Anne Hurd Talks about Hulk and T3
Producer Gale Anne
Hurd, who has an extensive background in producing sci-fi movies, is working
on her next major project, Ang Lee's The Incredible Hulk. Hurd says that
the Hulk has never been a superhero, and the story is more of a Frankenstein
meets Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. But Hurd didn't want to reveal too many details,
saying that Ang Lee's take on the subject is "reversionary."
Hurd also gave a
few words about the upcoming Terminator sequel, since she and James Cameron
produced the first two movies. She wishes the new producers the best and
hoped they would take it to the next level. She says that she mourned a little
when Cameron and she found out they wouldn't be involved, but that they're
over it now.
Watson Talks About Red Dragon
Actress Emily Watson
has talked a little about what audiences can expect in the upcoming Red Dragon
remake. She says the movie's a lot different than the Michael Mann movie
Manhunter, which left out so much. Red Dragon, she says, is much closer to
the book. She also reported that the gore factor would not be like Hannibal
and that the production is more like Silence of the Lambs in that a lot is
left to the imagination.
Craven On The Fountain Society, Freddie Vs. Jason and American McGee's
Wes Craven is still hoping to make a movie out of his cloning novel, The
Fountain Society, although he's currently having the script rewritten. Changing
Lanes scripter Chap Taylor is working on the rewrite right now, and Craven
says the biggest problem is translating its big and sprawling plot to a tellable
story within a two hour time period. Craven insists Taylor is just shortening
and tightening the plot. When asked about the novel's similarities with the
Arnold Schwarzenegger movie The 6th Day, Craven said he thought the movie
was interesting, but his novel is different, and he was lucky it came out
before all the buzz about cloning hit the news this year.
Craven also says
that he would be open to directing the long-in-development Freddy vs. Jason,
but it would depend on the script. A bunch of writers have submitted various
drafts over the past five years, but New Line hasn't greenlighted any of
them. But Craven is friends with the Friday the 13th producers as well as,
of course, the Nightmare on Elm Street producers, so if the project gets
off the ground, Craven may be on board
says that he is in development on a computer-animated film version of the
video game American McGee's Alice for Dimension Films. The movie will be
very close to the video game, and Craven is trying to bring in as many of
the game's elements as possible. The game is a Quake-style adventure that
takes place in a twisted version of Alice in Wonderland. Dimension has
tentatively scheduled the film for a 2003 release.
Front-Runner As Wonder Woman
Sandra Bullock is
still the front-runner to play Wonder Woman in a proposed movie that Leonard
Goldberg is trying to put together. If Sandra Bollock passes, other actresses
being considered are Jennifer Aniston from Friends and Chyna from the
in Next Bond Film
Actor Michael Madsen
is reportedly in talks to appear in the next James Bond film. He would play
Falco, a rogue CIA agent. Meanwhile Pierce Brosnan will be back along with
John Cleese and Judi Dench. Halle Berry is also scheduled to guest star.
Madsen is also in
line to star in Blueberry, a supernatural Western based on a French comic
book. Madsen will play a villain attempting to get to a stockpile of gold
hidden in Indian terriroty, and being pusured by a marshall named Bluberry
trying to stop him.
Jackie Chan Next
in The Tuxedo
Jackie Chan is working
on a new action-comedy called The Tuxedo. Co-star Jason Isaacs says that
the magical suit gives its wearer super abilities. Like The Mask, you wearer
can do whatever they want to do. The Tuxedo will be out this summer.
2 Casting News
With the success
of the original Spy Kids, Spy Kids 2 is loading up on guest stars. Not only
are Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino back as the parents, but Haley Joel
Osment's sister Emily is in the cast, along with Cheech Marin, Ricardo Montalban,
Bill Paxton, Steve Buscemi and Holland Taylor. Spy Kids 2 will be out this
As we've reported
earlier, filming has begun on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The
latest casting news is that Hugh Mitchell, 12, will play Colin Creevey, Harry's
biggest fan, and Bonnie Wright will be back as Ginny Weasley. Also Shirley
Henderson, who was in Bridget Jones' Diary, will play Moaning Myrtle, the
ghost who haunts the girls' bathroom. Alfred Burke will appear as Howarts'
former headmaster, Armando Dippet, and Julian Glover will provide the voice
of Aragog the giant spider.
Someone stole publicity
photos from the studio where the Harry Potter sequel is being shot. Warner
Bros. has issued a warning to the media not to publish any of the stolen
pictures. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is scheduled to be out
Zemeckis May Leave DreamWorks
There's a rumor
that long-time Spielberg friend and collaborator, director Robert Zemeckis,
may be moving his Imagemovers production company from DreamWorks' facilities
to the Warner Bros. lot, according to an unnamed source. Zemeckis' five year
deal with DreamWorks ends next year, and he directed What Lies Beneath and
Cast Away for the studio.
Zemeckis may want
to get out from under Spielberg's shadow. A few years ago, Zemeckis was named
by Variety as the top director in Hollywood in terms of film revenue. Zemeckis
has directed such films as the Romancing the Stone series of pictures, Forest
Gump, and of course the recent Cast Away.
Actor Eric Bana
Talks About The Hulk
Actor Eric Bana,
who's won the title role in Ang Lee's upcoming Hulk movie says that he was
more influenced by the Hulk TV show than the Marvel Comics version. He says
he was never a huge comic book reader when he was a kid, but he was completely
obsessed with the TV Show. So he was familiar with the character through
As to how Ang Lee
is going to pull off the transformation from scientist to monster, Bana says
that he does play both characters, but that's all he's allowed to say.
Connelly was cast to play girlfriend Betty Ross, and the film will start
shooting in March for a 2003 release date.
TV Series Is Readied
Nichelodeon is readying
a TV version of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius to be ready for September 2002.
The characters will be more fleshed out and will concentrate mainly on the
day-to-day life of the kids. But the show will feature the same 3-D computer
animation as the movie, thanks to the ability to recycle elements developed
for the film version. Also if the movie does well, the producers hope there
will be more adventures on the big screen.
Star Trek: Nemesis
Beauty and the Beast's
Ron Perlman will join the cast of Star Trek Nemesis, according to the official
Star Trek Web site. It also confirmed that Tom Hardy is Shinzon, the nemesis
of the film's title. Perlman will start as the Viceroy, a mentor to Shinzon.
Perlman will play The Viceroy as a Nosferatu-like character will a horrifying
appearance that includes long, grotesque fingernails. The Viceroy, who is
telepathic, will help Shinzon invade Counselor Troi's mind.
guest stars include Steven Culp, who was in the HBO Creature Feature How
to Make a Monster, and Dina Meyer who will play Commander Donatra.
Returning Star Trek
regulars include all of the Next Generation cast including Majel Barrett,
Kate Mulgrew and Wil Wheaton. Rick Berman is producing and Stuart Baird.
Punk Rocker to
play on Roswell
Punk Rocker John
Doe, the leader of the seminal LA band X, gets to play one of his new songs
on Roswell where he also plays the dad of one of the teens. Doe has a new
album out called Freedom Is
and the show features a song from it.
There a Buffy the
Vampire role-playing game in development and scheduled to hit stores this
summer. Later in the summer, the Buff core rule book will follow, lkater
to be supplemented by the Slayer's Handbook, Monster Smackdown, Welcome to
Sunnydale, and other books.