Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson revealed some new details for the upcoming re-imagining of Escape to Witch Mountain. Titled Witch Mountain, The Rock reteams with The Game Plan director Andy Fickman.
“It’s going to be a great badass action comedy. That’s why they call it a re-imagining and not a remake because they are going to completely amp things up in a major way,” The Rock revealed to /Film during the Southland Tales Junket. “It will be set in Vegas, and I’ll be a cab driver and for me, you always think of movies like that, action comedies… It’s all about the collision of two worlds. My world, I play an Ex Con and my relationships or lack there of only lasts my fares. So you get in and need to be taken down to the end of the strip, you get out $8 later, that’s the extent of every relationship I have.
Johnson promises that the action ramps up pretty early on.
“Now these children get in my cab, and they are on the run immediately, and the chase happens within the first 15 minutes, and we’re off to the races. And that collision is these children who are being chased by your area 51 police, if you will, and then the Vegas police. And it turns into huge chase. It’s great.”
Johnson also said that:Â “David Bomba handed in an outstanding script. We’re all very excited about it.”
It should be noted that David Bomba was the production designer on The Game Plan and many other films in the last 20 years, but he is not a screenwriter. I’m curious to see if The Rock just said the wrong name, or if Andy Flickman has hired his production designer to pen the script. And would Disney allow that? Perhaps with a writers guild strike upon us, the company needed to hire outside the box (I kid, I kid). Matt Lopez is the screenwriter that has been attached to the project. I’m sure we’ll clear this up in the coming days.
Production on Witch Mountain is scheduled to begin the first week of March 2008.
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson told me today during the Southland Tales Junket that he was offered a role in the Scorpion King sequel, The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian.
“They came to me and asked for a cameo but I passed on it.”
The Rock also confirmed that he will not be featured in Rob Cohen’s The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
Since the now infamous Cannes Film Festival screening which resulted in a wave of bad buzz like never seen before, Richard Kelly has been trying to do damage control on his sophomore effort, a follow-up his hit cult first film Donnie Darko. Southland Tales has been re-cut, enhanced with new special effects (which evident in the trailer are not too impressive), and is said to be a totally different movie. And now finally, the movie trailer has hit the web, and it’s everything I hoped the movie might look like. Call me a fanboy, but I want to love this movie. There has been some recent conversation in the comments on this site about the differences between bloggers and critics, and I think that’s one of them. Critics are paid to be critical. Bloggers are paid to be fans. And when things go wrong, they are allowed to be unrelentingly honest about a film, star, director or writer (I’ve even received a few e-mails that I can print from actors, writers, and directors that took issue with some of my comments). But the truth is, most of the bloggers want to see a movie like Resident Evil 3 (sadly, we helped promote the film, but Sony has shut all media out in hopes of keeping the bad buzz from hitting you guys). I know, this is a rant for another time, another post.
I’m really looking forward to Richard Kelly’s new film. I really dig the great Pixies song used in the trailer (Wave of Mutilation), the Moby soundtrack and the play against the famous TS Eliot quote: “This is how the world ends, not with a bang, but with a whimper.” I’ve even read the prequel graphic novels, which I can highly recommend. I don’t see how this film could make sense if you didn’t read them. And maybe that was the problem with the Cannes screening. Check out the new trailer for yourself after the jump.
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Cinematical has posted the new theatrical poster for Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales, and it doesn’t look good.
Don’t get me wrong. I want Southland Tales to be good. Even if it isn’t good, I want it to make money just because I feel Richard Kelly somehow deserves it. But when a movie distributor clearly has no idea how to sell a film, or starts using deceptive marketing materials, that is usually a sure sign that the film will fail at the box office. This poster has too much going on, and gives me no indication of what this movie is about. The double poster layout is confusing, and the film’s stars are clearly in focus to attract an audience that might not otherwise enter into such a film. It seems like something that would be devised by a marketing department for the DVD release of a failed theatrical movie (Donnie Darko anyone?).
Check out the new poster after the jump.
