This week: we get a peek at Resident Evil: Afterlife; Vincent Cassel joins David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen in Russia for Eastern Promises 2; Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr. and Ashley Judd swim with Dolphins; F. Gary Gray must have a hangover because he’s about to make Hair of the Dog; a slew of stars head to Springfield to visit The Simpsons; Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody join Charlize Theron for Young Adult and get ready for Alien Zoo!
1. The most successful video game to movie franchise ever – Resident Evil - unleashes its next installment next month.
Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Shawn Roberts, and Sienna Guillory star in the now obligatory 3D film release. If you can’t wait until next month, then take solace in the banner below, which has been released by Screen Gems.
If you’d like to see a few more, head over to AMC Entertainment.
2. French star Vincent Cassel is set to reunite with director David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen in a sequel to their art-house hit Eastern Promises.
"We talked very seriously about Eastern Promises 2 and it's going to be shot in Russia with Viggo and myself.”
Source: Coming Soon
3. To keep in with the European theme – Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace are set to star in Lockout for writer/producer Luc Besson.
According to Deadline:
"Guy Pearce is attached to play a man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. He's offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates."
Haven’t these people seen Escape From LA. Or Escape from New York for that matter?
The film - which is being likened to Taken - in Space will start shooting in September.
4. Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr. and Ashley Judd are currently in negotiations to star in Alcon Entertainment's Dolphin Tale.
According to THR:
“The movie version centers on a boy who befriends an injured dolphin who lost her tail in a crab trap. Through their bond and friendship, the boy motivates everyone around him to help save the dolphin by creating a prosthetic appendage to replace the dolphin's tail. The marine mammal's strong survival instincts become an inspiration to people with special needs throughout the world.
Connick Jr. plays a vet who rescues the mammal and brings her to runs the marine hospital he runs. Judd plays the boy's mother while Freeman is a doctor who creates a prosthetic limb for Winter.”
The film will be shot in 3D by director Charles Martin Smith.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m booking my ticket well in advance for this bad boy. If I’m not there on the very first screening on opening day – or even better in a midnight preview - then life won’t be worth living!*
*I might not be totally serious about that.
5. Law Abiding Citizen helmer F. Gary Gray is attached to direct the mystery thriller Hair of the Dog.
According to Variety:
“The story centers on a successful executive who becomes the victim of a vicious blackmail scheme that threatens to destroy his family. But he discovers he is just a pawn in the midst of a much darker agenda.”
Gray knows how to crank out a workmanlike thriller every now and then, with the likes of the aforementioned Gerard Butler/Jamie Foxx team-up as well as The Italian Job and The Negotiator under his belt.
6. 20th Century Fox has announced the guest vocal talents for its 22nd Season of The Simpsons.
This year Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Hugh Laurie, Halle Berry, Ricky Gervais, Daniel Radcliffe, Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Mark Zuckerberg, Mike Scioscia, Martha Stewart, Paul Rudd, Rachel Weisz, Cheech & Chong, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Alyson Hannigan, Danica Patrick, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Joe Mantegna will join Homer, Marge, Maggie and Lisa for shenanigans and assorted comedic frolics in Springfield.
Source: 20th Century Fox
7. Juno duo Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody are set to reunite for Young Adult. Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron will lead the cast in the film.
According to Deadline:
“Theron plays a ghostwriter of young adult novels who plots to reclaim her identity. Her campaign involves going back and rekindling a relationship with her high school boyfriend -- who's freshly married, is a new father, and wants no part of her. While she works on her plan, the ghostwriter reengages with high school acquaintances and their experiences in trying to fulfil all those high school hopes and dreams that often get crushed by the realities of life.”
So, it’s sort of like High Fidelity meets Grosse Point Blank – for chicks. Right?
8. Another week means another high-concept family comedy.
This week Warner Brothers and Unique Features intend to inflict Alien Zoo on unsuspecting audiences. The film is being pitched as, get this - Jurassic Park with Aliens.
Hard to believe that it took them nearly 20 years to come up with that!
Dylan Sellers came up with the “original idea” for the live action/ GGI blend, while Joe Stillman (Shrek 1&2) was hired to write the first draft of the script. Now Brian Nathanson has been brought in to do the rewrite . Sheesh, it only took one Michael Crichton to write Jurassic Park!
Yet again, I can’t wait for this!
That’s it for now. See you at the movies.