Weekly Ketchup: Steve Carell to Get Smart again.

Plus, studio production dates for dozens of movies for 2009.

This week saw the announcement of a couple of sequels, some casting news/rumors for two big DC Comics titles, two new biopics and adaptations of some classic English lit. Thankfully, no remakes this week!

#1 GET SMART 2: GET SMARTER

Following the success this past summer of Get Smart, Warner Bros has both signed Steve Carell to return in a Get Smart sequel, and signed the comedian-actor to a three picture first look production deal (which doesn't include Get Smart 2). No writer or director has been announced yet, and there's no word yet on any returning cast besides Steve Carell, such as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson or Anne Hathaway. Considering Johnson's continuing love affair with kiddie movies, maybe Get Smart 2 will prove too mature and sophisticated to come back to.




#2 KEVIN COSTNER IS FULL OF BULL (DURHAM)

The New York Post is reporting that Kevin Costner has been in Los Angeles, talking to Bull Durham director Ron Shelton (Tin Cup, White Men Can't Jump) about reteaming once again on Bull Durham 2, which would also see the return of Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, whose characters now own a MLB baseball team that Costner's character Crash Davis manages. Kristen Kerr, costar of Showtime's Dexter, is expected to costar as Crash Davis' latest romantic interest. The idea of a Bull Durham 2 seems a bit out of left field, but if Stallone can come back with Rocky Balboa and Rambo, why not?


#3 STUDIO MOVIES FILMING IN MID-2009 EXAMINED

As negotiations continue with the Screen Actors Guild, Variety published an overview this week of the 40+ movies that the studios are aiming to start production on in the spring or summer of 2009, and there are some interesting titles. We've heard that most of the titles in the article were in development, but it's an entirely different thing to actually see that a production start date has been decided upon. The movies the studios hope to start filming by next summer (see the article for the full list) include: The A-Team, Alvin and the Chipmunks 2, Beverly Hills Cop 4, Bioshock (videogame adaptation), Clash of the Titans, Footloose (starring Zac Efron), Gears of War (videogame adaptation), The Green Hornet, Iron Man 2, Jonah Hex, Mars Needs Moms (Robert Zemeckis-produced CGI), A Nightmare on Elm Street, Ramona (Beverly Cleary's), Robocop, Sex and the City 2, The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Fantasia spin-off starring Nicholas Cage), Thor, Tr2n and Wild Hogs 2.


#4 DC COMICS MOVIES CASTING UP

With W. opening next week, Josh Brolin is already in talks to star in what is being seen as a potential franchise starter, Jonah Hex, based upon the long-running DC Comics title from the 1970s (and in other titles in the 30 years since), about a scarred former Confederate soldier turned Western bounty hunter. Jonah Hex would go on to spend his second series, published in the 1980s, in the future, but the latest script review suggests this first movie is set entirely in the 19th century. Jonah Hex is being written and will be directed by the team of Mark Neveldine Brian Taylor (Crank). That's not the only DC casting news, however, as Latino Review is reporting that Warner Bros' top choice to play Hal Jordan in the fast-tracked Green Lantern movie is Ryan Gosling (The Notebook). Gosling continues to show himself to be a really top notch young actor, but he doesn't really look like Hal Jordan to me (something about his eyes, they're too... squinty?).


#5 RIDLEY SCOTT AND LEONARDO DICAPRIO'S BRAVE NEW WORLD

Earlier this year, Ridley Scott made a comment that his next film after Nottingham would be an adaptation of a sci-fi novel, which led to online speculation that it might be Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Well, the trades haven't picked up on this yet, but the talented director of Alien and Gladiator has confirmed in this interview that yes, indeed, Brave New World is his next project! Scott says that the project was brought to him by Leonardo DiCaprio's production company, Appian Way (The Aviator, the upcoming Atari biopic), and that the director feels that DiCaprio would be "perfect for it." Brave New World is set in a future governed by a world "utopia" where everyone does drugs and sex is purely for recreation, because the government uses "hatcheries" to create test tube babies. The script is still being worked on, so that does put a bit of a question mark about whether it will really be Scott's next after Nottingham, but this is still very exciting news.


