Movie News After Dark: Deadpool’s Director, Tron 3’s Plot, James Franco’s Brother and Cinema’s Killer Kids

What is Movie News After Dark? It ain’t messin’ with you, bub. You should know that up front. It’s only bringing you the best of the weekend’s news, tidbits and otherwise noteworthy items. It believes that you shouldn’t mess around either. That’s why it recommends reading it every single night before you go to bed.

Today begins with a project that I know many of you are excited about, 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool. A perfect fit is Ryan Reynolds in the titular role, as are Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick on scripting duties. This week the project got a director, effects artist Tim Miller, whose credits include X-Men, X2 and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. He has also served as the Inferno Supervisor (read: Guy Who is In Charge of Digital Explosions) on several other projects. That’s a pretty wicked line of work.

“Dillinger was a really important part of the first film and felt like an easy way to continue that storyline and thread to have his son in the new movie. That way you have people ask those questions of what the Dillinger legacy is in the world of TRON. We didn’t want to ignore it completely and it leaves a really nice springboard for some intertwining development for the next film.” Joseph Kosinski on what is to come with TRON 3.

The Writers Guild of America, most famous for going on strike a few years back, has chosen their list of the 101 greatest screenplays in cinema history. Among the top ten are likely suspects such as Chinatown, The Godfather, Network and Citizen Kane. It isn’t until #27 (Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis’ Groundhog Day) when things begin to get really interesting.

Liam Neeson has become the latest cameo casualty in Todd Phillips’ The Hangover Part II. Late last year there was a scuffle over Mel Gibson, only to see the embattled actor get axed. Now Neeson’s planned appearance will be gone and Nick Cassavetes will be seen in the role instead. In the end it really doesn’t matter, as it’s all be spoiled now. Who even cares who plays the Bangkok tattoo artist, anyway?

Say what you will about Cars 2, but the marketing thus far has been pretty slick. They are playing up the James Bond-esque spy thriller storyline with a few neat 60s-era posters. The one you see below is perhaps my favorite, as it calls back to some of the international spy flavor seen in posters for films like Dr. No and Thunderball. No one ever accused Pixar of not putting the best parts in the details, that’s for sure.

Disney is throwing some money at Chrome and Paint, a Boyz N’ The Hood-style drama co-written by Ice Cube. It will center on the custom car culture in South Central Los Angeles. Sort of like a “Pimp My Ride” meets, well, Boyz N’ The Hood. Cube is signed on to direct and produce (and star).

James Franco’s younger brother Dave will star alongside Jonah Hill in 21 Jump Street. Franco will play Eric, the most popular kid in school, who is also a major drug dealer.  Jonah Hill, 28, and Channing Tatum, 31, will play undercover high schoolers. That sounds about right. Right?

Tobey Maguire has joined Ang Lee’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, a story of a young boy who is the lone survivor of a sunken freighter and winds up sharing a lifeboat with a hyena, an injured zebra, an orangutan and a Bengal tiger. I bet the tiger tries to eat everyone…

Video game designer Kevin McLeod, who has found a secondary talent as a commentator on the world of film, has guest-written a very interesting essay over at Hero Complex about the dark bonds and misunderstood mirrors share by Black Swan and The Shining. It’s a very solid read.

Very enjoyable is the slightly off-center review at io9 claiming that Hop is the unnofficial sequel to X-Men 3. It’s all about James Marsden, baby.

Zach Galifianakis has become claustrophobic and exited the supernatural buddy action/comedy R.I.P.D. He was due to star alongside Ryan Reynolds as dead cops who enlist in a force that polices ghosts. He would have played a gunslinger from the 1800s. RIP, indeed.

Admit it, you’ve always found most kids to be pretty creepy. That’s because they are, dear friends. Kids are creepy and they are out to kill all of us. At least that’s what I’ve gathered, thanks to this handy “Killer Kids Montage” from the folks at Vulture. It’s the best way to send you off to bed tonight, with dreams of knife-wielding youngins:

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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