Bourne cash-in finally kicks in

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.

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Jar City getting remade

In a depressing but rather unsurprising bit of news further proving that Hollywood is somehow trying to shield Americans from the fact that other countries make movies too, and good ones at that, acclaimed 2006 Icelandic cop thriller Jar City (original title Mýrin) is getting an English-language remake, courtesy of (ugh) screenwriter Michael Arlen Ross (Turistas/Paradise Lost). Now did the original film (trailer above) actually ever get a proper release in the US? No, of course not, why do you ask?

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Comic Book Reboots: Sheena & Daredevil

Once one of the best-known action screenwriters in Hollywood, Steven E. De Souza (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life) is planning to readapt Sheena: Queen Of The Jungle, the other well-known comic book created by the legendary Will Eisner (The Spirit), and thinks Jessica Alba (The Love Guru) would be a perfect fit for the role. Pretty much a female Tarzan, Sheena was already brought to the big screen in 1984 and also had several shows based on her adventures.

Also, 20th Century-Fox co-chairman Tom Rothman gave a little more insight into the planned Daredevil reboot. However, he seems to dislike calling it a reboot, so could it actually be a sequel? If so, hurray!

A Daredevil, to use your words, reboot, is something we are thinking very seriously about. I think that the thing the Hulk showed although, it did what it did, is that it is possible, that if you really do it right the audience will give you a second chance. That it is possible. And I think that you see that when they did Batman Begins, the first Nolan movie, that you can have made some mistakes along the way or movies that the audience wasn’t that crazy about and then given the proper amount of time and the right creative vision behind it, you can, to use your word, reboot. It needs a visionary at the level that Chris Nolan was. It needs someone, it needs a director, honestly, who has a genuine vision. What we wouldn’t do is just do it for the sake of doing it. Right? What we try to do is to get a creative engine for it, that really had a great vision for it, that’s what we would look for.

If they’re going the route of The Incredible Hulk, where it goes in a new direction but can still be considered a sequel to the first movie, then hell yeah, I’m all for it.

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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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Movie Of The Day: Demolition Man (1993)

A man truly responsible for his own success, the underrated and multitalented Sylvester Stallone exploded onto the scene in 1976 with the multi Oscar-winning Rocky (people tend to forget that) and quickly became one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood. As the eighties drew to a close however, his star was seriously dampened by a couple of failed comedic attempts and his career was in jeopardy. Luckily for him, his 1993 “action comeback” Cliffhanger was a huge success, almost quadrupling its budget worldwide. Mere months later, Demolition Man was released.

In the then future year of 1996, Los Angeles is being terrorized by sadistic criminal Simon Phoenix, but when tough violent cop John Spartan finally apprehends him they are both sentenced to many years of being cryonically frozen as Spartan is believed to be guily of involuntary manslaughter. When Phoenix somehow escapes in 2032, the seemingly utopian society of the time aren’t capable of dealing with him and decide to unfreeze Spartan.

Demolition Man marks the directing debut for Canadian filmmaker Marco Brambilla (Dinotopia) and was written by Peter M. Lenkov (13 episodes of CSI: NY), Robert Reneau (Action Jackson) and Daniel Waters (Sex And Death 101). In addition to Stallone, the film stars Wesley Snipes (The Art Of War I & II), Sandra Bullock (Premonition), Benjamin Bratt (The Andromeda Strain), Nigel Hawthorne (The Winslow Boy), former wrestler Jesse Ventura (Batman & Robin) as well as Rob Schneider (You Don’t Mess With The Zohan) and Jack Black (Tropic Thunder) in early roles. The film takes its title from The Police’s eponymous song which is featured during the end credits. Trailer and review after the jump Continue reading

Rachel Bilson to stretch her acting abilities

I guess all the times she called the papparazzi to follow her around constantly have paid off, as actress Rachel Bilson (Jumper) finally got a a new job. She will play the female lead in the romance Waiting For Forever, which will start shooting at the end of the month in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Story centers on a young man who’s happy without a job and decides to spend the rest of his life with his love — a 25-year-old TV actress living in Hollywood.

I’m sure you’ll all join me in admiring the bold and risky role taken by the 27 year old TV actress in living Hollywood…I kid, Rachel, I kid, you know I love you a lot. At least this role isn’t the product of nepotism, which is how Rachel got every single one of her parts following The O.C.‘s cancellation.

The film marks the first script for Canadian bit part actor Steve Adams (The Rocker) and is being directed by James Keach (Blind Dating). Joining Bilson in the cast are Jaime King (Cheaper By The Dozen 2), Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray), Scott Mechlowicz (Eurotrip) and Tom Sturridge (Vanity Fair). No word on which of the two dudes is the lucky one who gets to kiss Rachel Bilson and have a sex scene with her.

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Eva Mendes is an idiot (a hot one though)

What is going on with Hollywood’s hotties these days? Have they run out of men to date? First Cameron Diaz (What Happens In Vegastells us what it takes to date her, and now it’s her buddy Eva Mendes’ (Cleaner) turn. Basically, she says you need brains because she thinks she’s just quite dumb.

Brains are the most important thing to me, because I feel I lack them. I want them from the man I am with. I love a well-read man – that is such a turn on. I think it’s because I am not as well-read as I’d like to be. I don’t like a guy who has his game on and who knows exactly what to say. Some of the Cuban men in my family are very, very attractive, but they are sometimes a little bit too sleek. I try to coach my brothers and tell them, ‘No, it’s OK not to be too sleek. Be a little goofy. You don’t always have to be in control and say they right thing.’

So there you have it, you now know how to spread both Cameron Diaz’s and Eva Mendes’ legs wide open for you guys, and since they’re pals, you could have yourself a tasty Cuban sandwich right there. Given a choice however, who would you choose? My vote goes to Cameron.

Eva Mendes’ new movie, the chick flick The Women, premiered this Friday in the US, the UK and Romania (!) to rather abysmal reviews.

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