#6 HELEN MIRREN TO STAR IN A FEMINIZED VERSION OF THE TEMPEST

Director Julie Taymor (Frida, Across the Universe) made her debut with the flamboyantly designed Shakespeare adaptation Titus, and now she's returning to the Bard's work with The Tempest, one of his most mysterious and mystical plays, but with a twist: the magician Prospero will now be Prospera, and played by Helen Mirren. The Tempest is set on a magical island inhabited by the sorceress and Duchess, Prospera, her daughter Miranda (Felicity Jones), her mystical servant Ariel (played by Ben Wishaw, another gender switch) and the deformed slave, Caliban (Djimon Hounsou). The story is propelled by the arrival of the passengers of the royal ship (wrecked by a storm caused by Prospera) of Prospera's brother, King Alonso of Naples (Jeremy Irons), which include Gonzalo, a former advisor of Prospera's (Geoffrey Rush, in talks), a butler (Alfred Monlina) and a jester (Russell Brand). The Tempest, which is scheduled to start filming in Hawaii in November to capture the appropriate island atmosphere (maybe they will bump into the Lost crew?), will be distributed by Miramax.


#7 ROSE MCGOWAN TO TAKE ON DEEP THROAT STAR?

Following Anna Faris' recent departure from the project, Fox News is reporting that Rose McGowan is now in talks to star as 1970s porn star Linda Lovelace in the biopic about the actress, titled Inferno, and being produced by Brian Grazer, who also produced the Inside Deep Throat documentary. Inferno is being directed by relative newcomer Matthew Wilder (Your Name Here), with that movie's star, Bill Pullman, reportedly costarring as Hugh Hefner and Josh Lucas playing Lovelace's abusive first husband.




#8 LOUIS ARMSTRONG BIOPIC: WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

Charles S. Dutton announced earlier this year that he has a deal with HBO to develop a six hour mini-series about the life of famed jazz trumpeter (and singer) Louis Armstrong. So, actor/director Forest Whitaker (First Daughter, Hope Floats) has signed a deal with a French production company to direct and star in What a Wonderful World, a theatrical biopic about Armstrong, from a script by Ron Bass (Dangerous Minds, What Dreams May Come), who also cowrote Whitaker's directorial debut, Waiting to Exhale. This will be Whitaker's second run at portraying a jazz great, following his turn as Charlie Parker in Bird. What a Wonderful World is scheduled to start filming in the summer of 2009 in Louisiana.


#9 TOM THUMB: THE NEXT BIG LITTLE THING?

With Marvel prepping their Ant-Man movie for sometime in the next few years, Warner Bros. has fast-tracked a potential tentpole project based on the English folklore character Tom Thumb, with Kevin Lima (A Goofy Movie, Enchanted) directing and Red Wagon Productions (Stuart Little, Bewitched) producing. Revamping the tiny character's origin story (which was often connected to Merlin and King Arthur), the script by Robert Rodat (The Patriot, Saving Private Ryan) is about an arrogant knight who is shrunk to 6 inches tall while assigned to protect a princess.




#10 HOLLYWOOD TO MAKE ANOTHER HINDU MOVIE AFTER THE LOVE GURU

Good news, Hindus, followers of the 3rd largest religion on the planet: Mike Myers did not kill all future hopes of your faith getting attention on the big screen with this summer's atrocity, The Love Guru. The newly renamed Liquid Comics (formerly Virgin Comics) has signed a deal with producer Mark Canton (300, Land of the Dead) and Mandalay Pictures (Sleepy Hollow) to make a movie version of their comic title, Ramayan 3392 A.D., which is a futuristic sci-fi series inspired by the blue-skinned Hindu prince, Rama (an avatar of Vishnu), and his battle against the evil demon, Ravan. The comic series was created by self-help author Deepak Chopra and film director Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth, The Golden Age), as part of Liquid/Virgin's mission to publish comic book titles written by celebrities like directors, actors and musicians. Sony Online Entertainment is also developing a MMO video game (like World of Warcraft) based upon Ramayan 3392 A.D. John Collee (cowriter of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) is working on the script.



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Comments

crossouttheD

Dave Anderson

Please no, no more Get Smart movies! PLEASE NO MORE, I CAN'T TAKE THE AWFULLNESS!!!

