Movie News After Dark: Jeremy Renner, Piranha 3DD, A Deathly Hallows Trailer and The Wilhelm Scream

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s all business tonight. Movie news, fascinating articles, at least 12-minutes of grown men screaming. All business, baby.

Vulture has an interesting piece on how Jeremy Renner landed the Bourne franchise, essentially boiling it down to the Hurt Locker star winning Matt Damon’s sloppy seconds. All-in-all, the guy will probably make an excellent action star. He’s one hell of a last-ditch effort for director Tony Gilroy.

Coming Soon has confirmed that Johnny Depp will have a part in Jonah Hill’s 21 Jump Street movie. Apparently it’s a fun little bit part for the Jump Street veteran. In other news, this movie is being directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs fame. So it’s got that going for it.

HitFix has the scoop on which members of the Green Lantern corps you will see in this summer’s Green Lantern extravaganza. The list will likely delight all the fans of Salaak, the ultimate multitasker.

Paul Greengrass and Leonardo DiCaprio could very well team up soon on Travis McGee. At least, that’s the word from Deadline Okeechobee. It would be an interesting pairing, to say the least. Perhaps Leo is a strong enough screen presence to prompt Greengrass to hold the camera still for moments at a time.

Feast director John Fulager has begun production on Piranha 3DD, the sequel to Alexander Aja’s ridiculous killer fish story Piranha 3D. Here’s the log line: “There’s something in the water . . . again.  And this time no one is safe from the flesh eating fish as they sink their razor sharp teeth into the visitors of the best summer attraction, The Big Wet Water Park.” As I always say, “The more things stay the same, the more things include porn stars.”

Do you lie and say that you’ve seen some classics, even though you haven’t? I can’t say that I have, but I suppose it’s possible. British rental service LoveFiLM recently surveyed a group of its subscribers to see which films we most often lie about having seen. Compile by the fine folks at Pajiba, the list includes the likes of The Godfather and This is Spinal Tap. Wait… people lie about seeing This is Spinal Tap?! F*%k those people.

Along with this past weekend’s premiere of Doctor Who, the BBC ran a tribute in memory of Elisabeth Sladen, the long-time star who made Sarah Jane Smith one of The Doctor’s most beloved companions. The video is broken up into two parts online, the first of which I’ve included below. The second can be found over at Topless Robot. (Fair warning: it’s really effing sad.)

In an interview with Hero Complex, Harrison Ford said that most special effects films are soulless. It’s now clear that he’s found time to watch Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Zing! In related news, he also said that Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens is not of the soulless variety.

Peter Jackson took to Facebook this week to let everyone know that Rob Kazinsky, previously cast as Fili in The Hobbit, has left the production to return home for “personal reasons.”

The trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will debut this Wednesday, April 27 between 7-9p ET/PT on ABC Family, strategically placed during a showing of Happy Gilmore. Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up…

Mireille Enos, most recently seen in AMC’s series The Killing, is now being attached to Marc Forster’s World War Z, further indication that the zombie dream project is actually happening. The closer it gets, the warmer my heart becomes.

It may come to pass that 24 bit-player Chris Diamantopoulos has been selected by the Farrelly Brothers to play Moe in The Three Stooges, but at this point it sounds awfully rumorous. He’s no Hank Azaria, but you never know.

The LA Times has profiled the notable changes made to the Fast and Furious franchise with its soon-to-be-released fifth film, Fast Five. With this installment, Universal has moved it from showy car movie to serious heist film. This latest one also includes The Rock as a badass cop hunter guy, which can’t possibly be a bad thing.

Paul Thomas Anderson might be thinking about shooting his next film, which is yet to be announced, using the same kind of 65mm camera Stanley Kubrick used for 2001: A Space Odyssey. The good news is that hey, at least he’s about to start shooting something.

Tonight’s News After Dark column can only end one way — by being pushed off of a building. And like any great movie news column, its reaction would be to let out and big, glorious Wilhelm Scream:

(If you watched all 12-minutes of that video, you are doing it right.)

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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