Weekly Ketchup: Johnny Depp sails On Stranger Tides

Plus casting news for Nicolas Cage, Halle Berry, and Jeff Bridges

This week's Ketchup features a surprising low dosage of remakes (just one newly announced one), as a week that was shortened by Labor Day sees an emphasis more on casting news for existing projects than newly announced movies. Among the names in all the casting news are Mandy Moore, Nicolas Cage, Halle Berry and... Barry Manilow.


#1 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 4 GETS A TITLE

Walt Disney Pictures has announced that the fourth movie in their lucrative Johnny Depp franchise will be titled Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and the studio is scheduling it for a summer, 2011 release date. The details of the story aren't yet known, but it is expected to focus more on the Jack Sparrow character, with Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom not expected to return, in what is expected to also start a second trilogy of movies. On Stranger Tides will be directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha) from a script by the writing team of Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, who also wrote the first three movies.




#2 THE A-TEAM CAST CONTINUES TO COME TOGETHER: B.A. AND MURDOCK

Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Quentin "Rampage" Jackson has signed to take over the role of B.A. Baracus in the movie version of The A-Team. With Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper already on board as Hannibal Smith and Faceman Peck, this leaves just the role of Howling Mad Murdock to be officially confirmed. The latest rumor this week the role has been offered to Sharlto Copley, one of the stars of District 9. Filming is scheduled to start in Vancouver later this fall, as Fox hopes to get The A-Team in theaters by June 11, 2010.




#3 CHILDREN OF THE CORN TO GET REPLANTED

Dimension Films has hired screenwriter Ehren Kruger (Reindeer Games, The Brothers Grimm) to work on a new movie based upon the Stephen King short story that inspired a 1984 horror film and led to six more sequels. Children of the Corn was the story of a married couple that discovers a strange small town in Nebraska where there are no adults, and all of the children worship a sort of corn god. Calling the original movie a "missed opportunity," Dimension's Bob Weinstein said, "if you read the short story, it's got such a strong feeling to it and there's this religious overtone to it as well." Perhaps Weinstein has seen different Children of the Corn movies than I have, but it seems like the religious overtones are quite common in them. Or maybe he means his movie will take the corn cult seriously, sort of like a Passion of the Christ for the much-overlooked grain worship community.


#4 THE DUDE ABIDES IN THE COEN BROS' TRUE GRIT REMAKE

Jeff Bridges is in talks with Paramount Pictures to star in the Coen Brothers' remake of 1969's True Grit. Bridges would be starring as as U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn, the role that won John Wayne an Oscar, and this would be Bridges' first project with the Coen Brothers since The Big Lebowski. True Grit is the story of a 14 year old girl who teams up with two lawmen to track down the outlaw who killed her father. The Coen Brothers plan that their version will more closely follow the story of the original Charles Portis novel. That means the story will focus more on the young girl, as opposed to the 1969 film that focused more on Wayne's character. There's no production start date for True Grit yet, but it is expected to be the Coen Brothers' next film.


#5 RAINN WILSON TO STAR IN SUPER HERO COMEDY

Rainn Wilson (NBC's The Office), Liv Tyler and Ellen Page have signed to star in Super, an independent comedy that is the latest to take on the superhero genre. The indie take on superheroes follows movies like Mystery Men, Superhero Movie, an upcoming movie called Defendor (starring Woody Harrelson) and The Specials, a 2000 movie from the same writer as Super. That writer is James Gunn, who will also be directing, making this his second movie as director after 2006's Slither. Wilson will be starring as a guy who takes on the superhero alter ego of the Crimson Bolt after watching his wife (Tyler) fall under the spell of a charming drug dealer. The Crimson Bolt doesn't have any super powers, but he is handy with a wrench ("if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball"). Filming of Super is scheduled to start in December.


#6 GREEN ARROW MOVIE SUPER MAX GETS COMPETITION FROM SUPERMAX

The Warner Bros project called Super Max, which stars Green Arrow as a wrongly convicted superhero in a prison full of DC Comics super villains now has direct competition from a movie that not only has a somewhat similar concept, but a similar title as well. Supermax is a Columbia Pictures project set in a special prison for supernatural beings, as a guard must team up with an inmate as a riot ensues. This Supermax was written by makeup artist Christopher Allen Nelson and screenwriter Mitch Rouse (cowriter of Strangers with Candy, Without a Paddle). Filming is scheduled to start in early 2010, which means that this movie will probably beat WB's Green Arrow script to production, potentially either causing it to get shelved, or at least get a title change.


