Zoolander 2 Dead Due to Budget Woes?

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UPDATE: More details have come to light, and they follow after the break.

Last week we heard via tweet that Anchorman 2 wouldn’t be happening, at least for the time being, as Paramount had passed on the film. The issue seemed to be budget. Then came a tweet from Ben Stiller, which seems to cast similar doubt on the potential for Zoolander 2: “Ron Burgundy and Derek Zoolander looking to appear in sequels. Both men destitute, without means or intellect to fund their own comebacks.”

Last we’d heard, Stiller was working on the sequel with Justin Theroux, with the latter set to direct and Jonah Hill in talks to play the villain. Paramount wanted a budget under $50m, and Stiller’s brief statement seems to indicate that either the script remains too expensive, or that Paramount is less interested than before in spending money on the film. Read More »

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Iron Man 2 Press Conference

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Two weeks ago, I attended the worldwide press conference for Iron Man 2 in Los Angeles. In attendance on the panel were the following: Mavel producer Kevin Feige, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Jon Favreau, Mickey Rourke, and screenwriter Justin Theroux.

I usually don’t post video or footage from these type of events, but Robert Downey Jr was on his game and had some great quips. Unfortunately Paramount decided to cut out the funniest moment of the event: a part at the very end where the Iron Man 2 banner behind them fell down, and Downey decided to try to hold it up behind Scarlett Johansson as she answered the last question. After the jump you can watch the video or read the transcript.

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It looks like Ben Stiller‘s long-in-development sequel to Zoolander might actually be happening. Finke has learned that Ben Stiller has been working on a script with Tropic Thunder and Iron Man 2 screenwriter Justin Theroux. Paramount Pictures wants to keep the budget low (under $50 million) as the first film was not a box office hit. The current plan is for Theroux to direct, and Jonah Hill is apparently in early talks to play the sequel’s villain. Theroux will be at Fashion Week in Paris to “immerse himself on what is current in fashion”.

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Your Highness
Universal Pictures has released their 2010 movie preview, which included this first official photo from David Gordon Green‘s Your Highness, starring Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel. Check out the full photo after the jump, click to enlarge.

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It sounds like there’s been a lot kitchen hands, if not exactly chefs, stirring ingredients into Iron Man 2. The first named screenwriter was Justin Theroux, the actor and famously a co-writer of Tropic Thunder; there’s also the Marvel brain trust made up of some of their brightest and best comic book talents; and now, Jon Favreau has revealed that Tony Stark’s off-screen alter-ego Robert Downey Jr. played a significant part in shaping the sequel’s screenplay. Of course, there’s no doubt that Favreau himself had a hand in the story and structure, if not the precise beats and dialogue so we’re definitely looking at a group collaboration here.

I remember that Edward Norton took control of the Incredible Hulk script, for better or worse. He suffered quite a drubbing for that, too. Could Downey end up the scapegoat if Iron Man 2 ends up falling short of expectations?

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Justin Theroux Scripts Space Invader

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Justin Theroux has been hired to pen a draft of the astronaut romantic comedy Space Invader. Theroux is an actor turned screenwriter whose writing credits include Tropic Thunder and the upcoming Iron Man 2. Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger sold the project to 20th Century Fox and penned the original draft. The concept is actually kind of funny, and has nothing to do with the famous retro video game (alien pictured above). Details after the jump.

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Wizard people, dear reader. The casting director on Your Highness must really hate shitty talent. Today brings confirmation that Justin Theroux, the guy burdened with writing Iron Man 2 and hiding scythe-like eyebrows, will play a badguy wizard in the R-rated stoner fantasia due 2010 from Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green.

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Justin Theroux Gets His First Studio Directing Gig

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Fresh off his screenwriting gig on Iron Man 2, Variety announces that Justin Theroux has landed his second gig as director, and first for a major studio. In 2007 Theroux directed the indie Dedication, about “about a misanthropic children’s book author who tries to find love with a sweet-natured illustrator”. Now he’ll helm a film called Chief Ron for Universal, based on the story of Chief Ron Roberts, a blonde-haired, blue-eyed chap who claimed Native American ancestry in a bid to open an east coast casino. The real Ron won out, but will Theroux? More after the jump.

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