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…)
Just a few months back–in March, to be specific–we reported an assurance from Alex Winter (AKA: Bill S. Preston, esq.) that the long awaited third installment of the Bill & Ted series is indeed still in the works.
Now, apparently, there’s more: Keanu Reeves discussed the possible plot way back last August in an interview with GQ:
We have a nice story. We’ll see if anyone else wants to make it. One of the plot points is that these two people have been crushed by the responsibility of having to write the greatest song ever written and to change the world. And they haven’t done it. So everybody is kind of like: ‘Where is the song?’ The guys have just drifted off into esoterica and lost their rock. And we go on this expedition, go into the future to find out if we wrote the song, and one future ‘us; refuses to tell us, and another future ‘us’ blames us for their lives because we didn’t write the song, so they’re living this terrible life. In one version we’re in jail; in another we’re at some kind of highway motel and they hate us.
Okay… I’d see that movie.
Since then it’s been revealed that Dean Parisot, director of Galaxy Quest, has been tapped to direct–then there was Winter’s remarks in March–but not a peep after that.
Not until Reeves’ appearance today at the TCA (Television Critics’ Association) press tour where the actor was promoting his new documentary Side By Side, scheduled to premiere on PBS this month. Here’s what Ted “Theodore” Logan had to say about the project:
There have been a couple of drafts [of a Bill & Ted 3 script] and right now we’re waiting on the writers to come up with another draft. But we’re all very excited.
Furthermore, Reeves said the team considered it important to find some way to honor the memory of legendary comedian and Bill & Ted co-star George Carlin, who passed away in 2008. Carlin, as you no doubt remember, played the duo’s time-traveling mentor Rufus in both films.
Carlin’s absence will indeed detract from the new film, and we certainly hope an appropriate way is found to give him his due (more on this soon–we hope!).
If you like old people running around shooting each other and blowing stuff up, then you probably enjoyed the out of the hit action-comedy Red. I, for one, didn’t really care for it. Had it’s moments (pretty much everything involving John Fucking Malkovich!), but overall, I thought it was boring. Now, the sequel however, looks like a high-octane, wild ride!
Summit Entertainment has released a new trailer for director Dean Parisot’s (Galaxy Quest) action-comedy sequel Red 2. The spy follow-up pits ex-CIA operative Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) against Victoria (Helen Mirren) when MI6 greenlights his assassination as Interpol’s “Most Wanted.” The entire cast of the original are reunited, while bringing on some fresher blood in the form of Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lee Byung-hun, David Thewlis, and Anthony Hopkins. The latter of whom, looks hilarious!
I get nervous every-time Bruce Willis cracks a smile, but this look extremely entertaining. It’s like a funny version of The Expendables.
Here’s the official synopsis for Red 2:
In RED 2, the high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they’ll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon. The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world—and stay alive in the process.
Righteous news hit the Internet for Bill & Ted fans today with the word that Galaxy Questdirector Dean Parisot has been attached to direct the third installment in the Bill & Ted saga. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are already publicly attached to star in the script from the original Bill & Tedcreators Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson.
The really good news, when one looks at situation as a whole, is that this will NOT be a reboot or remake like so many of the movies from some of our favorite franchises in the past couple of years. This production will look at where Ted Theodore Logan and Bill S. Preston, Esq. are in their lives today.
Although MGM Pictures still holds the rights to the Bill & Ted franchise, word is that the production is being shopped around to other studios to co-finance the project. NerdBastards will let you know which studios join the production as word is leaked out.
Don’t get to excited though and run to get in line at the theater, Parisot still has to finish directing the sequel to the sleeper hit RED that starts shooting this spring. A couple of years ago when Alex Winters started tweeting about a third Bill & Tedmovie this NerdBastard never thought it would get this far.
What do you think about the choice of Parisot for director? What are you looking for in a third Bill & Ted movie?
Any self respecting nerd has seen Dean Parisot‘s Galaxy Quest; the hilarious meta spoof of Star Trek. Even director J.J. Abrams went as far as calling it “one of the best Star Trek movies ever made.”
Now, did you know the original cut of the PG film was actually rated R? Not only that, but this very adult cut is out there…somewhere. My god, imagine if someone found it? It be like finding the Ark of the Covenant, but with boobies and aliens in side. Oh how glorious it would be.
In a recent interview with Collider, John Carter producer Lindsey Collins talked about a meeting she had with star Sigourney Weaver, who subsequently told her of the originally R-rated feature. Complete with sex scenes, cursing and way more shots of Gwen DeMarco’s motherboard. According to Sigourney, this mythical cut of the movie is rumored to still be out there.
“We had lunch with Sigourney [Weaver] who was telling us that there actually used to be an R-rated version of that movie which was awesome. It was the director’s cut and it was R-rated and everybody was swearing and there were sex scenes, and the whole thing,” Collins said. “They didn’t know what to do with it, so they had to re-edit the whole thing and made it what it is today. We were like, ‘How do we get our hands on the R-rated version of Galaxy Quest?’ She said ‘I don’t know!’ and we were like, ‘Come on, Sigourney!'”
Weaver could just be messing with everyone about this cut of the movie. But she was there, so if anyone would know it’s going to be her.
By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Warvan, this should be released!
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.