Tuesday, March 5, 2013

News at the Cinema (March 5)

Opening This Week March 8 

Dead Man Down
Oz The Great and Powerful (in 3D)

New Trailers

Rumor: Nolan Boards 'Justice League' with Christian Bale as Batman? 

Everyone put your rumor hats on, this one is going to be bumpy. After hearing many threads of rumors surrounding Warner Bros. seemingly unfocused attempts to get a Justice League film off the ground, no real solid information about the film or its direction have surfaced. From talks of Joseph Gordon-Levitt taking on the role of Batman following the conclusion of The Dark Knight Rises to script troubles, it sounds like the studio has no idea what to do. Well, they might finally have a solid idea if the latest scoop from Latino Review is true. Their source is saying that Warner Bros. is hiring Christopher Nolan to oversee any project from the DC Comics universe, and all things related to those superheroes, goes through him. Read more.

Emma Watson in Talks for Disney's Live-Action 'Cinderella' Adaptation

Well, it's just raining news for the stars of the Harry Potter franchise. Gary Oldman landed a role inDawn of the Planet of the ApesDaniel Radcliffe is playing Igor in a new take on Frankenstein, and nowEmma Watson is entering a fairytale world. Variety has word that the star of The Perks of Being a Wallflower is in talks to put on the glass slippers as the Disney princess Cinderella in the studio's new live-action version of the story with Thor and Hamlet director Kenneth Branagh at the helm. The search has been on for the title role ever since the project was announced with Cate Blanchett as the wicked step-mother. Read more.
Daniel Radcliffe in Final Negotiations to Play Igor in 'Frankenstein'

 Last fall we learned that Daniel Radcliffe was interested in taking on another horror tale after moving from Harry Potter to The Woman in Black, and now months later that news has finally become more of a reality. Variety has word that Radcliffe is in final negotiations to star in Frankenstein, a revisionist take on the classic tale from Mary Shelley that will see the young British actor playing Igor. At this time, we're not certain if this adaptation written by Chronicle scribe Max Landis completely revamps the story, but it will definitely be the familiar tale told from the perspective of the hunchback who assists Dr. Frankenstein. Read more.
 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Gains a Leader - Gary Oldman Joining

As I wrote in the last casting update on Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes sequel, "this is already a great cast so far that I'm sure will get even better." Indeed it just has. ComingSoon is reporting that another excellent actor has been cast - Gary Oldman, seen in Chris Nolan's Batman/The Dark Knight series as well as The Book of Eli, Harry Potter, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Lawless. While we only know few details about the sequel, set 15 years after the last movie involving two split groups of humans and apes, and apparently Oldman will be playing the "leader of a human colony", or as Deadline clarifies, the "leader of the human resistance". Awesome. Matt Reeves is rounding up quite an outstanding set of actors for this. Read more.

Paul Bettany Cast Alongside Depp in Pfister's Sci-Fi 'Transcendence' 

We just got confirmation yesterday that Johnny Depp will definitely be starring in Transcendence, the upcoming directorial debut of longtime Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister. It sounds like a pretty out-there science fiction drama, already being compared to 2001 and Inception, and a recent script summary revealed Depp's character's brain gets uploaded into a computer (along with some other spoilery details). Christian Bale was being courted to play one of the leads, but Deadline reports that Paul Bettany is in negotiations to star, so it looks Bale might have, well, bailed on the project but he's still unconfirmed. Read more.

DreamWorks Lands Band of 'Merry Men' with New Robin Hood Project

There's plenty of new takes on fairytales hitting the big screen. Snow White and the Huntsman andMirror Mirror arrived last year, Jack the Giant Slayer is in theaters today, Oz: The Great and Powerfularrives next week, and Emma Watson was just cast as Cinderella in a new live-action film from Disney. Now Deadline has word that DreamWorks has picked up Merry Men, a pitch for a film written by Brad Inglesby (who wrote Out of the Furnace for Scott Cooper and the remake of The Raid) with Act of Valorco-director Scott Waugh attached to helm the film which was purchased for quite an impressive amount. Read more.

Michael Keaton is a Washed Up Comic Book Movie Star in 'Birdman'

Towards the end of 2012, we heard that 21 Grams, Babel and Amores Perros director Alejando González Iñárritu would try his hand at comedy with a new film called Birdman set up at Fox Searchlight and New Regency. The project, described as a dark comedy, follows a former actor, who once played an iconic superhero, as he decides to take on a Broadway play based on a short story by Raymond Chandlerin order to reclaim past glory. Now the perfect man has been found for the role as THR reports Michael Keaton, who once played Batman for director Tim Burton, has taken the lead role of the comic book movie star. Read More.

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