Weekly Ketchup: Chris Cooper is Spider-Man's Norman Osborn

Plus, Hermione is Cinderella, Bane has PTSD, and Harry Potter might serve Frankenstein.

This week's Ketchup includes new roles for Harry Potter franchise stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, as well as Bradley Cooper, Tom Hardy, Liam Neeson, and Gary Oldman in movies which include reboots of Cinderella, Frankenstein, and Robin Hood.


This Week's Top Story

CHRIS COOPER TO PLAY NORMAN OSBORN IN THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

Ever since the character was teased in The Amazing Spider-Man, fans have been speculating about who might play Norman Osborn in the reboot movies. The smart money on accurately making such a guess would have been on picking a middle aged "serious" actor that fits in with the sort of actors that have been cast as villains in the past: your Willem Dafoes, your Alfred Molinas, your Paul Giamattis, et al. Putting all of that together, therefore, might have led one to guess someone like Chris Cooper (Breach, Adaptation, The Muppets), and that hypothetical ballparking would have been correct. Chris Cooper will play Norman Osborn, AKA the Green Goblin (although he won't necessarily be seen as that villain), and father to Harry Osborn, who has already been cast as Dane DeHaan (Chronicle). The Osborns join a steadily increasing cast that already includes Jamie Foxx as Electro, Paul Giamatti as the Rhino, and British actress Felicity Jones as a mysterious character who may or may not be Felicia Hardy, AKA The Black Cat. Sony Pictures is planning on releasing The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 3D and non-3D on May 2, 2014.

Fresh Developments This Week

#1 HERMIONE GRANGER CAST AS DISNEY'S NEW REIMAGINED CINDERELLA

Almost two years after the film franchise ended, neither Emma Watson nor the other two young leads have yet established a major post-Harry Potter blockbuster release. That may change with the next in Disney's ongoing fantasy reimaginings (after Oz the Great and Powerful next week, and Maleficent in 2014). Emma Watson is in early talks with Disney to play the title character in their reboot of Cinderella, which may be released in late 2014. If she does indeed sign on, Emma Watson will be joining Cate Blanchett, who is expected to sign on to play the evil stepmother, and director Kenneth Branagh (Thor, Hamlet, Henry V). If everything comes together, filming will start in London in late 2013.




#2 GARY OLDMAN AND TEEN ACTOR KODI SMIT-MCPHEE HELP FILL OUT THE HUMAN CAST OF DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

It was just last week that we found out that Jason Clarke from Zero Dark Thirty had been cast as the first human actor in the rebooted sequel/prequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. This week, the cast grew a bit more with the addition of two more humans. First, there was Kodi Smit-McPhee from Let Me In and The Road in an unspecified role. That news, however, was quickly overshadowed by the addition of Gary Oldman as the leader of a colony of human resistance fighters struggling to survive in the San Francisco of 15 years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. This becomes the third major "reboot" that Gary Oldman has participated in recently, following Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, and the upcoming RoboCop reboot. 20th Century Fox is planning on releasing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on May 23, 2014.


#3 BRADLEY COOPER TO STAR IN AN AMERICAN REMAKE OF KOKOWAAH THAT WILL PROBABLY NOT RETAIN THAT TITLE

Last week, this column mentioned that the week(s) following the 85th Annual Academy Awards would surely see new roles and deals for Sunday's winners. Well, that is also true of actors that were merely nominated (as part of that whole "it's an honor just to be nominated..." thing). In that category, we submit this story about Bradley Cooper signing on with Warner Bros to star in, and possibly direct, an English language remake of the 2011 German comedy Kokowaah. That title is a reference to what it sounds like when Germans try to pronounce the French dish "coq au vin," so yeah, there's zero chance that title will be staying. Bradley Cooper will be playing an author whose friendship with another man is changed when the truth about his daughter's father is revealed (ie, the author is actually the dad). The original Kokowaah was Germany's biggest hit of 2011, and a sequel was just recently released. This is one of a few films that is vying for the honor of being Bradley Cooper's directorial feature film debut.


