The history of Rise of the Apes, the Planet of the Apes prequel to be directed by The Escapist‘s Rupert Wyatt, goes back a few years. It was set in motion at Fox by Scott Frank, who developed a script called Caesar, which was intended as “a hard science fiction film about humans that use science to create hyper-intelligent chimpanzees.” Obviously, the primary super-chimp created in the story is Caesar, and that creature sets in motion events that eventually lead to Planet of the Apes.
A few things have changed, with a new script by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa, but Caesar is still in the story with a primary role. And now he’ll be played by an actor with great simian experience: Andy Serkis. Read More »
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Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Don Cheadle (Iron Man) and Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) have been offered roles in 20th Century Fox’s Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Apes. The Escapist helmer Rupert Wyatt will direct from a screenplay by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa. If they sign on, they would join James Franco (Spider-Man/Milk) who is set to play the lead, “a young, driven scientist who becomes a crucial figure in the war between humans and apes.” No word on what parts Cheadle and Pinto would play.
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It’s been a couple days since my last long Cannes update. Once the first weekend hit, things got really crazy at the festival. It is becoming clearer to me that this year’s theme at Cannes is about death, dying, mortality and legacy. In my last Cannes blog, I wrote about Mike Leigh’s new film Another Year, which is essentially a character piece which tackles all of the above issues. I have since seen a couple moe films which tackle these issues head on.
But before I get to my reviews, you’re probably wondering why Batman is on the big screen at Cannes..
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Rogue Pictures has released the first photos from Tarsem Singh‘s new Greek mythology epic Immortals.
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Quentin Tarantino has led the jury at Cannes, in 2004, but his experience at the Venice Film Festival has been limited to programming a couple of sidebars in ’04 and ’07. That changes this year, as the fest has named Tarantino head of the 2010 competition jury for the festival which will run from September 1-11. So what films is he likely to be judging? Read More »
There has been talk in the last couple months that War of the Gods, the new film from Tarsem Singh, might be retitled. Dawn of War seemed to be an option at one point. Now the film has been given a new title — Immortals — and has gained a few new cast members as the shoot begins in Montreal. Read More »
Not long ago, Twilight‘s Kellan Lutz was rumored to be one of the prime contenders for the role of Conan the Barbarian in the upcoming film by director Marcus Nispel. Though Lutz didn’t get the role (it went to Jason Momoa) that was perhaps an indicator that we’ll be seeing more of the actor in action-oriented films beyond Twilight. And now he’s been cast in War of the Gods, the mythological tale by visually extravagant director Tarsem Singh. Read More »
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Because it has been a minute since anyone had much to say about the next James Bond movie, a couple of rumors — one already debunked, the other possibly based at least vaguely in truth — have cropped up. In the interest of keeping the record as clean as possible, I present both for your entertainment.
Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger) has reportedly been cast in Bond 23, and Olivia Wilde has supposedly been approached to be a Bond girl. So, as the question was so concisely put in Amazon Women on the Moon, is all this bullshit…or not? Read More »