Posted on 21 October 2010.
In the last week, we’ve continued to see more interesting movie news and movie rumors worth giving to you in this round-up.
First off, Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote The Usual Suspects and Valkyrie, is going to be writing a Top Gun sequel for Jerry Bruckheimer. Word on the street is that Tom Cruise will not star, but may have a small role in the film, or else his character will be written out. This is one of the wackest ideas ever, but a Top Gun sequel at this point could re-invigorate interest in a long dormant franchise, as you know few new ideas are floating around in Hollywood these days. Source: Comingsoon
Next up, it appears that Mel Gibson will be allowed to be legally hungover on set for a role in The Hangover 2. He is reportedly playing an American ex-pat in Thailand. This smacks of what Tom Cruise did in Tropic Thunder, when he created a wild movie mogul. Good news for Gibson I suppose, but the first The Hangover was average at best. Not sure if I am rooting for Mel anymore, but usually a comeback story is irresistible in Tinseltown.
Mark Wahlberg is rumored to have been offered the starring role in a remake of The Crow. It is a little bit of an odd choice I suspect, even though I tend to like Marky Mark on screen. As you know, the movie is about a man (the crow) who avenges the death of his fiancee. The original 1994 film is famous for Brandon Lee’s final performance on film, after he was killed by a loaded bullet in a prop gun on set.
Columbia Pictures has acquired the rights to make Emergency based on the best selling Neil Strauss 2009 novel “Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life.” Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr. is reported to be the first choice to play the lead role. The movie is about a man trying to survive in a dangerous world, or die trying. Moving on…
NYMag says Johnny Depp wants to star in a remake of Thin Man, with Chicago helmer Rob Marshall to direct him. The Public Enemies star would play a kept man after marrying into money, who’s susceptible to alcoholism among other things. The feminine Depp has the “thin” part down already, so that’s a start.