Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
The more I’ve heard about Diablo Cody‘s Sweet Valley High movie adaptation, the clearer it’s become that she’s the perfect person to bring Francine Pascal‘s YA series to the big screen. Since landing the project back in 2009, Cody’s described her approach as a “sharp comedy/satire” that will “[be] to the ’80s what American Graffiti was to the [early] ’60s.” It’s a smart way to approach the material, which was (in retrospect, now that I’m not 13) pretty silly stuff but which still brings up strong feelings of nostalgia in people who grew up reading the books as kids.
And now, Cody’s hinted at another, more unexpected angle she could be adding to the film. In a recent interview, Cody revealed that Broadway vets Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal) have signed on to write tunes for the Sweet Valley High, and teased that the movie could just wind up becoming a musical. Read her comments and watch the video after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, December 9th, 2011 by Angie Han
There’s still no word on who’ll be playing Éponine in Tom Hooper‘s Les Misérables, but the project has landed yet another well-known star to play her father. According to LondonNet, Sacha Baron Cohen is set to join Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Eddie Redmayne in the musical, in the role of the villainous inn owner Monsieur Thénardier. Helena Bonham Carter was said to be in talks to play Thénardier’s wife earlier this year, but it’s not clear whether she’s actually attached at this point.
Cohen did a bit of singing in his last big-screen musical, Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and is slated to do still more as the lead of that Freddie Mercury biopic from producer Graham King. In terms of non-singing roles, Cohen recently appeared in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, and already has three more movies scheduled to open next year — The Dictator, Madagascar 3, and Django Unchained. Get used to that face, because you’ll be seeing a lot of it in 2012.
Les Misérables opens December 7, 2012. [via The Playlist]
After the jump, a Disney gal decides it’s time to break into more mature territory, and Diablo Cody’s next project finds a mom for Julianne Hough.
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Ghost House Pictures, the company run by Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert, is getting ready to shoot a remake of The Evil Dead down in New Zealand, with Fede Alvarez directing from a script he co-wrote. (And one that Diablo Cody revised.)
We know that the basics of the story are much like those of Raimi’s original The Evil Dead: five young friends go to a remote cabin for a weekend where they are besieged by a supernatural evil.
We’ve had a few details, too, about how this version will differ from the original. I won’t recount those above the jump for the spoiler-averse. Along with a repeat of those details below, we’ve got a report that includes a lot more information about the film. This is also potentially very spoilerish stuff, and it will show just how different the new Evil Dead will be. Put it this way: there are more than a few comparisons to The Shining being thrown around. Read More »
Here’s a little bit of movement on that remake of The Evil Dead that Panic Attack director Fede Alvarez will oversee. The movie is based on Sam Raimi‘s fan-favorite original 1981 film, with a script Alvarez co-wrote with Rodo Sayagues before Diablo Cody did a rewrite.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and FilmDistrict have partnered with Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures to make a big deal to distribute the movie, with the bottom line being that Sony Pictures will distribute The Evil Dead in many countries, including the US. Read More »
In the spirit of accepting that Jason Reitman‘s new film, the Diablo Cody-penned Young Adult, is about a really terrible, damaged woman, here’s a new red-band spot that seeks to show off just how abrasive she can be. Charlize Theron plays Mavis, a successful youth-lit writer who can’t quite manage to grow up, and who travels back to her hometown to try and win back an old ex, despite the fact that he is now married with a kid.
The film looks like a left turn from films like Juno, Thank You For Smoking and Up in the Air. All of those offered comedy with a certain edge, but none were as deeply dark as Young Adult seems to be. The highlight here, as this spot suggests, is going to be the performance from Charlize Theron, who gets to slink through the movie wielding the sort of unrestrained psychosis that so many of us want to unleash on a semi-regular basis. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 21st, 2011 by Angie Han
We haven’t seen a feature from screenwriter from Diablo Cody since 2009′s tepidly received Jennifer’s Body, but next month’s Young Adult kicks off a series of interesting projects Cody’s got on her slate. In a pair of recent interviews, Cody touched upon two very different ones: the Evil Dead remake from writer-director Fede Alvarez (which has the blessing of the original’s director Sam Raimi and star/exec producer Bruce Campbell, before you get too up in arms), and that Sweet Valley High movie announced a couple of years back. Read her comments after the jump.
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We’ve known since this summer that Fede Alvarez, director of the short Panic Attack, is going to direct a new version of Sam Raimi‘s breakout film The Evil Dead. Other than that basic report, and the fact that Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues and Diablo Cody all worked on the script, we haven’t known much about the movie. Now, thanks to the upcoming American Film Market, we’ve got a synopsis that makes the movie sound like a carbon copy of Raimi’s original. But a few more details that have come to light reveal ways in which the remake will veer off into slightly different territory. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2011 by Angie Han
The more people get cast in Zal Batmanglij‘s The East, the more interesting it sounds. The latest addition is the always excellent Patricia Clarkson, who’ll play the boss of co-writer and star Brit Marling.
The thriller revolves around an agent (Marling) from a private security firm who is tasked with infiltrating a terrorist group called The East. Once she’s in, however, she finds herself falling for the group’s leader, probably because he looks exactly like Alexander Skarsgard. Other recent additions to the cast have been Ellen Page as Skarsgard’s ex and another member of the organization, and Toby Kebbell as a doctor who takes a tainted drug and develops Parkinson’s-like symptoms. [The Playlist]
After the jump, Octavia Spencer goes to Vegas and Michael Angarano goes home.
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