Extras! Squirrels attack, Preacher still in development, Adrien Brody escapes, X-Men & Fantastic Four share things, China loves Pacific Rim, and You are not Dom Hemingway! Plus much more!

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Welcome to The Extras! A daily dose of all the smaller movie related news, clips and just plain cool stuff that you might have missed!

I’ve said it before: Gary Oldman is a chameleon. But since you guys never believe anything I say (okay, so I may have been wrong about the whole “Mayan apocalypse” thing), I have proof to back up my claims this time. Said proof being this supercut from Vulture, showing Oldman doing 20 accents in 60 seconds.

When it comes to Man of Steel‘s home release, it looks like the DVD version will kneel before the Blu Ray when it releases on November 1, 2013. According to the officially released Warner Bros description, the Blu Ray version features hours of special behind the scenes footage, featurettes and documentaries. The DVD release on the other hand features, well, minutes of stuff.

So remember that mysterious trailer that JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot put out this morning. Well, the guys at BleedingCool think they know what it’s for: a kind of weird novel (that somehow relies on clues in found on real world artifacts) called simply S, by Doug Dorst and JJ Abrams.

Speaking of secretive stuff, here’s the new poster for Wikileaks feature film The Fifth Estate, which ironically stars Sherlock Holmes.

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Damn it. I was kind of hoping that the entire world had forgotten that DJ Caruso (Disturbia, I Am Number Four) wanted to do a movie based on Garth Ennis’ critically acclaimed but highly controversial comic series Preacher. Actually, I was kind of hoping that DJ Caruso had forgotten that he was doing a Preacher movie. Apparently though, it’s still on the cards.

“I’m still attached to ‘Preacher’ and we’re wrestling with Sony because I got another movie at Sony called ‘Invertigo,’ which is a big action film we’re trying to get going this summer. So ‘Preacher’ got put on the back burner, but we’re still involved with ‘Preacher’ and hopefully we’ll have some good news on that soon. Todd August wrote a great script. I think it’s one of those features that has to kind of go through the studio system if it’s going to be made for a certain price. So we’re kind of revisiting a way to approach making the movie in the right way.”

Here’s how you make a Preacher movie in the right way: You don’t. Besides for the fact that condensing down 66 issues worth of material into a two hour movie would be ludicrous, the material is just far too controversial for Hollywood to not censor the crap out of it, and I’d rather have no Preacher movie than a nerfed Preacher movie.

Hungry for some Batman rumours? Well, then CosmicBookNews is here to provide. They claim that recently rumoured contender Tyler Hoechlin has been dismissed for being too young, but that Chris Nolan has personally recommended The Hunger Games‘ Wes Bentley (he played ridiculously bearded Seneca Crane) to don the gimp suit instead for the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. Based on physical appearance alone, I have to say that Bentley is not a bad choice (though I’ve recently really warmed to the Josh Brolin rumours). He was apparently picked from a short list that includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Luke Evans and, wait for it, Ben Affleck.

Now Gyllenhaal was originally writer David S. Goyer’s pick for Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy instead of Christian Bale, and he’s apparently still keen on him, so there may be some truth there. Evans has been rapidly making a name for himself, and will be sucking up some limelight in the lead role of ABC’s Dracula, so the odds are not too long on him being considered. And Affleck… Well, as we know, Warner Bros offers just about every single directing/acting gig to Affleck, knowing full well he’s going to turn it down, just on the off chance that they’ll catch him on a drunk day. That hasn’t happened yet.

Congratulations, new posters for Jude Law’s upcoming crime-comedy Dom Hemingway, you win the internet for today.

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Yesterday, comic book scribe and Fox consultant Mark Millar nearly cleaved the geek portion of the internet in twain when he spoke to SFX about the possibility of the X-Men movies and Josh Trank’s new Fantastic Four reboot sharing the same universe.

“Without question I think you have to see some of these guys showing up in each other’s movies. I think the most exciting thing in superhero movies, until The Avengers came along, was when Nick Fury showed up in Iron Man. Even though it was a guy with an eye patch it was really cool – and I expect we will see more of that.”