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A little bird on my shoulder is telling me that the trailer for Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales will most likely hit the web tomorrow. In anticipation, we present you with this
new clip [via: filmick] which we swear we’ve somehow seen before (so maybe it isn’t new? My memory fails me). The shot scene features The Rock, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Seann William Scott talking about a movie idea/script. Check it out after the jump.
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Dwayne “Don’t call me The Rock” Johnson has signed on to the Disney remake of Escape to Witch Mountain. What has happened to Johnston as of late? He has a promising career in medium level Hollywood action flicks. Even his turn in Gridiron Gang wasn’t bad. But now he’s going from one Disney family comedy (The Game Plan) to another Disney family comedy. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, I’m sure Disney movies offer a big paycheck. But how are we supposed to take The Rock seriously as an action hero if he’s doing all these kiddie flicks? Is that partly what hurt Arnold Schwarzenegger’s persona/career?
And it doesn’t help that the guy who made She’s the Man and a 2003 direct to video movie titled Who’s Your Dady? is attached to direct Witch Mountain. In all fairness, Andy Fickman did made Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical, a nice little musical comedy which I caught at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and was shortly after dumped on Showtime (Kristen Bell and Neve Campbell star). Flickman also directed The Game Plan, which sort of explains how The Rock may have became involved with this project.
The original Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) was based on the sci-fi novel by Alexander Key. The movie followed two mysterious orphan children who have extraordinary powers and are chased by a scheming millionaire with plans to exploit them. The film spawned one sequel (Return from Witch Mountain in 1978), one spin-off tv movie (Beyond Witch Mountain in 1982) and was remade for tv in 1995. I vaguely remember loving the film during my early childhood, but IMDB’s 6.0 rating makes question my childhood judgement.
Someone sent us some new photos from Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales. But first some news for Mandy Moore fans: A month ago Mandy Moore made a comment, wondering if she still appeared in the movie, after director Richard Kelly announced that the film had undergone major reedits:
“I play The Rock’s wife in the movie, if I’m still in the movie at all,” Moore told Sci-Fi. “They had to cut it down so much, and maybe they just cut out my character altogether.”
Mandy Moore fans need not worry, Kelly has confirmed:
“Mandy Moore is still very much in the film… and very little of her role was cut.”
Okay, now for the photos. The first one can be seen above the news story and shows Justin Timberlake and is titled “All These Things I’ve Done”. We’ll continue with more after the jump.
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Director Peter Segal, stars Steve Carell, The Rock, Masi Oka, Ken Davitian, and Nate Torrence were in attendance to debut the first video clips from the big screen adaptation of Get Smart during the Friday morning Warner Bros panel at Comic-Con 2007.
The clip begins with a voiceover telling us that “There has always been a delicate balance between Kaos and Control. Now with that balance threatened, its time to turn to one man. Cut to Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart. Anne Hathaway as Agent 99 comes up to him from behind with a gun and shouts “Freeze!” Carell replies “No you freeze” “What? You can’t do that?” We then see a montage of humorous clips including but not limited to Smart’s car stalling while he’s on a mission. Agent 99 and Smart running down the street, climbing through air-ducts, crashing into a building, a fight in control headquarters. We got a few glimpses of Ken Davitian and The Rock in action. Max and 99 are in a closet at a party:
“Did you see anything while i was dancing,” Agent 99 asks.
“Just once but i didn’t expect them to lift you so high,” replies Smart.
The clip finishes with Smart in a jet fighter puking while it does a barrel roll.
The crowd laughed out loud a bunch of times during the clip. I predict that this film could be the next Austin Powers and really take off huge. It has that potential. And for fans of the classic tv series, it looks like they are doing this thing right. They revealed that both Hymie the robot and Agent 13 are in the movie.
“I got to wear clothes [in this movie]” commented Ken Davitian, who was of course very naked in Borat.
“Thank god,” quickly snapped The Rock, who in this film plays Maxwell Smart’s mentor, a character that was not featured in the television series.
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