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?
Sony’s specialty division Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the US distribution rights for Broken Embraces (original title Los Abrazos Rotos), the latest movie from acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar (Volver). This is somewhat surprising because while Sony has distributed many of Almodóvar’s films in the past, Universal Pictures participated in the financing.
In other words, yet another foreign film that Americans won’t see unless they live in a big city and are actually aware of its release. Why can’t US companies give international films big releases? Some people argue that Americans won’t read subtitles, to this I reply The Passion Of The Christ, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Apocalypto, etc… All you need to do is market the film well and reap the rewards. And for those who won’t read subtitles, dubbing works well for American films overeseas.
Broken Embraces will be a film-noir thriller centering on a four-person love story and reunites Pedro Almodóvar with Volver actresses Penélope Cruz and Blanca Portillo as well as actor Lluís Homar (Bad Education). It will premiere in Spain on March of next year.
If you’re a Spider-Man fan, have a few grand to spare and want to help the fight against cancer, this may just be your lucky day! Indeed, Sony Pictures is offering you the opportunity to buy a “Spider-Man 4 VIP Experience” on eBay, with 100% of the profits going to the “Stand Up To Cancer” organization. Here’s what the VIP Experience looks like:
A visit to the set of Spider-Man 4 (one shooting day)
Location of visit will be determined by Sony Pictures based on scheduling of visit
A meet and greet with the cast (1 hour)
A walk-on/ extra role in the film for the auction winner only
Role and length of screen time to be determined by Sony Pictures
Trip to the New York premiere
Location of American premiere may be changed at Sony Pictures’ discretion
Designer outfits to wear to premiere for winner and guest from top designers
Designers to be chosen by Sony Pictures
Winner and guest may keep the outfits
Winner and Guest will walk the premiere’s red carpet
If interested, you can find the auction, which is currently at 5100 American Dollars and ends on September 5th, here.
Spider-Man 4 is expected to be released in 2011. James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) is writing the screenplay, which he says will pave the way for two more films. It is unclear whether director Sam Raimi or any of the original cast will return at this time.
Following Warner Bros’ decision to move the next Harry Potter movie’s release from November 2008 to July 2009, Hollywood studios have decided to play the “Release date shuffle game”. First Twilight is pushed up, and now Quantum Of Solace is pushed back…huh?! Yes, the next Bond movie will now open on November 14th in the US instead of November 7th. Mr Jeff Blake, who works marketing and distribution for Sony Pictures had this to say:
We believe Nov. 14 is a great date that allows us to play straight through Thanksgiving and right into Christmas. We believe this decision will give the public a wider opportunity to see the film over the holiday.
Ok Jeff, whatever you say. Fun fact however: Quantum Of Solace will open in France and the UK on October 31st, and in more than half the world between November 5th and November 7th. So I’ll see the movie half a month before anyone in America does, high five to me!