Extras! David Fincher wants to drag Brad Pitt 20,000 Leagues under the sea, Robobike in action, Christoph Waltz getting cold with Michael Douglas, Heathcliff headed to cinema, and Why Spielberg has never done Bond! Plus much more!

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Here’s first look video showing rebooted Robocop Joel Kinnaman in action on his recently revealed motorcycle. Well, maybe “action” is too strong a word. Either way, have a look at it all in motion below.

David Fincher wants to do retelling of Jules Verne’s classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and he wants none other than Brad Pitt to star in it. Now before you start moistening your underwear at the prospect of the pairing, just note that Warner Bros has not even greenlit the project yet, and Pitt must still be approached. There is a script in place though, and screenwriter Scott J. Burns spoke to ComingSoon.net about that:

“‘20,000 Leagues’ came about because David and I were trying very hard to find something to do together. I wanted to do something that was science fiction with David because I think science fiction is maybe the most exciting area to work in right now. David is so visually gifted that I was like, I’d love to be able to sit there at my desk and come up with any kinda crazy sh*t and know that David Fincher is going to turn it into something. As it so happened, David and I both loved ‘20,000 Leagues’ when we were kids. It was one of my favorite books. So David came to me and said that Sean Bailey had contacted him about doing ‘20,000 Leagues’ at Disney and I said, ‘I would love to do that.’Then we met with Sean who was really great and said, ‘Come to Disney and let’s try and make a really cool version of a classic story.'”

Speaking of Scott J. Burns, he previously worked with manda Silver and Rick Jaffa on the script for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but THR is reporting that The Wolverine and A Good Day to Die Hard scribe Mark Bomback has been hired to do a rewrite.

Possible Mary Jane Watson, Shailene Woodley, is apparently pulling a Jennifer Lawrence by first appearing in an Oscar nominated role and now she’s looking to play the lead in a YA novel adaptation. In this case that story is Divergent, which even sounds very Hunger Game-ish as it deals with “a future where America is divided into five ideological factions to stabilize society and uphold peace, every citizen must choose a permanent faction at age 16 – either their own or another.”

Here’s a first look at Jude Law and Richard E. Grant looking rather cool in Dom Hemingway, a new crime caper from writer/director Richard “The Matador “Shepard which sees law as the titular Hemingway, a safe cracker who has just got out of jail, and is now looking to collect a reward from a crime boss played by Demian Bichir, for keeping his mouth shut for 12 years in prison. The film also stars “Khaleesi” Emilia Clarke.

If you really detest the Oscars and all other awards shows just like it, then it seems you’ve found a kindred spirit in Jaoquin Phoenix, who probably hates them even more than you do.

“I’m just saying that I think it’s bullshit. I think it’s total, utter bullshit, and I don’t want to be a part of it. I don’t believe in it. It’s a carrot, but it’s the worst-tasting carrot I’ve ever tasted in my whole life. I don’t want this carrot. It’s totally subjective. Pitting people against each other . . . It’s the stupidest thing in the whole world. It was one of the most uncomfortable periods of my life when Walk the Line was going through all the awards stuff and all that. I never want to have that experience again. I don’t know how to explain it—and it’s not like I’m in this place where I think I’m just above it—but I just don’t ever want to get comfortable with that part of things.”

Ten bucks says that uses his Oscar statue to crack nuts and hammer in nails.

Christoph Waltz will be getting his Cold War on with Michael Douglas as he has joined Harry Potter director Mike Newell’s Reykjavik. Waltz will be playing former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev opposite Douglas’ previously revealed US president Ronald Reagan, and the story will deal with the momentous meeting between the two world leaders in the Icelandic capital in 1986 that led to the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between the two superpowers which helped end the Cold War.

Controversial auteur Lars Von Trier has signed a couple of frequent collaborators in the form of Willem Dafoe and Jean-Marc Barr for his upcoming hardcore erotic story Nymphomaniac. THR is also reporting that Nicole Kidman has dropped out of her small role due to scheduling conflicts with Grace of Monaco project.

We normally don’t do videogame trailers around here, that’s more for our smellier friends over on our sister site, Lazygamer.net. But when said trailer is for the latest chapter of Halo, one of the most cinematic videogame titles around, and was produced by David Fincher and directed by Tim Miller, the VFX guru behind the amazing visuals of such recent film as Scott Pilgrim, well then we’ll make an exception. Especially, when it’s as bloody good as this.

