Movie News Wrap Up: Jan 26 2013

Noomi Rapace Joins Animal Rescue

This week:

A Hot Tub Time Machine sequel may be in our future; Noomi Rapace has joined the cast of Animal Rescue; James Franco plans to adapt American Tabloid; Quentin Tarantino teases his next project; Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof tease 1952; Bradley Cooper expresses interest in playing cyclist Lance Armstrong; and Ron Howard is being courted for In the Heart of the Sea.


MGM reportedly wants a sequel to the 2010 comedy Hot Tub Time Machine, which starred John Cusack, Clark Duke, Rob Corddry, and Craig Robinson as four friends sent back in time to the 1980s.

Hot Tub Time Machine Sequel News

There's no script or director attached, but THR claims MGM is in "exploratory talks" with Duke, Corddry, and Robinson, while Cusack is apparently not involved at this point. All four of the film's principal actors have found success since Hot Tub Time Machine - ironically both Robinson and Duke are part of the final season of The Office - so it'll be interesting to see if they're willing to come back.

However, it's hard to imagine what a Hot Tub Time Machine sequel could possibly be about, given that the first film sufficiently wrapped things up for all parties involved. Maybe they could pull a Back to the Future 2 and use the hot tub to head to the year 2080.

Source: Hollywood Reporter


The original girl with the dragon tattoo, Noomi Rapace, has signed on for Animal Rescue a drama based on a short story from author Dennis Lehane (Shutter Island, Gone Baby Gone).

Noomi Rapace Joins Animal Rescue

Rapace will be joining a cast that already includes Tom Hardy, who plays a reformed criminal who comes into possession of a very important pit bull. Rapace's character, named Nadia, is said to have a scar across her entire neck and crosses paths with Hardy's character when he finds the dog outside her home. And if previous Lehane adaptations like Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island are any indication, there's bound to be plenty of interesting twists and turns as more information is discovered about this pit bull.

We've seen how Rapace matches up with 'faux Tom Hardy' (a.k.a. Prometheus' Logan Marshall-Green), but now we can see how she handles the real thing.

Source: Variety


James Franco has added yet another project to his already busy schedule. Out promoting his most recent effort, Interior. Leather Bar., at Sundance the actor revealed he is preparing to adapt the James Ellroy novel American Tabloid for the big screen.

James Franco American Tabloid

MTV was on the scene at Sundance to get the scoop from Franco, who says, "It's still early." All we know at this point is that Franco is looking to both star and direct the film, if it ever happens.

Ellroy's novel follows three law enforcement officials over the course of five years as their morality slowly spirals out of control. It all comes to a head when each main character becomes involved with a plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy.

As we mentioned, Franco is plenty busy with projects in various stages of production (next up is the theatrical release of Oz The Great and Powerful) - and American Tabloid has been attempted and failed twice already - so don't get excited just yet.

Source: MTV


While out promoting Django Unchained overseas, director Quentin Tarantino shed a little more light on what he wants to do next, a project he says will be a "smaller" film.

Quentin Tarantino Smaller Film

Speaking with French publication Les In Rocks, Tarantino drew comparisons to his 1997 film Jackie Brown, but would not say any more than that. Our best guess is that the Inglourious Basterds director is looking to tell a story that isn't so much of an epic journey, but still has all the trappings of a great Tarantino film.

Late last year Tarantino revealed a plan to close out his Basterds/Django trilogy with a film called Killer Crow, but based on that films premise – which follows African-American soldiers during WWII – it's unlikely that film is what Tarantino is referring to. For now Tarantino still has some Django press to do and some awards shows to attend.

Source: Les In Rocks (via Indiewire)


Lost writer Damon Lindelof is no stranger to cryptic messages, both in the content of his scripts and when addressing the public at large. Case in point: an image he posted teasing he and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird's new project, 1952. Both Lindelof and Bird tweeted a picture of a very old box with the label 1952 on it, but Bird's image is the more intriguing of the two (both featured below).

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Inside the box there seem to be several photographs of Walt Disney, as well as an old 45 record, and what appears to be a copy of the comic, Amazing Stories. Whether it is the box's entire contents that helped inspire 1952 or just a single item is unclear at this point, but that isn't stopping the Internet from speculating.

The predominating theory is that 1952 will center on some sort of extraterrestrial contact, a la Close Encounters of the Third Kind. An equally promising theory suggests the film will be about Walt Disney's development of Disneyland, which coincidentally began some time in the '50s.

All we know for sure, though, is that Bird will direct, Lindelof is handling the script, and George Clooney is set to star.

Source: Brad Bird, Damon Lindelof


Silver Linings Playbook star Bradley Cooper says he would be "interested" in playing Lance Armstrong in Paramount's recently announced film, Cycle of Lies.

Bradley Cooper Lance Armstrong

Speaking with the BBC, Cooper called Armstrong a "fascinating character," one that he would love to play. Beyond a passing interest, though, there isn't much to report on Cooper's involvement.

It was only a few weeks ago that Armstrong confirmed using performance-enhancing drugs during his Tour de France wins, and shortly after that Cycle of Lies the book (proposal) and film were announced. J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot secured the rights to the film and will produce.

Source: BBC


Even though director Ron Howard hasn't even finished post-production on his new film Rush, he is already lining up and being courted for several film projects in the near future. The newest project Howard is reportedly being sought for is Warner Bros' In the Heart of the Sea, an adaptation of the novel by Nathaniel Philbrick.

Ron Howard Direct In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea's story centers on the Essex, a ship that has a fateful encounter with a giant whale, and was at one point being developed by Peter Berg. Most importantly the Essex's tale is said to have inspired Herman Melville's classic, Moby Dick.

If Howard jumps on board to helm the picture, he would be reuniting with his Rush star Chris Hemsworth, who is the only actor attached to the project at the moment. In the Heart of the Sea's script was written by Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond).

Source: Vulture

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