Weekly Ketchup: Martin Scorsese Will Do A Serial Killer Film

Plus, new roles for Anthony Hopkins, The Rock, and Chris Evans.

This week's Ketchup doesn't even really cover a full week, as it is being published on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Thursday, and so only half a week has transpired since the last Ketchup. And Hollywood has basically taken the whole week off for the holiday as well, so instead of the usual 10 stories, this Ketchup can only give you seven... because that is literally everything that happened this week in movie news. Included in the mix are two different adaptations of Scandinavian novels, new movies for director Martin Scorsese and Kenneth Branagh, and new roles for Dame Judi Dench, Chris Evans, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.


This Week's Top Story

MARTIN SCORSESE TO GO DARK AGAIN POST-HUGO WITH THE SNOWMAN

This week saw the release of director Martin Scorsese's first ever "kids' movie" Hugo. Possibly to address movie fans concerned that Hugo might be a sign that Scorsese has gone soft, it was announced this week that he was signed to direct an adaptation of the Norwegian serial killer novel The Snowman. This international bestseller was the seventh in the Harry Hole detective series by Norwegian author Jo NesbÝ. The Snowman follows the investigation by Harry Hole, "an anti-authortarian, anti-sobriety cop," of a series of killings targetting married women with children, and in each case, a snowman is found at the scene of the crime. Jo NesbÝ had to agree to the production's director selection, but also agreed to allow the English translation film not necessarily to be filmed in Oslo (where the novel is set). Screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom, Lions for Lambs), who also cowrote the upcoming zombie disaster movie World War Z, is now working on adapting the screenplay from the novel. Despite being the center of news this week, The Snowman is not likely, however, to be Martin Scorsese's first post-Hugo movie. Other previously announced projects for Scorsese include the missionaries-in-Japan drama Silence, the mobster biopic The Irishman (starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro), a Frank Sinatra biopic, and a possible remake of Scorsese's Taxi Driver done in the style of Lars von Trier's The Five Obstructions.

Fresh Developments This Week

#1 ANTHONY HOPKINS AND JUDI DENCH TO DON ITALIAN SHOES FOR KENNETH BRANAGH

Sir Anthony Hopkins and Dame Judi Dench are in negotations to star in the next film from director Kenneth Branagh (Thor, Hamlet, Henry V) (no "Sir" title for him... yet). Italian Shoes is an English language adaptation of a novel by Swedish author Henning Mankell. The story concerns an elderly man (Hopkins) who has spent years in isolation in the wilderness (where he lowers himself into the icy waters nearby each morning to remind himself that he's still alive) whose life changes when an unexpected visitor (Dench) arrives. The Italian Shoes script was adapted by Richard Cottan, who also wrote several episodes of the Wallander TV series in which Kenneth Branagh also starred. Filming of Italian Shoes is expected to start in late 2012 or early 2013.


#2 THE LATEST HAROLD & KUMAR DIRECTOR SIGNS ON FOR SLASHER COMEDY FINAL GIRLS

Director Todd Strauss-Schulson recently made his studio debut with New Line Cinema's A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas after a career previously best known for independent comedy shorts and videos. That movie ended up earning a Fresh RT score of 72% and $28 million at the box office thus far. Despite that low box office, but perhaps because of the good critical reception, New Line Cinema has signed Schauss-Schulson for another comedy project. In what is being called a cross between Back to the Future and Friday the 13th, Final Girls is a horror/comedy hybrid about a teenage girl who gets sucked with her friends into the 1980s slasher movie that her mother starred in. Final Girls was written by newcomers Mark Fortin and Josh Miller, who have worked on other projects, but have not yet had anything produced.


#3 DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON, MONSTER HUNTER

A common point of complaint among action movie fans concerns the way that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has spent much of his post-WWE movie career starring in family-friendly fare like Tooth Fairy and Race to Witch Mountain. The argument is often made that Johnson is an obvious natural for more adult-friendly action movies (and as with all things, there's a ticking clock about how much longer the 39-year-old will be able to stay in top shape). Recently, Dwayne Johnson has started to transition back into non-kids-movies with Fast Five, but his next two movies are Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which are both arguably hybrid movies in terms of this argument. This week, Dwayne Johnson signed on to star in an adaptation of the independent comic book miniseries Monster Hunter's Survival Guide for Simon Kinberg, producer of X-Men: First Class and the upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Neil Blomkamp's Elysium. As the title suggests, Monster Hunter's Survival Guide is "a comprehensive guide to hunt monsters [sic], the undead and unnatural beasts, and survive the confrontations." There is not a director or even a screenwriter announced for the adaptation yet, so Monster Hunter's Survival Guide can most likely be seen as a possible project for farther along in The Rock's career.


