Thursday, February 5, 2009

NEWS ROUNDUP: 1-5-09...

Hey there faithful readers! Now, over the past week, there hasn't been much news of note, as is the case with the week after Sundance. However, that all changed with this past evening, and there is a lot to get into...

- Just Jared is reporting that The Farrley Brothers are in the hunt for possible actors to fill their Three Stooges cast, and they are going for heavy hitters. Rumor has it that Johnny Depp and Sean Penn have been courted to fill two of the spots, as Larry and Moe respectively. And apparently, some of this rumor is true. FilmDrunk is now reporting that famous voice actor, Billy West, has been in touch with Penn, helping him work on his impressions.

- With the recession going full bore into the gut of our economy, some films have been scrapped by their respective studios. The most recent victim, and to much applause, is the American remake of The Orphanage.

- Mark Campbell is in talks to take the helm of Warner Brothers much talked about Green Lantern adaptation...

- Variety is reporting that Enchanted director, Kevin Lima, will be directing the film adaptation of Candy Land, with a script written by Tropic Thunder producer, Etan Cohen.

- Finally, and most interestingly, there were some interesting comments made by Warner Brothers CEO Jeff Bawkes made during an earnings call earlier this week...

“We look at Harry Potter. It’s fantastic to have franchises that last that long. We want to do that with Batman and Superman and perhaps Sherlock Holmes. The sequels are as good, with new characters added, as were the originals. That wasn’t the case in the years ago. Warners has more tentpoles as an on-going strategy that very much lifts its distribution and performance. We think that’s going to hold up our slate in the 2009 - 2010 period. We’ve got four more big tentpoles coming this year.”

What do you make of these comments? Would you like to see the bat expand like this? Maybe not in a straight continuation of the series, but maybe go into an alternate future with The Dark Knight Returns? Zack Snyder got full consent from writer Frank Miller, and I would LOVE Snyder's take on this really gritty book, probably the second best in the Bat's comic book/graphic novel canon. What do you think?

Come back later for more news and notes!

Go see something good!

1 comment:

  1. Candy Land... the idea just sounds like a horrible horrible drug trip. HOW COULD THEY DO THAT TO THE STOOGES?!!

    this is garbage.


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