Sunday, June 10, 2012

NEWS UPDATE: The Hangover 3, Stephen King, Emma Watson, Dirty Dancing & Robocop remakes and More

  • More news surface regarding the second sequel to "The Hangover". According to the rumor mill, "The Hangover Part III" will take place in Tijuana, with some scenes taking place in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Also, the plot is said to follows the Wolf Pack (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha) trying to break Alan (Zach Galifianakis) out of a mental hospital. The third installment will be directed once again by Todd Phillips, who says that this won't simply be another carbon copy of the original, like the second one was.

  • Liev Schreiber, Julianne Moore and Emma Watson are in talks to join Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic "Noah". Moore will star as Noah's wife, Naameth, and Schreiber will play the villain part (which he's usually so good at). Emma Watson replaces previously rumored Saoirse Ronan for a yet unspecified "young female" part. Russel Crowe stars as Noah and his two sons will be played by Douglas Booth ("The Pillars of the Earth") and Logan Lerman ("Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"). The release date is set for March 28, 2014.

  • Stephen King is knee deep in movies based on his books these days. Besides the new "Carrie" remake, an intriguing new musical he's writing with John Mellencamp and a big screen version of "The Stand", two more of his horror works have been selected for cinematic treatment : "It" and "The Ten O’Clock People". "It", the story of a supernatural creature that preys on children and appears as whatever frightens them the most (a killer Clown most of the time), will be directed by Cary Fukunaga ("Jane Eyre") and written by Chase Palmer (who was once hired to adapt "Frank Herbert’s Dune"). The most interesting thing about this adaptation is that it will be split into two movies, a crucial move considering that the novel is around 1,100 pages long. "It", like "The Stand" was previously adapted into a relatively successful 1990 TV Mini-series. The other Stephen King adaptation, "The Ten O’Clock People" is a short story about a man who in trying to kick his smoking habit uncovers a frightening aspect of reality that he plans to extinguish through extreme measures. This movie will be written and directed by Tom Holland (the original "Fright Night", "Child's Play" and King's "Thinner").

  • Samuel L. Jackson is joining the "Robocop" remake directed by Jose Padilha ("Elite Squad") and he will star as a "charismatic TV mogul and a powerful force in the Robocop world". As previously reported, the remake stars Joel Kinnaman as Robocop and Gary Oldman as the robot cop's creator. Filming starts in September.

  • I bet a lot of you "Dirty Dancing" fans will probably be glad to find out that the upcoming remake has been put on hold. The reason cited for this delay is "casting issues". The remake, a controversial concept at heart, would have been directed by Kenny Ortega ("High School Musical") and written by Brad Falchuk ("Glee").

  • Quite predictable seeing as it's such a big box-office hit, "Snow White and the Huntsman" will get a sequel as soon as possible. Universal has hired screenwriter David Koepp ("Spider-Man", "Men in Black III") to pen the script and stars Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth have signed on for not just one, but two sequels. Director Rupert Sanders may not return.

  • And speaking of sequels, here's one you probably didn't think could (or should) happen, "Eastern Promises 2". Viggo Mortensen and Vincent Cassel are in talks to join the sequel and Cronenberg will return to direct. It's quite unusual to get a sequel for a movie that wasn't necessarily a big box-office hit (grossed around $56 million worldwide), but if anyone can pull off something cool and intriguing, it's Cronenberg.


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