Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: June 29, 2008

I've noticed how quickly time passes since I started writing this column, in fact the weeks appear to be getting shorter as I continue writing it.

However, it is the highlight of my week, as I search the web like a film news detective looking for the right stories to talk about. I try and balance the big news with the obscure, so that the fantastic readers of Screen Rant get a fully comprehensive insight into the world of movies.

This week:

Could there be a sequel to 300 ? Jason Bourne returns for a fourth time, Paltrow, Watts and Knightley star in King Lear, Chris Carter is already shooting his X-Files follow-up - entitled Fencewalker and we check into the Hostel for a third time!

1. 300 producers Mark Canton, Gianni Nunnari and Bernie Goldmann, as well as director Zack Snyder have revealed that Frank Miller is working on ideas for a sequel / prequel to the box office smash.

The last time I heard something like that was when there were rumors of a Gladiator sequel/ prequel -and we all know what happened there. In saying that - you never know with Hollywood.

Source: Collider

2. It looks like we are going to be Bourne again. Frank Marshall has been talking up a fourth film in the series that would reunite Matt Damon and Director Paul Greengrass.

Marshall has said that the new film could start shooting next summer for a 2010 release. The film may involve Bourne heading to South America to tackle Colombian drug barons.

Well, he has been everywhere else!


3. Naomi Watts will join Gwyneth Paltrow and Keira Knightley to star as Anthony Hopkins' daughters in a new film version of William Shakespeare's King Lear.

Director Joshua Michael Stern said that more casting announcements should be made soon.

Stern said:

"The one thing that I'm staying away from is stunt casting, so there won't be the American comedian, but there will be some really great actors playing smaller roles that will make a lot of sense. I'm not very fond of the modern adaptations. It's pre-Roman, Celtic, very raw. It's a period in British history, from which Tolkien took a lot of his inspiration, where there were thatched-roof roundhouses and fortresses."

King Lear is my favorite Shakespeare play, so I'm quite interested in this, plus Stern seems to have an interesting vision.

Filming should begin next year in Britain or Ireland.

Source: The Guardian


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