Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann is reportedly in talks to direct a big screen adaption of Kung Fu. Late actor David Carradine played Shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine in the martial arts U.S. TV series from 1972 to 1975.
If Luhrmann signs on, he would reportedly rewrite the script from XXX scribe Rich Wilkes before filming, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Jeff Wadlow is kicking some serious directing ass! The filmmaker, who helmed the upcoming Kick-Ass 2, is now slated to direct the speedboat action flick Go Fast, according to Deadline. Here's a guy who seems to be making a name for himself as an action genre fixture.
Go Fast, which Sony Pictures has acquired, will be written by Rich Wilkes. The action film will follow a team of DEA agents jetting off in super speedy boats to hault bands of drug smugglers on the water. So, pretty much we're looking forward to Fast And The Furious on the high seas…. but we're trading in cars for high-speed vessels.
The film marks the second huge studio film for Wadlow to direct, the first being Kick-Ass 2, which was handed down to him from rights holder Matthew Vaughn (director of the first installment of the Kick-Ass franchise). Wadlow is also penning and directing Marvel's X-men spin-off X-Force for 20th Century Fox.
So, crime fighting kids, Marvel mutants, and supercharged speedboats? Wadlow's setting up camp quite nicely in the action world.
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In a new interview with MTV, The Dirt co-writer Neil Strauss has revealed screenwriter Rich Wilkes has drawn up his wish list of stars, who he'd like to see as the rockers in the movie.
Strauss explains, "He told me who he'd love to see in the film. Here's who he sees: Brad Pitt as David Lee Roth, Jared Leto as Vince Neil, Jack Black or Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Ozzy Osbourne... Justin Timberlake as their first manager, Sam Rockwell as Mick Mars, Ashton Kutcher or Russell Brand as Tommy Lee. He's got it all thought out. That would be amazing."
But Strauss admits that although the first draft of the screenplay is amazing, there are issues about actually turning it into a film.
He adds, "I really hope they make it. I think it will be great. I think they're just scared because it's obviously going to be a hard R (rated) movie. I think they're worried they won't make enough money off it."
Drummer Tommy Lee recently stated Rob Zombie was onboard to direct the film. Zombie has since denied that.
February 07, 2011 12:46pm EST
When a dramedy gets too sentimental it quickly becomes sappy but with the right balance – and the right actors – it can work well enough to entertain on multiple levels. Alexander Payne’s Sideways is a perfect example of tonal equality; bittersweet in every sense of the word but outright hilarious when the comedy gets going. I thought the best qualities of his direction would carry over into his latest production the recent Sundance entry Cedar Rapids. While his influence as producer is identifiable (particularly in its score) director Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl) made a more conventional film than I expected to see.
Our story begins in Brown Valley Wisconsin where the dignified Tim Lippe (Ed Helms) works lives and loves his former 7th Grade teacher (a dull Sigourney Weaver). When the top dog at the insurance company he works for dies it’s up to him to represent at a do-or-die insurance convention in Cedar Rapids Iowa a bustling metropolis compared to the small town he’s never left. Once there he befriends a pair of agents (Isaiah Whitlock Jr. and John C. Reilly) cavorts with another (Anne Heche) and parties with a local prostitute (Alia Shawkat). When it comes down to business however he learns quickly that the insurance racket isn’t the noble industry he once thought it was.
Though it has some heart the film doesn’t hit the funny bone like its trailer teased. The biggest laughs don’t come organically; instead Reilly’s crass Dean Ziegler (the best part of the movie) spews them from every orifice he exposes. Most of the other jokes are flat including the bulk of Helms’. Lippe’s naivety is all too reminiscent of Andy Bernard his beloved character on The Office and though you’d think that would be a good thing it just feels stale. Heche gives the best performance of all portraying a melancholy working mother who’s both vulnerable and independent but her character doesn’t have much effect on the narrative. The most fun comes via a series of supporting roles and cameo’s from the likes of Thomas Lennon Stephen Root Rob Corddry Kurtwood Smith and Mike O’Malley but none of them have enough screen time to leave a lasting impression.
Lack of humor aside the film suffers most from trying to tackle too many topics at once. Screenwriter Phil Johnston stuffs many themes into the 87-minute feature including the growth of the man-child (an indie cliché at this point) corporate corruption and separation of church and office but no single subject is developed enough to care about. Had the filmmakers stuck to their guns and delivered an all-out comedy be it conventional or quirky Cedar Rapids would be easier to endure.
