Weekly Ketchup: Buffy Moves Ahead Without Joss

Plus, Lindsay Lohan dropped from Linda Lovelace biopic

With Thanksgiving coming tomorrow, this week effectively ends on a Wednesday in Hollywood, and so you get the Ketchup two days early. Included in the mix is news for the reboots of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Lone Ranger, the Linda Lovelace and Roberto Duran biopics and new movies for Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg.


THIS WEEK'S TOP STORY


THE BUFFY REBOOT MOVES AHEAD WITHOUT JOSS WHEDON

In May, 2009, the news broke that the other producers (Fran and Kaz Kazui) of Buffy the Vampire Slayer were hoping to reboot the concept without Joss Whedon. This week, that concept got closer to happening with the news that Warner Bros and Atlas Entertainment (Get Smart, Scooby Doo) have put the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot into development at the studio, optioning the rights from the Kazuis. Newcomer screenwriter Whit Anderson will be writing the script, based on an idea that she approached the producers with. Although most of the details of the reboot aren't yet known, an insider was quoted as saying, "this is not your high school Buffy." One way to interpret that is that the new Buffy will not be a high school student, or the comment could just be targeted at people who were in high school at the time. As for Joss Whedon, the man behind the popular TV series responded with a statement that ends with a joke that he will be rebooting Warner Bros' Batman franchise with a project called The Dark Knight Rises Way Earlier Than That Other One And Also More Cheaply And In Toronto.


FRESH DEVELOPMENTS THIS WEEK


#1 DISNEY'S THE LONE RANGER TO BE A PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN REUNION PROJECT

After reports of his possible involvement two months ago, Disney has confirmed that Gore Verbinski will be directing the studio's reboot of The Lone Ranger. Although Verbanksi has also directed other movies like The Ring and The Mexican, the director is best known for his work on the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies for Disney. Verbanski's next movie will be the 2011 CGI animated comedy Rango, starring Johnny Depp as the voice of a chamelon lizard in an adventure inspired by classic westerns (not unlike... The Lone Ranger). Although the lead role has not yet been cast yet, Johnny Depp is still attached (and has been for a while) to costar as Tonto, the Ranger's Native American sidekick. The Lone Ranger will be the fifth movie that Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski have done together, though that is still less than Depp has done with Tim Burton (seven to date, Dark Shadows will be #8). The Lone Ranger is, of course, the classic masked cowboy who first appeared in a radio series debuting in 1933 and has also appeared on television and in movies. Screenwriter Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road, The Clearing) adapted the screenplay.


#2 LEONARDO DICAPRIO'S TRIBUTE TO THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ASSASSINATION OF JFK

Warner Bros and Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production company are teaming up to adapt the non-fiction JFK assassination book Legacy of Secrecy in time for the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK in November, 2013. Warner Bros was also the studio behind Oliver Stone's JFK, the director's 1991 movie about the assassination conspiracy theories. DiCaprio's father, George DiCaprio, who brought the book to Leonardo's attention, will also be one of the producers. Legacy of Secrecy was written by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann, who is most famous for his day job as a progressive talk radio host. Leonardo DiCaprio will star as FBI informant Jack Van Laningham, who reportedly obtained the confession of Louisiana mafia boss Carlos Marcello for having ordered JFK's assassination.


#3 MARK WAHLBERG WILL BE STARRING IN UNCHARTED: DRAKE'S FORTUNE BUT NOT IN THE CROW

Mark Wahlberg has confirmed to MTV that he will be starring in the video game adaptation of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. This will be Wahlberg's second video game movie after Max Payne, and his fourth film with director David O. Russell, after Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees and The Fighter. The Uncharted movie is probably still a while from happening, as Russell is still working on the script, but Wahlberg is already talking about his possible costars. If talks go through Robert de Niro would be playing Nathan Drake's father, and Joe Pesci would play his uncle. A movie that Mark Wahlberg won't be starring in (despite recent Internet rumors) is the reboot of The Crow. Wahlberg had reportedly been talking to a director that he's a "fan" of (which is probably Stephen Norrington, director of Blade), but with that director no longer involved with The Crow, that also ends Wahlberg's possible involvement.


#4 GAEL GARCIA BERNAL WILL HAVE HANDS OF STONE AS ROBERTO DURAN

Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal (Amores Perros, The Motorcycle Diaries) is attached to star in Hands of Stone, a biopic about Panamanian lightweight boxer Roberto Duran. Al Pacino is also considering the role of Duran's trainer Ray Arcel. In addition to being a Roberto Duran biopic, Hands of Stone will in particular focus on the rivalry between Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard and the famous November, 1980 rematch in which Duran quit the fight, reportedly saying "No Mas" (no more). Hands of Stone will be produced, written and directed by Venezuelan filmmaker Jonathan Jakubowicz (2005's Secuestro Express).




#5 MALIN AKERMAN REPLACES LINDSAY LOHAN AS LINDA LOVELACE

Inferno, the biopic about porn star Linda Lovelace (Deep Throat) was first announced as the "comeback" movie for Lindsay Lohan, after her recent legal and alcoholism problems. Instead, Lohan has been dropped from the project and replaced by Watchmen costar Malin Akerman. Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story is an independent production that will be directed by Matthew Wilder (2008's Your Name Here). Production is scheduled to start in Los Angeles in February, 2011.




