Rachel Weisz dumps The Mummy 3 for… Sin City 2?

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Rachel Weisz will not be returning for The Mummy 3. TMZ reports that Weisz has four other projects coming “together imminently.” She also is trying to balance her new family life, as she has a 9 month year old son with The Fountain director Darren Aronofsky. The project will move on without Weisz. Universal will most likely write her character, Evelyn Carnahan O’Connell, out of the third script. Brendon Fraser, Jet Li and xXx director Rob Cohen are still officially attached. [Update: Variety has confirmed this story]
A Mummy movie without the Rachel? Count me out. Four other projects? We know Weisz is currently attached to Dirt Music (expected to start production in August 2007), The Lady from Shanghai (which is in early preproduction), and The Colossus (which begins in October 2007). She is currently filming The Brothers Bloom (which I assume will enter into post production sometime before June). That leaves Weisz’ schedule free from May-August 2007. What is the fourth project? Could it possibly be Sin City 2? The Frank Miller/Robert Rodriguez sequel is currently slated to start production in June. It seems to be a perfect fit. We have our fingers crossed.

Sin City: The TV Show?

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Grindhouse director Robert Rodriguez has small screen plans for Sin City. According to CS, the director would like to continue Frank Miller’s graphic novel adaptations as a television series. I guess the completely digitial production process could be streamlined for small screen production. But fear not, Rodriguez plans to film Sin City 2 first.
Robert made the comment on PBS’ The Charlie Rose Show (a great show for long form interviews) but we don’t have the direct quote. So there is a possibility that he may have been taken out of context. We’ll update the story if it develops. Sin City 2 is expected toi start shooting in June. Grindhouse is out now everywhere.

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On March 25th, we had the opportunity to talk with most of the stars and directors of Grindhouse. We sat down with Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, From Dusk Till Dawn) to talk about his horror/zombie feature Planet Terror.

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Keeping Sin City 2’s Big Star a Mystery

Angelina Jolie Sin City 2Robert Rodriguez has told the stars of Sin City 2 to not to discuss Angelina Jolie’s possible involvement. Jolie has been linked to the project for over a year now. Many people believe the project was delayed due to Jolie’s pregnancy.

“The film’s been kind of postponed because Robert has been interested in Angelina Jolie for the lead,” Rosario Dawson told IGN last year. “But she’s very pregnant right now. So that’s putting an understandable hold on the film.”

A year later Dawson is suddenly mum on the subject of casting:

“The lead actress is going to be absolutely fabulous; but I can’t tell you who it is,” Dawson told Movies.com. “It’s going to be the prequel to my segment in the first one, so you’ll understand a little bit more what the argument was between Clive Owen and my character.”

In January it was reported that Rachel Weisz might be replacing Jolie as Ava in the film. Nothing has been confirmed. Robert told us that production on the film will begin in June at earliest.

Machete

At SXSW, Robert Rodriguez announced a feature length Machete movie, based on the popular fake Grindhouse trailer. At this weekend’s Grindhouse junket we were able to grill Robert for more details on this new project.

“When I started doing the trailer and as soon as we started showing it to people they said we want to see this movie. Bob Weinstein even said that ‘I want to see that movie.’ So I thought we would probably make it then.  If audiences respond to it the way I think they might then I think we’ll make it.”

Quentin Tarantino jumped in:

“Robert pretty much has about 40 minutes of it anyway just from the trailers.  True grind house I’ll give him 6 more days to finish it out.”One of the things I love about it is well there is blacksploitation but in America there wasn’t a mexsploitation.  ‘Machete’ is definitely a mexsploitation film.

Robert explained, “When I wrote him [Danny Trejo] in 94 I thought he should be like Charles Bronson or Jean-Claude Van Damme and make a movie every year. He should be making his own mexslpoitation movies so I came up with this character ‘Machete’ for him.”
When asked if the film would be released theatrically, Robert replied:

“Yeah, I mean I am just going to go shoot it and then I will see what we do with it. “

The Sin City director previously revealed that a Machete screenplay is completely finished, and Danny Trejo is very excited to start filming

And when can we expect MACHETE? The movie would be filmed at the same time as Sin City 2 (tentatively set for early Summer 2007):

“It would be done at the same time.  It would have to come out when ‘Grindhouse’ comes out on DVD.”

Grindhouse will hit theaters on April 6th 2007.

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Robert Rodriguez broke onto the scene with the low budget action film El Mariachi, which spawned a trilogy (Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico). Well now Rodriguez is thinking of returning to the series with another trilogy. Yes, you read that right, ANOTHER TRILOGY.

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Check out these new stills from The Hills Have Eyes 2.

George Lucas is now claiming that the live action Star Wars television show is still
“years away.” He suggests that a “second animated series” might be produced before than.

Laughing Squid always has great photos. This time they invaded the 2007 WonderCon in San Francisco (as seen above). Check them out at LaughingSquid.com.

FirstShowing overheard ComicCon officials discussing a confirmed Angelina Jolie appearance at the convention in July. Could this mean she is officially in Sin City 2?

Variety speculates how many people 300 will draw to theaters. The studio has decided to market the film to young women due to test audience results (could those results be swayed by gerardbutler.net fangirls?). Is Warner Bros wasting their money? Call me crazy but I just don’t think this film will appeal to women outside of the Gerry fan club. I could be wrong. (I’m pretty sure the film will perform strong, possibly higher than Sin City) But We’ll see.