Sunday, January 20, 2013

NEWS UPDATES: Sin City 2, Lance Armstrong, Brian de Palma, Al Pacino and Martin Scorsese

New cast updates for "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" have been announced. The new additions are Josh Brolin, Christopher Meloni, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven and Juno Temple. The cast members previously announced for the sequel include Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Dennis Haysbert (replacing Michael Clarke Duncan) and Jamie Chung. "Sin City 2" opens on October 14, 2013.

The Lance Armstrong doping scandal will be at the center of a new film produced by J.J. Abrams ("Super 8", "Star Trek"). Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal were both previously in talks for the lead role. The film will be based on the upcoming book "Cycles of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong" by Juliet Macur.

Director Brian De Palma and Al Pacino will re-team for the first time since "Scarface" to bring the story of Penn State footbal coach Joe Paterno to the big screen. Paterno's shiny sports legacy was overshadowed by the scandal which involved the fact that he had covered up defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky's acts of child molestation. The film will be based on the bestselling book "Paterno" by Joe Posnanski.

Ubisoft has hired acclaimed playwright Michael Lesslie to write the script for the "Assassin's Creed" adaptation. The project is advancing at a serious pace now, with Michael Fassbender attached to star as the protagonist.

Director Martin Scorsese's mafia film "The Irishman", based on Charles Brandt's book "I Heard You Paint Houses", is moving forward. The film follows the story of mob hitman Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, who supposedly murdered Jimmy Hoffa. Among the actors attached to star are Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino. Steven Zaillian ("Schindler's List", "American Gangster") has developed a script for the adaptation, but the film isn't likely to start filming before 2014.


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