Our friends at TotalFilm told us that "Wanted" director Timur Bekmambetov is in talks to direct an adaptation of Peter Ackroyd's "The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein."
But before you groan, "What? Another freaking Frankenstein movie?," hear this -- the novel is a retelling of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," only this time, the author's husband, the poet, dramatist, essayist, and novelist Percy Bysshe Shelley appears in the book as one of the main characters whose close friend is Victor Frankenstein.
Here's a full description of the novel from Amazon:
When two nineteenth-century Oxford students--Victor Frankenstein, a serious researcher, and the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley--form an unlikely friendship, the result is a tour de force that could only come from one of the world's most accomplished and prolific authors.
This haunting and atmospheric novel opens with a heated discussion, as Shelley challenges the conventionally religious Frankenstein to consider his atheistic notions of creation and life. Afterward, these concepts become an obsession for the young scientist.
As Victor begins conducting anatomical experiments to reanimate the dead, he at first uses corpses supplied by the coroner. But these specimens prove imperfect for Victor's purposes. Moving his makeshift laboratory to a deserted pottery factory in Limehouse, he makes contact with the Doomsday men--the resurrectionists--whose grisly methods put Frankenstein in great danger as he works feverishly to bring life to the terrifying creature that will bear his name for eternity.
Filled with literary lights of the day such as Bysshe Shelley, Godwin, Lord Byron, and Mary Shelley herself, and penned in period-perfect prose, The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein is sure to become a classic of the twenty-first century.
Sounds good right? And you know what's better? Playwright David Auburn, who won the Tony Award in 2001 for his play "Proof" is adapting the novel for the big screen.
Couple that with Bekmambetov's visual storytelling eye, and you have a possible good film! Let's all hope that Bekmambetov agrees to direct the film.
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Anna Faris has just landed the role that made Goldie Hawn a superstar! The house bunny will be called up to duty for New Line's remake of "Private Benjamin!"
In the 1980 film, Hawn played a spoiled woman who joins the army after her husband dies during sex on their wedding night. The film was nominated for three Oscars including Hawn for best actress, Eileen Brennan for best supporting actress, and best original screenplay for Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer, and Harvey Miller.
The original was rated R and the rating gave the filmmakers enough leeway to create a thoroughly engrossing film. Given the current economic state of Hollywood, you wanna bet that the remake will be PG-13 for wider audience?
But according to The Hollywood Reporter, the remake "will set the story in contemporary times with modern wars as the backdrop. Insiders say the studio doesn’t want to poke fun at the men and women in the service or take political potshots, but rather focus on the empowerment elements and build on the fish-out-of-water comedy."
That's good to know, given the fact that Warner Bros. has been ransacking New Line's library for remake inspiration. First it was "National Lampoon's Vacation," then "Police Academy," and now, "Private Benjamin."
The studio is talking to Amy Talkington to write the script. She just finished writing another 1980s remake, "Valley Girl," and apparently, she knows how to put a strong female voice in her writing.
So going back to my headline question, is Anna Faris this generation's Goldie Hawn? Perhaps. Faris can act, she's a good comedienne, and gasp, she's blond, just like Hawn
For now, let's ogle at the old "Private Benjamin" trailer:
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The original “Clash of the Titans” released in 1981 had such a huge impact on me as a child that I immediately devoured everything pertaining to Greek mythology. Ray Harryhausen’s imaginative stop-motion animation may look archaic now, but back then, it opened a whole new world to children like me.
Yet for all its gods and monsters pomp and circumstance, the original “Clash of the Titans” starring Harry Hamlin as Perseus was loveably cheesy and campy. So I’ve always thought that the film would benefit from a remake. I was wrong. Read More...
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College students nationwide are invited by Disney/Pixar to see the first 65 minutes of "Toy Story 3!" It's called the "Special Cliffhanger Edition" reserved especially for our brilliant college students!
Go to Disney/Pixar's Facebook page to find out if your college is part of the event. Click here to find out! For those interested, you must bring your valid college ID for admission, and seating is limited so it's first come, first serve. The biggie? Do not bring any recording device!
To see some more videos and to find out more about the "Special Cliffhanger Edition," click here.
"Toy Story 3" opens nationwide on June 18 in 3-D, 2-D, and IMAX 3-D. Lee Unkrich directed the threequel featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, John Morris, Laurie Metcalf, R. Lee Ermey, Jodi Benson, Ned Beatty, Michael Keaton, Timothy Dalton, Jeff Garlin, Bonnie Hunt, Whoopi Goldberg, Kristen Schaal and Blake Clark.
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But the big question -- are you interested to see another "Dark Crystal" movie? According to our friends at Slashfilm.com, the wait is almost over because a sequel is on the horizon.
Brian and Wendy Froud, the designers of the sets, props, and various puppet creatures of "The Dark Crystal" have confirmed that they are working on new designs for the sequel.
Slashfilm "interviewed (the couple) this weekend at a signing of their new fortune-telling card set, The Heart of Faerie Oracle, they revealed that the next Dark Crystal movie is very much still on, that they have done “some designs” for it, have been “talking to the director” and have “been involved with the script'."
To see the rest of the interview, click here.
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