#4 THE HUMAN TORCH JOINS THE ICEMAN (BUT IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MARVEL COMICS)

The Iceman is the name of a long-in-development adaptation of the Phillip Carlo serial killer biography Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer, about Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski. Kuklinski (who was 6' 5" and 300 pounds) claimed to be responsible for as many as 200 murders over the course of a 30 year career, and died in prison in 2006 at the age of 70. The independent production has had a rocky road through casting. Mickey Rourke was originally supposed to star as Kuklinski, but he has since been replaced by Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, Boardwalk Empire). Benicio Del Toro had been signed to play Kuklinski's mob boss Roy Demeo, but Del Toro has since been replaced by Ray Liotta. Finally, James Franco had been attached to play Kuklinski's hitman mentor, but Franco recently bailed on the project. And that brief history of the project brings us up to this week's news, which is that Chris Evans (AKA Captain America and Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four movies) has signed on to replace James Franco as Robert "Mr. Softee" Pronge. Independent director Ariel Vromen (2005's RX, 2006's Danika) is preparing to start filming The Iceman in December in Detroit, working from a script he cowrote with his RX screenwriter Morgan Land. Shannon, Liotta and Evans will be joined by a supporting cast which includes Maggie Gyllenhaal, Elias Koteas and David Schwimmer.


#5 WHAT SCARLETT JOHANSSON REALLY WANTS IS TO DIRECT... SUMMER CROSSING

Scarlett Johansson has announced plans to follow the career arc of so many other actors and actresses before her: she's going to become a director. Johansson's choice for her first movie as director will be an adaptation of Summer Crossing, Truman Capote's first novella, which was long thought to be lost until eventually being published in 2005. Finally, it should be noted that this story actually broke late last week, but this is already a short Ketchup this week, so it's being included here to help fill out the piece a bit. Actress-turned-screenwriter Tristine Skyler (1999's Getting to Know You), who also has an adaptation of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar in development, adapted Capote's novella. Set during the hot New York summer of 1945, Summer Crossing is the story of an 18-year-old debutante who decides not to join her parents on vacation in France, so that she can instead have a summer exploring her sexuality. There's no word yet as to whether Johansson (currently 27) plans on also starring in Summer Crossing. Since there's no way of really knowing whether or not Johansson has directing talent or not, this should be considered a borderline Fresh Development for now.

Rotten Ideas of the Week

#1 CHOPPING MALL GETTING A REMAKE THAT LEAVES OUT THE WHOLE PREMISE OF THE MOVIE

First off, it should be noted that this pre-Thanksgiving shortened week was so light in news that not only was there only 7 stories (instead of 10, which are usually chosen from 15 to 40 total stories), but the Rotten Idea is for a movie that may not even be intended to get a theatrical release. However, there is something so inherently ridiculous about the premise of this remake that it has to be mentioned here. Kevin Bocarde, the producer of titles like Shark Swarm, Lightning Bug and The Curse of King Tut's Tomb, is reuniting with FX-makeup-artist-turned-director Robert Hall, the director of Laid to Rest and Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 for a remake of the 1986 Roger Corman horror film Chopping Mall. Originally released as Killbots, Chopping Mall is about a group of teenagers who find themselves trapped in a shopping mall guarded by robotic security guards who start killing all of the teens. That premise is classic B movie cheese, but it's not really what makes this a Rotten Idea (because really, who cares if Chopping Mall gets a remake?). No, the Rotten part is in how Robert Hall plans on remaking it. The new Chopping Mall will "downplay the science fiction elements and instead focus on a supernatural terror." That's right... a remake of a movie about killer robots is going to leave out the killer robots. Oy vey. Anyway... have a great Thanksgiving!

For more Weekly Ketchup columns by Greg Dean Schmitz, check out the WK archive, and you can contact GDS via Facebook or a RT forum message.

