Posted on 22 April 2009.
A lot of news to get to today, so let’s just dive in.
Chris Evans, aka Johnny Blaze, joins Stringer Bell (Idris Elba) and The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in a DC/Vertigo comic adaptation for The Losers. It’s about a special ops team betrayed by their superiors having to do what they do best and enact stealthy revenge. I like the cast. I’m getting flashbacks of playing “Rainbow 6″ on the PC back in the day. Could be cool. [Mania]
If you like yourself some Twilight, you can see the new photo of the famed Wolf Pack for the upcoming Twilight sequel, New Moon. [Twilight-Movie.org]
Angelina Jolie is on the verge of acquiring the rights to a series of Patricia Cornwell novels involving a character named Dr. Kay Scarpetta who’s a medical examiner that solves crimes. I accidentally wrote “crap” when I was writing “crimes.” Maybe subconsciously that’s what I think this “franchise” will be. [Ace Showbiz]
In more Twilight-related news, director David Slade is confirmed to be helming the third film in the franchise, Eclipse. Slade’s directorial debut in Hard Candy was great. I thought he’d do something better than this, but Alfonso Cuaron directy a Harry Potter film. It could be a great move for the franchise. [Twilight Lexicon]
“Empire” is at it again, releasing new set pics. This time it’s for the new Scorsese/DiCaprio collaboration, Shutter Island. It’s another one of our anticipated films of the year. Be sure to check it out. [Beyond Hollywood]
Another new set pic is revealed via [Film School Rejects] for the upcoming Matthew Vaughn adaptation of the graphic novel, “Kick-Ass.” This is one I’m pretty hyped about. Vaughn’s Layer Cake is pretty dope, and I like the concept for this one.
[Dread Central] has some news on Vanessa Hudgens gearing up to star in an update of Beauty and the Beast alongside Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser and Keri Russell in Beastly. The animated Disney film is the ultimate telling of the tale and Belle is the hottest Disney princess ever created. Agree or disagree?
Want to see the first pic of Mel Gibson’s return to acting? [Coming Soon] has the first set pic for Edge of Darkness.
Here’s your big rumor for the day: Remember how Steven Spielberg is going to direct the first Tintin film and Peter Jackson is going to direct the second in a trilogy? The third film was supposedly going to be co-directed, but now the name Edgar Wright is being bandied about. He says he doesn’t know anything about it, but Shia LeBeouf said the same thing about his role in the last Indiana Jones film until he was, of course, in it. [Rama's Screen]
Are you hyped for the new Pixar film, Up, like I am? We shared the first screengrab of the short that will show before it, Partly Cloudy, last week. Now, thanks to [Cartoon Brew] we have a bit of a description of the short and a couple other images. One more month, baby!
Finally, Director Henry Selick (Coraline) foresees film advancing past 3-D and into “holograms.” One of my friends and I have always discussed this possibility, but for now the industry will almost certainly stay focused on 3-D. After all, Hollywood still hasn’t embraced Maxivision. [Thompson on Hollywood]