It was previously announced that both original star Vin Diesel and director Rob Cohen would return for the xXx franchise’s third installment, entitled xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage. Cohen has now confirmed filming should start next spring for a summer 2010 release. I keep wondering what they will do with xXx 2‘s mention that Cage was killed during the Bora Bora holiday he takes at the end of the first film. Resurrected by ninjas?
Actor Seth Green (Sex Drive) will direct an adaptation of the comic book he co-created here.
Javier Bardem (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) will star in Biutiful from director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel) here.
McG (We Are Marshall) will direct the adaptation of the novel Dead Spy Running here.
Crispin Glover (Epic Movie), Christopher Lee (The Golden Compass) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging) have all joined the cast of the new Alice In Wonderland movie from director Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street) and Burton regular composer Danny Elfman has confirmed he’s doing the music here and here.
Chris Columbus (Rent) is in talks to direct Ripley’s Believe It Or Not here.
Ian McDiarmid, the guy who plays Palpatine in the Star Wars saga, is amazing here.
By now you’ve probably all heard Another Way To Die, the theme song for Quantum Of Solace, the new James Bond movie (view the awesome trailer). Performed by Alicia Keys and Jack White (of The White Stripes), the song scores many Bond firsts, including the first time a duet serves as a theme song and by extension the first time two unrelated artists team up for it.
I previously expressed my disappointement with the song back when it made its instrumental debut during the Coke Zero advert, and sure enough now that it’s been released, the song is widely regarded as well, bad. I have nevertheless listened to the song numerous times now and have come to the conclusion that it actually isn’t that awful and actually contains some good stuff.
Yes, it still ranks among the weakest Bond songs, possibly the weakest one, and it is no way “Bondian” enough, but this is one song that definitely grows on you, give it a few listens yourself. And if you’re still not convinced, just remember to be glad that we didn’t get that waste of oxygen Amy Winehouse to sing the song, as was originally planned.
Following the incredible success of the three Jason Bourne movies, one would have thought that Hollywood would be quick to adapt every Robert Ludlum book in sight. It was surprisingly not the case however as the only thing we got is a TV-movie based on a novel bearing Ludlum’s name but not actually written by him.
Now celebrated Canadian director David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises) is in talks to helm The Matarese Circle, which was adapted by duo Michael Brandt & Derek Haas (Wanted) and will star Denzel Washington (American Gangster).
In the 1979 book, two rival intelligence agents, one American, one Soviet, find themselves working together to ferret out and vanquish members of a mysterious group of criminals called the Matarese that has infiltrated the highest levels of American government. Ludlum published a sequel to “Circle,” “The Matarese Countdown,” in 1997, but the studio did not acquire the rights to it.
Cronenberg would definitely be a very interesting choice, and this would mark his biggest film yet, but the real question is, why the hell did MGM not buy the sequel rights? Just imagine the mess if a rival studio decides to snatch them.
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.
As expected, the last bit of Batman sequel news was complete B.S., as per screenwriter David S. Goyer.
Director Pierre Morel (Taken) has recently started shooting From Paris With Love, a thriller starring John Travolta (Hairspray) and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (The Children Of Huang Shi). Written by producer Luc Besson (Taken) and Adi Hasak (Shadow Conspiracy), the story follows a young US Embassy employee who teams up with an American secret agent on a dangerous mission.
Pierre Morel’s first film District B13 (original title Banlieue 13) was all badass action and no plot, but Taken, which you should really check out, turned out to be one of the year’s best surprises, so if he continues in that vein, I’m quite looking forward to From Paris With Love, which should premiere in France by the end of 2009.
Peter Webber (Hannibal Rising) will direct The Spider’s House, a romantic drama following two ex-lovers who meet again in 1950s Morocco, on a backdrop of growing tensions between freedom fighters and French colonials. It is adapted by newcomer Laurie Cooke from a novel by Paul Bowles (The Sheltering Sky).
The 1987 classic supernatural thriller Angel Heart is getting the remake treatment. The original film was written and directed by Alan Parker (The Life Of David Gale), based on a book by William Hjortsberg (Legend), and stars Mickey Rourke (Stormbreaker), Robert De Niro (Righteous Kill) and Charlotte Rampling (The Duchess) among others. Watch the original’s trailer below.
Jack Black (Tropic Thunder) will star in an untitled spoof of the Bourne films, from the screenwriters of Kung Fu Panda, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. Black will play an amnesiac who’s convinced he must be a spy…FYI, this movie was already made last year into the very unfunny Code Name: The Cleaner.
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Charlie Wilson’s War) will voice Max in Mary And Max, a claymation film about two penpals, an 8 year old Australian girl and a 44 year old Jewish New Yorker dude. In the meantime you’ll be able to catch him in the incredible looking films Synecdoche, New York (see the trailer) and Doubt (see the trailer).
British actor Michael Sheen (Blood Diamond) just signed onto two films: the new Alice In Wonderland movie from director Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street) and the terrorism-themed thriller Unthinkable from Australian director Gregor Jordan (Ned Kelly), also starring Samuel L. Jackson (Lakeview Terrace) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Disturbia).
Director Martin Scorsese (The Departed) is set to reunite with regular star Robert De Niro more than 13 years after the mob flick Casino. The new film will be based on the non-fiction book I Heard You Paint Houses from author Charles Brandt, as adapted by multi-award winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian (American Gangster).
25 year old actress Anne Hathaway is entusiastic about reprising her Agent 99 role in an eventual Get Smart sequel:
I would love to do a second one. But I haven’t heard if we’re going to. I hope we get to. I really loved playing Agent 99, it would be fun to do all the training again, and hanging out with all those boys was so much fun.
I actually haven’t seen Get Smart yet, so I can’t really express my enthusiasm or lack thereof. The actress will next be seen in the drama Rachel Getting Married, which will come out on limited release in the US October 3rd.
Which would you rather? Get Smart 2 or The Princess Diaries 3? How about Brokeback Mountain 2: Lesbian Edition and The Devil Wears Gucci?
A couple of days ago we reported that you’ll be able to hear an instrumental version of the Quantum Of Solace theme song Another Way To Die in Coke commercials. Well, the ad has hit the web and I’m not too impressed, but I will wait for the full version as sung by Alicia Keys before I make up my mind. What do you guys think?
Action star Vin Diesel (read why you should give his latest movie Babylon A.D. a second chance here) definitely has comeback on his mind. After returning for the fourth Fast & Furious movie and stating his confidence in making the Riddick sequels, Vin is currently in talks to return to his third franchise in xXx 3: The Return Of Xander Cage. The film will be directed by original helmer Rob Cohen (The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor).
The question now is, how will this sequel work? In the 2005 flop xXx: State Of The Union, also known as xXx²: The Next Level, which didn’t feature Vin’s involvement, Xander Cage was revealed to have been (SPOILER ALERT) killed during his Bora Bora holiday at the end of the first film. I’m sure they’ll figure something out so the actual real question is: are you excited for xXx 3 with Vin Diesel? Ice Cube cameo anyone?