Movie News Wrap Up: February 18th 2012


This week:

Jennifer Aniston and Dennis Quaid Switch to Rum Punch; we get a look at Kevin Costner’s The Hatfields and the McCoys; Mel Gibson’s Gringo takes an international Summer Vacation; Michael Fassbender delves into Irish Myths; Tony Scott and Vince Vaughn take a Lucky Strike and Guy Pearce escapes from earth in Lockout.

1. Jennifer Aniston and Dennis Quaid look set to join the cast of Switch, a film based on the prequel novel to Rum Punch, which Quentin Tarantino filmed as Jackie Brown. Both books were written by Elmore Leonard.

Dan Schechter will direct the film which sees John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) play Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie (the characters played by Robert DeNiro and Samuel L. Jackson in Tarantino’s film).

According to Deadline:

“Aniston is in talks to play Mickey Dawson, and Quaid to play her crooked real estate developer husband. She’s kidnapped and ransomed by two ex-cons (Hawkes and Bey) and when the lowlife husband sees this as a way to get rid of his wife and refuses to pay the ransom, the kidnappers embrace a new opportunity: teaming with a pissed off bombshell housewife to get all of her husband’s money.”

In 2010 Aniston also starred in the film The Switch, a comedy co-starring Jason Bateman.

Source: Deadline


2. It’s been a while since we brought you news on Kevin Costner’s latest foray into the western genre; The Hatfields and The McCoys – that has now changed with the first footage of the film being released.

You can check it out here.

The three part mini-series, which premieres on Memorial Day, also stars Bill Paxton, Tom Berenger, Powers Boothe and Mare Winningham.

If anyone knows their way around a western it's Costner and it looks like he’s bringing some of that Open Range grit to the proceedings.

Source: History


3. Mel Gibson’s latest flick may be called Get The Gringo in the US, but it seems like it is going to be known as How I Spent My Summer Vacation, on the international circuit.

The action film, which is getting a VOD release stateside, will also get a theatrical release in some territories, including the UK – you can check out the theatrical poster below:

How I Spent My Summer Vacation UK Poster

Get the Gringo debuts on DirecTV on May 1st, while it will hit the big screen in the UK under the title How I Spent My Summer Vacation on May 11th.

Source: Screen Rant


4. Michael Fassbender is set to return to his Irish roots and take the lead in a new project which has the working title Irish Myths.

Michael Fassbender to make Irish Myths

Fassbender will play the Irish warrior Cuchulain, the defender of Ulster in the film which will be written by Ronan Bennett (Public Enemies).

According to Screen Daily:

“Development funding is already in place for the project which is being produced by Finn McCool Films, the London based production company set up by Fassbender and Bennett.”

No director is set, but Fassbender has been working with some pretty impressive talent over the last few years including Ridley Scott (Prometheus), Steven Soderbergh (Haywire), Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method), Steve McQueen (Shame) and Neil Marshall (Centurion), so I wouldn’t be surprised if he attracts an A-Lister to the project.

Source: Screen Daily


5. Tony Scott has a multitude of projects to choose from at the minute, and yet another has come out of left field to potentially be his “next movie.” Maybe.


Lucky Strike is “an action film in which a DEA agent teams with a drug runner to take down a drug cartel.” So far so generic, but it appears that Vince Vaughn is attached to the $80 million film which is sure to involve some fast editing and orange filters.

If Scott decides to direct then the film could start shooting in late summer or early fall, with Emmett/Furla Films stumping up the cash and 20th Century Fox distributing.

Where this leaves Hell’s Angels, The Wild Bunch, The Warriors, Potsdamer Platz and Top Gun 2 is anyone's guess.

Source: Deadline


6. Luc Besson’s latest action extravaganza, Lockout riffs on John Carpenter’s Escape From New York and its sequel Escape From LA. If you don’t believe me, then check out the film's official synopsis below:

"Starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace and set in the near future, Lockout follows a falsely convicted ex-government agent (Pearce), whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission of rescuing the President’s daughter (Grace) from rioting convicts at an outer space maximum security prison."

Have look at the new poster to the James Mather and Stephen St. Leger directed film:

Lockout Poster

Source: Screen Rant

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

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