While working on Shutter Island, producer Brad Fischer, writer Laeta Kalogridis and star Leonardo DiCaprio were all taken with Jack El-Hai‘s book The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness. The tome is a history of Walter Freeman, the doctor who was the first proponent of the frontol lobotomy in the United States. He developed the trans-orbital lobotomy method, using a tool derived from a standard kitchen ice pick. (As seen in Brad Anderson’s film Session 9.)
The Fischer/Kalogridis/DiCaprio trio were interested enough that they optioned the book and brought it to HBO as possible fodder for a series. Now a drama is in the works, called The Lobotomist, and Robert Schwentke (Red, The Astronaut’s Wife, R.I.P.D.) will direct the pilot from a script by Daniel Thomsen. Read More »
Rob Zombie is moving forward on The Lords of Salem, his upcoming horror film that involves witchcraft and terror in Salem, MA. He’s announced the first bit of casting: Meg Foster will play “Margaret Morgan, the leader of a secret coven of witches in Salem.” Fans of John Carpenter’s They Live will recognize Foster immediately; nice to see Zombie continuing his practice of hiring actors from some of his favorite films. The writer/director also provided the image above. [Facebook]
After the break, True Blood‘s Lindsay Pulsipher gets one of the controversial lead roles in The Story of Bonnie and Clyde, and R.I.P.D. gets a new actor. Read More »
This is kind of a catch-all casting break, as it goes all over the map. I’d love to tie the four stories that follow to a theme beyond ‘these people are all in new movies,’ but if that theme exists, I’m afraid it escapes me now. So, after the break you’ll find:
- Sienna Guillory appears to be confirmed to return as Jill Valentine in the fifth Resident Evil film,
- comedian Gabriel Iglesias will spin records (or CDs, more likely) in Soderbergh’s Magic Mike,
- Olivia Wilde takes what formerly belonged to Jennifer Garner,
- and James Hong will play Ryan Reynolds, sort of, in R.I.P.D.
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Director Robert Schwentke is filling in the rest of his cast for the soon-to-lens R.I.P.D., an adaptation of the Dark Horse comic series about a recently murdered man (Ryan Reynolds) who is recruited by the Rest In Piece Department, a group dead detectives who police the after life. He teams up with a grizzled old veteran, played by Jeff Bridges, to find out who murdered him and will go up against a character played by Kevin Bacon. The new additions include Mike O’Malley, currently seen on Fox’s Glee, who’ll be playing a ghost, and Sports Illustrated model Marisa Miller, who’ll play the human avatar of Jeff Bridges’ character. So Miller’s first big screen appearance will be playing Jeff Bridges. Not bad. Read more after the break. Read More »
Here’s a lovers and spouses collection of casting news, leading off with a nice change of pace report of an actor being cast as the ‘love interest’ for a major actress, rather than the other way around. After the break you’ll find:
- Matt Dillon will woo Anette Bening in Imogene,
- The Killing actress Mireille Enos joins Gangster Squad,
- Stephanie Szostak cozies up to Ryan Reynolds in RIPD,
- and some of the Jersey Shore knuckleheads appear with famous fictional whackos The Three Stooges.
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Kevin Bacon was aces as Sebastian Shaw in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men First Class and now he’s moving to another comic book series to raise a little hell. Variety reports that he’s in final negotiations to star opposite Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges in R.I.P.D., Red director Robert Schwentke‘s 2013 adaptation of the Dark Horse comic about dead detectives. Read More »
Total Recall isn’t the only big time genre movie that’s locking down its cast and getting read to call “Action.” Reports are coming in that World War Z, the long gestating zombie apocalypse movie, based on the Max Brooks best-seller, directed by Marc Forster and starring Brad Pitt, will start shooting in June. Also R.I.P.D., Red director Robert Schwentke‘s adaptation of the Dark Horse comic about dead detectives starring Ryan Reynolds, is aiming for a September start date with Jeff Bridges now officially a member of the cast. Read more about both films after the jump. Read More »
RED director Robert Schwentke is still prepping R.I.P.D., the film that will feature Ryan Reynolds as an undead police officer, based on Peter Lenkov’s comic of the same name. There was a point where Zach Galifianakis was possibly going to feature as the other major cop character, but scheduling uncertainty led to him bailing on the project.
Now R.I.P.D. is potentially going to appeal to a slightly different audience, as Jeff Bridges is in talks to play that role, “a gunslinger who has been dead for hundreds of years,” instead. Read More »
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The script The Last Voyage of the Demeter has been kicking around for quite a while, but the trip may finally be about to get started. The Bragi Schut Jr. script expands upon a small part of Bram Stoker‘s Dracula, wherein Dracula is transported to England via the ship Demeter, which arrives with all crew dead, the victims of some mysterious evil.
Various writers and directors have had hands in development, with the script undergoing a rewrite or two, but now the film may have a director, for real: David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) is in talks to direct. Read More »
Ryan Reynolds has a huge slate of projects lined up, which has led to obvious questions about whether any one or the other might have to give way due to scheduling issues. His two big comic book-derived films are Deadpool, long in development, still without a director, tangentially related to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and possibly a pretty crazy film.
And there’s R.I.P.D., to be directed by Robert Schwentke, helmer of Red. But there’s only so much time in the world, and it sounds like one of those films could well have to give way to the other. Read More »