Oct 10 - 06:06 PM

vashfanatic

Martha Boatright

Ariel was a male character in the original play, so that's not a gender switch.

crossouttheD, the sequel I'm cringing at is Sex and the City 2. Most of the ideas in #3 sound baaaaaaaad...

Oct 10 - 06:31 PM

crossouttheD

Dave Anderson

I know what you mean by #3 but i would love to see an A-Team movie. Kimbo Slice as B.A. Baracus, the guy who plays House as the leader and Jim Carrey as that funny guy. I don't know all the name from the show. How about a McGyver movie?!

Oct 12 - 12:43 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Yeah Get Smart was a B movie, no sequel needed. I really like Bill Durham and the sequel sounds stupid and I hope it doesn't happen. Josh Brolin as Jonah Hex would be really cool. Brave New World is great and I love it that Ridley is doing it and it would be cool if Leo starred in it, I saw BODY OF LIES today and I thought it was really good and i have no idea why it got such mixed reviews?!?

Oct 10 - 06:43 PM

frothy

D F

Bull Durham 2 makes about as much sense, on paper, as Slap Shot 2. (I think that even if they'd brought back Newman and others for SS2, it would still have been a needless, contrived idea.)

Oct 11 - 06:51 AM

inactive user

Jared King

I know little guys like Doctor Strange, Dream, Deadpool, but I don't know a Jonah Hex. And I'm pretty darn embarrased

Oct 10 - 07:27 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Yeah Jonah isn't really a main stream comic book, he's very cool though.

Oct 10 - 07:32 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Yeah Jonah isn't really a main stream comic book, he's very cool though.

Oct 10 - 07:32 PM

greg_dean_schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

Yeah, Jonah Hex was never really popular, and even when he did have his own series, it was back in the 1970s, and as a "cowboy comic", often overlooked because it didn't appeal, perhaps, to the typical superhero fan. I know I never really read Jonah Hex. I know who he is, but that's about it.

Vashfanatic: About Ariel's gender... you're correct. I thought the character was female because of the misleading image at the top of the Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariel_(Shakespeare)

Oct 10 - 08:02 PM

Random_Jake

Joshua Mills

Quarantine with fresh reviews? Has a good horror flick finally hit the screens?
no. of course not.......

Who gives the green light to these projects? Tom Thumb? Seriously that just wreaks of failure and stupidity.......

Oct 10 - 08:07 PM

blattman

Mike Greenblatt

I'll agree that Tom Thumb sounds dumb (and even rhymes), but I went into Get Smart expecting to hate it since I love the show so much, but enjoyed it. It wasn't the greatest comedy, but Steve Carrell did a good Max, not Don Adams, he made it his own. Anne Hathaway really channeled Barbara Feldon for 99. The rock won't be needed for the next movie considering the end.

Oct 10 - 09:17 PM

laidtowaste

Joseph Mellano

I really want to know if either a) Hollywood is out of ideas or b) target demographics want movies that feature characters with which they are familiar. Every one of these planned projects is either a remake, a super hero/comic book movie, or a novel. Don't get me wrong, I like the idea of Jonah Hex, but where is the originality? Every time I see a Weekly Ketchup, this seems to be the one common thread. It's really depressing. I feel like the Hollywood of old is dead.

Oct 10 - 09:41 PM

The Vile

mazyar goodarz

so who is Leo going to play in brave new world? I assume the savage but i'm not sure that he's right for it. he'll probably be great, it's just that when i first read that book it was after i'd seen demolition man, so i had the misfortune of picturing stallone as the savage (that movie was sort of inspired by the book).

Oct 10 - 09:52 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Bernard Marx I bet, he would be great! Also am I the only one who has scene BODY OF LIES? Its actually really good.

Oct 11 - 10:01 AM

The Vile

mazyar goodarz

yeah, but marx was meant to be kind of... ugly? he was an alpha but unusually unattractive. isn't Leo meant to be a bit of a heart throb? Plus it's a thankless role. i guess if he's producing it he would try and be the savage, who is by far the more intense character.

Oct 11 - 03:57 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

I think Leo does a good job at shaking off the pretty boy image, he did in Body of Lies. Sure he could be the savage, but he could also be Marx I mean they are going to change some things from the book obviously.