Comments

DrJimbo32

Aaron Thomas

Martin Scorsese 2 days before the release of his family friendly movie: "I'm gonna make a film based off of a Norwegian Serial Killer novel"

Nov 23 - 07:47 PM

MANBAT

Meh McMehson

Like a bawss.

Nov 24 - 06:37 AM

Supachewy

Jeffrey Cooperhouse

lolzacaust

Dec 7 - 10:56 AM

Zach Thomas

Zach Idiculla

SCORSESE MADE A KIDS MOVIE!! WOOOOO!!!...okay back to serial killers :P

Nov 23 - 07:50 PM

Wisenheimer

Joshua Dinsmore

Hehe, at least there's only one rotten development, right? The fresh stuff seems a bit iffy towards the bottom but the stuff at the top is a-ok in my book.

Nov 23 - 08:15 PM

Movie Monster

Bentley Lyles

It feels odd to have a new installment of Weekly Ketchup in the middle of the week, isn't it? Other than the Scorsese news, nothing else intrests me here.

Nov 23 - 08:21 PM

greg_dean_schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

Long story short... RT folks like 4 day holidays too. :)

Nov 24 - 01:12 AM

Mason S.

Mason Schuler

:)

Nov 25 - 08:06 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The best news is that Scorsese is NOT doing "Snowman" immediately, because virtually every other project on his plate sounds better than yet another dreary serial killer movie (from some shmo named Jo Nesbo, yo). Everything else, meh. Michael Shannon deserves his new found demand, but I had to to think hard to remember the forgettable "RX". "Final Girls" sounds just as rotten a concept as the "Chopping Mall" remake. "Sucked with her friends into the 1980s slasher movie that her mother starred in". Sucked sounds about right. I caught the trailer for "Mysterious Island" (I refuse to use the dumbass sequel name) and it looks so stupid. So very, very stupid. A mention for Terry Gilliam's recently relaunched effort to finance "Don Quioxte" seems as fresh as many of these. But a confirmation that Scorsese's "The Silence" is locked and loaded is exactly what I want to be Thankful for this season.

Nov 23 - 09:15 PM

IrreducibleKoan

Sean Pak

Don't be so quick to judge The Snowman. Supposedly the series is pretty good, and if we haven't read it yet, we just don't know if it isn't worthy of Scorsese's efforts. But yes, I'm glad he's making it AFTER his other projects.

Nov 24 - 06:13 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Honestly, I was sick of serial killer movies a decade ago, or more. It's one of the most contrived, cliched sub-genres of the thriller. Of course, every once and a while a good one comes along to obscure the couple hundred lame ones. But my point is that it IS the weakest of the projects he's looking to do. That doesn't mean it isn't one of those few that set the mold.

Nov 24 - 06:26 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

Snowman is actually a pretty good novel. Not as good as the Millennium ones, but it's very decent for the genre. Scorsese could very well make a classic out of that, but then again, the rest of his projects have possible classic written all over them.

Nov 24 - 09:49 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I think Final Girls is supposed to sound idiotic, and is probably going to be parodying the ridiculous slasher flicks of the '80s (like Chopping Mall).

Nov 24 - 12:43 PM

ap sirius

karl anderson

scorcese should direct The Chopping Mall.....he would keep the robots....ARE YOU TALKING TO ME !!!!!!

Nov 24 - 01:36 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Scorsese should remake "Chopping Mall" using the rules of the "Five Obstructions"!

Nov 24 - 06:31 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Maybe I'm being harsh, but there's got to be a little more meat on the premise (even for a comedy). It could go either way - Troma fun or "Scary Movie XI".

Nov 24 - 06:29 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Yes, I agree since there are alot of critically acclaimed serial killer films already to choose from, such as "Zodiac", "Se7en", "Target", and the hundreds of slasher films, so if Scorsese is really doing this, it better be something new and unique, at least something we haven't seen what we can check out from other films . The one I'm looking forward to seeing is "The Irishman" starring Bob DeNiro, Joe Pesci and Harvy Keital- i wonder how that project is doing!

Nov 24 - 01:36 PM

ap sirius

karl anderson

I dont think it will matter what he does...his fanboys will be lined up to call it genius.........