#6 DISTRICT 9 DIRECTOR TEASES US WITH A MYSTERIOUS IPAD VIDEO

The iPad version of the latest issue of Wired magazine includes a mysterious new 1-minute video from director Neil Blomkamp (District 9), which seems to be a teaser for a new movie from the director. In the video, two young guys pull over on the side of a road and find what looks like the corpse of a small monstrous alien. It's unknown what project this video is teasing, but possibilities include a science fiction script called Elysium (although that was supposed to take place on another planet) and the expected sequel District 10 (although Blomkamp has said District 10 won't be his next movie).



#7 FROM THE DEATHLY HALLOWS TO PETER PAN

One of the most memorable segments of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is the animated sequence in which Hermione tells the story of the three Peverell brothers and the Deathly Hallows. That portion of the movie was directed by Swiss director Ben Hibon, and now Hibon is benefitting from the exposure with two new movie projects. First up, there is Pan, a dark reimagining of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, in which "Captain Hook as a haunted former police detective in pursuit of a childlike kidnapper." At one point, the script by Ben Magid (his feature film debut) was seen as a possible directing project for Guillermo del Toro. Ben Hibon will start filming Pan as a European production in the fall of 2011. Hibon has also optioned the rights to the Richard Harland steampunk novel Worldshaker, which tells a story set on a massive flying juggernaut reminiscent of the Eloi and Morlocks from H.G. Wells' The Time Machine.


#8 ZOMBIELAND WRITERS SWITCH TO DIRECTING WITH DOC AND HOWIE

Since the release last year of Zombieland, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been a hot collective property in Hollywood. Their new deals have included writing the Deadpool movie, working on a sequel to Zombieland and movies called Earth Vs. Moon and Cowboy Ninja Viking. But what they really want to do, apparently, is direct. Reese and Wernick will be making their directorial debuts with the comedy Doc and Howie, written by Two and a Half Men co-producer Steve Leff. Doc and Howie is reportedly in the style of the Harold and Kumar movies and is about two guys who accidentally kill an elderly lady when they don't help her take her groceries up the stairs, but her death leads to the two meeting her "hot" granddaughters, and the question of whether they admit how their grandmother died. Doc and Howie is expected to start filming by early summer, 2011.


#9 ABERCROMBIE & ZOMBIE WILL FLASH YOU BLUE STEEL BEFORE EATING YOUR BRAINSSSSS

Daniel Hansford, one of the producers of the 2009 film Bronson, is developing a zombie comedy project called Abercrombie & Zombie: The Life and Death and Death of America's First Zombie Supermodel. The British comedy will tell the story of a zombie who died during a Survivor audition who reinvents himself as a supermodel called Vincent Vango. Abercrombie & Zombie will be the feature film debut of Scott Weintrob, who has previously directed several episodes of the UK TV series Top Gear.


ROTTEN IDEA OF THE WEEK


#1 SEE THIS WEEK'S TOP STORY
This week's Most Rotten Idea is also the top story, the Buffy reboot.


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Comments

King Crunk

King Crunk

Really interested to see what Blomkamp has been up to!

DiCaprio can do no wrong right now, so I look forward to whatever he does.

Mark Wahlberg is incredibly wrong for Drake's Fortune. The guy is good in certain roles (The Departed, Boogie Nights, he looks good in The Fighter), but he is a horrible choice for this role in my opinion.

Nov 24 - 03:42 PM

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee

Wow, those casting rumors sound horrible. I think Nathan Fillion would be the best choice. Plus he's already named Nathan.

Nov 24 - 05:16 PM

Joe B.

Joe Bome

Fillion would be so perfect for the role... walhberg... meh...
Also, DeNiro is the mentor of Drake... not the father... and pesci might be the villain....

Nov 25 - 09:08 AM

Nubsauce

Mike Campos

Yes, Nathan Fillion would be amazing as Nathan Drake. He IS Nathan Drake.

Alternately, I like Chris Pine for the roll as well. That might just be me though.

Nov 25 - 10:25 PM

Captain Atom

Clyde Saturn

Nathan Fillion doesn't even resemble Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg is perfect for the role.

Nov 26 - 05:24 PM

Captain Atom

Clyde Saturn

Nathan Fillion doesn't even resemble Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg is perfect for the role.

Nov 26 - 05:24 PM

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee

@Captain Bizarro: Have you even played Unchartered? How does Marky Mark look anything like Nathan Drake? Dye Fillion's hair black and you're just about there, but most importantly his wisecracking charismatic charm is spot on. Mark is the wrong choice in every way possible.

Nov 26 - 10:09 PM

Luvagoo

Tallulah Robinson

Haha I was going to say, didn't everyone want Nathan Fillion? I have no idea what or who this Nathan Drake thing is, but all I know is that Fillion should do it =P

Nov 26 - 08:18 PM

Goatmeal

Goatmeal Go

Yeah. I found Wahlberg suitable for Payne (despite some fan backlash), but he'd be the last person that I'd expect to be cast as Drake. He doesn't even look like him.

