I’ve got a feeling that this is a little like Aliens vs Predator: whichever wins, we lose. A couple days ago there was word that Andy Fickman (The Game Plan, Race to Witch Mountain) would direct Anna Faris in TMI. That’s the Kirsten Smith and Marc Klein script originally said to be about two “just friends” types who finally realize they’re made for each other after a drug-induced evening of debauchery.” Ryan Reynolds was once attached, but he’s only producing, not appearing. Variety‘s report last week when Fickman was reported as directed called it slightly differently, saying it’s about “best friends who sleep together and quickly find that they know too much about one another to maintain a relationship.”
So TMI was last week for Fickman. Now Production Weekly reports that he is “attached to direct the horror/comedy spec Boy Scouts vs. Zombies written by Carrie Evans & Emi Mochizuki.” That’s all we’ve got on that script at this point, but the title hopefully gives away everything you need to know. So which one will be first? Can’t say for sure at this point. Bet on TMI, since it’s been in the pipeline for a while. [image via Flickr]
Earlier today there was a poster for the new film version of Yogi Bear (in 3D!); now there’s a teaser trailer that continues the trend of rather terrible character design, but bolsters it with a really weird-looking mix of live action and CGI animation. Smart move on Warner Bros.’ part, releasing the poster and trailer separately so as to get extra coverage out of the materials. Check out the trailer below, and be prepared to never want to venture into a State Park again. Read More »
Joel McHale is in final talks to join the cast of What’s Your Number?, the Anna Faris comedy based on Karyn Bosnak‘s book Twenty Times a Lady. The film has been gearing up for quite a while under director Mark Mylod, and already has Chris Evans, Matt Bomer and Ari Graynor in the cast, with possible cameos from actors like Zachary Quinto and Andy Samberg.
The film is about a woman (Faris) who ” treks through her sexual past to find Mr. Right, exploring the idea of sexual quotas and whether such numbers matter.” McHale plays her boss, with whom she has an encounter that sets the story in motion. [THR]
After the break, another indie for the great Catherine Keener, and a Frank Darabont regular joins The Walking Dead. Read More »
Big week for Anna Faris. We’ve just been covering What’s Your Number?, an R-rated comedy starring the actress, and now she’s tapped, more or less, as the new Goldie Hawn. Faris will star in the remake of Private Benjamin, in which a spoiled woman joins the Army after her husband dies on their wedding night. Big difference between the original film and the remake, though: in 1980, when Private Benjamin was originally made, we weren’t at war. Joining the Army meant a slightly different set of possible futures. What will the Faris version use as the basis for both reality and comedy? Read More »
We’ve talked about What’s Your Number? a couple of times before, for a few reasons. There’s the script, which hit the 2008 Black List when it was called Twenty Times a Lady. There’s the director, Mark Mylod, who is returning to features after working on Entourage and The United States of Tara. (He made the Ali G movie, once upon a time.) And there’s the cast, which now could include Andy Samberg and Zachary Quinto alongside lead actress Anna Faris. Read More »
I’m pretty curious about the Anthony Hopkins film The Rite, which is based upon the book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, by Matt Baglio. The book is about the real-world practice of exorcism, and the Michael Petroni script is said to be faithful to it. Hopkins will play “a priest who is an expert in exorcisms and whose methods are not necessarily traditional.”
Now Colin O’Donoghue (The Tudors) is likely to play the seminary student who is tutored by Hopkins in the rites, and finds spiritual growth in the process. Solid casting there; Mikael Hafstrom directs.[Variety]
After the break, news on The Tourist and the Anna Faris comedy What’s Your Number?
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Liv Tyler and Patrick Wilson will feature in The Ledge, a “suspense thriller” (as opposed to non-suspenseful thrillers) that will mark the feature debut of writer/director Matthew Chapman.
Terrence Howard and Charlie Hunnam co-star in the film about “a man (Hunnam) standing on a high-rise ledge who insists he must jump by noon as the policeman below (Howard) tries to manage the situation.” OK, sounds like Hunnam and Howard are leading the cast, so who will Wilson and Tyler play? Good question. Producer Michael Mailer has a great quote about the production, at least: “As more and more films succumb to the visual wizardry of 3D, ‘The Ledge’ explores the fourth dimension: the interior life of tortured souls hovering over the precipice of emotional nullity. This film is the reason why I became an independent filmmaker and why I continue to suffer in the trenches of independent filmmaking.” Take that, 3D! [THR]
After the break, news on the brother of Thor and a new comedy for Chris Evans and Anna Faris. Read More »
There are changes afoot at Disney. Rich Ross became the new chief not long ago, and about a month later he canned development on Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Now he’s killed off Wedding Band, the romantic comedy with Robin Williams, Anna Faris and Diane Keaton. We’ve primarily reported on the film in Casting Notes pieces and it wasn’t a movie I was much looking forward to. (That title causes physical pain.)
Films get dropped and/or put into turnaround all the time, but it’s an interesting state of affairs to see one of the biggest studios publicly pulling the plug on more than one project in a short time span. Read More »
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Here’s a big and very likely wholly unsubstantiated casting rumor to start the day: One of the UK tabloids is saying that Cillian Murphy is Danny Boyle‘s top choice to play Aron Ralston, the mountain climber at the center of his next film 127 Hours. That ‘news’ comes by way of News of the World, and is likely a scoop the paper got when they lined up photos of people who’d starred in previous Boyle films and had a blind guy throw darts. We’re basically reporting this now as a means of saying ‘don’t buy it for a second’.
After the break, new stuff for Anna Faris and a reminder that the crazy remake of Bonnie and Clyde didn’t die quietly over the summer. Read More »
Entertainment Weekly has learned that Anna Faris, Dan Aykroyd, and Justin Timberlake are in talks to star in the hybrid live-action/computer animated feature based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon Yogi Bear. The big screen 3D movie is being directed by Eric Brevig (Journey to the Center of the Earth), from a screenplay by Brad Copeland (Wild Hogs). What characters will Faris, Aykroyd and Timberlake play? Details after the jump.
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