Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (Thor) were supposedly set to draft the sequel for Top Gun 2. Apparently that never happened and now Peter Craig (The Town) will be starting from scratch. Concrete plot details are non-existent at the moment, but it does seem likely that Cruise will return along with original director, Tony Scott. Top Gun 2 is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films and David Ellison’s Skydance Productions for Paramount.
Craig drafted the critically and financially successful, The Town, starring Ben Affleck and Jeremy Renner. Craig has recently adapted Fathers and Guns, a French-Canadian father-son cop film, for Columbia Pictures. Bruckheimer is also shopping Craig’s adaptation of Doug Stanton’s novel, Horse Soldiers. Finally, Craig is also working on Bad Boys 3 for Sony.
First Trailer for Football Drama TOUCHBACK Starring Kurt Russell
The first trailer for the football drama Touchback has gone online. The trailer opens like Miracle 2: Football, but then we get into the slightly more complicated plot not concerning Kurt Russell: a former high school football star whose life was sidetracked after a game-related injury unexpectedly travels back to the past to relive his glory days. The film also stars Brian Presley, Melanie Lynskey, Christine Lahti, Marc Blucas, Drew Powell, Sarah Wright, Sianoa Smit-McPhee and Kevin Covais.
Synopsis: When a washed-up high school quarterback is sent back in time he gets the opportunity to replay his final game. Will he avoid the injury that ended his promising career or will he choose the route that lead to his small town life?
First Trailer for Richard Linklater’s BERNIE Starring Jack Black
The first trailer for director Richard Linklater’s (Dazed and Confused) new dark comedy Bernie has gone online. Based on a true story, the film stars Jack Black as an assistant funeral director of a small Texas town who wooed and then murdered a cantankerous, affluent widow. The film also stars Matthew McConaughey and Shirley MacLaine. Bernie opens April 27th.
Synopsis: In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town’s most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. Bernie frequently traveled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. Marjorie quickly became fully dependant on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. Bernie continued to handle her affairs, and the townspeople went months without seeing Marjorie. The people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was being charged with the murder.
A new image from Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie has been released. The film is based off Burton’s own fantastic 1984 live-action short film of the same name, and centers on a young boy who goes to Victor Frankenstein in order to revive his beloved dog, Sparky. The first trailer hits tomorrow, so stay tuned.
The film features the voices of Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, and Martin Landau. Frankenweenie opens in 3D on October 5, 2012.
Chris Weitz to Write Mark Romanek’s Live-Action CINDERELLA Movie
Chris Weitz (About a Boy) is in negotiations to rewrite Cinderella, Disney’s live action take on the classic fairy tale that has Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) attached to direct. Simon Kinberg is producing. The Cinderella project was first set up at Disney in May 2010 in the wake of the studio’s success with Alice in Wonderland that starred Johnny Depp. Devil Wear Prada scribe Aline Brosh McKenna was behind the pitch and wrote the initial draft. Romanek came on board in August 2011.
No stars currently are attached. The take and the storyline of the re-imagining are being kept under wraps but Weitz has proven himself adept at writing and directing a range of material, from character-based comedies to fantasies to dramas. Weitz last directed A Better Life, 2011's immigrant drama for which Demian Bichir snagged a best actor nomination.
New Poster and Images for Walter Salles’ Adaptation of ON THE ROAD
It’s been 55 years since Jack Kerouac‘s beat novel On the Road was published, and in that time there’s never been a movie. Francis Ford Coppola optioned the rights back in the 1970s, but production didn’t start moving ahead until April 2010 when Walter Salles (The Motorocycle Diaries) was attached to direct and Garrett Hedlund was cast in the lead role of Dean Moriarty. The movie then lined-up an impress cast featuring Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Alice Braga and Elisabeth Moss.
The movie is now finally set for release in France this May, and new images and the first poster have gone online. The release in May strongly hints towards a premiere at Cannes (which runs from May 16 – 27th) where the movie will likely pick up U.S. distribution.
Brian Kirk in Talks to Direct THE OSTERMAN WEEKEND Adaptation
Brian Kirk, who was previously one of the candidates considered to direct Marvel’s Thor 2, looks to be adding another feature to his “to-do” list. Deadline reports that Kirk is in talks to direct an adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s thriller novel The Osterman Weekend. The book centers on John Tanner, a hardworking attorney and loving husband who is told that the friends who have invited him to a weekend in the country aren’t who he thinks they are. What follows is a journey filled with doubt and paranoia as Tanner fights to stay alive and figure out who’s out to get him.
Kirk’s credits include Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire, and he recently signed on to direct the Guillermo del Toro-produced Midnight Delivery. He’s also developing a project called Paper Wings as a potential Tom Cruise vehicle.
Sony Pictures’ The Pirates! Band of Misfits have launched a [url=http://www.thepirates-movie.com/site/]new interactive site with lots of visual goodies for fans of The Pirates! and Aardman Animation (Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run and Flushed Away). Click HERE to see the trailers and HERE for the behind-the-scenes featurette.
The film stars Hugh Grant, in his first animated role, as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain who is trying to win the Pirate Of The Year Award with the help of his rag-tag crew (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen). To win, Pirate Captain must contend with a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and bitter rivals like Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek). The Pirates! Band of Misfits opens April 27th.