January 12, 2006
According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Fincher is set to direct Torso, a thriller based on Brian Michael Bendis' graphic novel of the same name. I've been waiting years for a Brian Michael Bendis property to become a movie, and it's totally fitting that a super awesome genius like David Fincher be behind the camera. Although it would have been an even better choice if they had set David Fincher to direct Powers instead. If you're not up to date on your comic books, check out Powers and tell me Fincher wouldn't make a bad ass movie out of it. It'd be so bad ass that other asses would pack up their bags and leave the state out of fear of all the badness that this ass would bring.
Fincher has stomach for 'Torso' [Hollywood Reporter]
Patrick Stewart, a bald actor, claims he has been approached to reprise the popular role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in another Star Trek film, but worries his age may be an issue if they wait too long. Says Stewart:
Weighty people in Hollywood have come up with a very interesting proposition. But they told me it was still two, three or four years down the road, by which time I would only be able to sit in the captain's chair and not have the energy to get out of it!While Star Trek fans were upset by the news that 65-year-old Stewart may not return to the series, more upsetting was the reminder that they too were sitting in a chair without the energy to get out.
Stewart still wanted back on the Enterprise [Yahoo! News UK]
Hoping to ruin another American classic, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have announced to OK! magazine that they will be teaming up to remake Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, with Damon playing the Sundance Kid and Affleck playing Butch Cassidy. Though no reason is mentioned for why they would attempt to recreate the famous picture, nominated for 7 Oscars in 1970, I offer up this possibility: Brokeback Mountain wasn't gay enough.
Yesterday, I reported that possible ILM test footage for Michael Bay's Transformers had leaked. Today, word from Michael Bay has surfaced that the clip, depicting a car transforming into a robot, was a fake. Bay added, however, that he is still very interested in the project, and is working with ILM to get the CGI robots to properly emote.
Having now looked at the footage again, I realize my error. I see now that it was just a man in a car costume standing up. But, really, it's a hell of a fake.
UPDATE: It turns out he wasn't even in costume. It was just a guy that kind of looked like a car.
UPDATE 2: A third viewing revealed it was actually a crude drawing of a dog, that looked nothing like a car.
ILM Footage is B.S. [Ain't It Cool News]
James Franco will likely make his anticipated transformation into the Goblin mask in the next Spider-Man film. This news from Matthew Mungle, special effects and prosthetics artist, whose website claims he:
Designed and created the make-up concept and appliances for James Franco in "Spiderman 3" to be applied by Luisa Abel.I like finding out news this way, from a source you'd never expect it from. It's like finding out your dad's been cheating on your mom through a bully at school, and you don't believe them until they show you some pictures and point out how it would explain why your mom keeps crying all the time. So you run home and tears and it turns out both your parents have moved and you have to live with your dying grandma until you're 18. Actually, I think I hate finding out news that way.
Mungle designs for Spider-Man 3 [Matthewmungle.com]
Charlie Wilson's War, the film based on a Texas congressman who teams with a CIA operative to arm the Afghan rebels that would eventually become the Taliban, may add another big-name to its cast:
Mike Nichols and Julia Roberts are making battle plans.
The Closer director is negotiating to direct Charlie Wilson's War for Universal, with the former film's leading lady considering leaving the kids with the nanny to star.
The film already boasts a script by West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin with Tom Hanks in the lead role. With star power like this, I smell Oscar! Or it may be the smell of parental neglect. Or "Julia Funk," a smell rumored to circle Julia Roberts at all times. One of those three.
Julia Roberts Going to War? [Empire]