Danny Glover, Thandie Newton and Oliver Platt are in discussions to join Roland Emmerich‘s epic disaster project 2012. An academic researcher (John Cusack) opens a portal into a parallel universe and makes contact with his double in order to prevent an apocalypse predicted by the ancient Mayans. December 21st 2012 is the last day of the Mayan calendar, believed to be the end of the world. Glover would play the president of the United States, Newton would be his daughter, and Platt would be his chief of staff.
THR also says that 2012 was being shopped around Hollywood with a $200 million budget, but Columbia claims it will be made for less than that. This either means the preproduction budget is like $180-190 million or the Sony-owened studio just doesn’t want to fess up to the real price tag. Bottom line is that the film is expensive. Emmerich is best known as the director of Independence Day, Stargate and Universal Soldier. But as of recent years the German director has produced lackluster efforts: Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow and 10,000 BC. Bad news is that Emmerich penned the screenplay with composer turned writer Harald Kloser, the same guy behind 10,000 BC.
2012 is scheduled to begin shooting in July 2009, and is penciled in for a July 10th 2009 release (however, the actors strike could delay everything).
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Details have have been kept tightly under wraps involving the upcoming Judd Apatow-produced Harold Ramis (Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Groundhog Day) comedy Year One. All that has been revealed thus far is the cast and creative list behind the film, which includes Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin), Jack Black, David Cross, Vinnie Jones, Juno Temple, and Oliver Platt. Ramis co-wrote the script with The Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. Oh, and the story is “set in biblical times”. Jack Black talked to Collider while promoting his upcoming film Be Kind Rewind, and spilled the beans:
“Year One is a biblical comedy. It’s about the old testament. I’m just a dude wandering through biblical times. I’m not a famous character that you would have heard of before. Me and Michael Cera are just sort of wandering through, and you get to see all these old stories from the Torah, told through Agnostic, sort of, eyes.”
It appears we might have a new controversial comedy that takes aim at religion (ala Monty Python’s Life of Brian), which may explain why details have been kept hush hush. Black also confirmed that the script was finished before the strike, and the project is plowing ahead without the constant rewrites that he is accustomed to. Year One is scheduled to hit theaters on June 19th 2009.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse will forever be known as McLovin. In the way that Seann William Scott will probably always be referred to as Stiffler. Plasse would probably be better off changing his name officially to McLovin.
Judd Apatow is trying to get Mintz-Plasse some more work in Hollywood, casting the SuperBad star in the 2009 Harold Ramis comedy Year One (no relation to the Frank Miller Batman graphic novel) starring Jack Black and Michael Cera. Oliver Platt, David Cross, Vinnie Jones and Juno Temple are also in final negotiations for the film.
Ramis co-wrote the script with The Office scribes Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. So what is the new movie about? Wellâ€¦ ummm its about the first year ofâ€¦ okay, we don’t have a clue. As it turns out, the studio wants the plot details to be kept under wraps (for now). All we know is it’s a comedy “set in biblical times” and that Platt is in talks to play a platform-shoe-wearing high priest, while Jones is on board to play a head palace guard named Sargon.
With Judd Apatow on such a roll as of late, we have to keep a close eye on all his upcoming projects. And Ramis has directed some of the best comedies of all time, including Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Groundhog Day, and Anaylze This (we’ll try to forget about Bedazzled, Stuart Saves His Family and Multiplicity). With an early Summer 09 release date, this is definitely one to watch out for.
Year One will hit theaters on June 19th 2009.
What if Disney decided to produce live action remakes of their animated classics with top Hollywood stars? How about Rachel Weisz as Snow White? Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella? BeyoncÃ© as Alice in Wonderland? Don’t get worried yet Disney fanatics, these photos are not part of a feature film production, but instead Photographer Annie Leibovit’s Disney Dream Portrait Series which will star appearing in magazines in November. Check out some of the photos below. Click on the photos to enlarge.
Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella
Roger Federer as King Arthur
Julie Andrews as the Blue Fairy from Disney’s Pinocchio with her apprentice fairy, Little Miss Sunshine star Abigail Breslin
Beyonce as Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Oliver Platt as the Mad Hatter and Lyle Lovett as the March Hare.
David Beckham as Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty
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