Source: Film Junk
THE NEW SPIDERMAN IS DOWN TO TWO CHOICES
With Tobey Maguire out of the picture, Sony has been left to find a new star for their Spider-Man reboot. The reboot is being directed by Marc Webb and is going to be in 3-D. Today sources are saying Webb and Sony have almost found their new Spider-Man, and the choice has come down to two actors. The first is Jamie Bell, who you’d probably know from Billy Elliot and Jumper, while the second is Josh Hutcherson who you would know if you saw Journey To The Center Of The Earth, the terrible Brendan Fraser flick.
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As much as the possible casting of Jamie Bell intrigues me, the premise of a teen Spiderman dealing with his powers and what will no doubt be him fighting the responsibility that comes with it, IMO, I can do without this reboot. I am so mystified as to why studios don’t want to build on the success of Raimi’s version and just have Spidey deal with a new villian/arc? Maybe the casting can save it, but it’s a reboot I can do without.
GUILLERMO DEL TORO CONFIRMS HOBBIT DELAY
Speaking moments ago at a press conference for his latest production, Splice, Guillermo del Toro responded to questions about the state of The Hobbit, saying that the film does not have a start date, nor will it until MGM sorts out its financial troubles.
“It’s not greenlit,” said del Toro, “That’s categorical… We’ve been caught in a very tangled negotiation… There cannot be any start dates until the MGM situation gets resolved. They do hold a considerable portion of the rights.”
Responding to rumors that the film would shoot in 3D, del Toro said that, while 3D remains a possiblity, it has been discussed “literally once” in the production offices and it is not being planned at this time. The current production budget has been drawn without 3D in mind.
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This is one I was definitely looking forward to *sighs* Here’s hoping things will get back on track soon!
PRINCE OF PERSIA REVIEW
Video games have always been a difficult medium to translate to film. Think about it, can you name a good movie that was based on a video game? You’d be hard put to do it. I’ll give you the “Resident Evil” series and maybe “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” but that is about it. Certainly in resent years that haven’t been any successful adaptations when you consider the crop of films we’ve seen including “Bloodrayne,” “Doom,” “Hit Man” and “Max Payne.” But the question remains, why? With CGI and other visual effects being at the state of the art level that they are now, why hasn’t Hollywood been able to tap into the genre with the success rate that it has with comic books? Especially when you consider that most video games have a photo-realistic look now. Well, perhaps that will all change with producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s latest big-summer blockbuster film from Disney Studios, “Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time.”
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