Weekly Ketchup: Will Tom Cruise Be The Man From U.N.C.L.E.?

Summary

This week's Ketchup includes movie development news for reboots of Escape from New York, Hercules, and Pete's Dragon, the next X-Men and Captain America movies, and new roles for Tom Cruise, Hugh Jackman, and Robert Redford. Back to Article

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Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

Tom Cruise = over exposure . . . Escape From New York, from the guy who gave us Matrix Reloaded, Ghost Ship, and, Speed Racer; at his best Joel Silver was The Best, at his worst Joel Silver is THE WORST.

Mar 22 - 05:19 PM

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Nancy Moore

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Mar 28 - 12:32 PM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

Jesus fuck. Leave Pete's dragon alone! We don't need that to be "dark and edgy". I doubt most kids today have even seen it.

Mar 22 - 05:31 PM

Greg Dean Schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

Or the Disney execs that started development on the reboot. I was actually quasi-serious about wondering if they had confused it with Dragonslayer.

Mar 22 - 08:43 PM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

That might be the case. It would just seem very...odd, to make this cheery 70's live action/animation movie into something darker. I can only hope it's a case of confusion.

Mar 22 - 08:51 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

If Hollywood made a My Little Pony movie, they'd go out of their way to make it "dark and edgy" -- "Make it like that Dark Knight movie," executives would say -- and it would be about some Evil HorseLord hellbent on burning down My Pony-ville and enslaving all the wee little ponies. They'll also throw in elements from Avatar, Inception, and the darker parts from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Mar 23 - 09:12 AM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

I love the Dark Knight trilogy...but look what it started...DAMN YOU CHRIS NOLAN!!!

Mar 23 - 09:28 AM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Thank you! PETE'S DRAGON may not be a classic, but it's a personal childhood favorite: the fact that it won kids over as opposed to adults doesn't make this story all that farfetched. If it happens, it happens.

Mar 22 - 10:03 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

I remember it, and faintly recall one of the songs. However, this new concept sounds like Eragon and we all know how that turned out.

Mar 23 - 12:36 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I agree with David, especially considering that Dark and Edgy to most director/producers is having the protagonist wear a hoodie and emo about for 2 hours. TAKE OFF THAT DAMN HOODIE CLARK AND GET BACK WORKING ON A FARM, DAMN KIDS THESE DAYS!

Mar 23 - 09:46 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I've been trying to follow the odd story behind the "Jane Got a Gun" debacle. The best I can understand it, Ramsay and producer Scott Steindorff couldn't agree on a final script. The original script was by first-timer Brian Duffield, but Ramsay had wanted to "rework" it. Inbetween the representative statements from both sides (anonymous, natch), we can see that Ramsay claims an "approved" script was not "provided" for her in time for shooting, which sounds like her changes got shot down. She also tried to renegotiate her "final cut", which in her contract would have expired due to schedule and budget overruns (which she knew were imminent). My own theory: this was a game of chicken between director and producer to see who would blink first, and, apparently, neither did and they rammed head into each other. There's a good article on this at Hollywood Reporter. The question is co-producer Natalie Portman. The HR story claims Ramsay gave notice Saturday morning, but that this was kept secret from Portman, who reportedly showed up to set on Monday expecting to shoot. Both Ramsay and Steindorff are both in the wrong for keeping Portman in the dark of the whole drama.

As for the association between Law and those other actors: it's actually pretty simple - the financing of this independant film hinges on bankable names, and those other actors may just be who happens to be available with Law's level of star power.

I'm not as down on the "Pete's Dragon" story. Obviously, it could either be sublime or garish. I think "Saints" is Lowery's first film, and I haven't seen it yet, so who knows? The post just makes me upset that Disney's first nude scene wasn't Helen Reddy. I know. I'm just saying. Let her roar.

If Joel Silver thinks he can just slide that little Taylor Kitsch punk into the shoes of Snake, then's he's in for a world of pain. All of Bon Jovi's shampoo can't make Kitsch half the good eye of Kurt Russell on a bad day. That's just some pre-emptive advice.

Mar 22 - 05:44 PM

Greg Dean Schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

Or the Disney execs that started development on the reboot. I was actually quasi-serious about wondering if they had confused it with Dragonslayer.

Mar 22 - 08:43 PM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

That might be the case. It would just seem very...odd, to make this cheery 70's live action/animation movie into something darker. I can only hope it's a case of confusion.

Mar 22 - 08:51 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

If Hollywood made a My Little Pony movie, they'd go out of their way to make it "dark and edgy" -- "Make it like that Dark Knight movie," executives would say -- and it would be about some Evil HorseLord hellbent on burning down My Pony-ville and enslaving all the wee little ponies. They'll also throw in elements from Avatar, Inception, and the darker parts from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Mar 23 - 09:12 AM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

I love the Dark Knight trilogy...but look what it started...DAMN YOU CHRIS NOLAN!!!

Mar 23 - 09:28 AM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

That might be the case. It would just seem very...odd, to make this cheery 70's live action/animation movie into something darker. I can only hope it's a case of confusion.

Mar 22 - 08:51 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

If Hollywood made a My Little Pony movie, they'd go out of their way to make it "dark and edgy" -- "Make it like that Dark Knight movie," executives would say -- and it would be about some Evil HorseLord hellbent on burning down My Pony-ville and enslaving all the wee little ponies. They'll also throw in elements from Avatar, Inception, and the darker parts from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Mar 23 - 09:12 AM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

I love the Dark Knight trilogy...but look what it started...DAMN YOU CHRIS NOLAN!!!

Mar 23 - 09:28 AM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I dont see why Hercules is a Rotten idea

Mar 22 - 09:21 PM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

Brett Ratner.

Mar 22 - 09:30 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Everything about it is a bad idea.