#4 UPCOMING NEIL GAIMAN NOVEL THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE ALREADY HAS A MOVIE DEAL AND A DIRECTOR

As long as your ignore 2008's The Soloist, British director Joe Wright has a pretty amazing filmography after just five films which includes Atonement, Hanna, and last year's Anna Karenina. Although he's still awaiting his first Academy Award nomination (as director), Wright may have still been another beneficiary of post-Oscar good will. Focus Features and Tom Hanks' Playtone have made a deal with Wright to direct an adaptation of the upcoming Neil Gaiman (Coraline) novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane. The novel won't be published until June, but the premise concerns a man whose family's car was used for a suicide that caused ancient and dangerous magical powers to be unleashed back into the world. This is the second project that Playtone is working on with Neil Gaiman, along with the planned HBO series adaptation of his novel American Gods.


#5 MAMA DIRECTOR SIGNS FOR THE POST-APOCALYPTIC DRAMA BIRD BOX

While Universal Pictures is trying to figure out if they can sequelize Mama, that film's director Andy Muschietti has other plans, as he is in talks (with Universal) to direct a movie called Bird Box. Based upon an upcoming 2014 book by Josh Malerman of the rock group The High Strung, Bird Box tells the stories of a woman and two children who make their way down a river, blindfolded, in a postapocalyptic setting. The logline actually inserts the word "seemingly" in front of "postapocalyptic," which probably means it's not a postapocalyptic setting at all (just saying). That guess is supported by the studio's movie comparisons, which includes Children of Men, and the real hint, which is The Others, another movie where the premise was "seemingly" something it wasn't at all. There's a good chance that Bird Box won't be Andy Muscietti's next film as director, as Universal Pictures hasn't yet found a writer to actually adapt Malerman's novel yet.


#6 TOM HARDY TO PLAY A SOLDIER WITH POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER IN INDIE FILM SAMARKAND

Trivia time: Samarkand is the second largest city in Uzbekistan, and was famous historically for being the halfway point along the Silk Road to China. That may be quite academic to future movie fans, however, who probably will only know Samarkand as that one movie back in 2014 (or 2015) where Tom Hardy played a British soldier struggling with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Samarkand will be an independent film that marks the directorial debut of photographer Olly Williams, who also cowrote the script with his brother Greg Williams. Samarkand will have to find a place in Tom Hardy's busy filming schedule which already includes four other upcoming movies (Animal Rescue, Child 44, Everest, and Locke) that are expecting to be filmed in 2013.


Rotten Ideas of the Week

#3 THE REIMAGINATION EXPRESS TURNS THE LEGEND OF ROBIN HOOD INTO MERRY MEN

It's not just Disney and the Cinderella "reimagination" that made the news this week in the days before the one-two-punch release of Jack the Giant Slayer and Oz the Great and Powerful. DreamWorks is also getting in the game with a project called Merry Men. The pitch here is a reboot of the Robin Hood legend that focuses on the adventures of supporting characters like Little John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet, and Maid Marian in the style of ensemble caper movies like The Dirty Dozen or Ocean's Eleven. Merry Men will be directed by Act of Valor (25% "Rotten" on the RT Tomatometer) codirector Scott Waugh from a script by newcomer Brad Ingelsby, whose first released film will be Out of the Furnace, starring Christian Bale. Before Merry Men starts filming, Scott Waugh's second film as director will be next year's video game adaptation Need for Speed.


#2 LIAM NEESON AND GANG TO VOICE THE NUT JOB, ABOUT CRAZY SQUIRRELS STEALING NUTS... GET IT? GET IT? GET IT?

Liam Neeson has signed with Gulfstream Pictures (which has a distribution deal with Warner Bros) to provide the voice of an evil raccoon afin the $45 million CGI animated movie The Nut Job. Liam Neeson joins a voice cast which already includes Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, and Katherine Heigl, most of who probably will be playing squirrel characters. The Nut Job.M. is about squirrels who try to steal nuts, and is an expansion of the 2005 CGI animated short film Surly Squirrel. Gulfstream Pictures is planning on releasing The Nut Job sometime in 2013.