#7 STEVEN SODERBERGH FINDS A KNOCKOUT FOR HIS KNOCKOUT

After being bumped from plans to direct the baseball movie Moneyball, director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean's Eleven) has found another project. With a story Variety compared to La Femme Nikita and Kill Bill, Knockout is the story of a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who is given a chance to use her skills for constructive purposes. Knockout will star Gina Carano, a mixed martial arts circuit fighter who will be making her big screen debut. Knockout also marks the third time that Soderbergh will be collaborating with screenwriter Lem Dobbs, who also wrote The Limey and Kafka. Filming is expected to start in late January, 2010 at locations in Ireland, Turkey and the USA.



#8 MANDY MOORE TO LET HER HAIR DOWN WITH RAPUNZEL

Mandy Moore has signed on for the lead voice role in Walt Disney Pictures' 3D CGI animated movie Rapunzel, based upon the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. In Disney's version of the story, a teenage Rapunzel (with 70 foot long hair) escapes from the castle where she's been imprisoned since infancy. She's aided by a bandit (to be voiced by Zachary Levi, star of NBC's Chuck) as they are both chased by Rapunzel's captor. Now scheduled for late 2010, Rapunzel is a project Disney has been trying to make for several years, receiving new life in 2006 when Pixar's John Lasseter came aboard Disney, throwing out the old ideas for this new one. Rapunzel will be codirected by Byron Howard (codirector of Bolt) and Nathan Greno (Disney's direct-to-DVD animated movie Super Rhino). Rapunzel will also be a musical, with Alan Menken (Aladdin, Enchanted) working on the songs.


#9 HALLE BERRY SWIMMING IN A DARK TIDE

Halle Berry is in talks to star in an independent action thriller called Dark Tide, which will be directed by Clark Johnson (S.W.A.T., The Sentinel). Although the exact premise of the movie hasn't been revealed yet, Halle Berry will be starring as a diving instructor who returns to the deep following a near-fatal encounter with a great white shark. This has nothing to do with the movie, really, but in the Variety article, the words "great white" are capitalized and linked to an entry for the 1980s rock band Great White. Filming is scheduled to start on Dark Tide in South Africa later this year.




#10 NICOLAS CAGE TO STAR IN THE RIDICULOUSLY-TITLED THE HUNGRY RABBIT JUMPS

Nicolas Cage has signed on to star in an independent thriller called The Hungry Rabbit Jumps, taking over the role that was first announced in 2008 as going to the much younger Tobey Maguire (who will still be producing). The Hungry Rabbit Jumps is the story of a man whose wife is the victim of a brutal crime, leading to him becoming entangled in an underground vigilante organization. The film will be directed by Roger Donaldson (Cocktail, Dante's Peak) from a script by Robert Tannen (2006's Even Money). Filming of this revenge thriller will start in January, 2010 in New Orleans, with Cage then moving on to the April, 2010 filming of the other revenge thriller he signed on for last week, Drive Angry (which will be filmed in 3-D.


ROTTEN IDEA OF THE WEEK: BARRY MANILOW THE MOVIE

The production companies of Tom Hanks and R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe are teaming up to develop a romantic comedy that will "exploit" the songs of singer/songwriter Barry Manilow. Although for someone who's being exploited, Manilow has "pledged his support" to the project. The project, which is being compared to Love Actually, will revolve around a group of Barry Manilow fans who are all in Las Vegas for a weekend to see him headline at the Mandalay Bay. His music will be heard throughout the film, and Manilow will also perform a song or two in the movie. The movie will first go to Universal, where Hanks' Playtone has a first look deal.


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Comments

Marlon E.

Marlon Elsbree

Any news having to do with Nicolas Cage should be the Rotten Idea of the Week. But having Sharlto Copley would make the A-Team even more awesome.

Sep 11 - 04:18 PM

rle4lunch

Chad W

On Stranger Tides eh? Color me interested...

Sep 11 - 04:26 PM

JeremySolliePictures

Jeremy Sulle

THE ONLY MOVIE NEWS I WANNA HEAR IS NEWS OF "ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT: THE MOVIE". END OF STORY!

Sep 11 - 04:51 PM

aj m.

aj markham

I second the "arrested development" movie

Sep 12 - 06:41 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry



A-TEAM with Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Faceman Peck, Quentin Jackson . . . a very un-charasmatic cast in my opinion indeed.

They hired "Rampage" simply because he looks like Mr. T it seems

(The bottom line is how much is the budget and how much does the studio expect to earn back)

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Children of the Corn

Could "shuck" before its even been released.
Hey: maybe Adrian Lynne JACOB'S LADDER can be coaxed into rewriting Kruger's script and directing the movie.

Children of the Corn CAN be pretty frightening as JACOB'S LADDER is Frightening: both are very creepily religuous stories.

ALAN PARKER director of Angel Heart could be considered as well.

