Movie News Wrap Up: Feb 23 2013

Shatner Calls Abrams Pig

This week:

William Shatner calls J.J. Abrams a "pig"; Lawrence Kasdan expresses his enthusiasm for more Star Wars; Channing Tatum is in consideration for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; Sam Mendes may return for James Bond 24; Taylor Kitsch signs up for a horror film; Leonardo DiCaprio might join Scott Cooper for The Road Home; and the Ben 10 movie gets a screenwriter.


While out promoting his new animated film Escape From Planet Earth (we'll leave that one alone), William Shatner was asked what he thinks of J.J. Abrams being in control of both the Star Trek and Star Wars film franchises.

Shatner Calls Abrams Pig

In response, the former Captain Kirk called J.J. Abrams a "pig" for keeping two of the most beloved sci-fi franchises for himself. Of course, Shatner was speaking in jest – he goes on to say Abrams is one of the most talented directors working today, but he likely holds a tiny bit of resentment towards the director for not having cast him in the reboot of Star Trek.

Nevertheless, Shatner claims that Abrams is a dear friend of his, and that the two should sit down for sushi. It's already far too sacrilegious to think of the man who controls Star Trek's future also directing Episode 7, so we'd rather not consider how fans would react if Captain Kirk were to appear in Star Wars.

Source: Movie Fanatic


Keeping with the Star Wars theme, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan discussed his enthusiasm about returning to the franchise.

Lawrence Kasdan Talks Star Wars

Not too long ago, Kasdan and Simon Kinberg were announced as screenwriters for two planned Star Wars spin-off films that would release after J.J. Abrams' Episode 7. When asked if the story might follow Han Solo or Boba Fett, Kasdan sufficiently dodged making any outright proclamations, but he did say he's "starting fresh."

Honestly, Kasdan doesn't say much in his interview with Hero Complex besides expressing his adoration for the original Star Wars trilogy. Moreover, he discussed George Lucas' role in these new films. As we already know, Lucas will be there if anyone "needs him," but he is taking a step back for now.

Source: Hero Complex


Brad Pitt has officially passed on David Fincher's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and now Channing Tatum is reportedly next in line.

Brad Pitt Passes on 20,000 Leagues Under Sea

While it was originally rumored that Fincher wanted to reunite with his Fight Club star for 20,000 Leagues, IndieWire reports that Brad Pitt has passed on the film. The site also claims that Channing Tatum might be next in line on Fincher's wish list. However, Tatum has a full slate for this and next year, so it might be a challenge for Disney to tie him down anytime soon.

Unfortunately, this puts 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea back into production limbo with Fincher left to mull over future projects, none of which will be House of Cards season 2. While the director will still stay on as a producer for the Netflix series, Fincher will likely be unable to direct any season 2 episodes.

Source: Indiewire


Sam Mendes may return to the director's chair for another James Bond adventure.

Sam Mendes Directing James Bond 24

Now that Skyfall has crossed the billion dollar box office mark, the franchise is ready to move forward with Daniel Craig once again as James Bond. Potentially joining Craig will be his Skyfall director, Sam Mendes, who Daily Mail reports is circling James Bond 24.

MGM's original plan was to craft James Bond 24 and 25 as a two-part story – a plan that reportedly gave Mendes pause about returning – but now that MGM has nixed that idea, in favor of making two standalone stories featuring Craig as Bond, Mendes is back in.

Daily Mail wouldn't give a source in regards to Mendes' interest in returning, but they say he is "75 percent" of the way towards a deal. Of course, it's worth noting that any story from Daily Mail needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

Source: Daily Mail


Battleship and John Carter of Mars star Taylor Kitsch has signed on for the horror film Exit 147.

Taylor Kitsch Cast in Horror Film Exit 147

Kitsch will reportedly play a small town sheriff that holds captive a man driving across the desert. Before long, the kidnapping leads to a sadistic game. Julian Jarrold (Red Riding: 1974) has signed on to direct off a script from Travis Milloy (Pandorum).

After trying his hand at big budget blockbusters, it appears Kitsch is now seeking out projects that will feature him acting against type. Yes, the film's premise seems to have a Saw vibe, but it could be interesting depending on how Jarrold spins it.

Source: Bloody Disgusting


Leonardo DiCaprio is rumored to star in the big screen adaptation of The Road Home for Warner Bros.

Leonardo Dicaprio The Road Home

The studio just announced that they had acquired the rights to the Michael Armour novel, and have tasked Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) with directing the project. Leonardo DiCaprio's production company Appian Way will finance the film, which Deadline reports is being positioned as a potential starring vehicle for DiCaprio. The film's story centers on a rancher in Coastal California who investigates a brutal murder the cops have brushed under the rug.

Cooper just recently finished the film Out of the Furnace, which coincidentally was also financed by Appian.

Source: Deadline


The big screen adaptation of Cartoon Network's animated series Ben 10 has found a new screenwriter in Ryan Engle.

Ben 10 Gets New Screenwriter

Engle gained notoriety with his 2010 Blacklist screenplay On a Clear Day, which has yet to be turned into a feature. Since then, Engle has been tasked with adapting Midway's video game Rampage for the big screen and writing the comic book adaptation The New West.

Engle will be working off a previous draft from Akira co-writer Albert Torres. Ben 10 has been a major hit for Cartoon Network, generating three separate series, three animated movies, and two live-action TV movies. The basic premise revolves around a young boy, named Ben Tennyson, who has a special watch that turns him into 10 different aliens. Kids will eat this up.

Source: Slash Film

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