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‘Flash Forward’ Gains Cast

‘Flash Forward’ Gains Cast

Casting continues for Flash Forward, the proposed ABC series based on Robert J. Sawyer’s science fiction novel.

The novel is being adapted by David S. Goyer (Blade), who will likely direct the pilot, Brannon Braga (Enterprise) and ABC Studios. The trade says the novel “chronicles the chaos that ensues after everyone in the world blacks out for two minutes and 17 seconds and has a mysterious vision of the future that changes lives forever.”

ABC has high hopes for the pilot which may become a companion series for Lost for the 2009-2010 television season according to the trade.

Joseph Fiennes (Schindler’s List) is set to play Mark Banford, “an FBI agent who is patching up his life and his marriage after winning a long struggle with the bottle. Disturbed by the harrowing premonition during his blackout, he races to unravel the mystery, fearful of the murky future that might spell disaster for himself and his loved ones,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

John Cho (Star Trek) will play “Dominic Witten, a dedicated FBI agent who is Mark’s partner and friend. His experience while unconscious was an absolute blank, which doesn’t bode well for his own future as he realizes he might be murdered.”

They join the previously announced Courtney B. Vance (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) and Jack Davenport  (Pirates of the Caribbean). Vance will play Stan Wedeck, the Los Angeles bureau chief of the FBI while Davenport will play Lloyd Simcoe, who is trapped in Northern California when the event occurs and struggles to reach his son in a Southland hospital.

Stephen Sommers Leaps for Tarzan

Stephen Sommers Leaps for Tarzan

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Stephen Sommers (The Mummy) will next try his hand at adapting Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan.  He has a script from Stuart Beattie (Australia) that ignores the classic 1912 novel in favor of a story set in the 1930s that will be a “romp with a hefty helping of romance: Think Pirates of the Caribbean with buffed-and-tanned actors flying through the jungle and sprinting up trees, parkour-style.”

Parkour the currently in vogue acrobatic fighting style developed in France and perhaps best known from a sequence in Casino Royale.

It makes me miss the Travis Fimmel WB series.

After Mad Hatter, Johnny Depp Does Barnabas Collins

After Mad Hatter, Johnny Depp Does Barnabas Collins

Producer Richard D. Zanuck told Collider that plans for a feature film adaptation of Dark Shadows is still happening and Johnny Depp remains attached to the project as Barnabas Collins.

He confirmed that Tim Burton, currently directing Depp as the Mad Hatter in his Alice in Wonderland movie, is also on board.  The two reportedly will segue right from the Looking Glass to Collinwood Manor. Depp’s work in a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film and The Lone Ranger are therefore expected to follow.

Zanuck told Collider that Depp has long been obsessed with the cult soap opera series, the first to tackle the supernatural, which ran on ABC from June 27, 1966 to April 2, 1971. Depp has said in the past he would sneak out of school early to make it home to watch the show.

Various other adaptations of Dan Curtis’ show have been tried in the past including an NBC prime time revival with Ben Cross as the cursed vampire. The CW nearly went with a pilot written by Battlestar Galactica’s Mark Verheiden but Curtis’ interference marred the creative direction and the result was something the network felt it could not air.

Zanuck said production should begin in summer 2009 in London.

Verbinksi and Bond to Remake ‘The Host’

Verbinksi and Bond to Remake ‘The Host’

Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski will remake the Korean thriller The Host for Universal Studios.  Verbinski will produce while commercials director Fredrik Bond will debut behind the camera. Mark Poirier (Smart People) will adapt the 2006 Bong Joon-ho-directed thriller according to Variety.

The film did record breaking business when it open in South Korea and the story “follows a town terrorized by a giant mutant squidlike creature hatched by toxins that flow into a nearby river from a military base. When the creature grabs a little girl, her dysfunctional family must band together to rescue her.”

Verbinski is at work on adapting the video game Bioshock while toying with the notion of Pirates 4. He and Bond knew each other and had been seeking something they could work on together. Previously, Bond’s commercial campaigns included the Nike, Adidas and Levi’s brands.

"It processes a few genres together, and visually it feels close to the stuff I’ve made over the last few years in commercials, the tonality of humor and the scale," Bond said.

Could ‘Pirates 4’ be in 3-D?

Could ‘Pirates 4’ be in 3-D?

David S. Cohen at Variety blogged the following:

“To date, other than James Cameron’s Avatar, there have been no announcements of a major franchise installment in live-action 3-D. No 3-D Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Die Hard or Pirates of the Caribbean. We hear from people who’ve worked on live-action 3-D that there’s a learning curve involved, and that a company or studio should make a 3-D movie before diving into the format.

“With that in mind, though, we can’t help but notice that 1) Disney is heavily invested in 3-D, including live-action. 2) Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp are making an animated 3-D movie together, Rango. and 3) Jerry Bruckheimer is making G Force in 3-D.

“Disney, Bruckheimer, Verbinski, Depp… Nobody at Disney is talking, but we wouldn’t be surprised to hear a P4 3-D announcement one of these days.”

Jerry Bruckheimer Updates ‘Pirates’, ‘Lone Ranger’, ‘National Treasure’

Jerry Bruckheimer Updates ‘Pirates’, ‘Lone Ranger’, ‘National Treasure’

Jerry Bruckheimer updated Coming Soon on the status of various film projects, debunking some rumors and providing timetables.

"We’re doing another National Treasure so we’re working on that, we’re preparing Sorcerer’s Apprentice right now—it’s going to be shot in New York—we have another picture that’s in post-production that we’re finishing called Confessions of a Shopaholic with Isla Fischer and Hugh Dancy, so that comes out in February," he told a gaggle of reporters on the set of Prince of Persia, due out next year.

