More Loose Ends: 10/29/08

We last heard from Vince Vaughn in connection to the upcoming Couples Retreat and now it appears he’s in line for Sunny and 68, a “drama with comic overtones” to be directed and co-written by Gavin O’Connor (Pride and Glory). Vaughn plays a poker pro who bottoms out and returns home to find that his mother is dying from cancer and that she’s been caring for the 5-year-old daughter he didn’t know he had. Vaughn will next be seen alongside Reese Witherspoon in the upcoming Four Christmases. Source: Variety

Joaquin Phoenix is quitting acting again. This time to pursue a music career. Yeah, right. Source: Guardian

Mike Nichols is going to direct a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s High and Low from a 1999 script by David Mamet to be produced by Scott Rudin and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. Is it really a remake of the Kurosawa film or is it simply a new adaptation of the Ed McBain novel King’s Ransom? Either way, it tells the story of a wealthy businessman whose driver’s son is mistaken for his own by kidnappers. If he pays the ransom, he will be ruined. Source: Variety

Rhys Ifans, Chloe Sevigny and David Thewlis are described as being in final negotiations to star in Mr. Nice based on the autobiography of Howard Marks, U.K. spy and international drug dealer. How much do you want to bet the eventual movie will have a cover of the song Here Come the Nice by The Small Faces? Source: THR

A bunch of Marvel news everyone already knew has been made official. Yeah, whatever. Source: Variety

6 Responses to “More Loose Ends: 10/29/08”

  1. I think there’s a chain letter circulating amongst Hollywood studio execs stating that if they greenlight a Kurosawa remake, they will see their profits rise next year and if they don’t, they will suffer economic ruin.

    Seriously, about every 9-12 months it seems we hear of one of these, but most seem to flounder and die.

    The Rashomon 2010 remake.

    The Seven Samurai remake with George Clooney and Zhang Zhiyi.

    The Ikiru remake with Tom Hanks.

    And then there’s a slew of Japanese remakes in the last few years. I don’t mind them remaking High and Low. These are some talented, respectable folks and this story isn’t one that’s so Kurosawa-specific I can’t see it being reworked.

    But a more appropriate remake for today’s world would be The Bad Sleep Well.

  2. Considering how many Kurosawa remakes have been fluttering around, it’s surprising there haven’t been more actually made.

    I’m not too bugged by this one because it’s a good story. Having never read the book, I can’t imagine anyone in it besides Toshiro Mifune, but I’m sure they’ll think of something. You’ve got to like the names Scorsese and Mamet.

    Great idea about Bad Sleep Well.

  3. I will be equal parts disappointed/amused if there’s a scene about halfway through were the lead character gets on TV and says “GIVE ME BACK MY SON!”

    Otherwise, have at it.

  4. It’s always struck me as a little odd that Phoenix never watches the films he’s in. No wonder he’s tired of acting–if all you ever do is the work on set, it’s basically like being in a continually interrupted play where you do the same scene over and over again without a real audience and then go home.

    In other loose ends, there’s a trailer of The Class up now, the first I’ve seen, at least:

  5. As a tangent to my previous post, Harrison Ford should star in the High and Low remake. He’s tailor-made for the character.

  6. You know, I just did a whatever happened to Reese Witherspoon post this week, and then boom! There she is in a trailer yesterday. Judging by the trailer it might be better to be missing.

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