Trailer: Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion (Possibly kind of spoilery)

News, nuggets and notables updated throughout the day.

[Update: 5:20 pm PT]

(above) Trailer: Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion
This kind of crap freaks me out. I can’t wait. Here’s the blurbage: “Contagion follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart.” Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lawrence Fishburne, Jude Law and Kate Winslet star.  Contagion opens September 9. (Apple)

Diablo Cody doing a polish on Evil Dead movie now being called a remake
And bitter failed screenwriting nerds everywhere commit mass suicide. Bruce Campbell tweeted the news yesterday, but I didn’t realize it was going to be a remake. Color me entirely uninterested. I love Evil Dead. I love Bruce Campbell, but considering Evil Dead 2 was already pretty much of a remake, this is just going to the well a third time. No thinks. (THR)

Joaquin Phoenix attached to untitled Spike Jonze/Charlie Kaufman flick
Wow. Sign me up. (Twitch)

[Update: 2:25 pm PT]

Fanboy fav David S. Goyer to breathe some nuclear fire into Godzilla pic
He’s the fellow who wrote all of Nolan’s Batman movies and now he’s got rewriting duties on Legendary’s attempt to revive everyone’s favorite radiation-enhanced Tokyo-destroying giant lizard. Gareth Edwards (Monsters) directs. (Deadline)

Alexander Skarsgard to star in Viking epic
Mark Boal’s playwright/brother Chris Boal will write the script for about two Viking brothers banished to North America. Alexander Skarsgard is the son of Stellen Skarsgard. He was in HBO’s Generation Kill and more recently True Blood. He’s also in several upcoming films including Straw Dogs, Battleship and Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia. (Variety)

Warner Bros. acquires pitch for Caesar flick
Another one from Chris Boal. Described as a “Patton-like” approach to the story of Julius Caesar (whatever that means exactly), the film will be directed by Jonathan Liebesman whose name will be familiar to anyone who actually paid money to see Battle: Los Angeles. (Deadline)

[Update: 10:00 am PT]

Trailer: Sean Penn in Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must Be the Place
Reviews out of Cannes for the film with Sean Penn as an aging goth rocker were mixed at best (Twitch)

Trailer: The Interrupters from Hoop Dreams director Steve James.
Hoop Dreams not even being nominated for an Oscar is one of the great examples of why The Academy is almost entirely full of shit. They tried to make up for it by giving it an editing nomination (which it lost), but it still left a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths. Anyway, 17 years later, Steve James returns with this documentary about CeaseFire, a group of Chicago neighborhood activists working to stamp out violent crime. (The Playlist)

The Luxe, yet another young adult novel, gets the big screen treatment
It’s described as “The Age of Innocence meets Gossip Girl” so it makes sense the producers behind the CW show are behind adapting Anna Godberson’s novels about 4 teens in 19th century New York. (THR)

Paul Rudd attached to Errol Morris’ untitled cryonics fictioner
Written by Zack Helm (Stranger than Fiction), the screenplay about the first person to be cryonically preserved is based on Robert F. Nelson’s memoir We Froze the First Man and a This American Life piece called “You’re Cold as Ice.” (THR)

Newsflash: Vin Diesel will star in a thriller!
A stunning turn of events, I know. No title, no logline and no other details about the project are known beyond the fact it’s from Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell, the screenwriting team behind Unknown. I’m sorry, but the screenplay was not the strong point of the entirely adequate yet unremarkable Liam Neeson flick. (Variety)

John Cusack fills Tobey Maguire hole in Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy
You may recall Maguire bolted last month causing a filming delay which in turn led Sofia Vergara to bail because of a conflict with the filming of her hit show Modern Family. Zac Efron is still on board while Nicole Kidman and Matthew McConaughey are still in negotiations. (Variety)

Banderas, Coogan, Gould and more added to Dayton/Faris’ He Loves Me
Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan are already on board the comedy/drama from Little Miss Sunshine team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Antonio Banderas, Steve Coogan and Elliott Gould are also joined by Chris Messina (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) while Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show) is rumored to be in negotiations. No mention in this piece of Annette Bening who supposedly joined the cast back in June or Jeff Bridges who was “wanted” back in May. (LA Times)

Ed Norton in negotiations for The Bourne Legacy
People are calling it a reboot, but that would imply it’s the same characters with new actors. This is a fresh story written and directed by Tony Gilroy with new characters set within the thriller universe of Jason Bourne. Presumably that means it’ll involve the CIA and possibly Operation Treadstone. Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz star. (THR)

Trailer. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is afoot. Again
(Apple)

George C. Scott reacts to the trailer for Adam Sandler’s Jack and Jill
As with so many things on the internet, the idea for this is much funnier than the actual execution. Your results as always may vary. (Deadline)

11 Responses to “News du Jour: 7/13/11”

  1. I certainly hope this doesn’t become a meme. There isn’t enough room for originality, unlike the Hitler reacts meme. But it was entertaining (once).

  2. I love the sentiment, but, yeah, there’s not a lot of room for originality or creativity.

  3. Well, Sherlock Holmes may totally suck but I enjoyed the first movie, I like RDJ on screen (and I even liked Jude Law in the 1st SH movie) AND Noomi Rapace is in the movie. So I’ll be going to see that no doubt. My guilty pleasure movie.

  4. My only beef with Holmes is that I’m tired of them taking famous characters and jazzing them up so as to be nearly unrecognizable from the spirit of the original source.

    I understand the first one was fun if you like RDJ. I fell asleep half way through, which was more my tiredness than the movie really, so I’ll probably never know if it was my cup of tea or not. I do like the cast and production design.

  5. Downfall is a great film, don’t get me wrong, but that Hitler Meme has gotten so tired my Mom thinks its played out. They really need to put that clip in a time-locked vault for like…ever.

  6. Really looking forward to The Interrupters.

  7. Contagion looks great.

    Joaquin Phoenix attached to untitled Spike Jonze/Charlie Kaufman flick – don’t care what it is about, I am in! The amount of talent on this project is just too much to miss.

    As for Holmes, I did find the first film enjoyable. Not the best possible but fun enough for me to see the second. I don’t like the fact that they lost the spirit of the original work completely but if you look at it as a project on its own, then you could probably find it interesting or appealing on some level.

  8. The only great thing about the first Sherlock Holmes movie was the production design. It deserved that Oscar. RDJ was fine but the over-the-top Victorian Doomsday Machine plot led my an Evil Madman with Thoughts of World Destruction was just ridiculous and completely wrong for the source material. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle got much more suspense out of a case about a wily purse napper than that dreck. Just my two cents, though. I could be wrong.

    Squee though over the Jouaquin/Spike/Charlie flick. My kinda ticket.

  9. Piro/Jennybee I’m with you on Phoenix/Kaufman/Jonze. I can’t wait.

  10. Contagion I can get behind. Looks like the “Hey, we’re screwed” intelligent disaster film I’ve been secretly yearning for. No, really, not kidding.

  11. Yeah, sign me up for Contagion too. I’m a sucker for that kind of story anyway, but it’s not often done well. I have faith in Soderbergh and his cast.

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