Trailer: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

News, nuggets and notables, updated throughout the day:

Prometheus plot details possibly leaked
It could be real, it could be a hoax, but io9 got a hold of what they were told is a detailed plot synopsis of Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien flick and they were not impressed. I didn’t read it. I’m happy to accept the mystery, but don’t let that stop you. (io9)

Every Michael Bay Movie In Under a Minute
It’s a little like shooting fish in a barrel, but who doesn’t like fish? (Jim Emerson)

Poster: Rachel Weisz is The Whistleblower
(IMP Awards)

Actor/director Keith Gordon doing supernatural thriller for Christopher Nolan
I love these “stories” where nothing is really known, but it’s got someone’s name in it like Nolan and it has to be posted and repeated over and over and over (Deadline)

Chris Hemsworth to return as Thor Summer 2013
But Kenneth Branagh won’t be back and neither will I. (Deadline)

Francis Ford Coppola bringing his 2D/3D horror flick Twixt to Comic-Con
Not the whole independently produced movie. Just scenes and music. Written by Coppola who describes it as “one part Gothic romance, one part personal film, and one part the kind of horror film that began my career,” it’s a story inspired by the works of Edgar Allen Poe. Here’s the synopsis from the press release: “A writer with a declining career arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl. That night in a dream, he is approached by a mysterious young ghost named V. He’s unsure of her connection to the murder in the town, but is grateful for the story being handed to him. Ultimately he is led to the truth of the story, surprised to find that the ending has more to do with his own life than he could ever have anticipated.” Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Ben Chaplin and Elle Fanning star. (Press Release)

Drew Barrymore to direct and star in adaptation of Heist Society
Ally Carter’s young adult novel tells the story of a young woman who wants out of the family business which happens to be robbery. When her father is suspected of boosting a mobster’s art collection, however, she has to put together a plan to find the art and steal it back. (THR)

The Social Network and Inception grab Golden Trailer Awards

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s Turkey Bowl gets a better title and maybe Adam McKay for a director
It’s now called Three Mississippi. McKay is in negotiations (Vulture)

Ben Stiller’s Neighborhood Watch gets a new draft and maybe a Vince Vaughn

Ed Harris and Matthew Fox drop out of World War Z
The two were reportedly in negotiations a couple of weeks ago, but they’re apparently no longer going to be fighting the coming zompocalypse. I guess Fox will have to find another venue for that intensely concerned/confused look he mastered on TV’s Lost. (Vulture)

Prepare yourself for a futuristic Count of Monte Cristo
At last, the story of the beloved breakfast sandwich… wait, no. It’s the Alexandre Dumas novel. I guess they’ve already boned The Three Musketeers so why not give Monte a reach-around while they’re at it? (Variety)

Original girl with the dragon tattoo to play Swedish singer
Noomi Rapace will play ’60s pop icon Anita Lindblom. Her husband Ola will play Lindblom’s lover, Swedish boxer Bosse Hogberg (wait, is this a Swedish version of Dukes of Hazzard?) Catherine Hardwicke directs. (THR)

(above) Trailer: John Le Carre’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
I’ve been quietly waiting for this one since July 9th, 2009 when it was first announced Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) would be directing an adaption, but I’ve wondered how exactly they were going to deal with what is a very slow, quiet and internal set of character studies. The BBC did it by making a very faithful, very slow and very internal miniseries starring the great Alec Guinness. We already know Alfredson has assembled a fantastic cast which includes Gary Oldman as George Smiley, the MI6 agent pulled out of retirement to root out a spy within the upper levels of the service, not to mention Colin Firth, Tom Hardy and Mark Strong. To go by the trailer, they haven’t tarted it up with a lot of action and car chases. It looks pretty faithful. The question is, how will that play to current audiences raised on James Bond or Jason Bourne? I don’t know, but sign me up.

One Response to “Tinker, Tailor, News du Jour, Spy”

  1. I read the “Prometheus” synopsis. So, they’re upset that Ridley Scott’s “Alien” prequel might actually turn out to be an “Alien” prequel? Sounds about right.

    Keith Gordon– he directed a film based on “The Chocolate War”, didn’t he? I’m surprised to hear of Nolan backing a supernatural flick, at any rate.

    Branagh gone from “Thor”– hopefully he bought himself some studio confidence with his Marvel gig, and now he can afford bigger, better things. I had fun with this movie, but I could care less about another. Besides, I’ll probably lose my taste for these movies after Joss Whedon has his way with “The Avengers”.

    The bright side about a “Tinker, Tailor” movie is that the Guiness versionbis already out there if you want a faithful, conventional version. It’s perfectly good, so this new one can be creative with its approach, and the cast and director make for a promising team. My main point of interest (besides the presence of the all too seldom seen John Hurt) is how they’re talking of Moscow– does that mean they’re keeping the Cold War period? Or could this be Putin era spy games?

    As for Coppola making a 3D movie– of all the Movie Brats, he’s the director I’m least interested in seeing work with three dimensions. Lucas, Spielberg, Scorsese, even De Palma, but for some reason not him. Though I wouldn’t mind seeing “Captain Eo” if I had the chance.

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