Movie News Wrap Up: January 19th, 2012

First Skyfall Image from Empire

This week:

Tommy Lee Jones is an Emperor; Nicolas Cage takes a spin on the Dark Highway; Joel Edgerton has a One Night Stand; it's About Time that Richard Curtis directed a new movie; Kate Winslet joins Kenneth Branagh's Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and James Bond's back in Skyfall

1. Veteran actor Tommy Lee Jones will join Lost’s Matthew Fox in Emperor, the new film from director Peter Webber. The Oscar-winner will portray General Douglas MacArthur in the film, which is set in the aftermath of the Japanese surrender in WWII.

According to Deadline:

“MacArthur is the de facto ruler of Japan as Supreme Commander of the occupying forces, and he leans on a leading Japanese expert on his staff, General Bonner Fellers (Fox), to reach a decision of historical importance: should Emperor Hirohito be tried and hanged as a war criminal?”

However, the film will be more than a post-war political drama – there will be romance too:

“Fellers’ feellings are complicated by his love affair with Aya, a Japanese exchange student he had met years previously in the U.S. Memories of Aya and his quest to find her in the ravaged post-war landscape help Fellers to discover both his wisdom and his humanity and enable him to come to the momentous decision that changed the course of history and the future of two nations.”

If done right then Emperor could be a serious Oscar contender - however, if the film becomes overly preachy and sentimental, then there is the potential that it could be a touch too saccharine for audiences, critics and award voters alike.

Source: Deadline


2. It would seem that Nicolas Cage loves his automotive action movies. Following the likes of Gone In Sixty Seconds, Drive Angry and two Ghost Rider movies, comes news that the eccentric actor is eying the lead role in Dark Highway, a film about “a man being chased who is trying to get to a certain place in one day. He doesn't know whether the situation is real or his imagination.”

Christopher Kyle (Alexander, K19: The Widowmaker) wrote the script for the $25 million film, which will be directed Bruce McDonald.

McDonald is apparently quoted as saying:

“Now it’s all about timing, and everybody’s schedule…It’s one of those things where you’re never really sure if it’s happening until it’s happening.”

Cage has made an eclectic choice of movies over his career, and if he does indeed put the key in the ignition, then this could be one to watch. Then again, it could be another Season of the Witch.

Source: Cagealot via Dark Horizons


3. Australian actor Joel Edgerton, (Warrior, The Thing and the fantastic Animal Kingdom) has shown that he’s not just a one-trick pony, as he has just sold his first screenplay, titled One Night Stand to New Regency.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the script is a “drama with comedic elements” which takes “an honest look at a man and a woman in the aftermath of a one night stand”.

Sounds like a gritty Knocked Up, or a comedic take on the Mike Figgis 1997 night Stand.

Edgerton will executive produce, but he isn’t expected to star in the film, which doesn't have a director attached-yet.

Source: THR


4. Brit Rom-Com machine and writer of War Horse, Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill), is set to direct a new time-travel comedy called About Time.

Richard Curtis to direct About Time

The low-budget film is expected to start shooting this summer, with Working Title stumping up the cash - a move that will reunite them with Curtis, who has made them millions at the box office with his romantic efforts. He also lost them millions by directing Pirate Radio (or The Boat That Rocked), a $50 million film that grossed just $8 million at the US box office and $28 million elsewhere, for a poor $36 million total.

Source: THR


5. Oscar and Golden Globe-winner Kate Winslet has joined the cast of director Kenneth Branagh’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

The film will see Winslet play magazine columnist Juliet Ashton, who, after exchanging letters with a pig farmer, discovers that a book club formed in Guernsey during WWII is still ongoing. Her life is changed forever, when she travels to the island to speak to its inhabitants.

The Fox 2000 film will re-team Branagh and Winslet, who last worked together on Branagh's 1996 Shakespearean epic Hamlet

Source: Variety


6. Over the weekend Empire unveiled a new official image from the latest James Bond adventure Skyfall. The image has since vanished from the magazine's website, but not before it left many fans shaken and stirred.

Check it out below:

First Skyfall Image from Empire

It looks like James Bond really is back!

Source: Empire

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


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