Biopic

At long last Chewbacca, or more so the man inside the wookiee, Peter Mayhew, is getting the respect he deserves. From the man behind Fanboys, – easily one of the best Star Wars films of the past 13 years – director Kyle Newman is developing a movie based on an unproduced, once black-listed script, Chewie, a comedy/biopic about the actor who brought everyone’s favorite wookiee to life.

Chewie was written by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux, is set during the filming of Star Wars in 1977, and will, “follow Mayhew as he tries to balance a career as a hospital worker by day while chasing the Hollywood dream by night by playing a fully suited alien who would become one of sci-fi’s most iconic on-screen sidekicks.”

Sounds awesome, right? Newman is so committed to the project he even went so far as to secure the rights to tell Mayhew’s life story to ensure the film got made.

Now for some homework, if you haven’t yet seen Fanboys, do so, then come back gushing with excitement over Newman being the man chosen to make Chewie a reality.

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Steve Jobs was the creator, co-founder, chairman and face of one of the largest companies in the world. Sadly, Jobs died in Oct. of 2011. The world still mourns for him.

Hollywood, of course, will be honoring profiting from his life and death in a biopic indie simply called JobsJoshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) will direct from a script written by Matt Whiteley.

A film documenting one our generations foremost technology pioneers was certainly not unexpected. The man that has just been cast to play Jobs however, well that just threw me for a loop.

Variety says  Two and a Half Men and former That ’70s Show star Ashton Kutcher will portray the late Apple co-founder.

Despite my desire for this to be an April Fools joke, it is not. Ashton got the job (pun intended). The film will follow Jobs’ life from “wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple, where he became one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of our time.”

I’m not convinced Kutcher has the chops to pull it off. I will admit, however, they look very similar. That’s all, though.

Jobs shaped a lot of things within the tech, music, and film industries. You’d think Hollywood would honor his memory with a much more respectable actor. Oh well, that’s Hollywood for you.

 

Johnny Depp‘s got a bunch of ongoing projects, though it looks like he’s got a Dr. Seuss (or Theodor Geisel as he was actually called) biopic lined up in the future.

Depp briefly discussed this project on Larry King while promoting his film, The Rum Diary.  He says that the biopic will try to integrate both live action and animations of Dr. Seuss’ famous characters.

It’s something we’re developing with Seuss’ widow, Geisel’s widow. It’s a very exciting possibility, because it’s a combination of live-action and…the characters will certainly have a role.

Infinitum Nihil, Depp’s production company, will be manning the ship for this one and it’s possible that he will star in the film as well.  Keith Bunin will be writing the screenplay, and if all goes well, Universal Studios will slap its logo on the film and distribute it.

What do you guys think of this?  I’m, personally, on the fence about the concept but I’m sure it’ll be much better than The Smurfs.

Source: /Film

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Yes folks, you’ve read that headline right. Sacha Baron Cohen has been casted to play the great singer Freddie Mercury in an upcoming Queen biopic. The film will be written by Peter Morgan, who has also wrote  for films such as The Queen and Frost/Nixon. Also, the remaining members of the band has formed a company to be part of the project. The film may be released sometime in 2011.

While I didn’t like the idea when I first read about this, I later came to realize that this may work for the best after doing some thinking (that’s right, fat boy here can think). I think Cohen can definitely get the look down and that maybe, just maybe, will be able to do the singing (hey, I watched him on Sweeny Todd and thought he did okay).

What do y’all think about this casting news? Can you imagine Borat singing Flash! or does the thought of that disgust you? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment.

Source: /Film