Oct 11 - 04:28 PM

The Vile

mazyar goodarz

i haven't seen body of lies, but i guess he's pretty good usually. it would only take a slight change in posturing for him to pull off marx. but the savage is the prized role. we'll have to keep an eye on it, but my money is on Leo as the savage

Oct 11 - 04:59 PM

KISSman

Tommy D

No. No. NO. God no. No more Get Smart. I like Steve Carell, but that movie sucked. Just because a lot of people went to see it doesn't mean that it was any good and/or that people really want a sequel.

Oct 10 - 11:57 PM

randal1013

Randal 1013

yeah, get smart doesn't warrant a sequel. that was just a one-time thing. leave it alone steve!

Oct 11 - 01:25 AM

frothy

D F

Bull Durham 2 makes about as much sense, on paper, as Slap Shot 2. (I think that even if they'd brought back Newman and others for SS2, it would still have been a needless, contrived idea.)

Oct 11 - 06:51 AM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Bernard Marx I bet, he would be great! Also am I the only one who has scene BODY OF LIES? Its actually really good.

Oct 11 - 10:01 AM

The Vile

mazyar goodarz

yeah, but marx was meant to be kind of... ugly? he was an alpha but unusually unattractive. isn't Leo meant to be a bit of a heart throb? Plus it's a thankless role. i guess if he's producing it he would try and be the savage, who is by far the more intense character.

Oct 11 - 03:57 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

I think Leo does a good job at shaking off the pretty boy image, he did in Body of Lies. Sure he could be the savage, but he could also be Marx I mean they are going to change some things from the book obviously.

Oct 11 - 04:28 PM

The Vile

mazyar goodarz

i haven't seen body of lies, but i guess he's pretty good usually. it would only take a slight change in posturing for him to pull off marx. but the savage is the prized role. we'll have to keep an eye on it, but my money is on Leo as the savage

Oct 11 - 04:59 PM

cgcbooks

Robert Kimberlin

Get Smart made money and that is why there will be a sequel. Case closed.

Oct 11 - 10:04 AM

mjprogue

Mike PArker

Get Smart was a great comedy. Steve is gold and apparently completely incapable of sucking. Hell, if they get him to play in Sex and the City 2, I might even watch it (please God don't let that happen).

Brave New World? Awesome.

Brave New World with Leo or Ridley? Grade A garbage.

Brave New World with Leo AND Ridley? Movie Armageddon.

Oct 11 - 11:40 AM

sunsaz

Chris Moore

The thought of Bull Durham 2 makes baby Jesus cry.

Oct 11 - 11:53 AM

Random_Jake

Joshua Mills

Get Smart made a lot of people happy. Got the studio some money. Carrel some cash. And some audiences got a kick out of it (I never saw it) so a sequel should have been expected.

Oct 11 - 02:25 PM

The Vile

mazyar goodarz

yeah, but marx was meant to be kind of... ugly? he was an alpha but unusually unattractive. isn't Leo meant to be a bit of a heart throb? Plus it's a thankless role. i guess if he's producing it he would try and be the savage, who is by far the more intense character.

Oct 11 - 03:57 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

I think Leo does a good job at shaking off the pretty boy image, he did in Body of Lies. Sure he could be the savage, but he could also be Marx I mean they are going to change some things from the book obviously.

Oct 11 - 04:28 PM

The Vile

mazyar goodarz

i haven't seen body of lies, but i guess he's pretty good usually. it would only take a slight change in posturing for him to pull off marx. but the savage is the prized role. we'll have to keep an eye on it, but my money is on Leo as the savage

Oct 11 - 04:59 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

I think Leo does a good job at shaking off the pretty boy image, he did in Body of Lies. Sure he could be the savage, but he could also be Marx I mean they are going to change some things from the book obviously.

Oct 11 - 04:28 PM

The Vile

mazyar goodarz

i haven't seen body of lies, but i guess he's pretty good usually. it would only take a slight change in posturing for him to pull off marx. but the savage is the prized role. we'll have to keep an eye on it, but my money is on Leo as the savage

Oct 11 - 04:59 PM

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