Law Abiding Jamie

Oscar-winning douchebag Jamie Foxx (The Kingdom) is set to co-star alongside Gerard Butler (RocknRolla) in Law Abiding Citizen, a psychological thriller from Frank Darabont (The Mist) who co-wrote the script with Kurt Wimmer (Street Kings) for some reason.

The script follows a successful assistant D.A. (Butler) who finds himself at the center of a vigilante plot hatched by a traumatized victim of the legal system (Foxx). Foxx’s character is devastated to learn that, because of a plea bargain, one of his wife and daughter’s murderers will be set free. So he unleashes revenge on the killers and those who made the deal.

Darabont has directed what is controversially regarded as one of the very best films of all time with The Shawshank Redemption, but his other works left viewers more divided, particularly concerning his latest, The Mist, and and his 2001 effort, The Majestic. In any case this would be a very different subject matter to what he’s used to, and I’m sure it will be one film to look forward to.

The forty million dollar film is set for release at an undetermined time next year and is also rumored to star Welsh hottie Catherine Zeta-Jones (No Reservations). In the meantime Foxx will be seen in the possibly awesome The Soloist (view the trailer) which premieres on November 21st in the US.

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Joshah Hex

Well regarded actor Josh Brolin (American Gangster) is in talks for the titular role in the forthcoming adaptation of Jonah Hex from Crank writer/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Based on the DC Comics property created by writer John Albano and artist Tony DeZuniga, the film is a western focusing on an anti-hero type character.

The right side of his face is horribly distinctly scarred. He was an officer for the Confederacy during the American Civil War, fought at Gettysburg and is normally shown wearing a tattered Confederate States Army jacket. Hex is surly and cynical, and is in many ways similar to Clint Eastwood‘s Man with No Name or The Outlaw Josey Wales.

Jonah Hex is set for 2010. Brolin previously played cowboy Jedidiah Smith in the mini-series Into The West (pictured above) and The Mist actor Thomas Jane has previously expressed interest in the role, going so far as to personally do costume/makeup tests for his own enjoyment. Who would you rather see in the role?

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The Dark Tower to proceed once Lost finishes

Legendary author Stephen King (The Mist) is a big fan of ABC’s hit show Lost, to the extent of optioning the movie rights of his Dark Tower series to its creators for only nineteen dollars more than a year ago. In a recent interview, one of them, Damon Lindelof, states that they will only really start on the adaptation once Lost is over.

“The Dark Tower is to me every bit as daunting an adaptation as the Lord of the Rings trilogy must have been for Peter Jackson, except we’ve got seven books we’re looking at. And the idea of doing that at the same time Carlton and I are bringing Lost to a close is simply not viable. There are always Dark Tower conversations, but the figuring out of what this will look like as a movie has not begun. If The Dark Tower were in the right hands, I would love to see seven movies executed just right. But you have to get people to see the first one to get them to come and see the second one.”

Though I’ve seen quite a few movies inspired by his work, I’m not very familiar with Stephen King’s actual books, but from what I understand The Dark Tower is a series of seven books mixing the genres of fantasy, horror and western that tie virtually all of King’s other stories together. According to Wikipedia, the novels “describe a gunslinger’s quest toward a tower whose nature the books call both physical and metaphorical”. It is also to be noted that an ongoing series of original Dark Tower comic books is published by Marvel Comics under King’s personal supervision, but from Lindelof’s talk of “seven books” it seems they are unfortunately not part of the deal.

In any case, Lost will end in 2010 with its sixth season, so I guess we can expect a Dark Tower movie by 2012.

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Movie Of The Day: The Punisher (2004)

Blade, released in 1998, was the precursor of a movement X-Men confirmed in 2000: movies based on comic books are the next big thing. Sure, comic book movies have been continuously made for a long time, but never in such numbers and on such a high profile. The publishing company Marvel Comics can largely be credited for this, as while they’d been pretty careless with selling their movie rights in the past, they started to take more control in the mid-nineties, resulting in the first few films to come out of the trend, including the two previously mentioned. It’s been non-stop since then, with 2008 seeing at least seven films based on comic books released in the world. The Punisher is also based on a Marvel property, which had previously been brought to the screen in a fun 1989 B-movie starring Dolph Lundgren (Universal Soldier).

Frank Castle is an FBI agent undercover on an arms deal in Tampa, Florida. The deal is busted, and an unexpected participant is killed in the process: one of local mobster Howard Saint’s sons. Stricken by grief, Saint sends his men to kill Castle and his whole family in Puerto Rico, where they are having a reunion. Castle miraculously survives the massacre, if barely, and is nursed back to health by some witch doctor dude. Driven by rage, Frank Castle returns to Tampa, seeking to punish Howard Saint and his organization for the harm they have caused. He is now the Punisher.

The Punisher was the directing debut for action screenwriter extraordinaire Jonathan Hensleigh (Next), who co-wrote the flick with Michael France (Fantastic Four). It stars Thomas Jane (The Mist), John Travolta (Hairspray), Rebecca Romijn (the X-Men films), Ben Foster (30 Days Of Night), Roy Scheider (Jaws 1 & 2) in a small role, wrestler Kevin Nash (Dead Or Alive) and country singer Mark Collie (Fire Down Below) among others. Trailer and review after the jump.

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