Nov 24 - 07:40 PM

Ratso

Chris B

Do I sense a little bitterness in that?

Nov 25 - 12:04 AM

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee

Probably because most of the stuff he does IS genius. I'm not the type of "fanboy" who automatically praises everything he does either. Shutter Island for instance was a misfire. Although I could say something similar to your sentiment above in regard to say, Cronenberg.

Nov 25 - 02:08 AM

ap sirius

karl anderson

ARE YOU TALKING TO ME....ARE YOU TALKING TO ME......LOL....actually Im not a fan of some of Cronenbergs work as well....M. butterfly, Rabid, Dead Ringers, to name a few

Nov 25 - 01:44 PM

ap sirius

karl anderson

And by the way ....I didnt say that I wasnt a Scorcese fanboy

Nov 25 - 01:46 PM

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee

Well 96-02 was pretty bad for Cronenberg if you ask me. Like made for TV bad, which come to think of it is probably why he decided to start playing it relatively safe after that...

Nov 25 - 02:26 PM

ap sirius

karl anderson

Actually 1996 was the year of one of my his disturbing faves in my books....Crash.....He should have run that script by Freud....lol

Nov 25 - 08:24 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I think putting Scorsese and "fanboy" in the same sentence is pretty ridiculous. Some people actually EARN their legend. Scorsese is human, he makes mistakes, he still experiments (Shutter Island had a lot of little editing experiments) and experiments by definition don't always succeed. But some people are more consistent than others. You either KNOW the films or you don't, but if you KNOW, that's not the same as an arbitrary fanboy. That's pure recognition. Haters hate on the sacred cows and Scorsese has a bullseye because so many people understand his genius, but nobody wants to go home to get their shinebox.

Nov 26 - 03:21 PM

IrreducibleKoan

Sean Pak

Janson beat me to it. If I'm a Scorsese "fanboy" than I'm proud of it, certainly seems much better than the alternative, since a person must have no taste in cinema if they aren't a fan of stuff like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas. Scorsese is one man who deserves fanboys.

Nov 26 - 04:57 PM

greg_dean_schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

Long story short... RT folks like 4 day holidays too. :)

Nov 24 - 01:12 AM

Mason S.

Mason Schuler

:)

Nov 25 - 08:06 PM

Flash T.

Flash T

I always thought that the best way to reboot/remake a property would be to take something that was ok and try to make it better (as opposed to taking something classic and invariably dulling it). The second I read the headline for Chopping Mall i thought "that's more like it" only to read on and realise that they'd missed the point entirely.

This is up there with Rob Zombie wanting to remake The Blob only without the big red blooby thing...

Nov 24 - 04:47 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Thank God Zombie abandoned that movie, and has seemingly abandoned all his movie plans for now. He knows a lot about movies and has some interesting stuff to say, but he just does not have a ton of talent as a filmmaker.

Nov 24 - 12:42 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

I'd like to see him direct a movie he didn't write.

Nov 24 - 01:15 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

I'd like to see him direct traffic.

Nov 24 - 01:36 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Think of the children...

Nov 24 - 06:39 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

He's a good musician with a good eye for visual things. But he's as good as a director as any random dude you give a camera to. I am a big White Zombie fan and love the imagery he used for the albums, but he writes and directs crap.

Nov 24 - 03:47 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I like some of Zombie's music, too, especially the way he gets a groove going within heavy metal, and his last album was the best one he has done in a long time, so I think he should focus on that more than movies, as he has actually had success there.

Nov 24 - 06:37 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I like them when they're ridiculous, ala "Devil's Rejects". When "Halloween" tried to remove the comedy from his formula, all that was left was the exploitation. And as for his music career, the young ones may not be familiar, but White Zombie was pretty much bootleg Ministry. He got a couple hits out of that formula.

Nov 24 - 06:37 PM

IrreducibleKoan

Sean Pak

Don't be so quick to judge The Snowman. Supposedly the series is pretty good, and if we haven't read it yet, we just don't know if it isn't worthy of Scorsese's efforts. But yes, I'm glad he's making it AFTER his other projects.

