Movie News Wrap Up: April 7th, 2012


This week:

Dominic Cooper is a Dead Man Down; Peoples join the Lone Wolf  and Cub; we get teased by Doctor Who and The Mummy franchise gets the reboot treatment from the writer of Prometheus.

1. Dominic Cooper is in negotiations to join Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace in Dead Man Down.

According to Variety:

“Dead Man Down finds Farrell infiltrating a crime syndicate responsible for the death of his family, with Rapace playing a mysterious, scarred beauty with intimate knowledge of his past. Cooper is in talks to play Darcy, a family man who works as Farrell's partner on the street.”

It looks like Farrell is planning on maintaining a high profile following from Total Recall, while the sky is the limit for Rapace after Prometheus.

Niels Arden Oplev, the man behind the Swedish language version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo will direct.

Source: Variety


2. Twelve Monkeys scribes David and Janet Peoples will write an adaptation of the Japanese manga Lone Wolf and Cub for Kamala Films.

David and Janet Peoples to write Lone Wolf and Cub

Fast Five director Justin Lin is attached to direct the project, which according to Deadline is “set in the feudal Edo period, and chronicles the story of Ogami Itto, the Shogun’s elite executioner. In an attempt to take his position, the rival Yagyu clan falsely accuses Itto of a crime and murders his wife. Disgraced, Itto is forced to wander Japan with his three-year-old son Daigoro as an assassin for hire, earning the title ‘Lone Wolf and Cub’.”

When Lin will direct this is anyone’s guess. He has a sixth (and seventh) Fast and Furious film in development and he wants to direct a new installment of The Terminator franchise.

Source: Deadline


3. There’s a new teaser trailer for the seventh season of Doctor Who doing the rounds - and we have it for your viewing pleasure.

Check it out below:

This new series sees the departure of Karen Gillan’s Amy Pond. The Doctor will be joined by a new companion played by Jenna-Louse Coleman.

Source: YouTube


4. Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts has been hired to “reboot” (Variety's term, not mine) The Mummy for Universal Pictures.

The Mummy gets the reboot treatment

All three previous installments in The Mummy franchise have grossed over $400 million globally, with Brendan Fraser top-lining the series since 1999.

Speaking to Variety, Spaihts said:

"I see it as the sort of opportunity I had with 'Prometheus': to go back to a franchise's roots in dark, scary source material and simultaneously open it up to an epic scale we haven't seen before."

At this point, it appears that producer Sean Daniel will be the only talent from the previous films returning. The Mummy movies skewed the horror angle, opting for an adventurous Indiana Jones-style take, at this point it is not known if that will change.

Source: Variety


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

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