Dwayne Johnson and McG are both in talks right now to star in a big screen reboot of the 80s Lee Majors stuntman/bounty hunter TV show The Fall Guy. [via THR]
Roland Emmerich said that Will Smith is back in talks for the long-in-development sequel to their 1996 hit Independence Day. [via Digital Spy]
Ice Cube’s returning to the 21 Jump Street sequel 22 Jump Street along with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. [via THR]
Speaking of 22 Jump Street, Amber Stevens (The Amazing Spider-Man) will also appear in the college-set film an as-yet-undisclosed role. [via Variety]
Game Of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel will appear in Fast & Furious 7. Sources say that actress will work with Dom and Bryan in the James Wan-directed flick. [via Deadline]
Well, this is an interesting turn of events. According to Snowpiercer Bong Joon-Ho, he’s still in negotiations with The Weinstein Company about potential cuts to the film. Seems odd that no one else mentioned this in the ensuing crap storm that rolled across the internet. [via THR]
Finally, as Mad Max: Fury Road goes to Sydney for some extra shooting they released a high-res image of Tom Hardy as the lead character to remind people that this film exists. [via AICN]
21 Jump Street surprised a lot of people when it came out last year. People weren’t sure what to think of the comedic take on the 80s Fox drama about young-looking cops infiltrating high schools to solve crimes, but the combination of Michael Bacall and Jonah Hill’s script, Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s direction and the chemistry between stars Hill and Channing Tatum made the film a comedy-action hit.
Lord and Miller talked to Collider during SDCC this year and announced a good deal of information on 22 Jump Street, which will be their post-The LEGO Movie follow-up. First up, they discussed some of the challenges in nailing down the script.
“People don’t wanna see the same movie that they saw the first time, they don’t wanna see something super different from the first movie, and navigating what that is has been challenging,” Miller said. “We didn’t really sign on to this movie until about a month ago because we didn’t feel like we were sure that it would be a good movie, and then finally we got to a point in the script where we were like, ‘Okay, I believe this will be a good movie.’”
“It’s more about their marriage, basically,” Lord said after talking about how he and Miller looked to their own relationships for inspiration. “If the first movie is about two people getting together for the first time, this is about what happens if you try to really make the relationship work. We’ll probably never do another bromance after this one, but we’re trying to get as emotionally deep into that as possible.”
He also quickly explained the story-logic behind the name change: “It’s called 22 Jump Street because they move across the street.”
Production is expected to begin in New Orleans this September.
Being a latter day John Carpenter fan has been interesting. Around 1999 when I was first getting interested in horror, I was hearing that Carpenter was a rad director who had maybe lost his touch. Halloween, The Thing and Assault On Precinct 13 were all still considered classics (among plenty of others), but Escape From L.A., Vampires and Ghosts Of Mars seemed to mire is rep in many peoples’ eyes. I think that might have been a good thing for me, because I didn’t go in to all of his movies with expectations of his movies from the late 70s/early 80s. It also might have helped that I saw them mostly out of order, with Vampires either the first or second of his movies I ever saw (and quite liked if memory serves).
So, after seeing his most recent effort, The Ward, I figured I’d check out the movie that made him stop making movies for 10 years: Ghosts Of Mars. Overall, I thought it was an alright movie, but I can see why it might have drained the director. Not only was it a big budget sci-fi/horror flick with lots of series stunts but also a good deal of special effects that maybe should have been done practically (or held off on until a few technological advancements had been made).
The story revolves around a group of cops on Mars heading to a mining colony (or is it a prison colony?) for a prisoner transfer. But it turns out that most of the people in the area have been turned into bloodthirsy killers. The idea is that these Martian organisms died many years ago, but not they’re working their way into humans as a way to keep them from terraforming their planet. It’s a pretty good idea that’s mostly well done, but there are definitely problems.
First and foremost is the goofy script. Stars Ice Cube and Natasha Henstridge deliver some real headslappers when it comes to lines. In fact, most of Ice Cube’s shouted dialog sounds like it was added in to give the movie a more 90s urban flare, which is silly considering it takes place on the Mars of the future. Anyway, Jason Statham and Pam Grier came to play and did well. Statham looks a LOT like Bruce Willis in this movie. Anyway, the other problem I had was some pretty craptastic CGI. The mutant/zombie/bad guys throw buzz saw blades as weapons with a strength and accuracy so precise it’s laughable. But the real problem is how bad the special effects look in these scenes. Everything looks good and practical and real and then you see what look like pie plates running across the screen. Ed Wood had better looking flying saucers.
Anyway, at the end of the day, GOM is a good idea with some poor execution. Perhaps, of all of Carpenter’s movies, this one should be remade or added onto instead of his legit classics.