Posted on Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 by Angie Han
There was a time when you could always count on geeks to be the beleaguered underdogs of cinema and television. In recent years, however, nerds (or geeks, if you prefer) have enjoyed a surge in social status — comic book franchises are huge, Judd Apatow and his Freaks & Geeks gang are the kings of comedy, Jesse Eisenberg is a sex symbol (at least on Tumblr). And this might be the ultimate symbol of how far we’ve come: Warner Bros. is planning a film called Revenge of the Jocks, which will “update” the 1980s films Revenge of the Nerds. Jackass co-creator Jeff Tremaine is set to direct. Read more after the jump.
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The production schedule for Barry Sonenfeld‘s Men in Black III has been a strange one. After an initial delay, filming started last year. But a break was planned into the schedule — for reasons innocuous or not, depending upon whom you believe — with the first half of the shoot kicking off last November and running until Christmas. Then there was a planned break, with shooting meant to continue this month.
But now the film won’t have cameras rolling again until March 28, due reportedly to script issues. Read More »
Yeah, that’s right: Men in Black 3D. No, the film hasn’t started shooting yet, but Sony has already shot a teaser (of sorts) for the movie that will reunite director Barry Sonnenfeld and stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, with newcomers like Josh Brolin and Jemaine Clement. Read More »
Men in Black 3D, written by Etan Cohen and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, is really gearing up. The film has recently locked in Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith and Josh Brolin. Now, confirming a rumor from months back, Jemaine Clement is in ‘final negotiations’ to join the film. Who will he play? That’s after the break, with plot details that some may know well by now, but which others might consider spoilerish. Read More »
Atonement director Joe Wright is assembling the key cast for his teen assassin film Hanna, which already has Saoirse Ronan as the female lead. Now the movie that Brendon called “a kind of Nikita-meets-Leon, Kick-Ass-meets-Bourne mash-up” has a male lead: Eric Bana will play (I’m assuming) Hanna’s father, who has spent most of the girl’s fourteen years training her to be a killer.
The film shoots in March with Wright directing from a script by Seth Lochhead. [Variety]
After the break, Ed Helms finds yet another comedy; this time, it’s the directorial debut of writer Etan Cohen. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 by David Chen
This week, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley assess the state of Avatar’s marketing, discuss their thoughts on the Men in Black series, and lament the imminent death of Miramax. Writer/director Richard Kelly joins us for this episode. Richard Kelly’s newest film, The Box, is out in theaters on Friday, November 6th.
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We learned that Columbia was finally moving forward with a third Men in Black movie back in April, but at the time there was no script attached to the project. While there still isn’t much to report yet, we have learned that they’ve tapped the now-hot writer Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder, Idiocracy) for the screenplay. There’s no word yet on Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones’ involvement, but I can’t imagine they would bring the franchise back without featuring them in some capacity.
I’m also hoping that they’re able to bring Barry Sonnenfeld back to direct. He’s been working on the television end of things recently (we can thank him for Pushing Daisies gloriously candy-colored style), and I’m sure he’d like to get another feature under his belt to distance himself from the Robin Williams fiasco RV.
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Yes, Universal Pictures is moving forward with their big screen adaptation of the Milton Bradley board game Candy Land. You remember the game right? I think everyone must have owned or played it as a kid, or at least the people of the 70’s-80’s generation. And it would be easy to poo-poo the idea of a big screen movie entirely. I could write a blog post about how Hollywood has run out of ideas in my sleep. Problem is, Universal actually hired some talented people to develop this project. It’s kinda like how Ridley Scott is attached to direct a Monopoly movie. You want to slam the idea entirely, but the people involved make you take a step back.
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Sacha Baron Cohen will play Holmes, and Will Ferrell, Watson, in a comedic take on Sherlock Holmes for super-producer Judd Apatow. To avoid confusion, last month we reported on Guy Ritchie’s forthcoming, unrelated “Bond-like” take of Arthur Conan Doyle‘s classic English sleuth for Warner Bros.
No director is attached, and the flick, which see the two comedic stars re-teaming for the second time after their smash, Talladega Nights, is untitled at this time. Etan Cohen (Idiocracy, Tropic Thunder, no relation to Sacha) is writing the script for Columbia Pictures.
If it were not for the involvement of Judd Apatow and Etan Cohen, I could easily see this project wandering off into the realm of broad family comedy and “hang glider hi-jinks.” Talladega Nights, which Apatow produced, has its “low brow” and “class-ist” detractors, but there is some really smart, subversive comedy and writing therein. Also, Walker Texas Ranger. It’s tied with Stranger Than Fiction as my favorite Will Ferrell film thus far, and if Ferrell and Cohen can once again match or top their performances, their Sherlock Holmes could conjure Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein…or Beavis and Butt-Head. All counts of “Apatow-fatigue” aside, we’re looking forward to this one either way.
Discuss: What do you think of the casting? Anticipating this version or Guy Ritchie’s (with Robert Downey Jr. rumored for Holmes) more?