The question is WHY not try to make the movie THE BEST IT CAN BE by hiring "The Best" people working or having worked in the genre?
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Coen Brothers
No Country For Old Men meets True Grit.
Let me guess:
by the film's end,
The girl gets accidently shot to death by the lawmen and the lawmen are brutally gunned-down themselves by legitimate lawmen.

And it turns out that the "legitimate" lawmen were the actual killers of the girl's father.

Bleak and Pessimistic folk "those Coens Brothers are"

And of course Morgan Freeman will be in it.
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Knockout
%u201CThe Karate Kid%u201D but with a girl and
George Clooney is Pat Morita as Mr. Miyagi and
Brad Pitt plays the David Carridine %u201CBill%u201D character and
Don Cheadle is a male persona of the girl Uma Thermon was beating-up in the kitchen and
The sequel:
Knockout 2: The BILLION Dollar Baby
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The Hungry Rabbit Jumps/ Men Watching Goats
%u201CFreaked-Out Titles, indeed%u201D
My next screenplay I%u2019ll entitle:
Night of the Tarantulas With Green Blood
(aka La Noche de los Tarantulas con Sangre Verde)

It will be a docu-drama about some border patrol cops stuck in White Sands, New Mexico, the only way the Border Patrol Cops can become %u201Cunstuck%u201D is if they smuggle a million pirated DVDS over the border into . . . MEXICO as opposed to smuggling the DVDS out of Mexico.
The green blood is a metaphore for money
And the Tarantulas represent %u201Cthe 8 furry-points of morality%u201D crawling around the desert.

Freaked-out titled movies are rarely about what%u2019s mentioned in the title.
And remember
%u201CFrankenstein%u2019s Bloody Terror%u201D DID not have Dr. Frankenstein or Frankenstein%u2019s Monster in it.


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Dark Tide:
%u201CHalle Barry puts on a very sexy Great White Shark Halloween costume and crashes a Great White after-party and they eat her%u201D
(that sounds like the blurb on the box of one of the movies I would rent)

Another great, GREAT WHITE SHARK MOVIE will be GREAT!
Maybe the shark can eat the mayor, the helicopter pilot, and the entire helicopter in one gulp like in L%u2019ULTIMO SQUALO!!!!!

L%u2019ULTIMO SQUALO trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDC_MJm6nb4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjEP1HAYICI&NR=1



CRUEL JAWS trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELmlKhFkaYQ&NR=1


MONSTER SHARK trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThP3Pe_H4Cs&NR=1
(starring Laura Trotter from %u201CCity of the Walking Dead!%u201D AWESOME!!!!!)

And of course (the Killer Octopus Movie
Starring Henry Fonda, John Houston, Shelly Winters

TENTACOLI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0cEXCv7Woc

---
RAMBO 5
John Rambo is described as being animalistic in nature (part-American Indian) maybe that "Rambo VS Man-Beast" will have the Man-Beast as John Rambo's tragic doppelgänger.

Sep 11 - 05:21 PM

King Kubrick

Travis Earl

hahahahhaa. Berry Manilow: The Motion Picture. Didn't Neil Diamond already do the same thing with the execrable Saving Silverman?

Carter F. Usually I'd agree but bad lieutenant looks awesome. If there was ever a role that demanded Nic Cage's spastic overacting its a cracked out New Orleans police officer.

Sep 11 - 05:22 PM

Vortex&Vertigo

Joel Feliciano

There was no rotten idea exactly this week was it?, it should have been children of corn or none. I hope there can be ,more weeks like this one.

Sep 11 - 05:24 PM

King Kubrick

Travis Earl

In my opinion children of the corn could use a redo. I watched it for the first time last fall and found some redeemable aspects but mostly felt it was indeed a missed opportunity (especially the climax with the animated demon). The core idea is sound; it just needs a competent treatment.

Sep 11 - 06:05 PM

inactive user

Jared King

I actually am really looking forward to "Pirates of the Carribean 4". In fact, I'm so happy, nothing can get me mad.

And there would be a lot here to get me pissed...

Sep 11 - 05:42 PM

rle4lunch

Chad W

why ledawg, whatever do you mean? could it be the page and a half posting of horseshi.t a few posts above yours?

Sep 11 - 06:04 PM

King Kubrick

Travis Earl

In my opinion children of the corn could use a redo. I watched it for the first time last fall and found some redeemable aspects but mostly felt it was indeed a missed opportunity (especially the climax with the animated demon). The core idea is sound; it just needs a competent treatment.

Sep 11 - 06:05 PM

tomwaitsjrHAPPYICONOCLAST

Greg Guro

Gina Carano?

*drools*

Sep 11 - 06:07 PM

JettaJameson

James Lowell

Rapunzel is sounding very cool. I'll most likely see it.

Manilow: The Movie........hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!! Is there anyone else out there so uncool?

