Seth Rogen tells Collider that despite internet rumors, he has not yet been contacted about being part of Ghostbusters 3. Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky are currently working on the screenplay. The writing duo last worked on Year One, a film directed by Harold Ramis, an original Ghostbuster who also played Rogen’s father in Knocked Up. See the connection? Anyways, Rogen says he probably wouldn’t be part of a third Ghostbusters film, because, well, it sounds like the worst idea ever.
“It’s hard to imagine that would be good, isn’t it?” asks Rogen. “I mean just as a movie fan I am the first guy to be skeptical of that. It sounds like a terrible idea when you first hear it. At first hearing it sounds like the worst idea ever. I dunno. Maybe. I mean, that would have to be one mutherfucking good script.”
But what are the chances that it will be a good script?
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Kevin Smith is developing a $45-$50 million futuristic outer space comedy. The Weinstein Co have read part of Smith’s completed first draft and are interested in making the movie. This is a big leap for Smith, who has been a $25-$30 million man on his last five films. “The moment someone steps out of the spaceship, it’s going to cost a little more,” Smith told The Hollywood Reporter. The story will revolve around a father-son relationship, and will reference other science fiction films.
Smith first wants to direct his indie horror film Red State, which he has said “so bleak that it makes The Dark Knight look like Strawberry Shortcake”. THR has the first confirmed plot description for the movie, calling it a “dramatic tale of a domestic terrorist in the Heartland.” Smith is hoping to find independent financing to shoot the project in Spring 2009.
Back to the sci-fi comedy, Smith has said publicly that he would like to reteam with Seth Rogen on the project. He also previously confirmed to us that the movie is an entirely different project from “Ranger Danger”. The only other detail we know is that at Comic Con he said that the film “will test [his] abilities as a visual filmmaker.”
As Smith points out, all of his movies have delt with the relationship of a man and a woman, or male friendship. So this new project will not only be a challenge for Smith visually, but will also test his range as a writer. Then again, Smith’s strong points have always been comedy and relationships. I have faith that Smith will be able to handle the father-son story, and am interested to see what he can do cinematically. I’ve always felt that the director writes himself into non cinematic corners, which usually involve two characters talking to each other in various settings. Recently Smith, with the help of DP David Klein, has shown surprising bursts of visually cinematic sequences in the pilot episode of Reaper and Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
Discuss: Will Kevin Smith be able to handle a $50 million space comedy?
Posted on Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 by David Chen
In this episode of the /Filmcast, David, Devindra, and Adam rejoice in Ridley Scott’s return to sci-fi, debate the potential Jonah Hex and Green Lantern casting choices, wonder about Seth Rogen’s career trajectory, and turn an about-face on Scott in their review of Body of Lies. Kevin Buist joins us from the FilmCouch podcast and Alex Billington joins us from Firstshowing.
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It seems like only a few days ago when Kevin Smith and Seth Rogen posted a video announcement about their upcoming Money Shots video diary series which chronicles the behind the scenes antics of Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Well two new videos have since been released on Quick Stop Entertainment, the first of which is “leaked video footage” of a private conversation where Smith lectures Rogen to stick to the script, and be more like Ben Affleck.
Seth Rogen will produce I’m With Cancer, an autobiographical based on the experienced of Will Reiser, a producer on HBO’s Da Ali G Show and VH1′s Best Week Ever. Reiser’s spec script tells the story of a 25-year-old who learns he has the disease. Rogen will not however play the lead, but will instead have a supporting role in the film. Mandate Pictures is fast tracking the project, and will begin searching for a director later this month.
Discuss: Is the the world ready for a cancer comedy?
The Weinstein Co has launched a pretty cool new website for Kevin Smith‘s Zack and Miri Makes a Ponro at ZackAndMiriStarID.com.
The site has some of the standard options like the green band and red band trailers, but is surprisingly clickable, with all kinds of fun animations. The centerpiece is the Get Your Porn I.D. program which allows you to create a porn identification card which can be shared socially (myspace, facebook, wherever).
You can even choose to upload your completed ID to the cast section of the official website, which is kinda cool.
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Kevin Smith has released the first episode of his behind the scenes web series “Money Shots” which documents the making of Zack and Miri Make a Porno. The first episode which premiered on Quick Stop Entertainment, is more of an introduction/preview, than anything else. But you get an idea of some of the crazy stuff that we might see in upcoming episodes. Some of you might be wondering why the webisodes have taken so long to begin airing on the web. Apparently the MPAA has become more power hungry, and needs to approve anything that can be considered web promotional material, including behind the scenes video diaries (how crazy is that?).
I spotter some bus advertising for Kevin Smith‘s Zack and Miri Make a Porno which makes use of the stick figures from the theatrical poster. The reason why I bring this up is because I believe it is a mistake. Case in point, while I snapped a photo of a bus with the advertisement, a friend of mine, also a casual fan of Kevin Smith’s films looked briefly at the bus advertising before questioning why I was taking photos of stick figures. It wasn’t until I explained that it was an advertisement for Smith’s new film that he understood.
But then came a look of confusion. He didn’t have to say anything but I knew what he was thinking, probably because it was the same thing I was thinking. Smith landed a A-list comedy star (Seth Rogen) to headline his film and The Weinstein Co has decided to instead use stick figures to promote the film. Don’t get me wrong, the poster is/was hilarious. I think it works because people make a point of looking at the posters when they go to the movie theater. But outdoor advertising should grab your attention. You should have some idea of what it is about without even reading the words. Am I wrong? What do you guys think?
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