George Clooney for The Birds remake?

 

According to original star Rod Taylor, Burn After Reading actor George Clooney is the main contender for the lead role in Platinum Dunes’ planned 2009 The Birds remake.

“I often cringe when I hear mention of remakes, but I’ll hold judgement, especially since I’ve been told Clooney’s the favourite.”

Based on a shot story by Daphne Du Maurier (Rebecca), the original movie is of course one of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous and tells of birds developing a hostile attitude towards humans. The film is to be helmed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) and also stars Naomi Watts (Funny Games).

Fun Fact: The Hitchcock film received an apparently horrible sequel in 1994, The Birds II: Land’s End directed by Rick Rosenthal (Halloween II and Halloween: Resurrection) who chose to be credited as the infamous Alan Smithee and featuring original lead Tippi Hedren in a different role for some reason.

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Disney announcements galore

The Walt Disney Company had a big presentation a couple of days ago where they announced a bunch of new movies, including three starring Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street). These are a new adaptation of The Lone Ranger written by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio (National Treasure: Book Of Secrets) where Depp will play Tonto and George Clooney (Burn After Reading) might play the titular character, a new part live-action/part CGI adaptation of Alice In Wonderland written by Linda Woolverton (Mulan) and directed by frequent collaborator Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd…) so yeah obviously, and as expected, a fourth Pirates Of The Caribbean film.

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It was also announced that Cars 2 would be released in 2011 instead of 2012 and that the story will have Mater joining Lightning McQueen on a world tour. Additionally several short films entitled Car-toons will be set between the two films and will air on the Disney Channel and perhaps before some theatrical films. Thus, the Disney/Pixar film originally planned for 2011, Newt, will instead be released in 2012.

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Actors set to Stare At Goats

Kevin Spacey (21), Ewan McGregor (Deception) and Jeff Bridges (Iron Man) have joined George Clooney (Leatherheads) among the cast of Men Who Stare At Goats, the feature length directing debut for Clooney’s buddy Grant Heslov (screenwriter of Good Night, And Good Luck).

Contrarily to some reports, Men Who Stare At Goats is NOT based on a true story, rather it is inspired by a non-fiction book by Welsh journalist/documentarian Jon Ronson (Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes) exploring paranormal military programs and psychological techniques used for interrogation. The title is a reference to attempts to kill goats by simply staring at them.

McGregor will play Bob Wilton, a journalist who meets Clooney’s character Lyn Cassady, a soldier with supernatural powers. Together they go to Iraq and meet up with Cassady’s boss Bill Django, played by Bridges, and Larry Hooper, a supernatural prison warden portrayed by Spacey. Men Who Stare At Goats will be released in 2010.

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George Clooney to go up, up, Up In The Air!

Hollywood playboy George Clooney (Leatherheads) is in heavy negotiations to star in Up In The Air, the next movie from Juno director Jason Reitman.

Based on a novel by Walter Kirn (Thumbsuckers), which Reitman adapted himself, Up In The Air tells the story of a man whose job is to fire people and whose two goals in life are to collect 1 million frequent flyer miles and get a job at a company called MythTech.

Clooney will next be seen in the comedy Burn After Reading, which premiered 10 days ago at the Venice Film Festival to generally positive response.

 

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