Mar 23 - 12:37 AM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

Brett Ratner.

Mar 22 - 09:30 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Thank you! PETE'S DRAGON may not be a classic, but it's a personal childhood favorite: the fact that it won kids over as opposed to adults doesn't make this story all that farfetched. If it happens, it happens.

Mar 22 - 10:03 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

I remember it, and faintly recall one of the songs. However, this new concept sounds like Eragon and we all know how that turned out.

Mar 23 - 12:36 AM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Hey, Gregg, read some rather depressing things here: remakes of ESCAPE TO NEW YORK and PETE'S DRAGON: both are fine, as opposed to 'awesome', films and these ideas are some of the worst I've ever read. However, nothing could be more soul-crushing to me then the recent casting of the new ENDLESS LOVE based on Scott Spencer's best seller (and my favorite novel of all time). Not saying you should have included it here: hell, how many people really remember the 1981 version with Brooke Shield's barely-legal body being covered by atrocious blue lighting which Franco Zefferelli directed with all the finesse of the most cheap soft-core porn out there? Hopefully nobody here! And what's funny? The 1981 original served as the theatrical debut of Tom Cruise (and James Spader, but whatever), who shows up in what is arguably the worst scene in the entire movie from an adaptation perspective. It was nominated for like six Razzies or something, while the Ritchie-Ross' hit got an Oscar nod!

Hopefully the EVIL DEAD remake will live up to its ecstatic buzz, which is getting more exciting by the second, don't you think?

Mar 22 - 10:18 PM

Connor Dutchak

Connor Dutchak

Ummm...Rotten news numbers? 5, 4, 3, 8, 9? What?

Mar 22 - 11:26 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Who fucking paid to see Hansel and Gretel? They don't deserve money if they plan to waste it in such a fashion...

Mar 23 - 12:33 AM

Mensa Devoid

John Mancz

Lol, I did and I knew going in it was wrong, but couldn't stop myself. To make it worse I paid for my friend too. Your right though...take my $...I see that now and if I knew it would have led to a sequel...omg if only I could get in a DeLorean and change it all...

Mar 23 - 05:48 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

If you were drunk you're excused.

Mar 23 - 09:59 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

I remember it, and faintly recall one of the songs. However, this new concept sounds like Eragon and we all know how that turned out.

Mar 23 - 12:36 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Everything about it is a bad idea.

Mar 23 - 12:37 AM

Mensa Devoid

John Mancz

Lol, I did and I knew going in it was wrong, but couldn't stop myself. To make it worse I paid for my friend too. Your right though...take my $...I see that now and if I knew it would have led to a sequel...omg if only I could get in a DeLorean and change it all...

Mar 23 - 05:48 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

If you were drunk you're excused.

Mar 23 - 09:59 AM

King  S.

King Simba

I kind of doubt Tom Cruise is going to go through with Man from U.N.C.L.E. It just feels too similair to Mission Impossible. Though this could also mean that they're planning on making Renner the new star of that franchise, but I kind of doubt it.

I think we just found out what film is going to get Affleck his first best director oscar. Even if it ends up being a step below his previous roles they'll probably give him a nomination just to make up for not giving him one for Argo.

Wait there was a character in the first Captain America named Dum Dum Dugan. How could I have missed that? Anyway, really liking how the cast is shaping up for Winter Soldier and Marvel is on a roll so I'm really looking forward to Winter Soldier.

Normally, I'd be worried at the amount of characters planned on making an appearance in Days of Future Past, but if anyone can handle such a wide array of characters, it's Bryan Singer.

Okay, there are some films that have a lot of potential to lead to multiple sequels and reboots, but Escape from New York isn't one of them. Didn't the sequel prove that you can only take the premises so far?

I actually think Pete's Dragon has potential. The original wasn't one of Disney's best, so there's definetely a lot of room for improvement (unlike say Beauty and the Beast), but I don't think dark and gritty is going to work for it at all.

Didn't see Hansel and Gretel so I'm not going to bother with the sequel either.

Mar 23 - 08:44 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Yep, Dum Dum was one of the POW's Cap free's from Hydra while he's going after Bucky. He's the one who tells the Nazi "You know Fritz, one of these days I'm gonna have a stick of my own."

Mar 24 - 05:34 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

From U.N.C.L.E.? I was thinking more along the lines of "From M.I.D.G.E.T." And I'll admit that I even like some movies with Tom Cruise as the lead.

He's in far too many movies. In some, he fits, in numerous others, he's simply the wrong guy for the lead. Hollywood is still living in the past, stuck on the whole BIG STAR phenomenon. BIG STARS aren't the nearly foolproof casting choice that they once were.

Even casting Johnny Depp can't always save a movie.

Mar 23 - 09:07 AM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

Man from U.N.C.L.E. sounds way to similar to Mission Impossible based on the description. Tom Cruise always does his best work stepping out of character, like Collateral, Magnolia and Tropic Thunder.

Mar 23 - 09:30 AM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

His best performance is still in 1989's BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, hands down!

Mar 23 - 11:11 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I also really liked him as Lestat in Interview with the Vampire. So much of that movie wasn't right, but I was pleasantly surprised that Lestat wasn't one of them.

Mar 24 - 05:35 PM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

Interview was another great Cruise role. I haven't seen Born on 4th of July yet, so I can't comment.

Mar 25 - 06:24 AM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

If Hollywood made a My Little Pony movie, they'd go out of their way to make it "dark and edgy" -- "Make it like that Dark Knight movie," executives would say -- and it would be about some Evil HorseLord hellbent on burning down My Pony-ville and enslaving all the wee little ponies. They'll also throw in elements from Avatar, Inception, and the darker parts from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Mar 23 - 09:12 AM

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