Movie News Wrap Up: December 17th, 2011


This week:

George Clooney gets Dangerously Funny; Denzel Washington Equalizes against Russell Crowe; All Is Lost for Robert Redford; Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace have a Passion for Brian DePlama and put the key in the ignition for The Driver.

1. It seems like George Clooney is going to keep making films with a political slant, the actor/director is set to turn the story of The Smothers Brothers into a film.

Clooney and his Smokehouse Productions partner Grant Heslov have teamed with Sony Pictures to adapt David Bianculli’s book Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story Of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour for the big screen.

The pair had a comedy/variety show on CBS which ran for 1967-69, which often took a liberal approach to politics – an approach which got them into trouble with President Nixon and then ultimately fired from CBS.

It’s too late to tell if Clooney will star or direct, but if I was a betting man, then I’d say that he’ll direct and opt for a supporting role – if the film comes to fruition.

Source: Deadline


2. An article in THR has revealed that Denzel Washington has replaced Russell Crowe in The Equalizer.

Denzel Washington to replace Russell Crowe in The Equalizer

The big screen version of the 80s series was set to re-team Crowe with his Next Three Days director Paul Haggis (the man behind Crash), but it’s uncertain if the director is still in the fix. If he is, then maybe someone got cold feet of the duo pairing up again after their last collaboration's weak box office ($21 million US gross, $67 million worldwide).

Washington is a solid replacement, but he can do this sort of movie in his sleep. It would have been nice to see Crowe doing something different. Maybe he got an extra big payday from Man of Steel.

Source: THR


3. He might be 75 years old, but Robert Redford is showing no sign of slowing down. The Sundance Kid is planning to star in All Is Lost, a new drama from Margin Call director J.C. Chandor.

Deadline describes the films as “a drama that is described as a man vs. nature drama that takes place on the water”.

The film may shoot this coming May in Mexico’s Baja Film Studios, the location where James Cameron filmed Titanic and Michael By shot Pearl Harbor.

Redford is currently finishing up The Company You Keep, a thriller that he directs and also stars in alongside Shia LaBeouf.

Source: Deadline


4. The great Brian DePalma has been keeping a low profile in recent years (he hasn’t directed a film since 2007’s little seen Redacted) but that is about to change with news that the Scarface director is set to direct Passion.

Sherlock Holmes stars Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace look set to star in the film, a remake of the 2011 French film Crime d'Amour, which “sees an older executive who takes revenge on her protégé”.

This new version (budgeted at $20 million), written by DePlama “tells the story of a woman who turns murderess when her boss steals her idea”.

DePlama is quoted as saying:

“Not since Dressed to Kill have I had a chance to combine eroticism, suspense, mystery and murder into one spell-binding cinematic experience. I can’t wait.”

Sounds like DePlama is back at doing what he does best - the Hitchcockian thriller.

Source: Thompson On Hollywood


5. We’ve had Drive – now get ready for The Driver.

The Driver - a new getaway driver thriller

“Driver centers on a man whose suburban life existence is flipped on his drive to work when he finds himself coerced to be the wheelman of an assembled group of criminals. The man learns that thieves were not randomly assembled and that the heist leads to a larger mystery.”

Voltage Productions and Solipsist Films picked up the script by director-writer duo Spenser Cohen and Zach Luna, and they hope to start casting in the New Year.

Source: THR


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

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