Just in case two hours and nine minutes, the run time of Pain & Gain, wasn't long enough to sate your hunger for a beefed-up Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg going ape on the beaches of Florida, you might have weekly installments of the delicacy now: Entertainment Weekly reports that The Rock is set to produce and headline a new pilot for HBO, which centers on retired athletes living in Miami. Network mainstay Wahlberg is on board to executive produce.
We don't know much more about the project yet, save for the fact that it will take the form of a half-hour dramedy and also involve the creative forces of Stephen Levinson, who has worked on Entourage, In Treatment, and Boardwalk Empire.
The thematic similarities to Pain & Gain are hard to ignore, although it will be a surprise if the series treads close to the extremes of Michael Bay's black comedy. Unless we're meant to expect a week-to-week episodic romp of Johnson trying, and failing, to kill an endless assortment of Sunshine State millionaires. Hey, it'd be better than Entourage.
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First things first: Yes, there are no original ideas left in Hollywood. The thought of yet another Godzilla reboot? Not that exciting. But now that Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston are circling director Gareth Evans' gritty re-imagining of the classic monster movie? Ugh, fine, we're totally in.
According to Variety, Olsen and Cranston would potentially co-star in the movie, with Savages star Aaron Johnson in talks to join the cast as well. Who they'd play is still a mystery, though, because character descriptions and plot details have not been released.
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Oscar-nominated screenwriter and former The Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont is currently finishing up the script, and the studio will officially hire its cast once that's completed. The movie is already scheduled to hit theaters on May 16, 2014, and should start filming in March.Evans previewed some test footage from his film at ComicCon 2012 that showed a more serious, scary envisioning of Godzilla — think District 9, but with a giant, terrifying monster instead of lizard-like aliens. The director told fans that he loves Godzilla and plans to make the serious version he's wanted to see since he was a kid.
Alright, we're on board now. What about you?
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