February 20, 2006
Speaking at a university this past Martin Luther King Jr. Day, director Spike Lee revealed his next project. Following the Hurricane Katrina documentary he is currently working on, he hopes to begin a biopic on boxer Joe Louis starring Oscar nominee Terrence Howard.
Spike Lee has been kind of hit-and-miss for me, but I'm really hoping he nails this one, because it could be something great. A success could mean such choice quotes as, "Howard delivers a knock-out performance," "Lee keeps viewers on the ropes," and People Magazine's recommendation, "You'll 'Louis' yourself in this riveting drama!"
Oscar-winning documentarian Errol Morris's next project will be based on a true story he's had on his mind for close to thirty years. The director, whose Fog of War won an Academy Award for best documentary feature last year, will be shooting a horror film based on a Florida city where several residents began losing limbs after taking out insurance policies on themselves, earning it the nickname "Nub City." He had originally hoped to make a documentary on the city, but found no cooperation in the residents.
An Errol Morris horror movie should be a pretty fantastic creation, particularly with a subject matter as strange as this. I'd rather see the documentary, honestly, but I can't really blame the residents for not wanting to be documented on film. Once you start getting billed as "Nub City," you've got a lot to live up to. There will be a lot of tourists asking to see your nubs. If rival cities that have a lot of nubs see the film, they might start increasing their nubs to compete for the "Nub City" title, creating a "nub war." Then you're left with two cities full of gross, nubby people, and nobody wants that. Except nub fetishists.
I'm sorry if nub isn't the politically correct term, but I'm not the one who invented the name "Nub City." I've always said, "Gross Little Stumpy Freak City."
It's official: Eva Green is the new Bond girl. The actress will play Vesper Lynd, co-starring with Daniel Craig and Mads Mikkelsen in the upcoming Casino Royale. Green, who had parts in The Dreamers and Kingdom of Heaven, beat out several other actresses for the role, none worth mentioning.
Maybe now Steve will stop saying my mom is the new Bond girl. Shutup, Steve. Your mom is the new Bond girl.
Earlier in the week, Avi Arad mentioned that a Captain America script was in production, but failed to say who the writer was. Now, a reliable informant has told IGN FilmForce who the screenwriter is: David Self.
Self has worked on two other Marvel projects, The Sub-Mariner (a script that Arad has long raved about) and Deathlok. He also adapted the graphic novel Road to Perdition for the big screen, and wrote the Cuban Missile Crisis drama Thirteen Days.
I'm glad they're getting moving on this so that we can finally get a decent Captain America into theaters. Because the faster we do that, the faster other countries can begin attacking us for our national arrogance.
In an interview on Suicide Girls, Michel Gondry revealed that his next project, an adaptation of Rudy Rucker's novel Master of Space and Time, will be written by comic book author Daniel Clowes, creator of Ghost World. Jack Black is already set to overact in the film.
I think this team-up promises to have some interesting results, since both have become sort of indie masters of their crafts. I was so excited by the news that I continued looking at the naked girls with tattoos and piercings, just as I was prior to hearing the news. Probably tomorrow, too.
Contrary to an earlier report from a dining Michael Keaton that a Beetlejuice sequel may be in the works, Tim Burton has now said in an interview that he doesn't have plans on creating any sequels to his works, and hopes to resist any urge to do so. I, for one, am grateful. In a way, it's like knocking over old ladies. You knock one over and it's great, I mean just absolutely unbelievable, so you think maybe you should also push her old friend over. Then you realize that trying to recreate that magic never works, and it would only cheapen how fantastic the first was. But usually by that point you've already knocked her over, too.