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A remake of Road House is a little questionable, but when you throw UFC badass Ronda Rousey into the role originated by Patrick Swayze, things get a bit interesting. And things just got a whole lot more interesting as the project has found an unlikely director in Nick Cassavetes, son of iconic director John Cassavetes and director of…The Notebook. Of all things.
A couple of weeks ago we learned that Fox was planning on moving ahead with the sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service, with writer / director Matthew Vaughn currently working on the screenplay. There was just one tiny issue: Kingsman made a leading man out of Taron Egerton, and his commitment to starring in Robin Hood: Origins for Lionsgate was causing a bit of a conflict. It seems that the conflict has been resolved, but unfortunately for Lionsgate, their Robin Hood movie is going to have to wait.
It’s not unheard of for a film to change the gender of its leading role to accommodate an actor. Salt was originally intended as a vehicle for Tom Cruise before they simply changed the protagonist’s name for Angelina Jolie to star, and Sigourney Weaver’s iconic Alien hero Ripley was famously conceived as a man. You can add another cool gender-swap to the list, as Charlize Theron is in talks to join action thriller The Gray Man, playing a role that once attracted Brad Pitt.
It looks like Steven Spielberg is really committed to directing the adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One — for better or worse. The iconic filmmaker is just now gearing up to head into production on the project, and while he doesn’t have much to offer at the moment, he has revealed a couple of things we should expect as well as at least one thing we shouldn’t.
These remakes, reboots, re-whatever-you-want-to-call-them are going to keep happening whether you like it or not. One of the nuttier concepts is the long-developing remake of John Carpenter’s cult classic Escape From New York — the good news is that Carpenter himself is creatively overseeing and executive producing the project, and the other good news is that Luther creator Neil Cross has been tapped to write the screenplay. This thing might turn out okay.
Character actor Steve Zahn is a national treasure, and it looks like he’s going to be flexing a different acting muscle in his next project. The actor will rally on the side of the apes in Matt Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes, following in the footsteps of Toby Kebbell, whose incredible portrayal of Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes nearly stole the show.
Over the weekend we learned that Wes Anderson is returning to the stop-motion animation format for his next film, which will take place in the world of dogs, thus sort of making up for how many dogs Anderson has killed in his films (including his previous stop-motion film, Fantastic Mr. Fox). And it looks like Anderson is already lining up the voice cast, which includes a few regulars along with one Anderson-newcomer.
Last summer, Guillermo del Toro teased a small, black and white indie film project that he wanted to film earlier this year before heading into production on Pacific Rim 2. That didn’t happen, and Pacific Rim 2 has been delayed until who-knows-when, which leaves del Toro free to pursue that smaller project next. He just might, and in a new interview he’s finally dropped some details about the film, which will be much smaller than his recent studio films.
X-Men: Apocalypse isn’t just the conclusion of the recent trilogy kicked off by First Class; it’s basically the conclusion of six X-Men films, which began in 2000 with Bryan Singer’s first X-Men movie, and comes full circle with Singer’s Apocalypse, hitting theaters next spring. As such, the director says that we can probably expect a longer runtime for the new sequel, while also warning of potential spoilers in the forthcoming trailer.
Wes Anderson proved that his talents translate well to animation with Fantastic Mr. Fox, and since then we’ve wondered when or if the consistently delightful director would return to the medium. As it turns out, his next project is a stop-motion animated film that will once again center on animals — this time with dogs.