This news report is Johnny Depp figuratively spitting in Terry Gilliam’s face. Years ago, Gilliam and Depp were working on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, a fantastic (in the true sense of the word) take on the old Cervantes tale. The production faced insurmountable odds, from illness and accidents to extreme weather, and was shut down.

Gilliam tried to revive the film, and nearly managed to shoot it again, albeit without Depp. Asked about the possibility of Depp’s return, Gilliam said, “I can now honestly say that I’m not working with Johnny on Don Quixote. He’s booked himself up on a lot of other films,” which was the nicest thing he had to say on the subject.

Now Depp has taken a new and different Don Quixote pitch to Disney, and the studio has signed on.

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Despite his uncanny ability to end up in the tabloids, John Travolta has always remained a fearless actor. Whether it’s singing in a musical, bumbling around in a dumb comedy, shaving his head for action or dressing up as a woman, Travolta seems always willing to try new and interesting things. So it’s only partially surprising that an industry tracking board posted a rumor the Oscar-nominated star of Pulp Fiction and Saturday Night Fever is interested in starring in the remake of the Troma classic, The Toxic Avenger. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Five years after Into the Wild, Sean Penn is finally getting ready to get back into the director’s chair. As of last fall, he was set to direct The Comedian with stars Robert De Niro and Kristen Wiig, but it looks now like his next project could instead be another inspired-by-true-events survival drama.

Penn has entered talks to help Crazy for the Storm, based on Norman Ollestad‘s memoir about his complicated relationship with his daredevil father. When Ollestad was 11, he was involved in a plane crash that killed the elder Ollestad and left the younger Ollestad stranded alone on a mountain during a blizzard. Ollestad credits his father’s teachings for helping him survive the incident.

Penn is only looking to direct the picture, not star in it. Nor will he pen the screenplay, as he has for some of his previous projects; Will Fetters, who last scripted the Zac Efron weepie The Lucky One, is already on board to adapt the story. Variety reports that Penn was always Warner Bros.’ first choice for the pic, though the studio considered a handful of other filmmakers including Alfonso Cuarón.

After the jump, Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink eyes the remake of About Last Night…

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Billy Bob Thornton‘s been talking up a possible Bad Santa 2 for the past couple of years, saying the 2003 comedy’s the only one of his films he wants to do a sequel for. Now it seems his Christmas wish is about to come true. A new report indicates that Hot Tub Time Machine helmer Steve Pink has just entered preliminary talks to rewrite and direct the dark holiday comedy. More details after the jump.

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Earlier this year it was revealed that Akiva Goldsman (producer of remakes and adaptations such as Lost in Space, Starsky & Hutch, Poseidon, The Losers, and Jonah Hex) and a couple of others had acquired the rights to The Toxic Avenger, based on the cult Troma character in all his incarnations: five films, an animated show, and comic books. Now we’ve learned that Steve Pink, the Accepted and Hot Tub Time Machine director who was recently announced as developing How to Survive a Robot Uprising with Jack Black, will co-write and direct the remake, which is being pitched as an “environmentally-conscious action-comedy”. Read More »

Earlier today, it was announced that Steven Spielberg would be officially directing Robopocalypse, based on Daniel H. Wilson‘s forthcoming novel about the fate of the human race following a robot uprising. But while humanity is being wiped out in that more serious-minded sci-fi project, Jack Black is going to be bringing a tongue-in-cheek edge to another adaptation of Wilson’s work, the semi-satiric How to Survive a Robot Uprising. Learn more after the break. Read More »

Steve Pink

Accepted/Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink is attached to direct Werewolves of Reseda, and ensemble wish-fulfillment R-rated comedy (ala The Hangover) with a horror twist.

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Hot Tub Time Machine Movie Trailer #2

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MGM has released a second green band movie trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine, a new sci-fi comedy starring John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Lizzy Caplan, Crispin Glover and Chevy Chase. The film follows a group of best friends who’ve become bored with their adult lives:

“Adam (John Cusack) has been dumped by his girlfriend; Lou (Rob Corddry) is a party guy who can’t find the party; Nick’s (Craig Robinson) wife controls his every move; and video game-obsessed Jacob (Clark Duke) won’t leave his basement. After a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot tub, the men wake up, heads’ pounding, in the year 1986. This is their chance to kick some past and change their futures – one will find a new love life, one will learn to stand up for himself with the ladies, one will find his mojo, and one will make sure he still exists!”

Directed by Steve Pink, the director of Accepted and screenwriter of High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank. I love the concept, I like the cast, and I even digg the screenwriter, but something about these trailers just isn’t doing it for me. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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