It’s the Hollywood circle of life: one of the greatest working filmmakers can’t keep it together on set, you’re brought in to complete her production after she’s ousted, it flops, you lick your wounds and release an action potboiler later that same year, the critics roast it but the picture makes a beautiful dollar anyway, you proceed to GO to collect your next, even more handsomely budgeted project.
You’d be forgiven for already forgetting (or intentionally erasing from your memory) the Green Hornet movie from 2011 — it’s hard to blame director Michel Gondry and star / screenwriter Seth Rogen for the underwhelming revival of the classic hero, as neither were well-equipped to handle the pressures of making a big-budget studio film at the time. But it looks like The Green Hornet is getting another chance, this time with director Gavin O’Connor and words like “edgy” and “badass” being tossed around.
After suffering delays, director changes, casting changes, more delays and a studio bankruptcy, Jane Got a Gun is finally coming to theaters. Natalie Portman stars in the new western as a desperate woman who seeks the aid of an old boyfriend to help defend her homestead from the men who previously held her captive. The latest trailer for the film doesn’t do it much favors, between the generic heavy rock music and the generic DTV action flick font — but the actual footage still looks enticing, at the very least.
It’s hard to think of a recent production with worse luck than Jane Got a Gun.
Jane Got a Gun has had a very, very troubled production — from the departure of director Lynn Ramsay to cast changes and release delays, the film started to feel like one long, unfortunate practical joke, and it was unclear if we’d actually ever see this film hit theaters. With the recent collapse of Relativity Media, the uncertainty only grew, but The Weinstein Co. has swept in to save Natalie Portman’s western and given it a 2016 release date…for now.
Ben Affleck knows a thing or two about playing comic-book characters onscreen. Ten years ago, he played Daredevil for Fox; next spring, he’ll tackle the role of Batman for Warner Bros. in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Before he’s seen as Bruce Wayne though, Affleck will first be seen in the Warner Bros. thriller The Accountant, as “a mild-mannered accountant who moonlights as a lethal assassin.” It’s not based on a comic book (it’s from an original script by Bill Dubuque) but it sort of sounds like one, right? Apparently the folks at Warners agreed, and as revealed at a panel this morning at Comic-Con, it’s going to become one.
It was only recently that the FBI moved on FIFA after a lengthy investigation into the corrupt sports organization. That happened just last month, followed by the retirement of FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Now, a month later, Warner Bros. is developing a film about American FIFA executive Chuck Blazer (yes, that’s his real name), with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon producing.
It’s been quite a bumpy road through the production of ‘Jane Got a Gun,’ the upcoming and consistently-delayed new Western starring Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton. First, the film lost a director, endured lawsuits, exchanged Michael Fassbender for Ewan McGregor, and pushed its release date back a few times. But today brings our first look at Portman and Edgerton in the film, which is probably a good sign.
When ‘Jane Got a Gun’ finally arrives in theaters, the revisionist Western will look mighty different from the one that was originally conceived several years ago. It was first intended as a Lynne Ramsay film, but the ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ director reportedly quit the production on the first day of filming. She was eventually replaced by Gavin O’Connor (‘Warrior’), but before the dust settled much of the original cast (and even some of their replacements) had come and gone. Michael Fassbender signed on then departed, along with Bradley Cooper and Jude Law. The final lineup includes Ewan McGregor, Joel Edgerton, and Noah Emmerich, plus the film’s stalwart leading lady, Natalie Portman.
The Marvel and 'Star Wars' movie universes have been busy lining up and sorting out directors, but there's another potentially interesting major project that's looking to put a name in the director's chair: Universal is currently seeking a director for 'Snow White and the Huntsman 2,' and the names on their shortlist are intriguing.