Since I know that your life is not complete if you don’t get your morning news, I am happy to be back with you on this fine Monday morning for this week’s first Early Edition. This morning we will take a look at a quick few stories that have been making the rounds with all of our film blogging brothers. Including, but not limited to the ones that involve new Twilight: Eclipse director David Slade asking for someone to put him out of his misery. Or something like that. Anyway, here’s the news…
Secret Star Wars Production Not Related to an Actual Film
Since today is Star Wars Day (as in, May the 4th be with you) we might as well start with a little Star Wars-related news. Just before we left for our binge drinking excursion this weekend, we noticed that Pete at /Film filed a report about a top secret Star Wars production that was taking place in West Hollywood last week. According to the report, even C3PO Anthony Daniels was said to be getting in on the action. So what was it? A new movie? Another special edition of the original trilogy? Not exactly. It turns out that LucasFilm was shooting new footage for Disney’s Star Tours ride. Please feel free to take a moment and let whatever emotion you were feeling about a potential new Star Wars movie subside. Moving on…
Ben Stiller to Spread Goodness
Actor/Director Ben Stiller has chosen his next project, teaming up with Participant Media to direct Help Me Spread Goodness. The film will follow a Chicago banker who gets swindled in a Nigerian Internet scam (wait, those are a scam?). No word yet on when this will go into production, as Stiller is currently also attached to The Trial of the Chicago 7, which he has taken to since the exit of Steven Spielberg late last year. Stiller is also set to star in Little Fockers for director Paul Weitz later this year.
Kevin Grevioux to Direct Pale Horseman
Underworld franchise co-creator and super tall, mega scary dude Kevin Grevioux has signed on to make his directorial debut with the graphic novel property The Pale Horseman. The story is described as a supernatural thriller that revolves around a gang of hitmen who are forced to work together to uncover who killed their mentor. Grevioux will also write the script — which isn’t new to him, as he co-wrote Underworld with Len Wiseman. Grevioux is a cool dude with an interesting eye for action, so this should be a film worth keeping an eye on.
Odd Foursome Spawns Love Child
The Risa Bramon Garcia directed crime thriller Love Child has gained some meat in its cast today. Rossif Sutherland, his father Donald Sutherland (awesome), Rebecca Romijn and Disturbia’s Sarah Roemer have all joined the production, which began this week in Toronto. The story will follow Rossif Sutherland as an ex-con trying to go straight — a likely story — whose plan gets a little messy thanks to a loan shark played by Donald Sutherland. This force him to do that all-too-dangerous “last heist.” If you ask me, something is bound to go wrong with said last heist.
David Slade Begs for Twilight-related Mercy
Just weeks ago we found at 30 Days of Night and Hard Candy director David Slade — a personal favorite of yours truly — was signed on to direct the third Twilight movie Eclipse. Now thanks to Brendan of at /Film, we have some additional feelings from the director about the franchise. In a clip from the BDK movie show on WJFK in Washington, DC, upon which Slade once ripped into Stephenie Meyer’s much-beloved franchise:
…and so yesterday we were trying to find a movie to see and we’d seen all the good ones, you know, and there was nothing really coming out this weekend that we really fancied at all and having directed a vampire film and really gone for something completely different to the kind of romantic, you know, repressed hormone teen vampire movie we really weren’t interested in seeing Twilight but a lot of people said lets go so I wrote -
“Twilight drunk? No, not even drunk. Twilight on acid? No, not even on acid? Twilight at gun point? Just shoot me.”
[That’s like] a poem in a way […] at this point excites me even though people think I’m a really violent and unpleasant person I actually do have this romantic violent side to me. Maybe I should have seen Twilight.
Vinnie Jones Gets into the Spy World
According to The Hollywood Reporter, newly formed Elevate Entertainment has signed both actor Vinnie Jones and writer Howard Chaykin. Apparently Chaykin will be giving up two of his comic properties for adaptation, one being a spy action drama starring Jones. The most likely title for this adaptation would be Chaykin’s American Flagg!, which is a futuristic story set around the American government of the 2030s. Then again, no further details are known. We do however, know this: we still fear Bullet-Tooth Tony.
Ray Stevenson, Jaime King Join Tribes of October
Punisher: War Zone star Ray Stevenson, True Blood heartthrob Stephen Moyer, classic dudes Robert Duvall and James Caan, and Sin City hottie Jaime King have all joined the cast of Philippe Martinez’s (The Steam Experiment) new film Tribes of October. The film is set in a future where New York has been surrounded by an endless desert plagued by heat storms, and the city’s technology is such that nothing made after 1960 works anymore. Stevenson will play a detective going after a mafia boss (Caan) who has targeted the remains of the NYPD. The detective is also searching for the love of his life (King). Now, I don’t know about you, but this sounds like it could be (a) fucking awesome or (b) simply dumb. We’ll know at a later date, I’m sure. For now, this story gives me an awesome reason to finish today’s Early Edition with a super-hot photo of Jaime King.
Enjoy your Monday, Rejects.