#1 DANIEL RADCLIFFE TO ASK YOU TO WALK THIS WAY AS IGOR IN THE FRANKENSTEIN REBOOT

Up above, Emma Watson scored the top Fresh Development with her landing of the title role in the Cinderella reboot. And here, as the Rotten Idea of the Week, her former costar Daniel Radcliffe headlines this story. It should be noted, however, that it's not really Daniel Radcliffe that makes this story "rotten." First, the facts: Daniel Radcliffe is in final negotiations to play "Igor" in 20th Century Fox's upcoming modern science fiction reimagination of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein. Of course, there wasn't a character called Igor in Mary Shelley's book at all, and in the 1931 movie that remains the most popular adaptation, Dr. Frankenstein's assistant was named "Fritz," not "Igor." It wasn't until the 1939 sequel Son of Frankenstein that the assistant named Ygor was first introduced. Anyway, this new Frankenstein will be directed by Paul McGuigan, whose last four films have all earned "Rotten" RT Tomatometer scores (for The Reckoning, Wicker Park, Lucky Number Slevin, and most recently, Push). So, yeah, that's why the casting of Igor in Frakenstein is this week's Most Rotten Idea. Sorry, Harry.



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Comments

Andrew Milito

Andrew Milito

Come to think of it, I'm pretty disappointed in Daniel Radcliffe being cast as Igor as well. Is that all they can give this kid?

I like the Gary Oldman story though, can't wait for a new Apes movie!

Mar 1 - 05:21 PM

bubbles

S L

Actually, they gave him the role of Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings which premiered to rave reviews at Sundance (both the movie and his acting), and it's scheduled for a fall release. He's also in Joe Hill's Horns - which looks pretty crazy, but interesting.

Mar 4 - 08:48 AM

Tom Carter

Tom Carter

Interesting choice, putting Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn. I have to ask, though, how in the heck is that guy going to top Willem Dafoe? Willem Dafoe, in my opinion, is one of the only men in the world who truly scares me, mainly due to his role as Norman Osborn (mainly because I was like 10 when the film came out and this was the first movie I'd seen the guy in). In my opinion, Dafoe is one of the better actors in Hollywood nowadays (especially in movies like Platoon and Antichrist), and to me, Cooper's going to have to do quite a bit to top him. Also, I don't personally believe the Green Goblin should come out in this movie, especially with Electro and Rhino already in the mix (see Spider-Man Part 3 for a good example of way too many villains gone kinda wrong). Maybe this should end with some kind of cliffhanger with Osborn in the middle of becoming the Green Goblin then have him as the villain if there's a third one. Besides, putting the most well known antagonist in the third film has been used by another series (Iron Man), so why not Spider-Man too?

Mar 1 - 05:38 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Hasn't Mark Webb been teasing Venom possibly showing up, too?

Mar 1 - 07:32 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Classic mistake

Mar 1 - 11:42 PM

Maalstrom Aran

Tom F

I completely agree about Dafoe. The guy's a monster. He nailed Norman in the first one.

Mar 2 - 12:25 PM

Alex Bauman

Alex Bauman

I think that's a good idea. Either end with him beginning the Green Goblin or just keep him as Norman Osborne for the whole film and have him become Goblin in the 3rd one (kinda like how Curt Connors probably would have eventually become the Lizard in Raimi's series if Spider-man 4 didn't have the plug pulled on it.

Mar 2 - 03:48 PM

Jerad Donley

Jerad Donley

We are going to look back at the amazing spiderman 2 as the absolute worse misscast villian movie ever how is chris cooper going look fighting spidy jamie and paul are to talented actors to play lower level tier villians

Mar 2 - 03:52 PM

Kyle Frame

Kyle Frame

I remember many people saying the same about Heath Ledger playing the Joker. And Chris Cooper is insanely talented as well. I wouldn't overlook him.

Mar 3 - 08:53 PM

Jameson B.

Jameson Bradford

If you want to be taken seriously, or even just understood, please learn to use punctuation.

Mar 4 - 06:54 AM

Alberto Zeeky

Alberto Zeeky

Norman Osborn was my biggest question mark with Amazing Spider-Man. I felt Dafoe did a really good job and probably shouldn't be a character to be involved in the reboot, however he's essentially the main villian related to Spider-Man so of course it would've been ridiculous to have him left out. I enjoyed the way TASM had delivered the goods, so I'll give the benefit of the doubt that round two will be as good.

