Trailer: Aardman’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Your weekend collection of news, nuggets and notables. Factually, most of these were collected Friday, but as you can see there wasn’t much to get excited about.

[Update: Sunday, 8:10 pm PT]

Rhys Ifans joins Bond 23
No word on who he’s playing (Playlist via Telegraph)

[Update: Saturday, 3:30 pm PT]

Harry Potter has biggest opening day box office ever
$92.1 million dollars including $43.5 million (also a record) just from midnight shows. Twilight was the previous record holder with $72.7 million. At this point, there’s no reason not to believe Potter will end up crushing The Dark Knight’s record weekend of $158.4 million. (EW)

Tom Cruise confirmed for One Shot
It’s an adaptation taken from Lee Child’s novel series about an MP turned drifter. Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, The Tourist) will direct his own script. Cruise plans to follow it up with Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion. (Deadline)

Noam Murro gets directing gig for 300 spin-off
Noam who? (THR)

Sean Bean added to one of the Snow White pics
Hey, at least it’s not another picture of a dwarf from The Hobbit (EW)

(above) Trailer: Aardman’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits
With the voice talents of Hugh Grant, Jeremy Piven and David Tennant (Doctor Who).

Peter Berg trying to keep the Friday Night Lights dream alive
He wants to make another movie. (Deadline)

Daniel Bruhl in talks to join Ron Howard’s Grand Prix racer Rush
(Playlist via Screen Daily)

Robert Smigel, Annie Mumalo join Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up spin-off
He’s the Saturday Night Live writer best known for the TV Funhouse cartoons and for Triumph the Insult Comic Dog on Conan O’Brien. She’s the co-writer of Bridesmaids and also appeared as the passenger next to Kristen Wiig on the airplane. (THR)

Fox buys upcoming graphic novel Rust
Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) will write the adaptation of Royden Lepp’s story set in an America ravaged by world war where a boy with a jet pack crash lands into a barn followed by a decommissioned war robot. (Deadline)

3 Responses to “Weekend News du Jour: 7/16-7/17”

  1. “One Shot” could be a good project for Cruise. I remember thinking “Way of the Gun” was pretty good. was that McQuarrie’s directorial debut?

  2. I like Lee Child, so I will be looking forward to that project as well, although it is possible that it wouldn’t be anything too great.

    The Pirates seems like a fun thing to watch. Plus, I am a fan of Hugh Grant.

    The graphic novel doesn’t really sound all that interesting or innovative. But as long as there are people willing to pay their money to see those films they will keep making them at full speed.

  3. I haven’t read the Lee Child books, but the logline sounds good and I’m rooting for Cruise to get back on track.

    Rust sounds ok to me. I saw some of the art from it and it looked interesting.

    Pirates looks goofy, in a good way.

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