Immediately, the geeks were like “Fantastic Four and X-Men team-up! Whoo hoo!”. There was probably plenty of O’s and a couple of MFG’s. Thing is though, as Millar later revealed on Twitter, despite the fact that he said that some of these guys will be showing up in each other’s movies, he actually meant that some of these guys won’t necessarily be showing up in each other’s movies.

“They exist in same universe but movies stand alone. There is NO crossover planned.”

All I can remember from the the original Twilight Zone was an episode where some kind of creepy gremlin was sitting on the wing of a plane, scaring the bejeezus out of a man seated at the window seat overlooking said wing. Needless to say, I didn’t do much flying back after that. I was about five years old at the time, which may also have factored into that decision though.

So for the newly revealed Twilight Zone movie, director Joseph Kosinski should probably not ask me for advice, but rather people like Uproxx who seem to know what they’re talking about and have conveniently listed Five Episodes the New Twilight Zone Movie Should Adapt.

If you haven’t seen Iron Man 3 yet, then you probably shouldn’t watch this deleted scene. If you have seen Iron Man 3, then by all means watch it, and probably have a good laugh. You see what happens when you don’t watch movies in time: You miss out on all the good laughs.

After Adrien Brody won the Oscar for The Pianist, he pulled off quite the escape. Escaping from roles as good as that one for the rest of his career, that is. Somebody over at History Channel noticed his escapology skills, and he ended up being cast in the title role of Houdini, a new mini-series about the life of the famed escape artist, Harry Houdini. That mini-series has now officially been greenlit, and production on the four-hour long series will begin in the next month or so. Oscar nominee Uli Edel will direct the project, while Kristen Connolly (House of Cards) will play Houdini’s wife Bess.

Here’s what Brody had to say about getting to play the legendary magician.

“Since my childhood, when I dreamed of being a great magician, Harry Houdini has been one of my heroes. His bravery and obsessive determination still fascinate me. Houdini mastered the art of escape — not only from physical chains, but from poverty and the social constraints of a humble immigrant origin. His life story appeals to the universal longing for acceptance with which we all can identify. To portray him is beyond an honor.”

Brody’s an amazing actor when given the right material to work with, so here’s hoping that this role will now put Brody off making such celluloid sewerage as inAPPropiate Comedy.

Now you may recall that the monster VS robot smashathon, Pacific Rim, was facing an uphill battle to have its story continue in a follow-up movie, unless it brought in a whole lot of dosh at the foreign box office, specifically over in the ever-increasingly critical market of China. Well, it looks like those Chinese moviegoers are loving this gwai lo movie, as it has just pushed past the $100 million mark in the country after retaining the no.1 spot at the box office for the third week running. This exceeds the Chinese box office takings pulled off by The Avengers and Kung Fu Panda 2, and I mean one of those has “Kung Fu” right there in the title!

This brings Pacific Rim – which had a production budget of $190 million – to a total international haul of $384 million thus far, and with it still making money steadily in the Asian market, you can certainly expect that figure to grow quite a bit stil.

So, Mr Guillermo Del Toro… about that Pacific Rim sequel.

I wish I could tell you that the trailer that you’re about to see is actually for some fake, no-budget Youtube fan video, but alas, the world is much stranger than that. What you’re about to witness is the pre-production sales trailer (ie. trailer used to shop the film around to potential investors) to Squirrels, which is being produced by Timur Bekmambetov. You know, the guy who directed Night Watch, Wanted and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and who is probably going to direct the new Ben Hur.

And he now has a killer rodent movie on his resume.

When a young man’s estranged father is killed under suspicious circumstances, he returns home for the first time in years to get to the bottom of the mystery. Hoping to uncover some logical explanation, he instead finds his mom’s sleazy new boyfriend, a natural gas company buying up the town, an angry female sheriff who happens to be his ex-girlfriend, and an army of flesh-eating squirrels hellbent on destroying everything in their path due to an erosion of their food chain as a result of environmental destruction by the gas company.

Last Updated: August 20, 2013

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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