Nov 24 - 06:13 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Honestly, I was sick of serial killer movies a decade ago, or more. It's one of the most contrived, cliched sub-genres of the thriller. Of course, every once and a while a good one comes along to obscure the couple hundred lame ones. But my point is that it IS the weakest of the projects he's looking to do. That doesn't mean it isn't one of those few that set the mold.

Nov 24 - 06:26 PM

MANBAT

Meh McMehson

Like a bawss.

Nov 24 - 06:37 AM

Supachewy

Jeffrey Cooperhouse

lolzacaust

Dec 7 - 10:56 AM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Top News:

The answer to the whole mystery is Jack Frost.

Everything else, nothing interesting.

Nov 24 - 09:13 AM

Myron

Myron Kinsey

Don't you mean yawnville?

Nov 24 - 10:53 AM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Would have, but, the news was just stupid, not Yawnville :P

Nov 24 - 11:42 AM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

Snowman is actually a pretty good novel. Not as good as the Millennium ones, but it's very decent for the genre. Scorsese could very well make a classic out of that, but then again, the rest of his projects have possible classic written all over them.

Nov 24 - 09:49 AM

Myron

Myron Kinsey

Don't you mean yawnville?

Nov 24 - 10:53 AM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Would have, but, the news was just stupid, not Yawnville :P

Nov 24 - 11:42 AM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Would have, but, the news was just stupid, not Yawnville :P

Nov 24 - 11:42 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I have not read any of the Harry Hole novels, but a buddy of mine has and said they get into James Patterson levels of ridiculousness at times, so I hope Scorsese will change anything for the movie that is too outlandish. Speaking of serial killer movies and Scorsese, is no longer interested in doing Devil in the White City with DiCaprio? I was really, really looking forward to that if it came together. And I hope he does Silence as his follow up to Hugo. Been looking forward to that movie for what seems like forever!

Final Girls actually sounds like it could be a funny horror comedy if the script is good.

A Chopping Mall remake is hilarious. The original is definitely one of the most gloriously awful movies I have seen, and the fact that they are not even going to have the cheesy, completely unintimidating robots in it is cinematic blasphemy is some strange way.

Nov 24 - 12:38 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I'm all for a remake of an awful 80s horror film that turns into over the top comedy (Evil Dead II style). I think this would be an excellent opportunity. And yes keep the sad ass robots. I'll go you one better - throw in that Nintindo bot! Maybe they should just combine this with the "Final Girls" idea. And unlike Noah, I liked "Club Dread", which was a pretty good simultaneous satire of horror and 80s. One of the saddest omissions of the otherwise hilarious "Wet Hot American Summer" was that they satirized everything about 80s camp films EXCEPT horror. Can we throw these films in a cage and see if they mate?

Nov 24 - 06:47 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Thank God Zombie abandoned that movie, and has seemingly abandoned all his movie plans for now. He knows a lot about movies and has some interesting stuff to say, but he just does not have a ton of talent as a filmmaker.

Nov 24 - 12:42 PM

David Tanny

David Tanny

I'd like to see him direct a movie he didn't write.

Nov 24 - 01:15 PM

Noah James

Noah Kinsey

I'd like to see him direct traffic.

Nov 24 - 01:36 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Think of the children...

Nov 24 - 06:39 PM

Manuel G.

Manuel Granados

He's a good musician with a good eye for visual things. But he's as good as a director as any random dude you give a camera to. I am a big White Zombie fan and love the imagery he used for the albums, but he writes and directs crap.

Nov 24 - 03:47 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I like some of Zombie's music, too, especially the way he gets a groove going within heavy metal, and his last album was the best one he has done in a long time, so I think he should focus on that more than movies, as he has actually had success there.

Nov 24 - 06:37 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I like them when they're ridiculous, ala "Devil's Rejects". When "Halloween" tried to remove the comedy from his formula, all that was left was the exploitation. And as for his music career, the young ones may not be familiar, but White Zombie was pretty much bootleg Ministry. He got a couple hits out of that formula.

Nov 24 - 06:37 PM

What's Hot On RT

Total Recall
Total Recall

Nine Movies That Bring the Funk

Weekly Binge
Weekly Binge

Watch Arrested Development

Cosplay Gallery
Cosplay Gallery

See over 350 Comic-Con Costumes!

24 Frames
24 Frames

Photo gallery of great movie spaceships

Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile