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The Hush-Hush News Report: 01.23.13: The Terminator’s Last Stand?

January 23, 2013 | Posted by Jeremy Wilson











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Reports Say Arnold Will Be Back For Terminator 5
The jury is still out on whether Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career comeback will re-establish him as a major box office draw once again. Besides his cameo in the first Expendables movie, Schwarzenegger’s first sizable role on the big screen was in last summer’s sequel to that film, and a full ten years since his last significant movie role. Obviously, The Expendables 2 was a big hit, but was an anticipated sequel to a big action tentpole. The first starring role on his comeback trail, the recently released action film The Last Stand, has been a financial disappointment, opening at #9 for the MLK holiday weekend (it currently has only grossed over $7 million). However, the failure of The Last Stand doesn’t mean we should totally write off Schwarzenegger’s comeback just yet.

The former action star-turned-governor has a number of projects being developed or announced, including a new entry in the franchise of his most famed role. While progress has been slow on Terminator 5 for a number of years, things have picked up recently with the hiring of writers Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier to pen the script. While the pair have yet to complete any projects together, they have collaborated on a couple projects that haven’t made it to the screen yet. Separately, Lussier is best known for the Nic Cage thriller Drive Angry, while Kalogridis’ credits include Shutter Island, Alexander, and Avatar.

Kalogridis’ involvement in particular is interesting because she has a relationship with Cameron that stretches back several years. She was an executive producer on Avatar, and has been involved with developing projects with the famed director that have yet to get going such as The Dive, Fantastic Voyage, and Battle Angel. Kalogridis’ other works include the TV series Birds of Prey and Bionic Woman, and she’s a producer on the upcoming Channing Tatum film White House Down. Lussier’s directorial credits include My Bloody Valentine, Drive Angry, and Dracula 2000; the latter two were also written by him.

Meanwhile, Schwarzenegger has apparently told Bleeding Cool (during a press junket for The Last Stand) that he will appear in Terminator 5.This isn’t the first time Schwarzenegger’s involvement in T5 has been annonced or confirmed; the star was scheduled to star in the film when Justin Lin was attached to direct. However, when Lin was forced to abandon the project due to scheduling conflicts, it all seemed to fall apart.

While we don’t know what the story would be about, things are definitely picking up for the fifth installment in the popular sci-fi/action franchise. While it remains to be seen how a 65-year-old Terminator can be explained, I’m sure fans of the series will be happier with Schwarzenegger being involved instead of being left on the sidelines or in a CG cameo (I’m looking at you Terminator: Salvation).

First Poster & Trailer For Olympus Has Fallen Released
I blame The Expendables.

The first poster and trailer for Antonie Fuqua’s Olympus Has Fallen have now been released online and one thing is perfectly clear. It’s ridiculously action-y.

I’d stress the ridiculously in that, but I’m sure there’s plenty of people out there who would yell at me for “taking stuff too seriously” and “it looks hella fun, which is all I want from my movies.” Fine. To each their own. But even with Morgan Freeman playing the (acting) President again, this looks like Grade-A Junk. I mean come on…Gerard Butler stars in it. And that dialogue. Am I missing something? Is this supposed to be a comedy?

Anyway, the first of two White House-centered action films coming out this year (the other will be Roland Emmerich’s White House Down starring Channing Tatum), Fuqua’s (Training Day) film – starring Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Dylan McDermott and Angela Bassett – will hit theaters March 22, 2013. The film’s synopsis is as follows:

When the White House (Secret Service Code: “Olympus”) is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning’s inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President, and avert an even bigger disaster.

Dwayne Johnson To Possibly Star In Teddy Bear
Dwayne Johnson is reportedly set to produce and possibly star in a new film about a teddy bear, based on an illustration by Alex Panagopoulos titled “Sweet Halloween Dreams” (seen above). The picture shows a small brown teddy bear – wooden sword in hand – fighting off a monster while a little girl sleeps in bed. In the fashion of a motivational poster, a caption with it reads “Teddy Bears: Protecting innocent children from monsters under the bed since 1902.” (The teddy bear was invented in 1902 by Morris Michtom, who was inspired by a political cartoon featuring President Theodore Roosevelt and a bear he refused to shoot.).

According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog, the New Line project – tentatively titled Teddy Bear – will be produced by Johnson, Beau Flynn and Hiram Garcia, which will reunite the talent behind Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.) While no writer has been brought on board yet, New Line is apparently looking at the projects being a “big four-quadrant franchise,” meaning that the film will likely attempt to appeal to all four major demographics (men under 25, women under 25, older men and older women). So don’t look for a copy of Ted on this one.

