Johnny Depp has been on a bit of a bad run lately (and by “lately”, I mean “since 2009”). While still somewhat “bankable”, the A-List actor hasn’t truly “acted” since Michael Mann’s Public Enemies (which, if you know that film or Mann’s body of work as a whole, ain’t exactly saying much). Outside of a cute cameo in 21 Jump Street, Depp has relegated his craft to slathering on makeup and wearing “a bunch of funny hats”, calling into question his overall likability as a performer. To boil it down into silly catchphrases: instead of a “McConaissance” what we’re witnessing is a “Deppcline” (Trademark! Print Money!). For a more detailed look at the degeneration of Depp, I’d advise checking out Britt Hayes’ breakdown of the man’s career and the questionability of his “great actor” status over at BAD.
But now Depp is trying his hand at the “superhero” game (sort of), as the actor’s currently in talks to portray Harry Houdini in Lionsgate/Summit’s The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero. (more…)
He’s raced cars, fought Necromongers, pacified children, knocked around some guys and now, actor Vin Diesel, will be hunting some witches!
The brawny badlie is in talks with Lionsgate and Summit to star in The Last Witch Hunter. Which, you guess it, is about some guy who kills the remainder of Earth’s witches. Emmett/Furla Films is producing the film with Aperture Entertainment’s Adam Goldworm executive producing and Breck Eisner (The Crazies) directing.
So, yay, another movie revolving around Diesel’s cool-guy poses and one-liners.
Since it’s debut, the Stephenie Meyer book series turned film franchise Twilight has turned the Vampire genre into a joke – albeit a very profitable one boasting millions of fans. So with the San Diego Comic-con fast approaching, studios are lining up their panels at a lighting-quick pace, with Summit’s Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 securing what could be the biggest spot.
Revealed by way of the official TwilightTwitter page, the final film in the franchise will be the opening panel of the weekend in the famed Hall H. Summit. A statement released by way of the Twilight Lexicon says:
“We are happy to announce that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 will be the opening panel in Hall H at ComicCon® International in San Diego on Thursday, July 12, 2012. Summit Entertainment will present a sneak peek at the highly anticipated conclusion of The Twilight Saga films. This is a must-see for fans interested in the story’s final chapter, who will be shown exclusive footage from THE TWILIGHT SAGA BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 and treated to a cast and filmmaker Q&A session providing details on the epic finale. In addition to the panel, BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 will also be present at the Summit Entertainment booth on the convention floor. Those who stop by will have the chance to attend autograph signings, participate in contests and collect free giveaways all weekend long.”
Now, before all the non-Twilight fans (myself included) start bitching, this announcement shouldn’t dissuade you from going to the con. It’s still going to be filled with panels and events for everyone to enjoy, including other Vampire-themed panels from Vampire Diaries and True Blood set for Saturday, July 14th in Ballroom 20.
One should also be grateful of the fact that since Twilight is going first, you won’t have to stand in line behind a mob of giggling tweens for 10 hours straight. If you’re really lucky, they might even leave once they’ve achieved what they came there for.
If Summit wants to make this a successful media push, their finale stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner should be on hand. If they’re looking to make even more of an impact that weekend, they may have young Mackenzie Foy take part as well. Although an official list of who will be on-hand has yet to be posted, it should be a no-brainer as to who they’ll need.
And with a few of our very own taking part in the weekend festivities, we’ll be sure to keep you posted with an special news and announcements.
Look! We’ve got a teaser for a flick I’m sure you’re really excited for and one, well, it’s a trailer for a movie you might not give a rat’s ass about. Hence why I combined them to ease your displeasure. First, let’s get this trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 out of the way. It’s here, the final film and what I’m sure is not the final trailer.
Out of all the Twilight films I have the highest hopes for this one. That’s not really saying much because my hopes were never that high anyway, but here we’ve got vampire battles and a less useless Bella. So, y’know, maybe you won’t want to see it again and again but you also won’t want to claw your eyes out afterwards. Maybe. We’ll see.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 releases November 16 this year.
