When you are a powerful enough celebrity, you can will into being pretty much any movie you want, and then star in it. That's what Will Smith is doing with The Legend of Cain, a movie written by Caleeb Pinkett (his brother-in-law), Dan Knauf (Carnivale), and Andrea Berloff, which he plans to produce (with his wife) and star in. Smith will play the titular Cain in "an epic re-telling of the Biblical sibling tale, this time with" - wait for it - "a vampiric twist."
Sigh. Somehow I thought Will Smith was above things like this, but I suppose everyone has to pay the bills somehow.
Overbrook Entertainment, James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz are set to assist Smith with producing the movie, though no director or studio is yet attached to the project.
The biblical 'Cain' is, of course, Able's brother, one of the two sons of Adam and Eve. As told in the story of Genesis, Cain grows jealous of Able's relationship with God and kills him in cold blood. So... was Cain a vampire? Is that what's going on here? I normally trust Will Smith's judgment, but this just doesn't sound like a winner to me. As always, stay tuned.
Andrea Berloff, the screenwriter of Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center, has signed on to pen another real-life script, albeit one that couldn’t be more different: the story of rap group N.W.A.
The movie is called Straight Outta Compton, named after the California-based rappers’ biggest hit song.
Original group members who will be portrayed include Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and the late Eazy-E.
World Trade Center was Berloff’s most well-known script to date, but it turned her into one of the most in-demand writers: She now has four major projects lined up, including Straight Outta Compton.
Paramount studios have been slammed for announcing Nicolas Cage will star in
Hollywood's first movie dramatization of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks--within 24 hours of the London bombings on July 7.
News of the movie broke in the Friday edition of showbiz newspaper
Variety, the day after the tragedy in the English capital, and a studio insider
admits the timing is not "ideal."
The movie giants have shocked the public with their inadvertent display of
double standards--studios and broadcasters avoided any theme reminiscent of
the devastating attacks on New York's World Trade Center, even erasing images
of the towers from film stock where possible.
The movie, which will feature Cage as real-life policeman Sergeant John
McLoughlin, is based on an original screenplay by Andrea Berloff about
McLoughlin and his colleague William Jimeno, who were saved from the wreckage
of the Twin Towers.
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