Not everybody was a fan of The Dark Knight Rises‘ ending, as it left unclear (to everybody except those people with functional senses and a cerebral cortex it seems) the fate of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake. If you’re one of those people still looking for answers (which leaves me puzzled as how to you’re even capable of working a mouse and keyboard) well then Jonathan Nolan, brother to director Chris Nolan and co-writer of TDKR, has some bad news for you: You ain’t getting any. And that’s the way he likes it.

“I’ve long maintained that if you get to that place where people are passionate about it and arguing about what the end of your film means, then that’s great, and who am I to put my opinion in the mix.”

Nolan also spoke about the reveal that (SPOILER WARNING for the three of you that still haven’t seen TDKR) John Blake’s first name was Robin, alluding to him taking on the role of Batman’s long time comic sidekick.

“It’s a wink at the audience. There’s such a huge kind of incredible universe that writers from Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson, onwards, artists and writers who created this massive universe filled with jewels, frankly. So many characters that you can never do all of them justice,” he explained. “But I think we endeavored to do was not the complete story of Batman but our complete story of this character. It’s one of the reasons why I really wanted to see the Catwoman character there, a favorite of mine, and I think the wink towards Robin was an acknowledgement to, you like the character or not like the character, he’s a huge part of that universe for 70 years.”

Robert Pattinson and Carey Mulligan have signed on to star in true crime story Hold Onto Me. The film will see Mulligan as young lady who as a response to her life crashing down around her, decides to kidnap and hold for ransom her town’s richest man with the assistance of her high school sweetheart boyfriend (Pattinson). Their plan starts to go awry though, when they decide to bury him alive in a box. Yeah, entombing somebody is usually the “Oh f#$%!” moment of any plan.

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Did you know that Steven Spielberg once wanted to direct a James Bond movie? Well, so why hasn’t it happened? Barbara Broccoli, daughter of famed Bond producer Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli explains:

“Well, early on it was very sweet, because when he was a young filmmaker he approached my father. My dad said, ‘Yeah, kid, ya gotta get some more [films] under your belt. Years later, when he did Schindler’s List, my father wrote to him about how much he loved it. Spielberg then sent a really sweet note saying, ‘Now will you let me direct a Bond movie?’ [Laughs] My father said, ‘Now I can’t afford you!’ That’s the way of the world.”

While instinctively, you might not think that Spielberg would be the best fit for Bond, particularly the modern incarnation of the character, I’m pretty sure that plenty of people said the same thing about Sam Mendes, and by all accounts he’s proving every single one of them wrong with Skyfall.

Here’s the first official image for Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills showing off the the rather lovely Amber Heard getting up to some adult shenanigans with Danny Trejo. Machete may not text, but he sure loves the ladies.

Rejoice, old people! Apparently you’ve become a lucrative target market now. Well, at least producer Alan Greisman thinks, citing the box office successes of such films as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, It’s Complicated and Bucket List as evidence. And his next octogenarian target film will be And So It Goes… starring professional old people Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton. The film deals with Douglas’ ‘”self-absorbed and eccentric realtor whose life is turned upside down when his estranged son abruptly drops off a granddaughter the realtor never knew. With the help of his determined and loveable neighbor (Keaton), the realtor is pulled out of his selfish life and into a new one.”

When it came to comic cats in the 90’s, you were either a Heathcliff or Garfield guy. Personally, I always preferred Garfield (the sleeping and lasagne were the deal breakers) but Heathcliff wasn’t bad either. And seeing as how Garfield already had his crack at Hollywood, and well, sucked. So now it’s time for the other orange feline to probably also suck hit the big time, in a CGI/live action hybrid movie by childhood memory destroyers Waterman Entertainment. Peter Gallagher, nephew of original Heathcliff creator George Gately and current artist for the comic strip, had this to say:

“Their track record is impeccable. ‘Casper’, ‘Stuart Little’ and ‘Alvin’ are examples of incorporating elements that past audiences loved and adding a contemporary flair that makes these properties endure with a whole new generation. That is exactly what I was looking to achieve with ‘Heathcliff’. We want our existing fans to identify with the characters they know while introducing him to an entirely new audience. As a creator I know that they will be attentive to our lasting vision for the brand and welcome our input, which is very important to me.”

Luke Skywalker has faced many deadly threats while liberating the galaxy from his emo dad and his wrinkly, asthmatic boss. But I don’t think he’s ever face a threat as large as this.

Phew. Close one, Luke.

Last Updated: October 19, 2012

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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