Rapid Roundup of Tinsel Town Rumors for July 9, 2009
With the San Diego Comic-Con just around the corner, some of the weird from Hollywood is starting to surge to the forefront, as we present another installment of the Rapid Roundup of Tinsel Town Rumors.Â Some might be true, some might be outright lies, but they are all entertaining… to someone… maybe not you… maybe that cute girl on the bus would be interested in your thoughts on the subject… or maybe not.Â I don’t think looking at her and saying, “So what do you think about Cameron Diaz and the Green Hornet?” will get a dialogue started.
Yes, the latest rumor from the Seth Rogen action flick has Cameron Diaz playing the leading lady.Â It isn’t the first time Ms. Diaz has played opposite a comic book character, as her sizzling dance number in The Mask proved.
Yes, John Lithgow may indeed be playing Gargamel, but it will be Raja Gosnell behind the camera calling the shots.
Gosnell’s addition only complements the team. The editor-turned-director is best known for helming “Scooby-Doo” and “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed,” as well as last year’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua.” The movies combined live actors and settings with photorealistic animated talking animals such as dogs and rats. Turning his attention to the small blue characters created by Belgian cartoonist Peyo was the next step.
What could be better?Â How ’bout Sean Connery as Papa Smurf?
Man, a 3D, live action CGI flick with three apple high Smurfs, John Lithgow, AND Sean Connery… it’s enough to crack the Intardwebz in half!
moving on then…
Green Lantern movie to feature Superman?
Marc Gugenheim won’t confirm that Superman’s alter ego Clark Kent won’t appear in the upcoming Green Lantern movie, but he ain’t denying it either.
â€œHonestly, it changes on a daily basis. Whatever information I gave you today would be obsolete in a week, and maybe come back again in two weeks,â€ said Guggenheim. â€ And even if it wasnâ€™t in flux at the script stage, it would still be constantly in flux because you can film it, put it in the original cut, and eventually it could end up on the editing room floor.â€
If DC hopes to create a unified universe similar to what Marvel has done with its movie franchise, now would be a good time to start.Â The big question that arises if this turns out to be true, is who will play Clark?Â Brandon Routh stated earlier this week that his sequel contract has expired, so he’s out.Â Maybe Michael O’Hearn is available.
Harold Ramis doesn’t want Ghostbuster 3 to suck, so don’t expect to see a lot of CGI and special effects to make the movie look more modern.
What’s going on with the next Spider-Man film?Â At one time it looked like everything was moving smoothly, now there’s a report that Gary Ross has been brought in to rewrite the script for the Sam Raimi directed film.Â James Vanderbilt took the first crack at the script, which was then rewritten by David Lindsay-Abaire.
Remo Williams: The Destroyer
This probably deserves its own entry, because the news is so kick-ass.Â The 1980′s Remo Williams movie didn’t do too well at the box office, even though the books sell very well world wide. Charles RovenÂ and Steve Chasman think enough time has passed to give Remo another go as they team to bring The Destroyer back to the screen.
Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir wrote the initial batch of â€œDestroyerâ€ adventure tomes, which centered on Williams, a New Jersey cop convicted of a crime he didnâ€™t commit. Williams is sentenced to the electric chair, but his death is faked so he can be reborn as the vigilante character the Destroyer, joining a top-secret assassin squad set up by the government to operate outside the bounds of the law.
He’s got a mystical Asian teacher/assassin/assistant too!
This will be a reboot of the movie series, with the new movie retelling the origin.
Check out this MTV Splashpage’s image of McLovin (aka Christopher Mintz-Plasse) in his Red Mist getup.
Jonah Hex, the animated series?
With the success of DC’s direct to DVD movies featuring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and now Green Lantern, how does an animated Jonah Hex short feature sound?Â Joe R. Lansdale could be writing the bit, and he’s probably the right person to do it, as he was responsible for the very cool Batman: The Animated Series “Showdown” episode.
That should keep your brain going for a while.
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