Once upon a time, before "The Matrix," the Wachowski brothers, Larry and Andy, made a lesbian romance thriller called "Bound" starring Meg Tilly and Gina Gershon. It was a fantastic film, and while the lesbianism angle wasn't the main focus, it provided the heart of the film.
Now, I heard that the Wachowskis are going to make a gay-themed film and it's going to focus on a "hard R" homosexual relationship between a U.S. soldier and an Iraqi, Deadline Hollywood exclusively learned.
The film will be shot "reality-TV" style, and apparently, it will start in the near future and then the narrative will go back in time to include the current Iraq war. The Wachowskis wrote the script and they want to direct as well.
This is exciting, but one question -- why don't the Wachowskis just make a thriller about sex reassignment since Larry is supposed to now be known as Lana And honestly? More power to you Lana, or Larry (no official statement has been given about her name change)!
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So director Cameron Crowe has been busy working on a biopic about legendary soul singer Marvin Gaye for the last 3 1/2 years! Now, Deadline Hollywood has exclusively learned that Terrence Howard has been talking to Crowe about starring in the film.
Once upon a time, Will Smith was favored to play Gaye, but the actor turned Crowe down. Berry Gordy Jr., Motown founder, is supporting the project, so the film will feature Gaye songs since Motown owns the rights to the singer's music.
“Nothing’s been signed on paper yet,” Howard tells Deadline Hollywood. “Everybody who loves music will hate me if I get this one wrong.”
I think Howard will do a good job as Gaye, and Crowe is an instinctive director and a music connoisseur, so this project has great potential!
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Keanu Reeves is attached to star in "Passengers." It's being called "Adam & Even in Space," and Keanu will play the male lead. This is going to be a $90 million production and Universal will release the film domestically. Set designs will be created by the folks who gave us "Avatar."
Here's the film's logline from The Hollywood Reporter:
Set in the future, "Passengers" centers on Jim Preston (Reeves), a mechanic on a 120-year journey to a distant colonized planet in another galaxy, who becomes the first traveler to experience pod hibernation failure. Having woken up 100 years too soon, he is stranded in the world of an interstellar spaceship with only robots and androids for companionship.
A year into his journey, he decides to wake up a fellow passenger, a beautiful journalist named Aurora. They fall in love but must soon deal not only with the revelation of Jim's misjudged act of waking her but a major malfunction of the ship itself.
The original script was written by Jon Spaihts but the screenplay is now getting a polish. Production is set to begin in January.
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Disney has announced that "Winnie the Pooh" will be released on July 15, 2011. Another one from Disney, "Reboot Ralph" (formerly known as "Joe Jump") will be seen on March 22, 2013.
As we told you last September, John Lasseter, Academy Award-winning animator, director, and the chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is exec producing the project based on A.A. Milne's children classic. The film will feature five of the author's original stories.
Steve Anderson and Don Hall ("Meet the Robinsons") are directing the film. Jim Cummings will voice Pooh/Tigger, and Craig Ferguson (I love him!) will voice the Owl. The best part? Burny Mattinson, the animator of the original "Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree" featurette in 1964, will serve as lead story artist on the new project.
Meanwhile, "Reboot Ralph," according to Moviefone, "is rumored to be about an '80s-era video game character who makes the leap into the new-fangled games of today."
Hhmmm, sorta like "Tron" in reverse!
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Captain Nemo will be battling against himself at the box-office with two planned "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" versions from two studios. Walt Disney Pictures will be racing against 20th Century Fox to dive deep into the "20,000 Leagues" territory. Both, of course, will be based on the beloved Jules Verne sci-fi novel, but each version will have different takes.
So let's compare and contrast:
In the Disney version, David Fincher, yes, THE David Fincher of "Fight Club" and "The Case of Benjamin Button" fame, is under negotiations to direct. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the director approached the House of Mouse because he wanted to make a big-blockbuster film and stay away from R-rated dramas. Aw
Last year, Disney cancelled their planned "20,000" version, but apparently, the studio revived the project after Fincher expressed interest. "Bourne Ultimatum's" Scott Z. Burns will write the Disney project and is supposed to be in the vein of "Star Wars."
Meanwhile, Fox has producers Ridley and Tony Scott to develop their own version of the classic tale. The script is from one of the "Clash of the Titans" writers, Travis Beacham, and the producers are in talks with director Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted"). This one will be set in the future but will follow Verne's plot closely.
Personally? I'm rooting for Disney, why? Because the studio was the first to give us a "20,000 Leagues" film with the 1954 version starring Kirk Douglas as Ned Land and James Mason as Captain Nemo. That was also Disney's first-ever live-action film.
Plus, as much as I admire Bekmambetov, Fincher is a stronger director. But hopefully, after Fincher gets his blockbuster on, he'll return to work on R-rated dramas!
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
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