News & Notes: Green Lantern Moves, Raimi on Spider-Man 4, Malick’s Tree


It’s the end of the week, and we’ve got a bunch of news stories in the bin here at Reject HQ that we’d like to share with you. Unfortunately, not all of them are very big news stories — you know, the kind that don’t require the standard 500-word editorial. With that in mind, we’d like to present today’s news and notes…

– The current global economic situation has pushed Green Lantern out of Australia. Due to the big rise int he Aussie dollar, Warner Bros. is moving back to North America (probably Mexico or Canada). There is still no word yet as to whether they’re considering shooting in space. [THR]

Sam Raimi told a Brit publication this week that he’s learned his lesson. And when he makes Spider-Man 4 early next year, he will be applying these learned lessons (stuff like “having limitations” and going “back to basics”) in an attempt to make a film that is better than what fans saw with Spider-Man 3. Which we can only assume means no “Jazz Club” scene. Thank Xenu! [Coventry Telegraph]

– Those who thought that they’d see a Terrence Malick movie in ’09 will be disappointed to learn that Tree of Life has been pushed to 2010. The Sean Penn, Brad Pitt led film is all about a boy who spends his adult years as a “lost soul in the modern world,” who is searching for the meaning of life. Sounds riveting. [Thompson on Hollywood]

– Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler) and Toby Kebbel (RocknRolla) are in for Robert Redford’s period drama The Conspirator. It’s the story of Mary Surratt, the only woman charged in the Lincoln assassination conspiracy. Wood will play Surratt’s daughter, while Kebbel will play John Wilkes Booth. Robin Wright Penn, James McAvoy and Justin Long will also star. [The Playlist]


– Two of our favorite hotties, Gossip Girl Leighton Meester and consistently naked girl Amber Heard (The Informers) will be teaming up in a Thelma & Louise style project called Cowgirl Bandits. The only thought that comes to mind: short jean shorts and robbin’ with their devilish charms. [Production Weekly]

Ryan Reynolds: from Van Wilder to Deadpool to drag queen? The funnyman turned action star has signed on to play a guy who dresses as a woman in order to befriend his ex and win her back. Allan Loeb (21) is on to write the script. My interest (which is rarely piqued) has left the building. [Variety]

Will Ferrell has signed on to an adaptation of the Raymond Carver short story Everything Must Go with first time director Dan Rush. He will play a man who gets kicked out of his house by his wife, then spends four days selling all of his belongings from the front lawn. [Variety]

– Ben Foster and Donald Sutherland have joined Jason Statham in the remake of the Charles Bronson pic The Mechanic. Foster will play a young man who becomes an apprentice to a hitman (Statham), while Sutherland will play his father and the hitman’s handler. The Simon West directed remake begins shooting this fall in New Orleans. [Variety]

– There’s a new poster for the Jackie Chan led family flick The Spy Next Door. Reminds me of Spy Kids, but shittier. [Cinematical]


– New concept art from Weta shows that District 9 could have had some much different alien designs. These are very cool, albeit odd. [Concept Art World]

– A new AEG report is predicting that the Michael Jackson documentary This Is It will gross $250 million within 5 days of release. This seems outlandish, but who knows… The King of Pop did have quite the following. This leads us to our question of the day below… [Nikki Finke]

Question of the day: Will you see the Michael Jackson doc This Is It in theaters?

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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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