Nov 24 - 06:45 PM

Arekusandora

Alexandra Borrero

Mark Wahlberg is sooooo wrong for the character. I'm not even a fan of Uncharted and still I'm upset about this.

Nov 25 - 05:15 PM

The NewHampshire Database

Kirk McCarty

How can you not be a fan of Uncharted? Two of the best games in a lonnnnnnng time.

Nov 27 - 01:11 PM

EllenPageIsMyArchitect.

Joshua Medicoff

Not sure how the Rotten Idea Of The Week is Rotten, I'm kinda excited, but without Whedon it might just suck.

Nov 24 - 05:04 PM

Lateralus

Lateralus Grates

Like this wouldn't suck with Wheddon? The show was lame.

Nov 24 - 07:08 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Buffy without Whedon...I won't watch this based on principal.
Wahlberg is incredibly wrong for Drake...I wish Nathan Fillion or Jensen Ackles got the role instead.
Lone Ranger - Meh
DiCaprio - Bring it on!
Don't care about the rest.

Nov 24 - 10:28 PM

EllenPageIsMyArchitect.

Joshua Medicoff

Not sure how the Buffy idea is the Rotten Idea Of The Week , I'm kinda excited, but without Whedon it might just suck. Sadly. They just need to get the regular cast/crew back.

Nov 24 - 05:06 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Actually, the idea of a femme fatale's job to kill vampires is kind of a nifty idea since the original Buffy was first played by Kristy Swanson except that it was a forgetable PG Buffy film made in 1992 before moving to tv starring Sarah Michelle Geller! But I have know idea why they can't get someone else because Geller is either a "PG" or a "G" rated Buffy- why can't they get an "R" rated Buffy the Vampire Slayer would be something I prefer to see even more!

Nov 26 - 01:35 PM

Matt J.

Matt Jordan

Buffy without Joss=crap

Wahlberg in drakes fortune=crap

Nov 24 - 05:12 PM

Matt J.

Matt Jordan

Buffy without Joss=crap

Wahlberg in drakes fortune=crap

Nov 24 - 05:12 PM

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee

Wow, those casting rumors sound horrible. I think Nathan Fillion would be the best choice. Plus he's already named Nathan.

Nov 24 - 05:16 PM

Joe B.

Joe Bome

Fillion would be so perfect for the role... walhberg... meh...
Also, DeNiro is the mentor of Drake... not the father... and pesci might be the villain....

Nov 25 - 09:08 AM

Nubsauce

Mike Campos

Yes, Nathan Fillion would be amazing as Nathan Drake. He IS Nathan Drake.

Alternately, I like Chris Pine for the roll as well. That might just be me though.

Nov 25 - 10:25 PM

Captain Atom

Clyde Saturn

Nathan Fillion doesn't even resemble Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg is perfect for the role.

Nov 26 - 05:24 PM

Captain Atom

Clyde Saturn

Nathan Fillion doesn't even resemble Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg is perfect for the role.

Nov 26 - 05:24 PM

Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee

@Captain Bizarro: Have you even played Unchartered? How does Marky Mark look anything like Nathan Drake? Dye Fillion's hair black and you're just about there, but most importantly his wisecracking charismatic charm is spot on. Mark is the wrong choice in every way possible.

Nov 26 - 10:09 PM

Luvagoo

Tallulah Robinson

Haha I was going to say, didn't everyone want Nathan Fillion? I have no idea what or who this Nathan Drake thing is, but all I know is that Fillion should do it =P

Nov 26 - 08:18 PM

Goatmeal

Goatmeal Go

Yeah. I found Wahlberg suitable for Payne (despite some fan backlash), but he'd be the last person that I'd expect to be cast as Drake. He doesn't even look like him.

Nov 24 - 06:45 PM

Movie Monster

Bentley Lyles

The animated sequence of the 3 Bros story in the HP7 PT. 1 stunned me. A Peter Pan movie directed by the man who made the sequence would be pretty cool.

Nov 24 - 07:00 PM

K

KateBeckinsaleLover Clarke

I was thinking something similar.

Nov 25 - 05:35 PM

Luvagoo

Tallulah Robinson

Oh I know. I will watch anything made by the person who created that beautiful piece of film in HP...

Nov 26 - 08:21 PM

Lateralus

Lateralus Grates

Like this wouldn't suck with Wheddon? The show was lame.

Nov 24 - 07:08 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Buffy without Whedon...I won't watch this based on principal.
Wahlberg is incredibly wrong for Drake...I wish Nathan Fillion or Jensen Ackles got the role instead.
Lone Ranger - Meh
DiCaprio - Bring it on!
Don't care about the rest.

Nov 24 - 10:28 PM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Buffy without Whedon...I won't watch this based on principal.
Wahlberg is incredibly wrong for Drake...I wish Nathan Fillion or Jensen Ackles got the role instead.
Lone Ranger - Meh
DiCaprio - Bring it on!
Don't care about the rest.

Nov 24 - 10:28 PM

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