What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s newest late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box. It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this stuff late at night, what do you expect?
Today’s headliner is Sentinel Prime, the older brother and mentor of Optimus Prime. He will be appearing in Michael Bay’s upcoming action kaboom Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The image comes from an upcoming edition of Empire Magazine, as leaked by TFW2005. Also included are Mr. Bay’s 5 rules for this third installment. I have included them below. If this isn’t music to the ears (or eyes) of everyone who didn’t like that second film, I don’t know what would be. Sometimes you people are just impossible to satisfy, but clearly Bay and Co. are trying.
Does and Don’ts for TF3:
1. No sand
2. No “dorky” humor (“we wanted to make the movie much more serious, more adult)
3. When robots die, they’re really going to die and we’re gonna show that
4. We’re not bringing people back
5. Give the robots more ‘weight’ in the story (“They were missed in movie two. We’ve given them a strong back-story and pathos”)
Hesher director Spencer Susser, part of the Blue Tongue Films brigade that’s taking over from down under with films like Animal Kingdom, has plans to take his zombie apocalypse short I Love Sarah Jane and turn it into a full-length feature. It’s basically about a bunch of kids trying to survive the end of days. That’s pretty cool.
Artist Tone Branson envisions Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, a role he will play in the upcoming Steven Spielberg film about Abraham Lincoln. He looks very much like Abraham Lincoln, as played by Daniel Day-Lewis.
Tim Burton and Josh Brolin are developing a new take on the Hunchback of Notre Dame. As always, Drew McWeeney is asking the most appropriate question: Wait, what the hell? Why?
The exploration of Battle: Los Angeles and whether or not it’s based on an actual event has begun. The answer is probably no, but it’s fun to talk about. Beats having to listen to more people droll on about how much they still hate the Oscars.
The video came Devil May Cry is being developed for the big screen. No word yet on whether Uwe Boll will direct.
Malin Ackerman will become the 45th blonde actress this year to star alongside Nicolas Cage in a movie that will undoubtedly do gangbusters at the box office. Well, except for that last part. This one is called Medallion, it will be directed by Simon West, and it will be a Taken-esque thriller about a master thief who finds that his daughter has been abducted in NYC. It’s like Matchstick Men, but sans intellect.
Alan Sylvestri appears to be scoring Captain America: The First Avenger. He will bring his patented sound, most famously heard in scores for Back to the Future and Predator to the period piece comic book action extravaganza. We look forward to something quite Patriotic, without being offensive to the rest of the world.
Artist Laz Marquez just finished 10 days of Oscar posters in 10 days, reimagining the 10 Best Picture nominees. My personal favorite is The Social Network (seen below), but you should check out the entire collection.
Melissa Leo and Jesse Eisenberg are reportedly teaming up for an indie comedy called Predisposed. Leo will play a terrible mother, while Eisenberg will play a bright young man about to interview at Juliard. If they weren’t also looking at Tracy Morgan to play the mother’s drug dealer, I’d call this BS typecasting. Okay, it’s sort of definitely typecasting.
Sony has announced that it is serious about making a Total Recall reboot/reimagining/whatever, and it will still star Colin Farrell. They have put it on the schedule for the summer of 2012. Cue the apocalypse joke.