Bruce Willis fights Five Against the Bullet; Disney’s Hover Car picks up a new passenger; David Arnold drops out of Skyfall but producers find a Newman; Zach Helm is in Deep Water and The Artist's Michel Hazanavicius goes on The Search for Oscar.
1. Bruce Willis might re-team with his Red producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and we’re not talking about Red 2. It seems like the Die Hard star and di Bonaventura will be bringing a Magnificent Seven-esqe actioner Five Against the Bullet to the screen.
The Transformers producer has been out shilling Man on A Ledge, and he dropped details on the potential project to Collider:
“There’s one called Five Against the Bullet which is really great and I think I have a shot at making a movie that will pay homage to movies like The Wild Bunch or The Magnificent Seven. It’s a hardcore shoot-em up with men of questionable morality coming up against maybe their humanity as a result of it. I’m really excited about that because those movies are really hard to make because they can veer into just an action picture or they can speak to you in a way that’s different, where you can get underneath the character. I aspire more to The Wild Bunch and The Magnificent Seven and hopefully we can pull it off.”
Willis isn’t a total lock, but it seems likely that he’ll star:
“Bruce Willis is probably going to do it. But there are five really great characters, so that’s what’s really fun. There’s actually a sixth character that is sort of a cameo that’s really interesting too. I think we’re going to be able to put together a very eclectic international cast and Sony is going to do the picture.”
This could be another Expendables style franchise where a group of actors team-up and kick-ass. What’s not to love about that?
2. Screenwriter Dan Harris (Superman Returns) has been hired by Disney to write the latest script for the sci-fi adventure film Hover Car.
Harris is the latest in a long line of writers (David DiGilio, John Sayles and Blaise Hemingway) who have been hired by the House of the Mouse in an attempt to bring Matthew Riley’s Hover Car Racer to the big screen.
Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar will produce the futuristic film, which follows character Jason Chaser, as he joins an international race school. Chaser takes part in the “glamorous” sport of Hover Car racing, where he overcomes adversity...yada yada yada.
The film is envisioned as a franchise starter, and has previously been compared to Speed Racer, although it’s probably safe to assume that that comparison will stop, given the latter film's poor reception.
3. Thomas Newman will take over composing duties on the forthcoming James Bond adventure, Skyfall. Newman replaces David Arnold, who has composed the scores for every Bond entry since Tomorrow Never Dies. Newman’s previous film soundtracks include the Sam Mendes films American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jarhead and Revolutionary Road. He also also composed the music to such diverse fare as WALL.E, Meet Joe Black, The Lost Boys and The Adjustment Bureau.
Newman is quoted as saying:
“I’m incredibly excited to be working with Sam again. It’s a real thrill to be able to collaborate on something as special as a Bond movie.”
Personally, I’ve enjoyed all of Arnold’s Bond scores, although I feel that Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace failed to use the iconic Bond theme to their advantage - not Arnold's fault, I'm sure, and more to do with the producers wanting a stripped-down Bond.
However, it doesn’t look like it’s the end of Bond for Arnold, who said:
“I’m a huge fan of Thomas Newman so I am as excited as anyone to see where Sam Mendes and his team take James Bond on his 50th anniversary.”
Daniel Craig returns as James Bond.
4. Zach Helm (Stranger Than Fiction) has been hired by Fox 2000 to adapt Patricia Highsmith’s novel Dark Water for the big screen.
According to THR:
“The story centers on an upscale suburban husband who, in order to avoid a divorce, allows his wife to have affairs. When the paramours start disappearing, the quiet marriage and community that surrounds the couple begin to heat up.”
Steven Zaillian and Mike Nichols will produce the film which is being described as “a dark, sexy comedy”. Previous Highsmith adaptations include Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr Ripley.
Helm is currently writing Freezing People is Easy, and Errol Morris is directing the cryogenic comedy, which stars Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson and Christopher Walken.
5. Michel Hazanavicius, the director of the major awards contender The Artist is setting up his next film. The Frenchman looks set to direct a film that will be “inspired” by Fred Zinnemann's The Search.
The 1948 film saw a mother searching for her son following the aftermath of WWII, however this new film will be set in “war-torn Chechnya”.
Hazanavicius is quoted as saying:
"In the original film, the story revolved around a young boy who survived a concentration camp. In my film, the focus will be on the special relationship between a woman and a young boy as well."
Oscar? Did somebody say Oscar?
That’s it for now. See you at movies.