Sep 11 - 06:50 PM

RamALamADingDong

That Guy

Oh, poor Pirates. The ride was so much fun then Disney had to go and PC it up a little and ruin it. Now the movies...

The first was so good. Then the second one came out and we knew lightning wouldn't strike twice. Then the third one...I don't even want to remember any of it, it was so bad.

The idea of focusing on just Jack is probably the worst idea. PotC was like Star Wars. Stars Wars didn't focus on just one character, it was an ensemble piece. So was Pirates. It wasn't just Jack. He may have been the breakout character but he couldn't care the movies himself. The movies were also about Will and Elizabeth. Focusing on Jack is like making a Star Wars movie that just has Han Solo without Luke or Leia. Sure you can do it, but you only have a third of what made the first so good. And if you do it won't even be a fraction as good.

What would Walt think about what's become of his once so great ride?

Sep 11 - 07:47 PM

inactive user

Jared King

Well, I liked all three, as long as they drop that Tia Dalma character, I'm good. And she's crab (?) so we're safe.

Sep 11 - 08:45 PM

Lil D.

Lil Diamond

The next movie SHOULD focus on Capt. Jack Sparrow, that is what made the first one the best one!

Sep 13 - 07:37 AM

Lil D.

Lil Diamond

The next movie SHOULD focus on Capt. Jack Sparrow, that is what made the first one the best one!

Sep 13 - 07:40 AM

Steve R.

Jared Ashkenaz

Mystery men is pretty much my favorite movie.

And the new Pirates of the Caribbean title sounds interesting. I mean, it tells us nothing, but it's still a cool name.
I wonder if they'll go with the Fountain of Youth thing.

Sep 11 - 07:49 PM

inactive user

Jared King

Well, I liked all three, as long as they drop that Tia Dalma character, I'm good. And she's crab (?) so we're safe.

Sep 11 - 08:45 PM

Premo Beat

John Noto

The 2nd and 3rd POTC movies were nearly unwatchable and over an hour too long. I'd be much more interested in a more historical pirate movie akin to Master and Commander, or even a sequel to M&C (as there were like 10 books in the series).

Sep 11 - 08:47 PM

inactive user

Jared King

Call me crazy, but "Master & Commander" is overrated. Is it better than POTC? Maybe, but I sure didn't enjoy it as much.

Sep 11 - 09:33 PM

King Kubrick

Travis Earl

You're not crazy I outright hated master & commander the first time I watched. It was one of those time when I was stunned at oscar season when it was nominated for best picture (if my memory serves). A technically accomplished film with little else of value.

P.S. Just saw district 9. Armond White can suck it. D9 gets the KK seal of approval.

Sep 12 - 12:48 AM

blattman

Mike Greenblatt

Then you will probably like the Michael Crighton book that Speilberg is making.

Sep 12 - 10:41 PM

rk666

Rizwan Khalil

Actually there're 20 novels, and are quite good. So, if one wants, one can make 30-40 years worth of M&C movies lol. But to my recollection, the first one was not a runaway hit with 150mill budget and collected less than 100 mill. I can understand why they didn't follow up the movie...

Sep 13 - 04:41 AM

inactive user

Jared King

Call me crazy, but "Master & Commander" is overrated. Is it better than POTC? Maybe, but I sure didn't enjoy it as much.

Sep 11 - 09:33 PM

King Kubrick

Travis Earl

You're not crazy I outright hated master & commander the first time I watched. It was one of those time when I was stunned at oscar season when it was nominated for best picture (if my memory serves). A technically accomplished film with little else of value.

P.S. Just saw district 9. Armond White can suck it. D9 gets the KK seal of approval.

Sep 12 - 12:48 AM

John Mclane

Graham Robertson

not saying these are all great idea's but its certainly the best list we have had in weeks. The whole wrongly imprisoned super hero idea sounds sweet.

Sep 12 - 12:45 AM

King Kubrick

Travis Earl

You're not crazy I outright hated master & commander the first time I watched. It was one of those time when I was stunned at oscar season when it was nominated for best picture (if my memory serves). A technically accomplished film with little else of value.

P.S. Just saw district 9. Armond White can suck it. D9 gets the KK seal of approval.

Sep 12 - 12:48 AM

Jamie C.

Jamie Croft

original thoughts are ****ing hilarious. now im thinking.. hmm filmed in three D interessant non? hmm. this is my first post. I approve.. Peace or something similar to that ne way...

Sep 12 - 12:58 AM

MADDAZ

Darren Anderson

Mixed feelings over another PotC. The first was fun but the next two movies were rubbish. Hope they stick with the whole 'Sparrow vs Barbossa' and maybe a new villian. Worried they are sticking with the same writers with the dripple they gave us with the last two movies.

Sep 12 - 02:05 AM

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