It’s time for another roundup of rumors and short bits of information coming out of Tinsel Town. This week, it’s all about Fast and Furious, more movies from DC Comics and Warner Bros., Doctor Who, and drones delivering your trade paperbacks.
The Touchstone Pictures’ Surrogates movie opens this weekend, and according to the Hollywood trades, it could very easily take the weekend box office top spot.Â To get you geared up to, Touchstone sent Major Spoilers two more clips from the film.
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The Hollywood Reporter has Warner Bros. so excited about the upcoming Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes movie that has already green lit a sequel.Â And while that news is an indicator the celebrated sleuth flick might do super good at the box office, the news that Brad Pitt is interested in playing the villain in the follow up movie should have everyone scrambling to lock schedules to get this film made.
Kieran and Michele Mulroney, the writers behind the now shelved “Justice League: Mortal”Â project, have been brought on board to penÂ the new movie.
Word around Hollywood this morning is the news that Night of the Living Dead, is getting a remake.Â Interestingly, the zombie horror film will not involve George Romero, but it will be a 3D CGI origin story.Â CGI zombies?Â Sign me up.
Titled â€œNight of the Living Dead: Origins,â€ the re-imagining is being directed by newcomer Zebediah de Soto and produced by Simon West and Simon West Productions president Jib Polhemus.
As much as I like the zombie genre (my Kung-Fu- Zombie-Western movie is still in the works), I can’t help but wonder what an all CGI zombie flick will bring to the table.Â Sure, the ability to create a realistic looking human is great, and has done wonders for companies like Disney and Dreamworks, but pairing CGI with horror might make it hard to find an audience in the long run.
Take one bored writer, access to the Intardwebz, and a up and coming comic book series, throw it in a pot and set it to boil, and you wind up with The Comic Casting Couch – a look at who Stacy B. would cast in his imaginary movie.Â This time out – Firestorm: The Nuclear Man.
Plot: Dr. Martin Stein, a scientist in the employee of the Hewitt Corporation, has developed a matter/conversion machine using a revolutionary power source he calls the Firestorm Matrix. The night before the big press conference to unveil his creation, his laboratory is attacked by operatives from the 2000 Committee. Desperately trying to save his lifeâ€™s work, there is an explosion which seemingly destroys the machine and the building in which it is housed.Â Caught in the explosion is college student Jason Rusch who is working as part of the night-time maintenance crew at the Hewitt Corporationâ€™s Experimental Technology Division.Â After being released from the hospital, he discovers that he has the power to merge, for a limited time, with another human being and become the nuclear man known as FIRESTORM! Accused of being an accomplice in the attempted robbery of the missing Dr. Stein, Jason he must use his newfound powers to stop Hewitt Corporation CEO Victor H. Hewitt from trying to use the data from the Firestorm Matrix to take over the United States of America!
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that three more actors have joined the cast of Disney’s adaptation of John Carter of Mars. Samantha Morton will play Sola, the daughter of Tarks Tarkas (played by Willem Defoe), Dominic West has been cast a Sab Than, the prince of the Zodangans, while Polly Walker plays Sarkoja, a Thark baddie.
The cast is certainly shaping up, and while I have faith in Andrew Stanton’s adaptation, the whole Disney name attached to it means a toned down story that is full of violence.Â Still, the Edgar Rice Burroughs book, A Princess of Mars,Â is full of adventure, and should be different enough that audience will get a kick out of it.
NBC has announced it has acquired the rights to DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint “Midnight, Mass.” series to turn it into a television series.Â Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts will write the series.
“Midnight,” which has received a script commitment with penalty from the network, revolves around Adam and Julia Kadmons, a sophisticated, sexy, globe-trotting husband-and-wife team who solve mysteries and crimes of the supernatural.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, this series has been heavily sought after for years to be turned into a television series.
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The Hollywood Reporter is circulating news that BrYan Singer has been tapped by Universal Pictures to produce and direct the big screen adaptation of Battlestar Galactica.Â Thanks to a power outage, and a two-year-old who fills up the TiVo with crap children’s programming, I’ve not had a chance to watch the final four episodes of the series, so I have no idea if Singer jumping on board for a movie franchise is a good idea or not.
There is no script for the new “Galactica,” though insiders have said the feature is to be a complete reimaginging and will stand separately.
If it does stand separately, it’s going to be a really strange movie, as I doubt audiences will be interested in yet another interpretation of the Galactica series, especially when the large fan base has a huge love-on for the just wrapped series. Since it is Friday, what say you Major Spoilerites?Â Do you have any interest in seeing a movie redux of Galactica Returns?
Even though the Major Spoilers Crew didn’t care very much for the Transformers 2 movie, giant robots are still a big deal for H’wood.Â Those of us who were around in 1984 and 1985 remember the tiger-shaped robots that connected to form Voltron.Â And for those of us who liked Voltron then, the news that a live action Voltron movie should have us jumping around like the boy down the street who got his hands on sugar for the first time.
Atlas Entertainment, the group behind Get Smart, are producing the film that hasn’t found a studio yet.Â Word is Warner Bros. is hot to trot on Robotech or some other giant robot franchise to counter Paramount’s Transformers hit.Â While it seems Hollywood is keen on robots, I wonder how many of you are interested in Voltron?
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.
Today, we’re taking the Art Appreciation Moment and giving it a unique twist.Â Instead of featuring sketches, or finished pieces from previously published work, we’re taking a look at Sean Gordon Murphy’s work from the upcoming Joe the Barbarian series by Grant Morrison and published by Vertigo.