The Rock Will Shoot Demons in ‘SEAL Team 666′

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Horror films are big business, and we’re entering into a phase where we’ll probably see more action movies influenced by the real-world exploits of special forces such as the Navy SEALs. So why not combine the two tendencies?

That’s what SEAL Team 666 is going to do. Weston Ochse wrote a book in which military special ops forces fight the supernatural — it’s basically a special Call of Duty mode put on the page. And now it will be put on screen as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is attached to star in an adaptation of the book. Read More »

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Universal Taps a New Screenwriter For ‘Asteroids’

Briefly: In 2009 Universal and Atari partnered to begin the process of developing a movie based on Asteroids, one of the very earliest classic arcade video games. (Or, more properly, Universal won an auction to the rights and Atari took the studio’s money.) There is no story in the game at all — players control a small ship that has to blast its way to safety (which never comes) through a field of giant asteroids.

Appropriately for a big sci-fi film with little story, Roland Emmerich was loosely attached to Asteroids for a while, but ultimately passed and decided to make Singularity for Sony instead. But Universal is going forward with the movie, and has just hired Evan Spiliotopoulos (Pooh’s Heffalump Movie, Battle for Terra, and perhaps most crucial, some work on Snow White and the Huntsman and Wanted 2) to write a new draft.

All we’ve got with respect to plot is that the movie might feature ” two estranged brothers that must team up to save Earth from an alien race.” That seems like it came out of the Matt Lopez draft that got things moving at Universal. [THR]

Now that Robert Zemeckis has left behind the world of time-intensive performance-capture films, he is setting up projects left and right. As he prepares to film Flight with Denzel Washington, the producer/director has other projects simmering. One new possibility is Charles Fort, which has been called a period-set take on Ghostbusters. There’s a lot more to Charles Fort, a real figure, than some pre-technological Peter Venkman, however. Read More »

I like it! Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman has already cast a stellar group of British actors to play the seven dwarfs in the action film that will see the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) saving and mentoring Snow White (Kristen Stewart) rather than doing away with her as commanded by the evil queen (Charlize Theron). When the last of the primary seven dwarfs was cast I wondered if Gus, the young dwarf mentioned in the script as kind of a hanger-on, had been cut. Looks like he’s still in the picture, though, and he’ll be played by Nick Frost. Read More »

Snow White and the Huntman isn’t just Universal’s entry in the madcap race to produce a film that updates or otherwise reinterprets the classic story of Snow White. The movie, which stars Kristin Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron and a whole host of wonderful actors as the dwarfs, is intended to kick off a series of movies. Read More »

It’s a rather slow Friday, leaving us plenty of time — too much time, probably — to think about the passing of Peter Falk and Pixar’s fall from the pedestal of perfect reviews. But there are a few bits of casting info out there, and after the break you’ll find the following:

  • Lily Cole helps round out the cast of Snow White and the Huntsman..
  • …and Ben Barnes will play the lead role in Seventh Son, opposite Jeff Bridges. Read More »

Briefly: It’s time to stand up and start a slow golf clap for Universal, director Rupert Sanders, and the producers of Snow White and the Huntsman. In the past 36 hours they’ve locked up a collection of British actors to rival Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy for pure ‘holy shit’ entertainment value on the big screen. All are being cast in the roles of dwarfs, who in the film are named after famous Roman figures. The latest to sign on is Ray Winstone, who nearly completes the list.

So, the quick recap of the actors and their roles, with a bit of new clarification: Ian McShane is Caesar, the eldest. Stephen Graham is Nero, the angry one. Eddie Izzard is Tiberius, the biggest and burliest. Bob Hoskins is the blind Constantine. Toby Jones is the timid Claudius. And Ray Winstone and Eddie Marsan are the twins Trajan and Hadrian.

And while THR says that Ray Winstone completes the casting, drafts of the script I’ve seen also feature the young dwarf Gus, and we don’t yet have an actor for him. Shooting is set to start in August, and the film will be released on June 1, 2012.

I am becoming slightly conflicted about Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, which is moving forward with Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Sam Claflin as her Prince and Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen.

I’m conflicted because there are eight dwarf roles in the film, and it would be rather nice to see them filled out by little people. But the producers and director Rupert Sanders are choosing instead to follow some of Peter Jackson’s methods, and use established character actors of average adult size. But when that cast includes Ian McShane, cast last night, and now Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins and Toby Jones, it is pretty damn difficult to argue with the choices. Read More »

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