Posted on Monday, January 19th, 2009 by David Chen
Actor J.K. Simmons has revealed to MTV that he will return to play the Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson in the fourth Spider-Man film. According to Simmons, the role will be similar in scope to that seen in the first three Spidey films:
We’ve definitely brainstormed ideas for Triple-J, but I have no desire to make Triple-J more of the focus of those movies. The amount that I did in 1, 2 and 3, is just exactly right. Like be the wolf. Come in, blow in, do a week, blow out, be the comic relief, and hit the road. And let Tobey and everybody else do the heavy lifting.
Simmons also revealed that shooting is scheduled to begin in 2010, meaning the film will probably be released in summer 2011.
I’m a huge fan of Mr. Simmons, all the way back to his Law & Order days, but I thought that his J. Jonah Jameson in the films was a bit too much of a caricature for my tastes. The Jameson from the comics always struck me as a bit more complex, tortured, and/or nuanced than the cartoon-like Jameson from Sam Raimi’s series. None of that reflects on Simmons of course; I’m certain he’ll continue to make the best out of what little he’s given. But either way, it’s not like audiences really seem to care about the quality of these films anyway.
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JK Simmons, probably best known for playing J. Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man films, told IESB that the last time he talked to Tobey Maguire, the Spider-Man star was still open to the possibility of returning for a fourth film.
“I spoke to Tobey in, I guess it was February… sort of awards season time,” said Simmons. “and, y’know, he’s certainly amenable to doing some more and hopefully we’ll be able to get everybody back and make another good one.”
A lot of people say that they can’t imagine Spider-Man without Tobey or Kristen, but I say that’s easy. On the other hand, I’m not sure anyone could replace JK Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson. The studio has supposedly checked in with Simmons to say they want him back for a sequel, but Sony still has no idea when it’s going to happen or who would be directing it. Simmons admits that if Sam Raimi weren’t involved in some capacity, he would have to reconsider his options.
“But if he’s involved, hopefully directing or at least as a producer then I’m pretty confident that it would be something that I want to do.Â Plus they pay money.”
/Film reader Sheryl Z pointed us towards this trailer for a very well done Juno parody titled Jewno. The title tells you everything. Written by Daily Show scribe Rob Kutner & Sheryl Zohn, and directed by Stephen J Levinson for The Shushan Channel, Jewno tackles almost every possible Jewish joke (and then some) in the context of a story about of a Jewish teenager who gets pregnant. And yes, that is JK Simmons reprising his role from the original Jason Reitman film.
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Fox Searchlight has released a new poster for Jason Reitman’s Juno (which as yout already know, I loved loved LOVED). The poster that was released last month was a film festival exclusive. I’m glad they came up with something a little more attractive. I’m still not digging the orange and white stripe theme, and wish they did more with the hand drawn theme (see logo). The new poster features a quote from Roger Ebert:
“A Fresh, Unusually Intelligent Comedy With Dialogue So Quick And Funny You Feel The Actors Are Preforming It On A High Wire.”
Check out the new poster after the jump.
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Here’s the standard recap: I saw Juno at the Toronto Film Festival and in my review I said that it was “the best movie of the year (so far)” and it is this year’s “Little Miss Sunshine”. You may as well find another website to read if you want to avoid an overload in Juno news in the next couple months before the film is unleashed upon the world. Festival screenings have pushed the film to a 9.1 rating on IMDb, and 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
I now present you with four new video clips from Juno for your viewing pleasure after the jump.
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A few weeks ago AintITCool reported a RUMOR that Jason Bateman had been cast as Zack in Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno. I was able to speak to Bateman exclusively while he was promoting his appearance in Jason Reitman’s Juno at the Toronto Film Festival, and he denied the story completely.
“No, I read that, but no, Not at all,” Bateman told /Film. “I met him at a coffee bean and tea leaf in LA about three months ago, and that’s about as close to the accuracy of it.”
JK Simmons, who was also in the same room jumped in:
“You know, Smith’s kid and mine go to the same school and I haven’t been in any of his damn movies. [Laughs]”
Juno director Reitman later dropped mention to us that Smith’s Clerks was one of the films that inspired him to get into filmmaking.
So there you have it: No Rosario Dawson as Miri, and Jason Bateman was never attached as Zack. Anyone have any ideas on who the real cast might be for this film? E-mail Us!
A couple days ago we showed you the extended train fight sequence from Spider-Man 2.1, which hits store shelves next week. Now we have yet another look at more cut footage. Below you can watch a short clip of Daily Bugle editor-in-chief J. Jonah Jameson having fun in Spider-Man’s suit. Pretty funny stuff. You can definitely see why the scene was cut from the final film, it was probably too over the top funny for the context of the rest of the movie. Also, J.K. Simmons’ head looks very odd on-top of Spider-Man’s body. I wonder how it will play now that it has been added to the extended cut.