Fox Atomic is producing a new “musical romance” titled Venice Beach, which will be directed by Paul Hunter (Bulletproof Monk) and will star rapper Ne-Yo (Stomp The Yard), who will also compose the film’s soundtrack.
“Venice” centers on an 18-year-old Manhattan Beach woman who, after her talented older sister dies in a car accident, represses her own singing talent until she meets a gifted musician-singer (Ne-Yo) from Venice Beach. What starts as a budding romance between the two turns into a quest for a musical career, which is met with resistance from his friends and her family.
But that’s not the real story here, instead it’s that the film’s screenwriter, Duane Adler (the dude in the middle), has absolutely no originality whatsoever. Indeed, in the space of seven years, the man has written Save The Last Dance, The Way She Moves, Step Up and Make It Happen, the stories of which are basically all the same save a few minor differences. Sure Save The Last Dance is a very good movie and Step Up is rather enjoyable, but geez Duane, do you have to right the same frickin’ movie every time?
A sequel to the spy spoof hit Get Smart is pretty much confirmed with original lead Steve Carrell reprising his role. As for co-star Anne Hathaway, she previously indicated her desire for a sequel.
Lethal Weapon 5, which was written and should be directed by series creator Shane Black, has apparently been put on the fast track according to potential castmember Columbus Short (Stomp The Yard).
Rumor has it that actor Johnny Depp is being paid 56 million dollars to reprise his Jack Sparrow role in Pirates Of The Caribbean 4. If that’s true, it would make him the highest paid actor in upfront salary.