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The last full week of 2012 was another sort of slow week in the world of movie development news. Things, however, will really slow down to a crawl until January (and indeed, the next two Fridays will see this column become the "Yearly Ketchup"). The last news items of 2012 included two movies based on 1970s TV shows (Kojak and Gaiking), two sequels (the next Muppets, and The Expendables 3), a spinoff of Cars called Planes, and a biopic about the early career of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
This was a relatively slow week in the realm of movie development news, as most sites were busy covering the various awards season nominations, or providing links to any of the various trailers that will be in theaters this weekend with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. What did get announced this week includes sequels for The Adventures of Tintin, Alice in Wonderland, The Muppets, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Transformers, new movie adaptations of Angry Birds and The Equalizer, and new roles for Glenn Close, Will Ferrell, Nick Nolte, and Michael Shannon.
This week's Ketchup has lots and lots of movie development news stories involving sequels (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2, Clerks III, Pacific Rim 2, TRON 3, and Wreck-It Ralph 2). Is our long, slow slog through the wave of remakes finally behind us, so that Hollywood can get back to focusing its collective social regurgitation on that whole chestnut, the endless wave of sequels? Perhaps, or perhaps this was just a very "sequelly" week, and the near future will bring us back to the remakes and reimaginings and all that re-re-re-business. George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Johnny Depp also made some news this week.
This week's Ketchup includes movie development news stories for such films as Disney's live action Cinderella, a remake of Flight of the Navigator, a Marvin Gaye biopic, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, and the sixth movie based upon Marvel's X-Men comic book characters. There's also new roles for George Clooney, Charlize Theron, and Reese Witherspoon.
This week's Ketchup is coming to you on a Wednesday morning instead of Friday evening because of Thanksgiving Thursday giving pretty much everyone in Hollywood a much, much shorter work week. So, half a week means only half the usual number of stories (five this week, from the standard ten).
This week's Ketchup is a true potpourri of movie development news, including videogame adaptations (like Asteroids and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell), animated movies (Turkeys and Hotel Transylvania 2), reboots of classic characters (Popeye and Tarzan), and biopics (Johnny Carson and Pablo Escobar).
The week in Hollywood movie development news -- following last week's announcement of Disney's plans for Star Wars Episode VII -- seemed almost late-August-like in terms of relative activity. What did make the news this week included stories about The Giver, Tarzan, Transformers 4, the not-going-to-happen-anymore sequel to Top Gun, and yes, indeed, more stories about Star Wars Episode VII.
This week in movie development news pretty much seemed to begin and end with Star Wars: Episode VII. There was, however, actually other stuff going on, including Jamie Foxx in talks to play an Amazing Spider-Man 2 villain, and new roles for Zac Efron, Michael Fassbender, Colin Firth, Paul Giamatti, and Kurt Russell.
This week's Ketchup covers a week packed nearly to the full ten stories with high profile affairs that are much more typical of the blockbuster days of Summer than pre-Halloween Autumn. Included in the mix are news stories about Arnold Schwarzengger's return to Conan the Barbarian, James Bond movies #24 and #25, and three different Marvel superhero movies (The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier). James Cameron, Johnny Depp, Jeremy Renner, and Adam Sandler get name checked in this article too.
This week's Ketchup includes news about new (and potential new) roles for Elizabeth Banks, Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise, Aaron Paul (of Breaking Bad), and Brad Pitt. Also included in the ten story mix are the video game adaptation Need for Speed, a reboot of the Left Behind franchise, another Tyler Perry Alex Cross movie, a remake of Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and two movies based on newspaper comic strips (Heathcliff and The Family Circus).
This week's Ketchup includes a CGI movie adaptation of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang, new character information for the fifth Spider-Man movie, and new roles for Ben Affleck, Anne Hathaway, and Jamie Foxx.
This week's Ketchup includes movie development news for three toy/game adaptations from Hasbro, movies based on Little House on the Prairie and Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, the sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and new movies for Amy Adams, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Renner, Sam Rockwell, and Meryl Streep.
This week's Ketchup includes movie development news for the video game adaptation Spy Hunter, a sort-of-kind-of prequel for The Passion of the Christ, a new version of The Mummy, and new roles for actresses Gina Carano, Dame Judi Dench, Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, and Hilary Swank.
This week's Ketchup is full of news stories concerning TV show adaptations like Looney Tunes (technically a TV show), Baywatch, and yes, Manimal. There's also a new movie for director Roman Polanski, new roles for Casey Affleck and Pierce Brosnan, and an unnecessary remake of The Flamingo Kid.
This week, Hollywood finally started to recover from their long two-week lapse in movie development news due to the end of summer, including Labor Day weekend. Bouncing back from this near hiatus, Hollywood has given us new movies featuring Brad Pitt, three different stories involving CGI animation, a few unnecessary remakes, and biopics about the lives of Emily Dickinson and Coach Joe Paterno.
The week after Labor Day was pretty much as slow for movie development news as the the week before the holiday was, except at least that one had 5 business days. The articles for this week's Ketchup had to be picked from a very limited pool, and probably about half of them never would have made the cut in most other weeks. These ten stories include a sequel to a movie no one expected a sequel to, and new roles for Vin Diesel, Zac Efron, Chris Evans, Michael Fassbender, Bruce Willis, and Renee Zellweger.
In this week leading up to the Labor Day weekend (and the de facto end of the 2012 summer season), the Hollywood movie development news cycle went into one of its slower periods. Where normally there might be 20 to 35 major news stories that are considered for inclusion in the Weekly Ketchup, this week, there were basically just ten, and they all are included below. Making the grade this week are news stories for such stars as Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Douglas, Ryan Gosling, and Prometheus stars Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron.
This Week's Ketchup covers movie development news stories about potential roles for James Franco, Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington, the superhero sequels Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall and Thor: The Dark World, remakes of The Rocketeer, Videodrome and the Jack Ryan franchise, as well as a reflection on the impact following the death of one of Hollywood's most successful directors.
This Week's Ketchup includes biopics about two influential 20th century women (Nina Simone and Gertrude Bell), new entries in the Hangover and Expendables franchises, and new roles for Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg, Tom Hardy, Robert Pattinson, Michael Shannon, and Christoph Waltz. The Expendables 2 is first opening in theaters this weekend, but producer Avi Lerner is already talking up the even bigger stars he hopes to entice into appearing in The Expendables 3. And according to Lerner, one of them, Nicolas Cage, already signed on. Here's what Avi Lerner said to TotalFilm on the subject, exactly, "We've approached Clint Eastwood to be one of the guys, we've got a character in mind for him."
This week's Ketchup includes new movies for actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Reese Witherspoon, comedians Steve Carell, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Will Ferrell, and new projects for directors Joss Whedon and Alexander Payne. And, oh yeah... an ALF movie.