Love the news on Oldman being in the Apes sequel.

Mar 1 - 06:16 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Hasn't Mark Webb been teasing Venom possibly showing up, too?

Mar 1 - 07:32 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Classic mistake

Mar 1 - 11:42 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Emma Thompson being cast as Cinderella is the only interesting news this week. That being said, its weird, because she was also going to play Belle in Guiller Del Toro's Beauty & the Beast adaption, which I frankly am still looking forward to more than the Cinderella one.

And Daniel, really? Also, wasn't the Frankenstein reboot supposed to be directed by Guillermo Del Toro? Or is that a different Frankenstein project he's doing?

Mar 1 - 07:33 PM

Captain Terror

Captain Terror

Del Toro's Frankenstein is supposed to be influenced by the Berni Wrightson illustrations of the novel. (Google them, they're pretty cool.) Radcliffe's is evidently more sci-fi in tone from what I've heard.

Mar 1 - 07:41 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The sci-fi one, I think, is "I, Frankenstein" with Aaron Eckhardt.

Mar 1 - 11:44 PM

greg_dean_schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

This is the modern sci-fi one (that might be trying to be in the style of Rise of the Planet of the Apes)... the Aaron Eckhart one is more in the style of Underworld (maybe).

Mar 2 - 11:03 AM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Oh, THAT Frankenstein; well, now that I remember that one, it does seem better suited for him.

Mar 2 - 04:29 PM

Myron

Myron Kinsey

You really think that Del Toro is going to actually get around to making those films? You poor, poor soul. smh.

Mar 2 - 11:00 AM

Javier Diaz

Javier Diaz

Dude... You said Emma Thompson... It's Watson...

Mar 3 - 07:24 AM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

My bad.

Mar 4 - 12:07 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

so is this a 14 or 12 year old Cinderella per how the actress actually looks or is she playing an actual adult Cinderella per the actress's actual age?

Mar 3 - 01:10 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Google or Wikipedia are your friends.

Mar 4 - 12:08 AM

Captain Terror

Captain Terror

Del Toro's Frankenstein is supposed to be influenced by the Berni Wrightson illustrations of the novel. (Google them, they're pretty cool.) Radcliffe's is evidently more sci-fi in tone from what I've heard.

Mar 1 - 07:41 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The sci-fi one, I think, is "I, Frankenstein" with Aaron Eckhardt.

Mar 1 - 11:44 PM

greg_dean_schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

This is the modern sci-fi one (that might be trying to be in the style of Rise of the Planet of the Apes)... the Aaron Eckhart one is more in the style of Underworld (maybe).

Mar 2 - 11:03 AM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Oh, THAT Frankenstein; well, now that I remember that one, it does seem better suited for him.

Mar 2 - 04:29 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Hopefully, they won't screw up the Green Goblin costume this time around. Amazing Spiderman 2 is starting to shape up pretty well.

Gary Oldman always delivers an enjoyable performance. Looking forward to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Mar 1 - 08:04 PM

Chris Berg

Chris Berg

Wow. Surprised Radcliffe as Igor is getting so much hate. Max Landis (who wrote the script) has been saying the movie does put Igor in the spotlight.

Mar 1 - 09:13 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

And that is why it fails....

Mar 1 - 11:45 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Just look at how well Igor did in his spotlight in that Tim Burton rip-off animated movie.

Mar 2 - 04:30 PM

Andrew StClair

Andrew StClair

What movie was that?

Mar 3 - 09:57 AM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

Umm, Igor.

Mar 4 - 12:07 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Classic mistake

Mar 1 - 11:42 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The sci-fi one, I think, is "I, Frankenstein" with Aaron Eckhardt.

Mar 1 - 11:44 PM

greg_dean_schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

This is the modern sci-fi one (that might be trying to be in the style of Rise of the Planet of the Apes)... the Aaron Eckhart one is more in the style of Underworld (maybe).

Mar 2 - 11:03 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

And that is why it fails....

