This week's Ketchup include news of plans to remake The Amityville Horror (again) and Disney's The Black Hole, a new project for acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson and new roles for Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow and one of the stars of The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
Hollywood has mostly taken the week off for Thanksgiving, so that they can all enjoy their vegan turduckens down by the pool, no doubt. Nature abhors a vacuum however (even Hollywood follows MOST of the laws of physics), and so even in a light week there's still news to report, such as franchise news for Zombieland, Kull and The Howling, and casting news for The A-Team, UFO and Thor.
This week's Ketchup includes casting news and rumors for Thor, Spider-Man 4, The Hobbit and Guardians of Ga'hoole, new sequels in the Jackass and Underworld franchises and potential new movies for Brad Pitt and Eddie Murphy.
This week's Ketchup includes new movies for the directors of Moon and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, as well as casting news for Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx and two of the stars of The Hangover.
#1 WILL THE BLACK CAT JINX PETER PARKER IN SPIDER-MAN 4?
The comic book site Mania.com is reporting that director Sam Raimi is currently casting for Spider-Man 4, and this early information gives us new insight into a possible new character.
This Week's Ketchup includes news about movies based upon Micronauts, Arabian Nights and The Berenstain Bears, as well as casting news for Sir Anthony Hopkins, Johnny Depp, George Clooney and Owen Wilson; and a new movie for the director of Slumdog Millionaire.
#1 J.J. ABRAMS WANTS TO PLAY WITH YOUR OLD MICRONAUTS TOYS
Hot off the success of his reimagining of Star Trek, J.J. Abrams is in negotiations to produce a movie based upon the popular 1970s-1980s Japanese toy franchise Micronauts, which was also a long-running Marvel Comics series. Micronauts was a series of interchangeable science fiction heroes, robots and vehicles (sort of imagine a cross between action figures and LEGO) that collectively told the story of alien warriors in the grip of an intergalactic war. The best part was that they have crashed on the strange world of Earth where they find themselves just the size of little toys. Among the most popular Micronauts figures were Biotron, Microtron, Acroyear and Baron Karza.
This week's Ketchup includes news of sequels for Paranormal Activity, Mad Max, and Men in Black franchises, as well as casting news for Sir Anthony Hopkins, Matt Damon, Keira Knightley, Tom Cruise, and Adam Sandler.
This Week's Ketchup includes casting rumors for Green Lantern and Thor, movie plans for two hit Broadway plays (Miss Saigon and Rock of Ages) and new roles for Angelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kirsten Dunst. On top of that, we've got the usual roundup of Rotten Ideas, which this week include a possibly not-quite-so-rotten Disney adaptation of a retro-futuristic themed novel, a sequel to the urban dance movie Stomp the Yard, a tweenier repurposing of Mel Gibson's What Women Want from the female perspective, and the most Rotten of all, a new movie entitled Monster Squad that not only has nothing to do with the 80s fan favorite, but is also brought to us by various people involved with Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigalo and Wild Hogs.
This week's Ketchup includes the expected franchise reboots - both involving espionage types Jack Ryan and Matt Helm - potentially starring Chris Pine and Bradley Cooper, as well as new projects for Will Ferrell (in a serious role, no less), Matthew McConaughey (as an attorney - wait, wasn't that A Time to Kill?), and Clive Owen (being awesome as usual). On the Rotten end of things, just wait until you find out what Hollywood (namely Roland Emmerich and 20th Century Fox) wants to do with Moses and William Shakespeare - suffice it to say they might very well be turning in their graves.
This week's Ketchup includes new movies for Leonardo DiCaprio and Hugh Jackman, sequel news for Kill Bill and Transformers, two CGI animated movies about the weird twists and turns of evolution and a surprising amount of news of English language remakes of foreign movies most of us didn't see (and one that a lot of us did, and loved).
#1 QUENTIN TARANTINO CONFIRMS HIS PLANS TO KILL BILL ONE MORE TIME... IN 2014
Entertainment Weekly reports that while talking to an Italian television show, director Quentin Tarantino confirmed that he plans to revist Uma Thurman's character in Kill Bill 3.
This Week's Ketchup had so many rotten ideas, that Greg couldn't settle on just one. So we're breaking this week's top ten stories into the "Fresh Developments" and their opposite number, the "Rotten Ideas of the Week". The Fresh Ideas include new projects for the directors of The Wrestler and Ice Age, as well as Marvel-ous news for Thor and X-Men. The Rotten Ideas include the usual remake and sequel stuff as well as a live action Barbie movie.
FRESH DEVELOPMENTS #1 X-MEN PRODUCER REVEALS WHAT MIGHT COME AFTER X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
While doing press for the X-Men Origins: Wolverine Blu-Ray, producer Lauren Shuler Donner, who basically holds the keys of the X-Men franchise at Fox revealed what projects she hopes to take on after the upcoming X-Men: First Class.
This week's Ketchup features the usual required sequels (Silent Hill 2) and remakes (which is such a Rotten Idea, I won't give it top promotion) as well a nice smattering of actual original concepts (thank you, Guillermo del Toro) and casting news for folks like Matt Damon, Zach Galifianakis, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Robert Downey Jr. and... LeBron James!
