It feels somewhat surreal to write a review for R.I.P.D. Fans of the source material, the Dark Horse comic book, have assuredly been watching the production news with anticipation. Then we were served up the first bits of marketing. Buzz quickly dissipated. The trailer failed to rile excitement and the general consensus was that it looked like a Men in Black rip-off. The film nearly dropped off the radar completely. As many of you know, the members of the press get to see films before their release, to give us the necessary time to write up our reviews and in some cases raise excitement. In the case of R.I.P.D., I walked down a hall of theater doorways, set to attend the seven o’clock screening of the film, and as I did so I passed not one, but two separate theaters set to show the film that night, at eight and nine-thirty. It didn’t inspire much confidence.
Bloody Disgusting is reporting that the Weinsten Company and Demension is considering remaking “The Amityville Horror.” As you no doubt recall, the original film was released in 1979 and starred James Brolin and Margot Kidder. The movie was then re-made in 2005, with Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George playing the parents whose family was terrorized by spirits. That movie grossed over $100 million, so, I understand the desire to remake a movie that’s barely even cold… No wait, I don’t.
While all of this is going on, MGM owns the rights to “The Amityville Tapes,” another story about the house that was reportedly haunted. Is this going to put a crimp in the Weinstein/Demension’s plans? Is MGM just going to sit there and do nothing? Is this entire story something that’s going to fall apart before even a single scene is shot? Yeah, probably.
Jon Cassar, best known for his stellar work on FOX’s 24, has signed on to direct ‘Motorcade’ for DreamWorks.
Cassar opted out of working on the final season of 24 to direct ‘Motorcade’ which will be his first feature film. The studio is aiming to begin production by late summer or early fall 2010, and is eyeing Ryan Reynolds to play the disgraced Secret Service agent who happens to be in the wrong place at the right time when a U.S. president is kidnapped.
The film was originally in development with Len Wiseman in the directors chair, and Tom Cruise as the lead.
The film definitely sounds like something up Cassar’s alley, his 59 24 episodes were some of the shows best. He has an eye for this type of film, and I always enjoy these sort of political action thrillers. Those of you who haven’t seen 24: Redemption, pick that up today! So all in all sign me up for this one!
The Hollywood Reporter has released a short-list of actors for the upcoming ‘Green Lantern’ flick. On the list, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds, and Justin Timberlake,
On the final list was Jared Leto, Henry Cavill, and Michael Fassbender. The studio is making things much more difficult with the casting decision, as each individual has a different favorite among the finalists.
The film is being directed by Martin Campbell, and is about an Air Force pilot who is chosen by an alien to be his successor in an intergalactic police force known as the Green Lanterns.
The film is set to begin production later this year with a budget of $150-200 million, and is set to be released next Christmas.
I think Bradley Cooper would be my choice, as much as I like Ryan Reynolds, I’m sort of tired of him in roles like this, and Justin Timberlake….I just can’t see him playing a superhero.
We’ve had a lot of talk about Wolverine this week, but the latest to join the already huge cast is Dominic Monaghan (TV’s Lost, and Lord of the Rings). Monaghan has been cast as Barnell, a character whose mutant power is the ability to manipulate energy and electricity, not as exciting as rapid healing and freaking adamantium blades, but hey, I’m sure he’ll kick ass too.
Also added to the cast, Daniel Henney as Agent Zero. And in case you forgot, the film also stars, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Taylor Kitsch, will.i.am, Lynn Collins, and Ryan Reynolds, oh and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, did I forget to say this was about Wolverine?