What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly column about movie news. It will not try to sew your face to someone else’s butt. It will, however, make your hind quarters sore. So give yourself over to it — it will be gentle, at first.
Fox’s upcoming Planet of the Apes prequel, previously titled Rise of the Apes, has been retitled to give it that ole’ familiar ring. It will now be called Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which should hold until they can figure out a less concise way to title it. Either way, it’s got James Franco, so I’m seeing it.
Speaking of CGI monkeys, Andy Serkis has been announced as the Second Unit Director on The Hobbit. He will film all of the walking shots and mountain shots.
William Fichtner has joined Neill Blomkamp’s next, the sci-fi thriller Elysium. The film is said to be very violent. That’s all you need to know.
Universal Pictures is gearing up their Snow White and the Huntsman film to compete with the 30 other Snow White films currently in production, and they’re doing it with names. First Charlize Theron, then Kristen Stewart and now Hugh Jackman as the titular Huntsman. Titular feels like the perfect entandre-bending way to describe something involving the gloriously muscled… um, nevermind all that.
And now for something completely different…
A picture of Olivia Wilde, who stars in TRON Legacy. It’s out on Blu-ray or something like that…
Producer Brian Grazer has successfully Tweeted (which in this context sounds like something naughty) that a 24 movie could be in theaters sometime in 2012. It joins Ghostbusters and Arrested Development as doomed projects designed solely to keep entertainment blogs in business. As the guy who has to pay the bills around here, I approve.
Carrie-Anne Moss has signed on to play a cult leader who presides over Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, making her the second very attractive cult leader in 2011’s cinematic landscape (see Sound of My Voice for the other). She will be joined by Malcolm McDowell, who is always quality despite choosing terrible projects. Such as this one.
Below you will find a first look at George Clooney in the star-studded political drama The Ideas of March, in which his character’s campaign includes a poster reminiscent of the Shepard Fairey “Change” poster for the Obama campaign.
“We’ve got a script and we’re trying to find the right home for it at another studio. It’s just outside the box of something that Disney can make right now, which we always knew. But I wanted to give it a shot with them, and we tried hard to make it work, but ultimately it was a square peg, round hole type thing. We couldn’t fit it inside the Disney box, and they didn’t want me to change it to fit inside that box because then it wouldn’t be the movie I wanted to make.” Joseph Kosinski on why Disney bailed on Oblivion. They’d still like him to make another TRON, though. Insert joke about pegs going into Disney’s box.
Sam Mendes and producer Barbara Broccoli are reportedly scouting locations in South Africa right now for the next James Bond movie. Ergo, the movie is happening. Celebrate good times. Come on.
Remake plans are coming together for a contemporary edition of Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief. In other news, that’s a stupid idea.
In biopic news, Fairbanks Productions and Arclight Films Los Angeles have banded together $30 million in hippy money to tell the story of legendary singer Dusty Springfield, who was actually a woman. I’m okay with this.
Jason Reitman, a man who has made his name making wholly likable films about unlikable people, claims that his next, Young Adult, will be his least likable film. I don’t know if I likable that, but we’ll see.
And finally, the world needs you to watch Human Centipede: The Musical. Well, the drama nerds at Emerson College need you to watch it. I think you’ll enjoy.