#1 MATT DAMON DEPARTING FOR CLINT EASTWOOD'S SWEET HEREAFTER
Matt Damon will star in Hereafter, a Warner Bros supernatural thriller "in the vein of The Sixth Sense" which will mark Clint Eastwood's first foray into the genre as a director. Hereafter was written by screenwriter Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon), who is also working on a new Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy movie. The project got its start at DreamWorks, and Steven Spielberg is still aboard as one of the producers, along with Eastwood himself. Clint doesn't often cast the same leads from movie to movie, but Matt Damon was also Clint's most recent star in this December's Invictus.
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.
This Week's Ketchup features an unusual number of "threequels," with plans being announced for the third entries to the Bad Boys, Big Momma's House and Halloween franchises. Disney's acquisition of Marvel is also big news, and is accompanied by news about other comic book movies like Lobo, Deadman and Fantastic Four.
#1 MARVEL/DISNEY: FROM THE HOUSE OF IDEAS TO THE MOUSE HOUSE
The big news this week that was pretty hard to miss was Disney's announced plans to buy Marvel for $4 billion, giving them access to the 5,000+ characters created and owned by the comic book company. This gives Disney access to hundreds of characters that appeal to boys (Disney already has plenty of properties that appeal to girls) in areas that include TV shows, video games, theme parks and of course, movies. It is the movie business, however, that is particularly complicated.
We are firmly in the dog days of Summer, as Hollywood sneaks a couple of end of the menu horror movies into theaters, and movie news this week came to a near standstill. There were, however, just enough bits of news to make up this week's top 11, including yet another new project for Steven Spielberg to consider, progress for the Bioshock movie, sequel news for Hancock, casting news for a few movies and the buzz on what horror classic Rob Zombie wants to remake next.
#1 WILL SMITH'S HANCOCK LINING UP FUTURE MISADVENTURES
The $600 million that last year's Hancock made pretty much ensured that Columbia Pictures (also eager to keep making Spider-Man movies) would be looking into continuing the Will Smith superhero franchise.
Although remakes have been a common trend in the Weekly Ketchup for quite a while, few weeks have ever been as dominated by them as this one, with remakes taking up 6 of the 11 stories. That is surely an all time (and dubious) record. And then there's a few sequels as well (White Chicks 2, Spider-Man 5 & 6). Hooray for originality, Hollywood.
#1 THE ORIGINAL SPIDER-MAN 4 WRITER IS WEAVING THE WEB OF SPIDER-MAN 5 AND 6
James Vanderbilt (Zodiac; cowriter of The Rundown), who Sony had originally hired to write the script for Spider-Man 4, has been hired again by the studio to work on scripts for both Spider-Man 5 and Spider-Man 6.
This week's Ketchup features the usual smorgasbord of movie concepts. An old TV show? Check! A video game? Check! A popular toy franchise? Check! A biopic about a dead musician? Check! David Mamet doing The Diary of Anne Frank and some Brits are making 3D musicals based on the works of William Shakespeare... Check? #1 BRYAN SINGER MOVING FROM X-MEN AND SUPERMAN TO BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
Universal Pictures has signed Bryan Singer to produce and direct a feature version of the popular sci-fi TV franchise, Battlestar Galactica. Bryan Singer's career got started with the award-winning The Usual Suspects, but most fans might best know him as the director of the first two X-Men movies and 2006's Superman Returns.
The predominant theme in this Week's Ketchup is "new spins on classic themes," as Robin Hood, Little Red Riding Hood, Edgar Allan Poe and P.T. Barnum are all getting remakes or reimaginations, and so is the classic Jimmy Stewart movie, Harvey. There's also the obligatory TV show and video game adaptations, as well as new roles for Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Aniston, Robert De Niro, Lindsay Lohan and Liam Neeson.
#1 STEVEN SPIELBERG TALKING TO HIS IMAGINARY FRIEND HARVEY REMAKE ABOUT HIS NEXT MOVIE
As dueling Easter Bunny movies make their way through development (I Hop and Hip Hop), Steven Spielberg is joining the rabbit-obsessed crowd with his plans to make the long-in-development remake of the classic Jimmy Stewart film, Harvey.
This Week's Ketchup sees an unusual number of pairs: two remakes, two prequels to beloved sci-fi movies, two movies based on recent video games and two movies based on 1971 children's books with environmental themes. In this Noah's Ark of industry related news, there are some gems, a handful of puzzlers, and maybe one or two that might leave one at a loss for words (whether in a good way or bad way remains to be seen). Oh, and of course, there's the Rotten Idea of the Week, which this time involves a possibly unnecessary adaptation that's indicative of the state of the relationship between Hollywood and the comics world. Click through to read the full article!
This is the week of Comic-Con International 2009 in San Diego, and so the world of movie news, and in particular, big fan-friendly projects, is quite active. Weekly Ketchup writer Greg Dean Schmitz unfortunately didn't get the opportunity to visit the mega convention this year, but he was still able to combine some of its biggest and juiciest news items with others that actually happened in Hollywood, a hop, skip, and a jump away from San Diego. Since this column has been written midway through the convention, it's possible some hot items might get missed this week, but as of publication, here's how the week stands.
This Week's Ketchup includes the requisite toy movie, but thankfully there are no remakes (although there is one movie based on an old TV show and two different movies based on young adult book series). Included in the original concepts are two comedies about today's economic hard times, a biopic about a classic children's book author, a historical epic about King Henry V and a time travel sci-fi action movie called Arena.