Sure, why not. We all know Jeremy Renner is a busy man. This is a fact. Now he just seems to be messing with us. Not only is he doing his own version of a Steve McQueen biopic in addition to the four major features he’s starring in (the Bourne reboot, The Avengers, M:I 4, and one of the billion Hansel and Gretel fairy tale movies being made), he just added another movie to the list and he wants to star in it and produce it. Thankfully though, this one sounds interesting.
Slingshot follows the true story of a guy who bought a ‘91 BMW through Craigslist and then entered a professional rally race. And he came in third. That’s hardcore. Apparently, Renner is cognizant of how thin he's stretching himself and will only do one of the two films he is developing. So, it’ll either be this racing movie or the McQueen biopic. Start placing your bets but methinks the safe bet would be that he’ll do both. If anyone can find a way, Renner can.
Oh boy! Rumors about The Dark Tower! Granted, rumors from people who should know, but rumors are still worth about as much as their weight in gold.
Anyway, Ron Howard (he who'll be sitting in the directors chair should this ever happen) has stated that even though production was halted and pushed back from its original September start date due to budgetary worries, the creative team is “thinking of” starting in early spring next year. Fantastic. At least they’re thinking about it. Much less thought has been given to much lesser films and a film series slash television series requires a lot of thinking to make it work. So good for Mr. Howard.
He also notes that Javier Bardem (the luckiest bastard in the world) hasn’t officially signed on to the project but has “a great deal of interest.” Methinks he won’t sign on because they don’t know when it will start. Just a guess though.
Ok, I apologize for the headline that dozens of other sites have probably used. But I used it first. You can take my word for it, I’m on the internets.
Anyway, Ron Howard has bought the rights to Jill Bolte Taylor’s memoir My Stroke of Insight. The book follows Dr. Taylor, a brain scientist, who had a stroke that caused her to lose most of the function of half her brain. Within hours, she lost the ability to control basic motor functions and spent the next eight years recovering her full mental capabilities.
While no actress has signed onto the film, Howard has stated that he wants Jodie Foster for the role. Seeing as how I haven’t read the book, I’ll go ahead and agree with Opie and say Foster would be perfect for the challenging role.
Speaking of challenging, is Howard gunning for an Oscar with this? Oh geez, you think? Not to knock this doctor’s incredible journey back (which sounds inspiring), but since Howard’s last film to win a naked gold dude was A Beautiful Mind, Howard might be going back to what worked the first time. As Kirk Lazarus so eloquently put it (to which I paraphrase) “the academy eats this shit up.”
Everyone please repeat after me: “Russell Crowe ain’t nothing to f*ck with.”
The Wu Tang Clan loves Kung Fu. Russell Crowe has thrown a few temper tantrums. So when the Clan's own RZA started casting for his new martial arts movie, The Man With The Iron Fist, he looked to the Oscar winning actor to be his co-star. RZA (real name Robert Diggs) stars as a blacksmith in feudal China in the film which he directs and co-wrote. He didn’t want to ruin the surprise about Crowe, though.
"I won't spoil it for you, but Russell's gonna be the baddest man alive," RZA told E! Online. "That man is in fighting shape. That man will knock you out."
Crowe has proved he can handle himself in a gladiator ring with a sword or in a medieval forest with a bow and arrow so throwing him in a fight with only his fists shouldn’t be a problem. And with Eli Roth co-producing and co-writing the flick, it should kick all sorts of ass.
RZA has been racking up some impressive film credits as of late. He previously worked with Crowe on American Ganster and managed to steal scenes from Seth Rogen in Funny People. Quentin Tarantino, another Kung Fu aficionado, even helped him develop The Man With The Iron Fist over the past five years.
The reported $20 million film will begin filming in December.
Source: E! Online