Clip: Guillermo del Toro presents Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (more below)

Updated throughout the day:

Official US Trailer: Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Whether you missed the French bootleg earlier or not, here’s an official version of the same thing now in the Queen’s English. (Yahoo)

Ridley Scott teases CineEurope with some not entirely illuminating Prometheus hints
Inspired by mystery of who the “space jockey” is, blah blah blah… occupies general Alien universe, wubba wubba wubba… title is the name of an Earth ship with an intentional nod to the Greek myth, yadda yadda yadda… Damon Lindelof’s script inspired by Chariots of the Gods writer Eric van Daniken, hummina hummina hummina… (THR) Lindelof has also been talking about the Alien prequel/reboot (/Film)

T Bone Burnett and Danny Elfman to score Hunger Games
Considering every tiny casting notice got its own press release, I guess it’s time to start hyping the crew. I can’t wait to find out who the key grip is! (THR)

Warner Bros. the latest to take a crack at adapting Carter Beats the Devil
Glen David Gold’s 2002 bestseller tells the story of Carter, a magician goes underground after performing the sawing in half illusion on President Warren G. Harding shortly before the President dies for real. In a turn of events that will surprise no one, Warner Bros. is eying Johnny Depp for the lead. (LA Times)

Bryan Cranston in negotiations to join Ben Affleck’s Argo
Yes, I love Breaking Bad and plan to pass along every Bryan Cranston casting rumore that comes down the pike. (THR)

Scarlett Johansson reportedly signs on to John (Once) Carney’s Can a Song Save Your Life?

Jean-Pierre Jeunet lines up a couple of adaptations
The first is Reif Larsen’s The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet which follows the adventures of a young girl traveling from Montana to the Smithsonian museum. The second is Thomas H. Cook’s Red Leaves about a father accused of kidnapping a boy. Variety’s sources say the English language Spivet is likely to be next up for the director of Delicatessen and Amelie. (Variety)

Warner Bros. picks up rights to FBI wedding comedy with an eye toward Steve Carell
No title and no logline, but it’s described as being similar to Stakeout and My Best Friend’s Wedding. I’m assuming they mean the former meets the latter since they have nothing in common. (Variety)

Disney Channel star Jake T. Austin in final talks to play Huck Finn
He’s the star of Wizards of Waverly Place. Whatever that is. Super 8 star Joel Courtney signed on to play Tom Sawyer in Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn last week. (Variety)

(above) Clips: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Here’s the official synopsis: “In theaters August 26, 2011. Guillermo del Toro presents Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, a horror film starring Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison, directed by Troy Nixey. Based on the 1973 telefilm that del Toro believes is the scariest TV production ever made, the story follows Sally (Madison), a young girl who moves to Rhode Island to live with her father (Pearce) and his new girlfriend (Holmes) in the 19th-century mansion they are restoring. While exploring the house, Sally starts to hear voices coming from creatures in the basement whose hidden agenda is to claim her as one of their own. Akin to del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark focuses on a young girl’s struggle against menacing and terrifying forces. Check out two more YouTube clips here and here. (via Press Release)

4 Responses to “Don’t Be Afraid of the News du Jour: 6/28/11”

  1. I hope MI:4 does well, just because I like Bird and I like Cruise and it’s always good to have a hit with a film like this. De Palma’s M:I film is the only good one though, so we’ll see how this one does.

  2. De Palma’s film was good, but it still treated its source material with absolute disrespect at the behest of crafting a big tentpole action franchise for Cruise in ways that are actually rather the opposite of what it’s all based on. Ironically, Abrams’ film got us closer to the roots of the original series, but it’s a little too late for the M:I films to be anything other than well-crafted, but clueless bits of espionage fluff from now on, stuff that exists to make the Bond movies look highbrow by comparison. I wonder what the hell Brad Bird is really supposed to be doing here, but I’ve lost faith in him and the house of Pixar he represents, so I don’t care much.

    Granted, I’ll probably see it. But I said the same thing about Abrams’ film, and I didn’t wind up seeing that, and this was back when “Lost” was still on the air. So whatever. It’ll be fun on cable, eventually.

  3. It didn’t bother me that De Palma’s film had nothing to do with the tv series. I liked it as a De Palma film on a massive budget for a mainstream audience, and as that I think he succeeded. Cruise is great in that first movie.I think it’s an extremely underrated film, and has some amazing set pieces that showcase De Palma’s greatest strengths as a director. I enjoy a couple of the recent Bond films, the Martin Campbell entries like “Goldeneye” and especially “Casino Royale”, but I’d still take De Palma’s M:I film over those. I’d also say the M:I sequels have been just as awful as the recent Bond movies not directed by Martin Campbell. So there’s that. But I hope MI:4 is good. It looks closer to MI:3 than it does the first movie (and MI:3 is damn near unwatchable to me), but I’m interested to see if Brad Bird brings something to the table. He’s a talented guy, and I’d defend all his movies so far. “Ratatouille” is good stuff. I’m not an enormous Pixar fan either, but I do like some of their movies, that being the best for me.

  4. I’m rooting for MI:4. I like Brad Bird too and we need a semi-sophisticated action thriller. Bond is what it is. Bourne kind of leaves me cold. Bring me fun, not too juvenile and good action set pieces and I’ll be happy.

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