Short Ones: The Spider’s House, Angel Heart, Bourne spoof and more

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).

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New Trailer: Passengers

Passengers is a supernatural thriller directed by Rodrigo García (Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her) and written by Ronnie Christensen (10.5). It stars Anne Hathaway (Get Smart), Patrick Wilson (Lakeview Terrace), Clea DuVall (The Grudge), David Morse (Disturbia), Dianne Wiest (Dan In Real Life) and Andre Braugher (The Andromeda Strain) among others.

It tells the story of Claire, a young therapist who’s assigned to a group of plane crash survivors, when weird stuff starts happening. I think it looks pretty cool, but the supernatural thriller genre has provided many disappointments, especially when the time comes to explain stuff. The film will come out in the US on October 24th but people in Greece and Spain can already go see it. If any of you already have, please share your thoughts in the comments.

Eagle Eye wins weekend in the US

As expected, Eagle Eye, the new thriller from Disturbia director D.J. Caruso took the top spot at the US box-office this weekend, making more than 29 million bucks. The romantic comedy Nights In Rodanthe came in second while last week’s big winner Lakeview Terrace dropped to third place. Finishing up the top 5 are the Christian-themed drama Fireproof, which did incredibly well consider its theater count, and Burn After Reading, which is holding quite well. Interestingly, Miracle At St. Anna, the World War II film from Inside Man director Spike Lee flopped big time, entering at number 9 with only three and a half million.

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Y: The Last Man to be in IMAX?

Following The Dark Knight‘s acclaimed use of IMAX for certain key scenes, it seems Hollywood believes the future of cinema lies in the super big screen. First, Iron Man director Jon Favreau expressed his wish to shoot part of Shellhead’s sequel in the format, and now it’s D.J. Caruso’s (Disturbia) turn for his forthcoming adaptation of Y: The Last Man.

According to Wikipedia, Y: The Last Man is “about the only man to survive the mysterious simultaneous death of every male mammal on Earth”. The adaptation was penned by Disturbia scribe Carl Ellsworth and will reunite Caruso with star Shia LaBeouf (Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull) for the third time.

As you may or may not know, IMAX screens are much more square-shaped than “normal” ones, with an aspect ratio of 143/100 as compared to 185/100 which is the standard for most films these days. I wasn’t lucky enough to catch The Dark Knight in IMAX but a lot of people who did insist it is truly amazing to behold. From what I understand, the image would expand for certain scenes, offering the viewer a greater immersion into the film. So sure, why not?

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Y: The Last Man to be a Warner Bros movie (duh)

With his latest thriller, Eagle Eye, premiering in some countries next week, suddenly hotshot director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia) is already hard at work on his next project, an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s comic book series Y: The Last Man. The script, written by Disturbia scribe Carl Ellsworth, was submitted to Warner Bros last week, which some insist is big news but actually isn’t at all since Y: The Last Man is a DC/Vertigo series, and thus belongs to Time Warner.

According to Wikipedia, Y: The Last Man is “about the only man to survive the mysterious simultaneous death of every male mammal on Earth”. Planned for 2010, the film will unite Caruso and star Shia LaBeouf for the third time. Caruso is reportedly considering Alicia Keys (The Nanny Diaries) for the part of the hero’s “protector”, 355 and has stated that the hero’s pet monkey will be real, not CGI. Y: The Last Man will be the first part of what is hoped to be a trilogy and will adapt the comic’s first 14 issues.

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New Trailer: Easy Virtue

Easy Virtue is the second adaptation of a play by Noël Coward (Brief Encounter) following a 1928 silent film by Alfred Hitchock (Rear Window, which Disturbia is getting sued about) regarded as one of the legendary director’s least interesting works.

The movie is helmed by the infrequent Australian director Stephan Elliot (Eye Of The Beholder) and stars Jessica Biel (I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry), Ben Barnes (The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian), Kristin Scott Thomas (The Other Boleyn Girl) and Colin Firth (Mamma Mia!).

Personally, I’m not too impressed by this apparent Match Point & Monster-In-Law mashup and see it as being at best watchable. Also is it just me or does this trailer look like it was made for a TV-movie (see the end when they announce the cast). In any case, the film premiered at this year’s Toronto Film Festival and will debut in th UK on November 7th.

Thor gets a director?

Well, not exactly yet, but new hotshot director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia) is in talks with Marvel Studios to helm the forthcoming 2010 Norse God movie.

There’s a fear I have about Thor and depending on what Thor story you want to tell, whether you want to bring Thor into the modern world or if you want to go back to Asgard and get the history of what’s happening between him and his brother and dad. That’s one I’ve always been interested in and it also would be, it would be a monumental task so, I could definitely see myself getting myself into that… I have had some talks with Marvel about it but I have not seen a screenplay. It could be something that I am interested in.

Thor has to be one of the forefront Marvel characters I’m least familiar with, but I’m of course excited at the prospect of the film and Caruso could be an interesting choice. Caruso’s next thriller Eagle Eye debuts late September in America and Australia.

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