Tuesday, October 28, 2008

NEWS: Kool Aid and The Birds...

Hey guys! Today has been a pretty busy day, with a couple of pretty big headlines making the rounds....

- First, Gus van Sandt is set to helm a new film called The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test...Thanks to The Movie Blog for the information...

Fox Searchlight has picked up “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,” a project based on the 1968 Tom Wolfe book. Gus Van Sant is directing.

“Kool-Aid” is Wolfe’s account of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” author Ken Kesey and a group dubbed the Merry Pranksters as they drive across the country in a DayGlo-painted school bus dubbed Further, reaching personal and collective revelations through the use of LSD and other psychedelic drugs.


I must say that this is one film that I am really excited about checking out. It is an interesting fit to combine a story about LSD and other psychedelic drugs along with Van Sandt's more lyrical and almost poetic film making. This is one that I will definitely be looking forward to. How about you?

- Rumor has it that a deal could be struck in the next couple of weeks casting Christian Bale as Dr. Strange in the upcoming Marvel comic book film...This is unlikely and still in the RUMOR stage, but Bale IS at the top of Marvels list, and they are looking at getting him in the title role.

- After the huge success of High School Musical 3, it looks as though Paramount has fast tracked the upcoming remake of Footloose re-teaming Zac Efron with HSM3 Director, Kenny Ortega...

- Leonardo DiCaprio and his production company Appian Way are set to produce a remake of Ninja Scroll. Watchmen scribe Alex Tse is set to pen the script...

- The Saw film series is now the highest grossing horror franchise in history (not adjusting for inflation, and only domestic gross)

- Finally, it looks as though George Clooney may have a role in the upcoming remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic, The Birds...Thanks to the guys over at Cinematical for the information...

First came Naomi Watts as a possible replacement for Tippi Hedren in that long-brewing remake of The Birds. Now a rumor straight from Metro.co.uk claims that George Clooney might play Mitch Bremner. It seems that the original Mitch, Rod Taylor, told the Daily Express: “I often cringe when I hear mention of remakes but I’ll hold judgment, especially since I’ve been told Clooney’s the favorite.” To add to the displeasure, Tippi herself said: “Can’t we find new stories, new things to do? Must you be so insecure that you have to take a film that’s a classic and try to do it over?

What are your thoughts? I don't want this remake to happen at all, and knowing Michael Bay will be behind makes me pretty suspect. I'm a big fan of the original, but if I had to pick one person to take over the flick, at least in the acting realm, Clooney is a perfect choice. Maybe he should direct it too...What do you think?

That's all I've got for now, so come back later for more movie news and reviews...

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