I remember hearing grumblings of an Iron Fist movie at the beginning of the past decade. It supposedly was to star Ray "Darth Maul" Park as Danny Rand, the martial arts master and superhero who wields the mystical power of the Iron Fist, an ancient force that turns his hands into indestructible weapons. It was in development at Artisan Entertainment, the defunct company that was originally behind 2004's underrated Punisher film.
That was the last that I heard about an Iron Fist feature until today, when Deadline reported that xXx screenwriter Richard Wilkes has been tapped by Marvel Studios to draft a movie based on the 35-year-old character. It's a good choice, as Wilkes created a blockbuster franchise out of nothing for Vin Diesel back in 2002. With a character that has as much back-story and mythos as Rand, Wilkes will have plenty of funny pages to comb through to capture the right tone for this superhero film that should feel (in part) like the of the 70s Kung-Fu flicks that inspired his creation.
The trade notes that Iron Fist, like the recently announced Dr. Strange adaptation, will be one of the first films to be distributed by Disney. The Mouse House paid $4 billion for the company late last year and though the rights to many blue-chip franchises (like X-Men and Spider-Man) still remain at rival studios (like Fox, Sony and Paramount), it is encouraging to hear that it is moving forward with the development of new properties.
What interests me now is the fate of Luke Cage, who famously joined forces with Iron Fist as the urban mercenary squad Heroes For Hire. Cage has been gestating at Paramount for years (the character was a part of the deal with the Viacom-owned studio that spawned Iron Man) with Tyrese Gibson attached, and though I had hoped to see a gritty, John Singleton-directed adaptation of the character come to fruition, I now hope that Marvel can take Cage back to ensure that the Heroes For Hire will rock the streets of New York together later this decade. Marvel also has Runaways and Ant-Man in development, with Peter Solett and Edgar Wright attached to direct, respectively.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
When all-American girl Susan Murphy is inadvertently hit by a falling meteor on her wedding day she grows to be nearly 50 feet tall. The U.S. military gets wind of this renames her Ginormica and locks her away with a slacker group of other “monsters” in a top-secret compound. But when a mysterious alien robot lands on Earth and begins wreaking havoc these good-hearted but inept creatures are called into action by the President and must band together as a team to save the world from certain catastrophe.
WHO’S IN IT?
As usual Dreamworks has assembled a stellar A-list voice cast led by Reese Witherspoon as Susan/Ginormica. Playing one of the rare female animated heroes Witherspoon’s sweet/confused demeanor — in light of her highly unusual status as a fearsome freakazoid — hits just the right tone generously letting her zanier colleagues steal scenes from right under her (a long way down by the way). Chief among these are a not-so-bright gelatinous blue mass named B.O.B. hilariously voiced by Seth Rogen; the genius Dr. Cockroach Ph.D in the capable hands of House doc Hugh Laurie; and Will Arnett’s half-ape half-fish The Missing Link. In the human roles there’s Stephen Colbert as the idiotic U.S. President Kiefer Sutherland as the monster’s prison guardian Paul Rudd as the ego-driven weatherman fiancé of Susan; and a deliciously villainous Rainn Wilson as Galaxhar the alien determined to take over Earth.
Superb 3-D effects aren’t overdone and add immeasurably to the ginormous fun of the film but even seeing it in theaters that only show it in regular 2-D doesn’t spoil the pure joy of this cartoonish War of the Worlds. Throw in parodies of every cheap '50s sci-fi movie you can think of and you have the ingredients for a silly monster mash sure to appeal to just about anyone who wants to laugh. Despite the impressive production elements it’s the smart and clever script that really sets it apart from its competitors — and that even includes the similar Monsters Inc. from Pixar.
Like any kid-oriented comic ‘toon today the action can be a bit too frenetic and Monsters vs. Aliens piles a lot of it on in its trim 95 minutes. Still the lovable characters carry the day and somehow make it all palatable.
When Susan now Ginormica brings her new friends home to meet her parents chaos ensues and so do the laughs. Also impressive are the large action scenes that make fine use of CGI animation breakthroughs.
BEST SUPPORTING BLOB:
It's easily the one-eyed lame-brained blue lug of a people hugger named B.O.B. perfectly matched to the talents of Rogen. He rolls away with the movie and inevitably the merchandise tie-ins.