Anyhoo the news you haven't heard yet..
-Walden Media,the film company that has a penchant for trying to make franchises from
children's favorite series of books(and ruining them) like the C.S.Lewis Narnia series, have started to go into a quasi-pre-production of "The Magician's Nephew", the 6th book in the Narnia series and also the prequel story of the franchise.Thus bypassing the two previous books in the series "the Silver Chair" and "The Horse and his boy". Obviously based on "Worldwide Reciepts", this film will most likely be made especially if Fox has anything to do with it and especially since Fox still has that big pot of AVATAR money in the bank, and still hasn't wasted it all on trying to reboot another franchise miserably,for like the tenth time. Hopefully this next film will put an end to a dieing franchise which if they are really smart should do this ala "the Hobbit" and tie in "the Last Battle" thus ending the series..check it out here
-The biggest movie next year that you haven't heard about,"the Hunger Games", has casted after much hullabaloo, Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence who after achieving aclaim for "Winter's Bone" this past year, has been on every director's radar. This film is based on the first book in a trilogy by author Suzanne Collins, who got the idea of a post apocalyptic future where chldren are forced to fight each other in games in place of "tribute" to "the Capitol".Other casting for this film is currently goin on,with female favorite male actors being sorted out by the likes of Alex Pettyfur,Josh Hutcherson,Hunter Parrish, and newcomer Callan McAuliffe. more info here.
The film's scenario from IMDB:
"In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss' young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives."
Because of this film's popularity, WB pushed back the forthcoming Clash of the Titans sequel "the Wrath of the Titans" to earlier in March of next year. Expect "The Hunger Games" to be your teenager's next t-shirt at Hot Topic...I'm just sayin..
-So speaking of sequels,prequels and female fantasies, the ever popular James"I was James Dean in another life" Franco, coming off his Oscar nomination for 127 hours and Masters degree, will be headlining the prequel/reboot of the "Planet of the Apes" franchise (that initially was to be restarted by Mark Wahlberg-which bombed,try again I guess) but now has been greenlighted for release this August!! Hopefully "Rise of the Apes", carries the awesomeness of his next film "Her Highness" and brings back his credibility after the Oscars debacle,because we all know what happened to Val Kilmer right?
Recap: James Franco,RISE OF THE APES, AUGUST 2011...got it?check it out here.
-WB and Legendary Pictures(300 etc) are currently casting for a live action AKIRA film. What? You don't know what AKIRA is??Have you seen the cartoon or the comic book series? ugh..grrreat..well here is the Bluray trailer:
Anyhoo,scripts have gone out supposedly to all popular actors in their 30s.."For the role of Tetsuo, Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy have been given the new script. For the role of Kaneda, Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix have received the script."
Anyway,I don't see any of these guys playing the leads..maybe Hedlund but that's it.
the story premise from IMDB and wikipedia here:
"Kaneda is a bike gang leader whose close friend Tetsuo gets involved in a government secret project known as Akira. On his way to save Tetsuo, Kaneda runs into a group of anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader. The confrontation sparks off Tetsuo's supernatural power leading to bloody death, a coup attempt and the final battle in Tokyo Olympiad where Akira's secrets were buried 30 years ago."
Pretty heavy stuff,hopefully the WB will do it right...Director?? God hope its not The Wachowskis..
-Other news,short list:
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