites for the revenge thriller Only God Forgives, which sees Gosling star as a man who travels to Bangkok to avenge the death of his brother, who died at the hands of a ruthless police lieutenant.

The violence was swift and brutal in Drive, and it looks like this isn’t to be any different.

Check out the first image below:

Gosling in Only God Forgives

Like Nicolas Cage told us - Bangkok Dangerous!

Source: Coming Soon


4. We mentioned that  some young actresses were in the running for the remake of Carrie, and now it looks like Kick- Ass actress Chloë Moretz has snagged the role.

Moretz was great in Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass, and she also did the horror remake thing with Let Me In, a US remake of the superior Swedish film Let the Right One In. It’s decent casting, in a still pointless remake.

The legacy of Carrie has already been tarnished by 1999’s belated sequel The Rage: Carrie 2, and an expensive Broadway musical flop.

Source: Deadline

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

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