Mar 1 - 11:45 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

What the hell? Neeson's special set of nuts. Harry Potter thinks he's Marty Feldman. Let the "Act of Valor" guy direct the Robin Hood movie. Make a Shymalan-esque pseudo-apocalyptic movie from a book that does't appear to be written yet.

All so Gary Oldman can look like the sanest man in town.

Mar 1 - 11:58 PM

Gimhana Fernando

Gimhana Fernando

"Sorry, Harry." I was thinking the same thing.......

Mar 2 - 12:08 AM

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn. This is going to be amazing.

A bit disappointed Oldman isn't playing an ape.

Neil Gaiman should get adapted into movies more.

I don't know what's so "Rotten" about Radcliffe as Igor, regardless of what the director has done before.

Mar 2 - 03:32 AM

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Another thing:
Something Awful's film subforum is having their own awards happening at the moment and they have a special category: The Armond White Award for Best Film Under 60% at Rotten Tomatoes.

Nominees:
Battleship
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
V/H/S
Beyond The Black Rainbow
Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie

Winner:
V/H/S

They also voted Tarantino for Best Director and Original Screenplay, tie Prometheus and Django Unchained for Best Makeup/Costumes, Prometheus also managing to get Best Art Direction, and a three-way tie for Best Cinematography between Prometheus, The Master, and unsurprisingly Skyfall.

Mar 2 - 03:45 AM

jordangberg

Jordan Goldberg

Yeah I actually thought Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter was pretty damn good. It was definitely entertaining that's for sure.

Mar 2 - 02:06 PM

Myze

Myze Divine

Agree about Neil Gaiman books. American Gods was a great, unique book. Can't say I'm incredibly interested about the HBO series (will need to learn more), but I am interested in the next book (not so much the movie, although I'll probably see it).

Mar 2 - 12:13 PM

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Mohd Syafiq Bin Jabaruddin

Another thing:
Something Awful's film subforum is having their own awards happening at the moment and they have a special category: The Armond White Award for Best Film Under 60% at Rotten Tomatoes.

Nominees:
Battleship
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
V/H/S
Beyond The Black Rainbow
Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie

Winner:
V/H/S

They also voted Tarantino for Best Director and Original Screenplay, tie Prometheus and Django Unchained for Best Makeup/Costumes, Prometheus also managing to get Best Art Direction, and a three-way tie for Best Cinematography between Prometheus, The Master, and unsurprisingly Skyfall.

Mar 2 - 03:45 AM

jordangberg

Jordan Goldberg

Yeah I actually thought Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter was pretty damn good. It was definitely entertaining that's for sure.

Mar 2 - 02:06 PM

Timothy Hope

Timothy Hope

I like Chris Cooper and all, but I don't know if he's right for Norman or the Goblin. The actor has to be pretty intimidating, but kind of villainously fun at the same time. Willem Dafoe did a great job at both. Honestly, I think I'd rather see Gary Oldman here too, even if he is a bit old.

Also, in all sincerity, what constitutes a good Goblin costume? The flight suit was a little silly, but it made sense. The old comics suit would be way sillier, especially in daylight. The "Ultimate" Spider-man comics version looks too much like The Lizard. I don't envy the development team working on that.

Mar 2 - 06:12 AM

jordangberg

Jordan Goldberg

They should just have him wear the Green Man costume with a paper mache golbin mask...

Mar 2 - 02:08 PM

Brent Taylor

Brent Taylor

How long will we get Spiderman movies until we get to see his major foes Doctor Doom, Mysterio and especially (along with Doc Ock) main nemesis Kingpin?

Mar 2 - 09:41 AM

greg_dean_schmitz

Greg Dean Schmitz

Doctor Doom is considered the (main) archenemy of the Fantastic Four. Kingpin is considered the (main) archenemy of Daredevil. So, Fox has the rights to Doom, and the rights to Kingpin likely reverted back to Marvel a few months ago. Spidey is Sony.

Mar 2 - 07:35 PM

Dylan  J.

Dylan Jones

Gary Oldman in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? Hell yes I'm seeing that.

Mar 2 - 10:35 AM

Myron

Myron Kinsey

You really think that Del Toro is going to actually get around to making those films? You poor, poor soul. smh.

Mar 2 - 11:00 AM

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