National Treasure: The third film in the Nicholas Cage series is having a script written.

Lone Ranger: The new adaptation of Fran Striker’s radio hero is having a screenplay written.  Since the film was announced by Disney in September, people have swooned at the notion of who would play the Ranger opposite Johnny Depp’s Tonto. Bruckheimer debunked the most frequent suspicion that George Clooney would wear the black mask. "We haven’t decided who is going to play the Lone Ranger yet. Get a director first and then figure it out."

Pirates of the Caribbean 4:
Again, a script is being conceived and it’s little surprise that all three films are being written by the team of Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio who have written most of Bruckheimer’s blockbusters. He speculated about shooting the next installment in IMAX, saying, "Absolutely. I’d love to do it, so let’s just see if we can work it through the production schedule with everything else.

"I think they’re pushing towards 2012. Hopefully we can make it we’ll see."

AMC Seeks Best Monster Hunters

AMC Seeks Best Monster Hunters

While we disapprove of AMC’s decision to air their movies with ad breaks, we do admire their original series, Mad Men, and their various online features.  Today, in honor of the holiday, they have launched the Master Monster Hunter Tournament. Readers are being asked to nominate their favorite hunters and the top 16 will be facing off in a voting death match between November 10 and December 12.  Finalists are being named on November 6 so you have a week to give this some deep thought as you munch your Halloween treats.

Nominations to date:

  • Van Helsing (Peter Cushing)
  • Riddick
  • Seth Gecko, From Dusk Till Dawn
  • Blade (Wesley Snipes), Blade, Blade II, and Blade: Trinity
  • Jay & Slient Bob (Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith), Dogma
  • Ashley (Bruce Campbell), Evil Dead
  • Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), Alien, Aliens and Alien 3
  • Jack Crow (James Woods), Vampire$
  • Hellboy (Ron Perlman)
  • Alice, Resident Evil
  • Dr. Alan Grant from Jurassic Parks 1 and 3
  • Charlie Brewster (William Ragsdale) and Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowell), Fright Night
  • Quinn (Christian Bale) and Van Zan (Matthew McConaughey), Reign of Fire
  • Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar)
  • The Winchester brothers, Supernatural
  • Casper Van Dien, Starship Troopers
  • The Ghostbusters
  • Jamie Lloyd, Halloween sequels
  • Harry Potter
  • Shaun and Ed, Shaun of the Dead
  • Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland), Wizard of Oz
  • Beowulf
  • Laura Croft (Angelina Jolie)
  • Godzilla
  • The Incredible Hulk (Edward Norton)
  • Chris McCormick (David Arquette), Eight Legged Freaks
  • Jack Burton (Kurt Russell), Big Trouble In Little China
  • Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), The X-Files
  • Lloyd Gallagher (Kyle McLauchlan), The Hidden
  • Doctor Who
  • John Constantine (Keanu Reaves)
  • River Tam (Summer Glau), Serenity
  • Ronon Dex, Stargate Atlantis
  • Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), Torchwood
  • Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), Pirates of the Caribbean
Rossio, Spotnitz Blog Their Reactions

Rossio, Spotnitz Blog Their Reactions

Blogs can be revealing as creators tend to sound off when executives to tell the press one thing or another.  Take for example; Pirates of the Caribbean co-scribe Terry Rossio.  After all the hubbub at Disney’s recent press announcement about a fourth installment, he posted the other day:

“For the record, none of the recent Pirates 4 rumors have any truth, including the so-called record 50 million dollar payday for Depp.

“Some pretty funny stuff, though. Sacha Cohen? Tim Burton? Studios are way too protective of their franchises for that sort of thing.”

And now that Tom Rothman, head of 20th-Century Fox, has said he’s actually open to a third X-Files feature, despite the poor reaction to this summer’s movie, producer Frank Spotnitz was inundated with links from fans, wanting a reaction.

His response to the fans: “I was encouraged to read Tom Rothman’s remarks as well. I anticipated the studio would wait until after the release of the DVD to make any decision regarding a third movie, but I will let you know if we end up having any news before then.”

Will Tim Burton Sail Into ‘Pirates 4’?

Will Tim Burton Sail Into ‘Pirates 4’?

Cinema Blend is reporting that rather than Gore Verbinski, Tim Burton may helm the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean feature for Disney. While the rumor is unsubstantiated, the site values its source.

Additionally, the film may introduce a brother for Captain Jack Sparrow, giving Johnny Depp someone new to play off of. Additional rumors have the story centering on Sparrow’s search for the Fountain of Youth. Geoffrey Rush is also said to be interested in returning to the high seas.

If any of the above is true, we feel it will most certainly refresh the franchise and possibly allow it to sail towards open seas where the possibilities are endless as opposed to getting further tangled in its convoluted mythos. Certainly, replacing Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom as his foils would keep things new.

Johnny Depp Returns as Captain Jack…and Tonto

Johnny Depp Returns as Captain Jack…and Tonto

A fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie seemed unlikely as every plot thread got neatly wrapped up and the escalating costs associated with making the films seemed unwieldy.  And yet, on Wednesday, Disney stunned the entertainment world by not only announcing a fourth installment of the franchise but that Johnny Depp will be back as Capotain Jack Sparrow.

Depp, already committed to playing the Mad Hatter for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland 3-D project, was then announced as playing Tonto in a feature film adaptation of The Lone Ranger. Both Pirates and the Ranger films will be produced for the studio by Jerry Bruckheimer.

Depp took the stage in full Captain Jack regalia but people were at first puzzled as to why he was wearing a Lone Ranger mask until the announcement was made.

Additionally, Bruckheimer will be producing the unnecessary third film in the National Treasure franchise.