Brett Ratner Wants To Direct A ‘Guitar Hero’ Movie

29 08 2008

That’s right. Brett Ratner, director of such films as X-Men: The Last Stand (vomit!) and the Rush Hour franchise, wants to make a movie based on the popular video game, Guitar Hero.

He had this to say about it:

“I love ‘Guitar Hero’ and I think it’s a part of pop culture. I would love to do a ‘Guitar Hero’ movie, if Activision would ever let me. I’m trying to convince them, but why would you have a movie screw up such a huge franchise? Not that I would make a bad movie. So that would be cool, to do a ‘Guitar Hero’ movie.

“It could be about a kid from a small town who dreams of being a rock star and he wins the ‘Guitar Hero’ competition. One of these dreams-[come-true] kind of concepts.”

So basically, it would be just like that shitty movie, The Wizard, only modernized to center around the Guitar Hero video game instead of an NES and a Power Glove. Oh, and let me guess, the main character ultimately scores a 100% on DragonForce’s “Through the Fire and Flames” to win some kind of championship, right? I can’t believe that he thinks he wouldn’t make a bad movie out of that.

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Yet Another Musician Biopic Is On The Way. This Time, John Lennon.

29 08 2008

That’s right, because we never get tired of those musician biopics. First time director Sam Taylor-Wood is apparently going to tackle a biopic chronicling the early life of John Lennon, titled Nowhere Boy, which will include his relationships with his mother, aunt, and good friend, Paul McCartney.

 

 

Taylor-Wood had this to say about the film:

“The women in John’s early life truly shaped who he became and the strengths and weaknesses of their relationships are central to this film.”

While no casting has been made yet, Kate Winslet is in talks to play Lennon’s mother and Emily Watson is also in talks to play Lennon’s Aunt Mimi.

The way I see it, the more unusual the subject, the more creative the movie can potentially be. For example, Ray and Walk the Line were great, albeit pretty straight forward as far as movies are concerned. I’m Not There, however, was a horse of a different color, telling 6 different stories of Bob Dylan at the same time and while some people didn’t enjoy it as much as others (I for one, loved it), it can certainly be said it wasn’t the same kind of movie we usually see.

John Lennon was certainly an unusual person and is widely believed to be a genius (much like Dylan), so hopefully we won’t be getting the same, rehashed struggling musician story that we’ve all grown so weary of in recent years. I’m going to remain optimistic on this one.





Cher To Play Catwoman In ‘Dark Knight’ Sequel?

25 08 2008

Rumor has it that aging pop sensation (and walking corpse), Cher is in talks to play Catwoman in the upcoming sequel to The Dark Knight. Now, none of this has really been verified by anyone of any merit at this point.

British tabloid/gossip magazine, The Telegraph, made the following report:

“The 62-year-old singer and actress is reported to be in talks to play Catwoman opposite Christian Bale in the third Batman film from British director Christopher Nolan.

The Oscar-winner will join a cast that includes Johnny Depp as The Riddler as she plays the whip-carrying burglar. The character has also been played by Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry.

A studio executive said: “Cher is Nolan’s first choice to play Catwoman. He wants to her to portray her like a vamp in her twilight years.

Filming of the new Batman instalment, provisionally entitled The Caped Crusader, is due to begin in Vancouver early next year.”

Of course, we should all know better than to trust a magazine like The Telegraph, but the thought of Cher playing Catwoman makes me want to vomit. I would hope Christopher Nolan would be smarter than that if he even chooses to sign on to a third film (I don’t know why he wouldn’t).

While ‘The Caped Crusader’ isn’t at the top of my list of potential titles for the sequel, I am somewhat supportive of Johnny Depp as a choice to play The Riddler. I think he’s a rare talent and would do the role justice, but I’d like to see if anyone else is considered for the role, if in fact The Riddler is the villain in the sequel.

Please, share your thoughts on Cher as Catwoman. Should result in some interesting comments.





‘Superman’ Will Follow In The Footsteps Of ‘The Hulk’ And ‘The Punisher’

22 08 2008

That’s right. It looks like the Superman franchise is going to see a reboot much like The Hulk and The Punisher. Warner Bros. has decided to reinvent Superman with a darker tone to sort of follow in the footsteps of The Dark Knight. Awesome. Because there aren’t enough dark movies out there already. It’s not yet known if Bryan Singer will be involved with the new movie, but if we all cross our fingers, maybe he won’t be. As of yet, there’s no date set for a new Superman movie, but Warner Bros. plan to put out 4 new comic book movies within the next three years and that includes a sequel to The Dark Knight. At least there’s ONE thing to look forward to.





Sam Raimi And Tom Cruise Pair Up For Comic Book Adaptation

19 08 2008

How Tom Cruise continues to be a bankable star in Hollywood, I’ll never know, but I do know that, with the exception of Spider-Man 3, Sam Raimi is a pretty trustworthy guy when it comes to adapting comic book material. The new project that is bringing the two together is an adaptation of a comic called Sleeper.

From SlashFilm:

‘Written by Ed Brubaker with art by Sean Phillips, the story follows a covert “sleeper” operative named Holden Carver (aka The Conductor), who is fused with an alien artifact that makes him not only impervious to pain , but also able to pass it along to others through skin contact. Carver has been placed undercover in a villainous organization led by TAO (a WildC.A.T.s villain from Alan Moore’s run). But when the only guy who knows that he is an undercover agent goes into a coma, Carver must question right and wrong, as he falls and for a member of the group while rising through he ranks.’

I haven’t actually read the comic series, but based on the synopsis, it seems like an interesting concept and should work well in movie form. I’ll be able to really make a decision once a trailer is released and since filming hasn’t even started yet, we’ve got a while.





‘Punisher: War Zone’ Is Going To Be Rated R

18 08 2008

For those of you worried that Punisher: War Zone was going to be reduced to a PG-13 rating, rest assured. The whole thing was a false alarm. In fact much of what was spread was false.

From LatinoReview:

‘Lexi is not off the film

Lexi is still involved in the edit process

The film is not (nor could it ever be) PG-13

The film is most certainly not all exploding heads, but will reveal a great deal of Franks personna and pain.’

Well, it looks like Punisher: War Zone will be rated R after all and will include all of the guns-a-blazing, head-smashing, and blood-splattering goodness that the trailer showed. Well, thank God for that. I was beginning to think we’d have to sit through an hour and a half of Frank Castle playing with a kitten or riding a bike along the coast at sunset.





Simon Pegg Won’t Be An ‘Inglorious Bastard’

17 08 2008

So, it seems Simon Pegg was only ‘in talks’ to be in Tarantino’s war epic and now, due to a scheduling conflict, he will not be cast in the film. Son of a bitch!

On a lighter note, Simon will, instead, be working on a film by Superbad director, Greg Mottola, titled Paul.

From Slashfilm:

‘Written and starring Pegg and Nick Frost, the story is a road movie about two British comic book geeks that get into an adventure across America. I’ve also heard that Pegg and Frost will reverse their dynamic, and Pegg will actually be playing the sidekick in this one. Edgar Wright is not involved.’

I guess it’s not so bad that he dropped Bastards to pursue another comedy with his pal, Nick Frost. In fact, I feel like that’s a much better move for him. If Bastards is going down, I’d hate to see Simon Pegg go with it. Now if only we could persuade Brad Pitt to drop out too…