Sherlock Holmes Reshoots and Madonna New Moon Music

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Editors Update: Warner Bros has contacted us and assures us that the reshoots claim is completely “untrue”. The original story can still be read below.

Two new rumors allow contrasting voyeuristic peeks into the divergent careers of Guy Ritchie and Madonna or, for those of us who don’t subscribe to Heat or People Magazine, constitute a double hit of talking points that take in both New Moon and Sherlock Holmes.

A wisp of gossip began circulating yesterday that acclaimed actress and popular movie star Madonna Ciccone was going to appear in the Twilight Sequel, New Moon. I imagine what purchase this tall story might have taken upon the internet is seeded in the circumstance of Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary having a role as a producer on the film. Unsurprisingly, EW’s Hollywood Insider quickly got a denial from Summit Entertainment – but there was an extra twist.

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Dakota Fanning Offered Role of Jane in New Moon

Summit Entertainment has to be blazing full speed ahead to get New Moon out by the end of the year, as is their current goal. To that end, we’ve now heard from E! Online that 14-year old Dakota Fanning has been offered the role of Jane in the Twilight sequel. According to a source familiar with the situation, “There were no auditions. They just offered it to her outright, and now they’re in negotiations. They’ve been going back and forth.”
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Vanessa Hudgens Auditioned For Twilight Sequel

If you didn’t already have enough disdain for Twilight, it now looks like a High School Musical star might be joining the cast. Twilight actress Ashley Greene revealed to MTV that High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens (you know, the one who is always having naked pictures of herself “leak” onto the internet) has auditioned for the role of Leah Clearwater in the Twilight sequel New Moon. Leah is a bitter and cynical werewolf who likes to antagonize her friend Jacob Black. Ugh…

But I must admit, getting Hudgens aboard the project would be a smart move by Summit. I imagine that the HSM audience is very much the same demographic as the Twilight readership. And having an HSM star on the cast could only appeal to the remaining tweens who haven’t yet jumped on board the emo vampire craze. Any other film and I would be shocked that Hudgens would even consider a supporting role, but Twilight is one of those rare properties that anyone who gets involved will likely get a boast in star power.

Taylor Lautner Returns for Twilight Sequel New Moon

Summit Entertainment has announced that Taylor Lautner will reprise his role as Jacob Black in Chris Weitz‘s Twilight sequel adaptation New Moon. Apparently in the sequel, Jacob transformers into an almost totally different character – a foot taller, five years older, and a lot bigger. We have to believe that he can transform into a huge werewolf, and until today it was believed that the role would have to be recast. Quotes after the jump.
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In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra and Adam discuss their apprehensiveness about a Crow remake, ponder the cheesiness of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine trailer, and debate the choice of Chris Weitz to take over New Moon. Special guests Neha Tiwari and Laremy Legel (from the Film.com podcast) join us. Devin Faraci from CHUD also joins us to report from Butt-Numb-A-Thon and explains the use of the term “Watchmen” in the new film.

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New Moon and Transformers 3 Release Dates?

Dark Horizons is reporting that a July 29th 2011 release date for Transformers 3 has been spotted on German release schedules. While I somehow doubt that a third Transformers film has been greenlit at this point (you never know, they did just greenlight Terminator 5 while in post production), the date is probably a tentative target date. Transformers hit theaters on June 27th 2007, and the sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is scheduled to hit on June 26th 2009, so a 2011 date on the same weekend isn’t out of the question. And Michael Bay has previously said that he is prepared to make Transformers 3, 4 and 5 if the demand still exists. For now, mark this one as rumor

Meanwhile, Summit Entertainment has announced a November 20th 2009 release date for the Twilight sequel New Moon. Also scheduled to hit theaters on the same weekend are Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, the computer animated film Planet 51, and the Farrelly brothers’ take on The Three Stooges.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see one or two of those films move quickly from that release. Twilight had a huge impact on the release of Disney’s Bolt. Both Planet 51 and the Three Stooges share the same demographic. The other thing of note is that Summit is basically pushing this film into production as soon as they possibly can so that they can make as much money off the franchise as possible. Lionsgate did the same thing with the SAW franchise, which suffered as a result.

Last week we told you that Chris Weitz was in talks to helm the Twilight sequel New Moon, and that the female director who launched the film series, Catherine Hardwicke had basically been let go by Summit Entertainment.

Well Weitz has since officially signed on to the project, and now Twilight author Stephanie Meyer has posted a message on her official website addressing Hardwicke’s departure and the hire of Weitz:

Like you, I’m sad that Catherine is not continuing on with us for New Moon. I’m going to miss her, not just as a brilliant director, but also as a friend. She has such a distinct, authentic voice that did amazing things for Twilight. I’m looking forward to every movie she does in the future. And she didn’t leave us empty handed. We still get the benefits of her amazing casting and the beautiful visual world she created. This foundation puts us in a good place for New Moon.”

“Summit Films is moving forward with a new director for New Moon. They’ve asked Chris Weitz, director of American Pie, About a Boy, and The Golden Compass, to join us, and I am very pleased to announce that he’s agreed to be a part of our Twilight world. I’ve had the chance to talk to Chris, and I can tell you that he is excited by the story and eager to keep the movie as close to the book as possible. He is also very aware of you, the fans, and wants to keep you all extremely happy. (Torches and pitchforks are not going to be necessary.) I’m excited to work with Chris and I think he brings a lot to the table, not the least of which for me is that he wrote the screenplay for and directed one of my favorite movies of all time, About a Boy. I’m really looking forward to seeing his vision for New Moon.”

Sounds like a bit of fan pr if you ask me. And to top this off, Chris Weitz himself has written a message to the Twilighters. You can read that message after the jump.

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The corpse of Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight-directing career isn’t even cold yet, but Summit Entertainment is apparently wasting no time in finding a new director. The other day, we discussed how Hardwicke had been removed from the franchise. Now, Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood Daily has a source that informs her the offer for the sequel is going out to Chris Weitz.

In the past few years, Weitz has produced American Pie and its two sequels, along with Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist and In Good Company. Most recently, though, he wrote and directed The Golden Compass, which performed disappointingly at the box office. Despite this, Finke says that Weitz is being tapped because Summit appreciated the look of Compass, and because Weitz is friends with Summit’s president of production Eric Feig.

Weitz seems like he might bring a good combination of aesthetics and teenager sensibility the project. What do you guys think?

Discuss: What did you think of the Golden Compass? And would Weitz be able to make New Moon better than Twilight was?

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