UPDATE:Ken Jeong will also be in the film, playing a computer hacker who fancies himself a ladies man but who also is key in solving the case that Cube and Hart are working on.
This year’s “urban” buddy cop comedy Ride Along was a huge hit in the US when it premiered earlier this year, so naturally it’s getting a sequel. Two of the original’s four (!) screenwriters, Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (also Clash of the Titans, Æon Flux, R.I.P.D.) return for the sequel which will again center on security guard Ben Barber (Kevin Hart, Scary Movie 3 & 4) and his would-be brother-in-law, tough Atlanta cop James Payton (Ice Cube, 21 Jump Street) and also be directed by Tim Story (also Fantastic Four 1 & 2).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, former Attack of the Show! co-host, The Newsroom actress and infamous Brett Ratner shrimp fling Olivia Munn (also seen in Magic Mike) will join the anticipated sequel as a Miami homicide detective and love interest for Ice Cube’s character. Perhaps not coincidentally, the 33 year-old actress’ latest film, the “true horror” pic Deliver Us from Evil, is just about to release Stateside.
What do you think of Munn’s addition to the film? Does she have the chops to plays it up with Cube & Hart? Or will she just be token eye candy? Watch some of her early AotS comedy after the jump and sound off in the comments! Continue reading →
Obvious update: Well I obviosly spoke too soon concerning the return of the site. But we ARE back now.
Finally! After two weeks of inactivity, computer troubles are finally over and updates will resume (The problems apparently came from the motherboard). I will not cover the extensive back catalogue of film news that has accumulated since I went offline, but here are some of the most interesting tidbits (at least in my opinion):
Sylvester Stallone (Rambo), Jason Statham (Death Race) and Jet Li (The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor) will co-star in The Expendables, an action movie set in South America which will be written and directed by Stallone himself. Stallone has of course plenty of experience in the field having written or co-written most of his films and directed quite a few of them (including the last Rambo film and four of the Rocky movies).
Joe Johnston, director of such films as Hidalgo, Jurassic Park III and October Sky will direct The First Avenger: Captain America, another of the cross-over comic book films Marvel Studios is making in the lead up to The Avengers (others include Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Iron Man 2). You know what I’d love? That they manage to include a crossover with the X-Men franchise, seeing as both this and the forthcoming X-Men Origins: Magneto will be set during World War II.
Acclaimed British director Ridley Scott (Body Of Lies) will direct an adaptation of the popular board game Monopoly.
Will Smith’s son Jaden, already seen in The Pursuit Of Happyness with his father, will play the lead in a remake of The Karate Kid.
Speaking of Will Smith, he’ll star in a remake of the South Korean cult film Oldboy which will be directed by Steven Spielberg (you know, the Indiana Jones films)
Lethal Weapon 5 isn’t completely dead after all and may happen eventually, according to series producer Joel Silver.
And of course, there’s the very sad news that bestselling author Michael Crichton died of cancer at age 66 on November 4th. Crichton’s novels have inspired films such as Jurassic Park, The 13th Warrior, Sphere, Congo, The Andromeda Strain, Timeline and many others. In addition he created the long-running medical show ER, wrote a few original screenplays such as Twister and even did a bit of directing with films like Westworld, Coma, The First Great Train Robbery and a few others.
As for the site, I’m happy to report that the hiatus did nothing to slow viewership, in fact these past three days have been our busiest ever with slightly less than two thousand visits per day on average. However, The Movie Planet will have a slight change in focus. Seeing as how this is for now a one-man operation and that I do lead a rather busy life, I will only give proper news posts to items which particularly interest me and cover the rest of the daily film news in a round-up sort of way. Thus I hope I’ll be able to write more articles in the vein of the one I penned about Babylon A.D., and you can expect such writings on the subject of Quantum Of Solace, The Happening and the High School Musical franchise soon (I hope to have my Quantum Of Solace “review” later today, but you can already see my score of the film on the What We’ve Been Watching page).
A sequel to the spy spoof hit Get Smart is pretty much confirmed with original lead Steve Carrell reprising his role. As for co-star Anne Hathaway, she previously indicated her desire for a sequel.
Lethal Weapon 5, which was written and should be directed by series creator Shane Black, has apparently been put on the fast track according to potential castmember Columbus Short (Stomp The Yard).
Rumor has it that actor Johnny Depp is being paid 56 million dollars to reprise his Jack Sparrow role in Pirates Of The Caribbean 4. If that’s true, it would make him the highest paid actor in upfront salary.
Actress Rachel McAdams (The Family Stone) has been cast as Irene Adler, Sherlock Holmes’ love interest in the forthcoming adaptation from director Guy Ritchie (RocknRolla) starring Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder) and Jude Law (Sleuth).
Series creator Shane Black has written and intends to direct Lethal Weapon 5, which introduces two young new NYPD cops (wait, aren’t the Lethal Weapon films set in LA?). Plans will move forward as soon as series co-star Mel Gibson approves the script. In the meantime, Black is directing Cold Warrior.
Steve Pink (Accepted) will write and direct a remake of the 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Apparently several big names are interested in joining the cast.
Harold & Kumar creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg will write and direct Til Beth Do Us Part, a comedy about two buddies whose friendship is put in jeopardy when one of them gets engaged.
Good news everyone! Legendary screenwriter Shane Black will direct another movie, following his 2005 masterpiece Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. The catch? he’s apparently not writing the film (what’s the point?). Instead, it was penned by newcomer Chuck Mondry.
Titled Cold Warrior, the possibly awesome film will be set during the Cold War, dealing with a spy coming out of retirement and teaming with a younger dude to stop a Russian plot against the United States. I can’t wait.