Jim Carrey is in talks for a heist comedy; Anton Yelchin and Diane Kruger will star opposite each other in a new romantic comedy; Michael Jai White talks about Black Dynamite 2; and Paul Attanasio has been hired to rewrite Universal's reboot of Scarface.
Actor Jim Carrey is reportedly in the early stages of negotiations to star in the film Loomis Fargo for director Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Gentlemen Broncos).
The story of Loomis Fargo is based on the true account of two former bank employees, and one childhood friend, who planned to rob their former employer in 1997. These three individuals, who acted with the assistance of more than a dozen accomplices, came away with $17.3 million and pulled off one of the largest heists in American history. If Carrey is to star in the film – his agency claims he is not attached – the actor would presumably play David Scott Ghant, a former armored truck driver for the Loomis Fargo bank and mastermind behind the robbery who fled to Mexico after the heist.
Thus far, director Jared Hess has been mostly known for off-kilter comedies that feature eclectic personalities (i.e. Nacho Libre), but Loomis Fargo sounds like more traditional fare. However, the presence of Jim Carrey, who's in the midst of shooting Kick-Ass 2 at the moment, adds a certain air of unpredictability.
Source: The Wrap
The story in 5 to 7 follows a young novelist (Yelchin) who has an affair with the, presumably much older, wife of a French diplomat (Kruger). Its title comes from the term "cinq a sept," which literally means 5 to 7, and refers to a meeting that takes place prior to traditional dinner hours. The press release from Mockingbird Pictures and The Solution Entertainment Group -- the folks financing the film -- hints that 5 to 7 will not only be a romantic comedy about love defying the boundaries of age, but also culture, ethics, and personal world views.
Producers Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn had some very positive things to say about the story and the casting of Yelchin and Kruger:
“Vic Levin’s script has us in tears — we’re just not sure if it’s from laughing or crying. We’re excited about the grace and intelligence that he, Diane and Anton will bring to their interpretations of his beautiful story.”
Though the film is being labeled a romantic comedy it sounds much more serious in tone based on the brief description and quote from Lynn and Curtis. Both Yelchin and Kruger have made appearances in films with a sense of humor, but both aren't necessarily known for their comedic chops. The film begins production in February of next year.
While speaking to Crave Online, White confirmed that the plan for the Black Dynamite franchise (if you can call it that yet) is still to tackle various genres with each subsequent sequel. Furthermore, he revealed that Black Dynamite 2 – if it ever gets made – will be a "western comedy in that spirit of Blazing Saddles, but you mix that with Buck and the Preacher."
While Black Dynamite, the brand, is still occupying some space in popular culture – an animated series premiered on Cartoon Network over the Summer – this sequel hasn't gained much traction. The concept of exploring multiple genres and not simply retreading the 1970s Blaxploitation cop drama adds value to the property, but whether or not there's an audience for a sequel is another issue altogether.
Source: Crave Online
Universal Pictures has hired creenwriter Paul Attanasio to rewrite David Ayer's script for Scarface.
Ayer, who has delivered major successes for Universal in Training Day, The Fast and the Furious, and most recently End of Watch, has reveled in the urban cop drama, but apparently the studio wasn't satisfied with his approach to their forthcoming remake. The 1983 Scarface – a remake of the 1932 Howard Hawks film – features a scenery-chewing Al Pacino as Tony Montana, a Cuban immigrant who finds his American Dream in the Miami drug trade. When talking about his approach, Ayer presented a pretty compelling vision that would keep his film from being a straight remake, but alas we may never see it.
Attanasio, whose work includes Donnie Brasco and the TV series Homicide: Life on the Street, has himself found success with urban cop/criminal dramas, but his stepping-in suggests the remake is still struggling to find the right concept. Showing up Al Pacino in one of his signature roles is a tall order, so it's probably best Attanasio approach Scarface from a completely different angle.
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