Movies Opening This Week (Dec 7th)
Hyde Park on Hudson
Playing for Keeps
'Stranger Than Fiction' Writer Hired to Script Columbia's New 'Jumanji'
As we heard this past summer Columbia Pictures is working on a new adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's classic children's book Jumanji. There's no director attached to the project yet, but Sony has taken one smart step forward by landing Stranger Than Fiction writer Zach Helm to script the new take on the 1981 tale of kids who have to deal with the dangers of the jungle when the titular board game starts unleashing animals and more as they play. We're not sure if this new take will be similar to Joe Johnston's film from 1995, which departed quite a bit from the source material, or if it will be more faithful to the book. Read more here.
Cate Blanchett Becoming Wicked Stepmother for Disney's 'Cinderella'
After stepping back into Peter Jackson's Middle Earth and reprising her role as Galadriel in The Hobbit, it looks like Cate Blanchett has yet another legendary story to tell. The Wrap reports that the actress is in talks to play a lead role as the wicked stepmother in Disney's upcoming remake of Cinderella, which is set to be directed by Never Let Me Go helmer Mark Romanek after nothing really panned out with talks of him directing The Lost Symbol for Sony. The studio acquired this project back in 2010 fromThe Devil Wears Prada writer Aline Brosh McKenna, but Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass) has done a rewrite. Click here to read more.
Matt Damon is Reuniting with George Clooney for 'Monuments Men'
After teaming up with George Clooney for three heists in Ocean's 11 and two sequels, it sounds like Matt Damon is going to help the actor and director track down some stolen goods this time. Deadline has word that Damon is in talks to join the cast of The Monuments Men, the next directorial gig for Clooney who will also star in the film. The film already features an incredible cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban and Hugh Bonneville in the story of a hand-picked group of art experts chosen by the U.S. government to retrieve artwork stolen by the Nazis. Read more here.
Congratulations, Sony. You now have my attention for this adaptation of the 80s TV series The Equalizer. The project sounded like it might have a chance to be cool with Denzel Washingtontaking the lead role just over a year ago. But now Variety reports Drive and Bronson director Nicolas Winding Refn currently has an offer to direct the film, and negotiations for a deal should begin soon. Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2) is behind the script, and apparently a lot of directors, including Gavin O' Connor (Warrior) and Pierre Morel (Taken) were after the job. But Washington gave his seal of approval for Refn to direct. Click here to read more.
James Marsden Joining Elizabeth Banks in Comedy 'Walk of Shame'
After wowing audiences with her bizarre outfits and insane makeup in the supporting part of Effie inThe Hunger Games earlier this year, Elizabeth Banks is stepping into a lead role in a new comedy called Walk of Shame from Little Nicky director Steven Brill. ComingSoon has done some digging and they've discovered that James Marsden (The Notebook, Hairspray) has come aboard to star alongside her. Brill, who is famous for writing The Mighty Ducks and the underrated Judd Apatow-produced comedy Heavy Weights, also wrote the script for Walk of Shame. Marsden and Banks in a comedy together? Sure, why not? Read more here.
In honor of Christmas here is a clip from Elf