In far more exciting news, Disney has released a teaser for Pixar‘s Monsters University, the prequel where we see Mike and Sully in their college days. Actually, they’ve release one teaser, four times, each one with slight variations. Who the hell knows why, but they’re wonderful and far more enjoyable than Twilight. Check ’em out below the cut.
From Hardcover to Broadway, ‘Peter & The Starcatchers’ a series of bestselling children books, is becoming a huge hit. The Broadway play has received nine Tony Award nominations earlier this month, and Walt Disney Pictures has hired writer Jesse Wigutow to adapt the book into a movie with franchise potential.
Wigutow is currently the man to have with his adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s thriller The Osterman Weekend in development at Summit with director Brian Kirk (“Game of Thrones“) and a reboot of The Crow at Relativity Media with F. Javier Gutierrez. It will be interesting to see how he handles a more child-friendly story.
Highlights from the Broadway Show:
In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island, an orphan boy named Peter and his pretty, mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil. The story precedes J.M. Barrie’s beloved Peter Pan. So are you excited to see Disney tackle the preceding adventures that made Peter Pan ‘the boy who never grew up’?
Now that the sparkling vampires and shirtless werewolves are almost behind us (I’m referring to the Twilight series), SummitEntertainment will have to tap into another film property to make bank. The production company plans to reunite Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Morgan Freeman for Red 2 – a sequel to the 2010 comic-book adaptation about ex-spies coming out of retirement for some rogue mayhem.
The quartet is expected to return for the sequel, although no deals are signed and sealed. Dean Parisot, however, is in final negotiations to direct.
It’s been a few years since Parisot has been behind the director’s chair. His last directorial gig was 2005’s Fun With Dick and Jane, starring Jim Carrey. Before you cup your hand to your mouth and make a fart noise, keep in mind the CAA-repped director is also known for helming 1999’s action comedy Galaxy Quest. I think most nerds would give that film a thumbs up.
While Red barely delivered on it’s ideology of “You’re never too old for mayhem”, much of the enjoyment came from seeing veteran/fan-favorite actors thoroughly embody cartoon-like characters. So, I wouldn’t mind seeing this crew come around again for a little more light-hearted violence. Parisot seems viable enough to make a entertaining follow-up to G-Men going wild.
“There can be only one!” or so we all thought. The Highlander series showed us that people could be immortal and one in particular, Russell Nash a.k.a Connor MacLeod, would be the greatest of them all. It looks like being an Immortal one has it’s advantages and the biggest may be in the form of the rebooted ‘Highlander’ film. As for who’s directing the Summit feature, ‘Fast Five” director Justin Lin still wants to take the sword by the hilt and swing away at his take on the 1986 fantasy action film. Who cares if news on the movie has slowed to a crawl over the last year, we might to rock out to Queen in a theater again!
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Chatting it up with MTV Movies Blog about the current stage of the Highlander Justin had this to say:
“I’ve been working with [‘Iron Man’ writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway] on the script,” Lin told MTV News in an exclusive interview, confirming that “Highlander” is still very much a priority for the filmmaker. “That’s one where Summit has been really good [about letting it develop], and for me, it’s about making sure that we can take it to the place where I feel comfortable and great about making it. I feel like I have a very good studio and team and we’re working on it.”
Can’t blame a guy for taking his time with what he really wants to do, Lin is a busy man with plenty on his plate. Not only does he have a “Fast Six” possibly getting into gear with studio, he’s currently working on the development of ‘Terminator 5’ with (gasp!) Arnold Schwarzenegger attached to star. Even with all of this to content to Lin remains ever the optimist about the “Highlander” remake, even if it’s not necessarily at the top of his “to do” list: “I’ve been very excited about my take with Art and Matt. We’ve been working on that. When I get back [from promoting ‘Fast Five’ internationally] we’ll keep working on it.”
What do you guys and gals think of bringing back Highlander to the big screen? Let’s hear from you.
Summit has released a few more new images from its upcoming vampire sequel The Twilight Saga: New Moon, featuring the Volturi clan, which you can view after the jump.
The images feature Christopher Heyerdahl as Marcus, Michael Sheen as Aro, Dakota Fanning as Jane, Jamie Campbell Bower as Caius, Cameron Bright as Alec, Charlie Bewley as Demetri and Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen