There are two significant anti-casting updates today. The smaller one is that Amy Adams won’t be in Adam Shankman‘s film version of the jukebox musical Rock of Ages. She got the offer to play a music journalist who plans a hit piece on rocker Stacee Jax (Tom Cruise) before falling for him. But she shrugged and essentially said, “thanks, but I’m already playing this other reporter, Lois Lane. You may have heard of her.” Too bad, because she would have been a fun addition to the weird cast that is coming together for Rock of Ages. [Deadline]
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Well, there you go. We were just talking about Viggo Mortensen with respect to The Dark Tower. He and Javier Bardem have been rumored as the top choices for the lead role in that massive project, and the offer just went out to Mr. Bardem to star. But Mr. Mortensen isn’t going home empty handed, as he’s in talks for one of the two title roles in Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman. (Hint: he wouldn’t be Snow White.) Read More »
Every couple of days it seems like there’s a new ‘hot project’ in Hollywood, and lately most of these films have been genre pictures of some kind: superhero, or ones at least tinged with fantasy or science fiction. The latest is Snow White and the Huntsman, thanks to a buzzed-about script from Evan Daugherty and the hiring of British commercial director Rupert Sanders. In this case, however, the script is actually pretty damn good.
Universal just announced that it would pit the film against the first part of The Hobbit in December 2012. Now the studio needs to cast the film. Charlize Theron has been rumored as Ravenna, the wicked queen, and now an offer is reportedly out to Johnny Depp to play the title role of the Huntsman. Read More »
We’re into the final turn and Universal now leads Relativity by a nose. It seems like only yesterday that Relativity Media’s The Brothers Grimm: Snow White was leading the race to get everyone’s favorite dwarf loving brunette onto the big screen. Now, Universal’s competing project, Snow White and the Huntsman, is gaining momentum as reports have surfaced that Tom Hardy, he of Inception and the upcoming Batman 3, is eying the lead male role of the Huntsman. In September, Universal picked up the script by Evan Daugherty with commercial director Rupert Sanders set to direct. Oh, and they are hoping to cast Angelina Jolie as Snow White. We break down the Snow White horse race and Hardy’s availability after the break. Read More »
The past decade has not been kind to John McTiernan. After a career making a name for himself with movies like Predator, Die Hard and The Hunt for Red October, his only two efforts of the last ten years—Rollerball and Basic—have been critically reviled, and they didn’t perform so hot at the box office, either. Meanwhile, his personal life has been equally troubled, with the threat of jail time continuing to loom in the not-so-distant future. It’s even caused his movie Run, which was set to star Thomas Jane, to be put on hold.
Don’t count McTiernan out yet, though. He’s just signed on to direct the indie action-thriller Shrapnel, from a script by Evan Daugherty that made the 2008 Black List. More on the film after the break. Read More »
Warner Bros has hired Evan Daugherty to pen a new draft of Grayskull, Silver Pictures’ live-action big screen adaptation of Mattel’s Masters of the Universe. Evan’s script Shrapnel was selected as one of the Grand Prize winners of the 2008 Script Pimp Screenwriting Competition. The screenplay, a psychological thriller about two mortal enemies who square off in a hunting trip to the death, is making its rounds among A-list talent after it landed on The 2008 Blacklist as one of the “most popular” unproduced scripts of the year.
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