Wednesday, July 24, 2013

NEWS UPDATE: Superman Versus Batman, Jersey Boys, Jessica Alba, Sacha Baron Cohen

Superman versus Batman 2015

Yesterday I wrote about the 2015 "Man of Steel" sequel and how it's going to feature both Superman (played by Henry Cavill) and Batman (actor unknown), and it will be directed by Zack Snyder and written by David S. Goyer. I have a quick update to that bit of news. Apparently, Goyer dropped the bomb about the sequel's title at the Comic-Con by saying: "We’re actually not sure whether the title is Superman vs. Batman or Batman vs. Superman". The Internet is currently buzzing about the title, which despite sounding silly, like some sort of monster mash-up, it also makes perfect sense as a marketing device. Wouldn't you want to see a movie with both Superman and Batman in the title ? It also makes it very clear what the movie is about without a crazy title ("Quantum of Solace" anyone ?). Stay tuned for more updates, because I'm sure there will be plenty.

Christopher Walken Picture
Christopher Walken ("Seven Psychopaths") will star in Clint Eastwood's new film "Jersey Boys". The film is an adaptation of the Tony-winning hit stage musical of the same name. Walken will play Jersey mobster Angelo "Gyp" DeCarlo, who helps a group of young singers build their careers and stay away from a life of organized crime. The script is written by Marshall Brickman ("Annie Hall") and Rick Elice. The production is set to begin in September and filming will take place in Los Angeles.

Jessica Alba Picture
Jessica Alba has joined the cast of the action comedy "Stretch". The film is directed by Joe Carnahan ("Narc", "The Grey") and it stars Patrick Wilson ("The Conjuring") as a limo driver struggling to pay off a gambling debt when he picks up a deranged billionaire (Chris Pine) whose special requests get darker as the night rolls on. The film also stars Ed Helms ("The Hangover") and Brooklyn Decker ("Battleship"). "Stretch" opens on March 21, 2014.

Sascha Baron Cohen Picture
Sacha Baron Cohen has dropped out of the Freddy Mercury biopic. According to several reports, Cohen departed the project over creative differences with the Queen band members, who have the last word when it comes to script and director approval. Cohen apparently wanted the film to be an uncompromising R-rated biopic, while the band members wanted a family-friendly PG flick. Peronally, I think they could have reached a compromise on this. Maybe PG and R are too drastic, but a lot of biopics have been rated PG-13 and still managed to be quite uncompromising and thorough, for example "Walk the Line" and "Ray". Other problems seemed to revolve around the selection of a director. Reports state that the cited "creative differences" also made it impossible to get "Les Miserables" director Tom Hooper on the job. The project looks doomed at the moment with no leading actor, or director, and if the "creative differences" persist, then it's quite possible that the biopic will never get made.


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