Back in Business with a Big Bunch of News

If you’re a regular visitor to the site, which you should be, you’ve obviously noticed it hasn’t been updated this past week. Fear not, this was only a temporary hiatus, brought upon me by circumstances I had absolutely no control over. Indeed don’t think it was all fun and no work for me here, no… Not one film was watched, I was just extremely busy elsewhere, but I am back now and The Movie Planet will normally resume its regular output later today. In the meantime, there’s obviously been a crapload of film news during my absence, and I’ve decided to get through all the major stuff quickly in a sort of mega-“Links Of The Week” edition, enabling me to have a clean slate upon my next post. Enjoy.

Movie Announcements

New hotshot comedy actor Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express) will produce and have a supporting role in I’m With Cancer, based on the experiences of producer Will Reiser (Da Ali G Show), who wrote the script here.

Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) will make his English-language debut with an adaptation of David Moody’s novel Hater, written by Glen Mazzara (16 episodes of FX’s The Shield), here.

The 2004 French heist movie Cash Truck (original title Le Convoyeur) is getting a remake in English, titled Armored, adapted by David Ayer (Harsh Times) &  Andrew Kevin Walker (Sleepy Hollow), potentially directed by F. Gary Gray (Be Cool) and potentially starring Eric Bana (The Other Boleyn Girl) here.

Acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Body Of Lies) will return to sci-fi and direct an adaptation of the novel The Forever War, a project he’s been pursuing for 25 years here.

20th Century-Fox has hired screenwriter Allan Loeb (21) to pen a sequel to the 1987 classic Wall Street here.

A big budget Chinese movie based on the legend of Hua Mulan has been announced here. It will be the fifth Chinese film on the subject and the first since 1964.

Bull Durham director Ron Shelton has declared he’s thinking about a sequel here. Star Kevin Costner has however recently stated he’d never do one.

Writer/Director Nancy Meyers (The Holiday) is making a new romantic comedy, which will star Steve Martin (Baby Mama), Meryl Streep (Mamma Mia!), Alec Baldwin (My Best Friend’s Girl) here.

Gary Winick (Charlotte’s Web) will direct the revenge comedy Rat Bastard, written by duo Heather McGowan & Niels Mueller (Tadpolehere.

The French comic book series Du Plomb Dans La Tête (literally something like A Bullet In The Head), will be adapted into the American film Headshot here.

A new muppet movie, a detective comedy titled Happytime Murders will be made, directed by Brian Henson (Muppet Treasure Island) and written by Todd Berger (Chasing Christmas) here.

Steve Carell (Get Smart) will star in the Napoleonic comedy The Adventures Of Brigadier Gerard, based on short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) here.

Musical sensation Elton John (The Lion King) is writing a musical that will star Ben Stiller (Tropic Thunder) here.

Amy Adams (Charlie Wilson’s War) will star in the romantic comedy Leap Year here.

The multitalented Kevin Smith (Clerks 1 & 2) is planning a space comedy here.

Liev Schreiber (Love In The Time Of Cholera), Helen Hunt (Bobby) and Carla Gugino (Righteous Kill) will star in the drama Every Day here.

Plot Announcements

Actor/Director Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby) reveals the plot for his latest movie, Gran Torino, here.

The plot and songs for the untitled new romantic comedy by Cameron Crowe (Elizabethtown), starring Ben Stiller (Tropic Thunder) and Reese Witherspoon (Rendition) has been revealed here.

The plot for Full Love, the promising second directorial effort for action superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme (JCVD), has been revealed here.

The plot for the new Star Trek movie has been revealed here.

Casting & Various Hiring News

Despite the next Superman movie being a franchise reboot, Brandon Routh will apparently return in the lead here.

Actor Brad Pitt (Burn After Reading) has stepped down from the Micky Ward boxing biopic The Fighter, to be directed by Darren Aronofsky (The Fountain) and starring Mark Wahlberg (The Happening), leaving that film’s future in jeopardy here.

 The Fame remake has been cast here.

Talented actor Don Cheadle (Traitor) has replaced talented actor Terrence Howard (Iron Man) as the hero’s best buddy Jim Rhodes in Iron Man 2 here. Howard is confused and upset.

Relative newcomer Brad Ingelsby has been hired to adapt the comic book Sleeper here.

Third film co-writer George Nolfi will write the fourth Bourne film here.

It seems Brett Ratner (the Rush Hour films) will direct the new Conan movie here.

Movie Cancellations

Lethal Weapon 5 won’t be made, as co-lead Mel Gibson turned down the script here.

Acclaimed director David Fincher (Zodiac) believes his long-gestating adaptation of Rendezvous With Rama will never get made here.

It seems the long-gestating Goonies 2 won’t be happening after all here.

The eagerly anticipated new He-Man movie has been canceled here.

Other

One of the best teen movies of recent times, 10 Things I Hate About You, is getting adapted for television here.

There’s gonna be a roller coaster based on the Saw franchise here…What?

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Casting in full gear for The Green Hornet

Following the news that Stephen Chow (CJ7) will star in and direct The Green Hornet, actor Michael Peña (Lions For Lambs) has revealed he’s been offered a part in the film. Chow and Peña? You know what, The Green Hornet might actually be a film to look forward to.

Initially created in 1936 for a radio show, the Green Hornet is the alter-ego of rich newspaper publisher Britt Reid, who fights crime at night alongside his Chinese servant Kato. The new film, co-written by Evan Goldberg & star Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express) is set for 2010.

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The Green Hornet just might be worth it after all

Back when it was announced that funnyman Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express) would star and co-write a new Green Hornet movie, all I could do was hang my head and shake it in disbelief. Now, the news that multitalented Chinese maestro Stephen Chow (CJ7) has joined the production as director and co-star has me thinking the movie just might be worth it after all.

I found his Shaolin Soccer to be painfully unfunny but his next movie Kung Fu Hustle is a work of genius that stands proudly among my favorite films. Initially created in 1936 for a radio show, the Green Hornet is the alter-ego of rich newspaper publisher Britt Reid, who fights crime at night alongside his Chinese servant Kato.

The Green Hornet has already been brought to the screen several times, most famously in a 60s TV series starring Van Williams and Bruce Lee (above). The new film, co-written with Evan Goldberg (Pineapple Express) is set for 2010.

Fun Fact: Green Hornet is the grand-nephew of the Lone Ranger, another popular radio show character that may soon grace the silver screen once again.

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Never say never: Ghostbusters 3 is a go!!!!

Rumors of a new Ghostbusters movie have been emerging continuously for years and years, but were always squashed mainly because one castmember or another wasn’t interested (*cough*Bill Murray*cough*). At one point, the film was going to be CGI, at another it was going to feature a new team of ghost hunters… Until finally it was declared the forthcoming Ghostbusters: The Video Game would essentially be Ghostbusters 3.

But just when all hope seemed lost, things are finally moving ahead! Sony Pictures has hired screenwriting duo Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg (10 episodes of NBC’s The Office) to pen a new sequel featuring the original cast and also introducing new busters. What’s more Ivan Reitman, director of the first two films is involved with the project and while none of the original cast have signed on yet, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson have all expressed interest in the past. In fact, just a couple of days ago Aykroyd was talking about how he’d like Judd Apatow (as producer or director?) and Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express) to participate in the film. So basically, the only wild card is Bill Murray.

But the real question is, will Dan Aykroyd slim down like he did for Blues Brothers 2000? Is that even possible?

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