Sunday, May 13, 2012

NEWS UPDATE : RED 2, Roman Polanski, The Avengers 2, Cameron Diaz and More

  • Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Mary-Louise Parker will return for "RED 2" and will be joined by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Byung-Hun Lee ("G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"). The sequel will be directed by Dean Parisot ("Galaxy Quest") from a screenplay by Erich and Jon Hoeber ("RED"). "RED 2" is scheduled for release on August 2, 2013

  • Danny DeVito has just finished production on his latest movie, an apocalyptic thriller starring William Fichtner ("Black Hawk Down"), Lance Reddick ("Fringe"), and Constance Zimmerman ("Entourage"). According to the filmmakers, the movie is about "a wounded cop, a wounded murderer and a sultry nurse. The three are thrust together, as war rages outside the only possible safe house, an abandoned City Hospital. With no doctors and only a few poor decrepit souls as witnesses, it becomes a rats’ maze as the antagonistic trio get separated, and we find out the real reason they are there." No release date is available as DeVito is currently shopping for distributors.

  • Roman Polanski's next directorial project will be a political thriller called "D". According to an official press release, the movie is based on the Dreyfus affair : "In December 1894, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, one of the few Jewish officers on the General Staff of the French Army, was subjected to a secret court martial for passing secrets to the Germans. Found guilty, he was sentenced to life imprisonment and sent to Devil’s Island. However, the man charged with making sure Dreyfus never returned – Colonel Georges Picquart, the newly-appointed head of French counter-intelligence – gradually began to realize a huge mistake had been made and the real traitor was still at large. His attempts to prove it led him into a direct clash with his superiors. Picquart himself was then framed for crimes he had not committed and sent to prison. It was to be twelve years before Dreyfus was eventually cleared of all charges. By then, the case had become one of the most talked-about events in the world." "D" will reunite Polanski with screenwriter Robert Harris ("Ghost Writer")

  • "The Avengers 2" has more or less been announced as a definite possibility. The thing is, nobody wants to commit 100% to saying they will do it, but considering the huge success of "The Avengers" I'm confident that Marvel won't pass up on the opportunity to make a lot of money. Still, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger : "From The Avengers we get a chance to make Thor 2 and Captain America 2 and Iron Man 3 and hopefully another Avengers movie." So, basically, there's a whole lot of road to cover before they get around to the sequel. Joss Whedon's involvement is still unknown, but they should do whatever it takes to get him to direct the sequel.

  • And speaking of Marvel movies, "Iron Man 3" gets a new cast member. Rebecca Hall ("The Town") is in talks to play the female lead. Previous candidate Jessica Chastain ("The Help", "The Tree of Life") had to drop out due to conflicting scheduling. Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle will reprise their roles and will be joined by Guy Pearce and Sir Ben Kingsley (as the villain). "Iron Man 3" will be directed by Shane Black ("Kiss Kiss Bang Bang") and will be released on May 3, 2013.

  • Cameron Diaz will join Ridley Scott's "The Counselor", a movie about a lawyer who finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking. So far the cast includes big names like Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz and the script is written by Cormac McCarthy (author of "The Road" and "No Country for Old Men").