Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Movie Minesweeper - The Tony Blackburn With A Chinese Burn Edition

Tom Cruise, Star Trek, He's Just Not Into You, Ken Kwapis, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Justin Long, Ginnifer Goodwin, Drew Barrymore, Tim Allen, Six Wives of Henrey Lefay, Elisha Cuthbert, Paz Vega, Warren Ellis' Ocean, Virulents, John Moore, army men versus the undead, Kept Men, Appaloosa, Ed Harris, Viggo Mortenson, Renee Zellweger, [REC], Ann Peacock, The Benghazi Siz.

- Tom Cruise as
Christopher Pike
? Either you don't know who Pike is, in which case you probably won't care, or you've clicked over already.

- The cast for He's Just Not Into You seems a bit starry for the source material: Ken Kwapis' film of the 'dating observations' book has attracted Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly (neither of them closely related to me), Justin Long, Drew Barrymore and Ginnifer Goodwin. Sounds like Singles in many ways, but I doubt it will be anything like as good.

- Starring alongside Tim Allen in The Six Wives of Henry Lefay will be Elisha Cuthbert, Paz Vega, Andie McDowell, Kelli Garner and S. Epatha Merkerson. Cuthbert won't be one of the wives but a daughter. By my reckoning, that means at least two more wives are to be named.

- Warren Ellis' Ocean has been optioned. No news yet on the creatives.

- Virgin Comics' Virulents has been handed to John Cox and John Moore to be translated into a feature film. The story deals with vampire zombies (whatever they are) facing off with members of the American and Indian military in Afghanistan.

- The Erin Brockovich sequel is taking place on this side of the silver screen, not the fantasy beyond.

- Kept Men is now set up at Paramount. The spec script tells of a pair of schemers putting themselves up for auction - for charity, mind - in the hopes of becoming, as the title says, kept men.

- Ed Harris is to direct and star in Appaloosa, a Western he co-wrote with Robert Knott. The cast will also include Viggo Mortensen and Renee Zellweger - two out of three 'aint bad.

- [REC] is already being developed as a remake at Screen Gems. Their president Clint Culpepper is quoted, quite amusingly, as saying "Horror may be waning, but this is such a unique concept that I'm certain it will cut through all the blood and glut of recent horror in the marketplace".

- Chronicles of Narnia scriptwriter Ann Peacock is in talks to pen a screenplay about 'the Benghazi Six', medics who (allegedly) had been tortured into confessing that they'd infected hundreds of Libyan children with HIV.

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