Thursday, March 15, 2012

NEWS UPDATE : 24, Robocop, Schwarzenegger and More

  • Bad news for fans of Jack Bauer, the "24" movie is not going to get made this year. Fox announced that the production for what is intended to become a trilogy will be put on hold until budget issues can be resolved. Apparently Kiefer Sutherland and producer Brian Grazer were aiming for a $40M budget, while Fox is thinking of something around $30M. A spokesman for the studio had this to say : "We're still working on a script, and hope to make [it] when Kiefer next has time. But this all came down to timing, and seven weeks is not enough time to prep a movie like this" The movie has yet to secure a director. The script was written by Billy Ray ("State of Play") and Mark Bomback ("Unstoppable").

  • The "Robocop" reboot is doing much better, though. The update of the classic sci-fi actioner now has a complete roster after director Jose Padilha ("Elite Squad") picked Joel Kinnaman ("The Killing") for the lead role. Not only that, but the reboot has been given an official release date : August 9, 2013. Although the production start has not yet been announced, it's clear that the studio feels that it can safely pick a deadline. The screenplay was written by Josh Zetumer and Nick Schenk ("Gran Torino")

  • A release date has also been set for "Anna Karenina", the latest adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel, directed by Joe Wright ("Atonement") and starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law. The movie will open on September 7, 2012 in the UK and on November 9, 2012 in the US.

  • The HBO TV Series "Luck", produced by Michael Mann ("Heat") and David Milch, was cancelled today after a third horse died at the end of the production for Season one. All three horses suffered crippling accidents, leaving veterinarians no other choice than to euthanise them.  Starring Dustin HoffmanNick Nolte and Dennis Farina, the series was renewed for a second season by HBO before the final decision to pull the plug. I guess they should have called it "No Luck".

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
     can't get enough of big-screen comeback offers. The actor is set to join directors Mike McCoy & Scott Waugh ("Act of Valor") on their upcoming fantasy actioner called "Unknown Soldier". The script is written by Skip Woods ("Swordfish"), Sergio Altieri and Kevin Elders ("Iron Eagle"). The movie should begin production in June. Schwarzenegger is also signed on to star alongside Sylvester Stallone in "The Tomb" and he has already completed work on "The Last Stand" which will be released on January 18, 2013.