Movie News After Dark: Tom Cruise, The Apocalypse, Nic Cage from Hell and a Bruckheimer Pitch Meeting

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s probably the last great nightly movie news column you’ll ever read, seeing as tomorrow is the apocalypse. And since it’s the end of days, we’re keeping things simple around here. Just a little trip down relevant street with a few detours along the way. If we don’t see you on the other side, just know that we loved you all. Even you.

Tom Cruise feels like the perfect guy to feature on this, the last ever edition of Movie News After Dark. For one, he and the church of Scientology must have something to do with why God hates us. Also, he’s just been confirmed for Horizons, the $100 million dollar sci-fi flick that Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski has set up at Universal. Just when Cruise was starting to do awesome movies again, here comes the apocalypse to ruin it all. Thanks, L. Ron.

With Black Swan behind him and The Wolverine in the wind, Darren Aronofsky is out on the town allowing studios to get fresh while courting him for new projects. Disney wants him to take the chair left vacant by Tim Burton on Maleficent, which Warner Bros. would part seas to see him make their Moses epic. I’m sure there’s more, but I’ve run out of puns.

It’s been a big few days for The Dark Knight Rises. Production officially began, as did the viral marketing campaign, fans went wild about Tom Hardy as Bane (or so I’m told) and then they added Matthew Modine and Tom Conti to the cast. Their roles are being kept under wraps, but a best guess puts them somewhere in the vicinity of dirty cops or gangsters.

David Mendel, a former writer/producer for Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, has been hired by Warner Bros. to take a crack at the Fletch remake, one of the longest gestating projects in the history of long gestating projects. It will probably never happen, so I’m not even sure why this is news. Especially with the oncoming apocalypse.

It’s a bold list to write, but io9 has done a fine job of presenting 10 performances that elevated fantasy movies to classic status. Number one almost writes itself, don’t ya think?

A new documentary called Showrunners is on its way, taking a fascinating look at the world of television showrunners. I was just thinking this morning about showrunners, and the fact that the best of them are worth following anywhere they go. Folks like David Simon (The Wire, Treme) or Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad, The X-Files). When it comes to a great work of television, it’s usually a showrunner who is mostly to blame.

While promoting Lars von Trier’s Melancholia in Cannes, Thor star Stellan Skarsgard let slip an interesting little detail about the post-credits scene in the God of Thunder’s big screen debut. The scene, which includes Skarsgard’s character and Nick Fury, as played by Samuel L. Jackson, was directed by Joss Whedon. It’s all part of the big lead-up to The Avengers, as you might expect.

Today in all things righteous and awesome (and oddly topical), i09 explores a very cool feature on the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of Drive Angry. Like any good rampage, this one comes with its own hit counter. Watch the score go up as Nic Cage decapitates, maims, bludgeons, shoots and runs through a bunch of very deserving cult members. Badass.

Holly Hunter is going to be a busy lady. She’s joined Still I Rise, in which she will star alongside Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the story of Pittsburgh’s inner-city schools. She may also star in Romeo and Juliet, the project with True Gritlet Hailee Steinfeld attached. No word on what her role would be, but I’m guessing she falls for Leo Fish.

Timecrimes director and somewhat official Alamo Drafthouse mascot Nacho Vigalondo is going to actually direct another movie in between karaoke parties and being the beholder of an awesome mustache. According to Bleeding Cool, he is working on an adaptation of Mark Millar’s upcoming comic series Supercrooks, about a bunch of supervillains who band together in Europe to pull off the biggest job of their careers. Caveat: If this news in any way came from Mark Millar, I’m skeptical. He’s a known fibber.

Who cares what Family Radio nutjob Harold Camping says, it’s clear that only one entity can tell us when the world is going to end. And that entity is Hollywood. According to movies, and this exploratory photo gallery by 24 Frames, the world could have already ended. Maybe we missed it. Or maybe we’re already dead. That’s some Shyamalan shenanigans, friends. Either way, I feel better already.

We close tonight with a peak at how “awesome” is created. Somewhere in the offices of Jerry Bruckheimer, this is how movies are made. It explains a lot about Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, among other films. I laughed.

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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