Johnson has a big 2013 ahead of him. The Artist Formerly And Sometimes Still Known As The Rock next stars in Snitch from Summit, followed by the spring releases G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain. Finally, Johnson also has the anticipated blockbuster The Fast and The Furious 6 later this summer.

Ron Howard In Talks To Direct Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book
Heat Vision reports that director Ron Howard (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind) is interested in helming Disney’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s popular and acclaimed children’s novel The Graveyard Book. Many feared that the project was dead after Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline) left the project last year due to disagreements over scheduling and development, but reports now say that Howard is in negotiations to direct a live-action version of Gaiman’s Jungle Book-inspired story. The novel, about a boy named Nobody Owens, who is raised by ghosts in a cemetery after his family is murdered. When he is a teen, he is pursued again by his family’s killer, a being called “the Man Jack.”

The Graveyard Book won both the Carnegie Medal (British) and Newbery Medal (American) for best children’s book, which was the only time one work had won both awards. In addition to those, Gaiman’s fantasy novel also was awarded the Hugo Award for Best Novel and the Locus Award for Best Young Adult Novel.

Howard is currently putting the finishing touches on Rush, a Formula-1 racing movie starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, which opens September 20, 2013. He also recently signed on to adapt the fantasy adaptation, All I’ve Got. If he signs on, Howard will oversee the writing of a new script, and both he and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment could likely end up in a producer role.

Frank Darabont Talks Godzilla
Filmmaker Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Walking Dead) recently spoke with io9 and talked briefly about his rewrite of Godzilla. The film, which will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters), is scheduled to arrive in theaters May 2014 and is currently casting the lead parts in conjunction with Darabont’s rewrite, with Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) reportedly in the lead to star. However, Darabont seems more interested in returning Godzilla to its metaphorical and symbolic roots and getting it away from being just another “monster of the week” movie.

On restoring some of that allegorical significance to the franchise?: “What I found very interesting about Godzilla is that he started off definitely as a metaphor for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And some of the atom bomb testing we were doing in the South Pacific in the subsequent years. The giant terrifying force of nature that comes and stomps the shit out of your city, that was Godzilla. Filtered through the very fanciful imaginations of the Japanese perception. And then he became Clifford the Big Red Dog in the subsequent films. He became the mascot of Japan, he became the protector of Japan. Another big ugly monster would show up and he would fight that monster to protect Japan. Which I never really quite understood, the shift.

What we’re trying to do with the new movie is not have it camp, not have it be campy. We’re kind of taking a cool new look at it. But with a lot of tradition in the first film. We want this to be a terrifying force of nature. And what was really cool, for me, is there was a very compelling human drama that I got to weave into it. It’s not that cliched, thinly disguised romance or bromance, or whatever. It’s different, it’s a different set of circumstances than you’re used to seeing. And that’s tremendously exciting as a writer when you’re asked to do something else.”

On changing which metaphor Godzilla represents: “I think there is, but I do believe that there’s a margin of interpretation, as Drew mentioned earlier. I love leaving a few crumbs on the table for the audience to determine what they think. Let them bring something to it as well. That’s why a movie like The Green Mile is so satisfying or why The Mist is so satisfying to me. Because it stirs their participation and they have interpretation. I’ve heard metaphors that people apply to Shawshank Redemption, for example, that are fantastic that I never, ever would have thought of. And I say, you know what? You are absolutley right. That is exactly what it means to you. And how satisfying for me to have served you this meal and you identify flavors in it that I never even intended. That’s one of the great rewards of what we do.”

On connecting this new Godzilla to a different contemporary issue?: “Yes I am, but I’m not going to give it away.”

David Fincher In Talks To Direct Gone Girl
Variety is reporting that David Fincher is in talks to direct an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, a popular and critically acclaimed novel that has sold over 2 million copies and spent 8 weeks at #1 on The New York Times’ bestseller list. Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea will produce through their Pacific Standard banner along with Leslie Dixon.

The novel centers on a man whose wife disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, only to have all signs point to him as the woman’s killer. Flynn is handling the screenplay for the big screen version and while Witherspoon is on board to produce (with Fox), it remains unknown whether she would want to star in it as well.

Meanwhile, Fincher had been attached to direct a reboot of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for Disney, however that project has become stuck in neutral for the moment. Variet’s sources say there is still a possibility he could do that project next and hold off on Gone Girl, although the failure to entice his friend and frequent collaborator Brad Pitt to sign on for 20,000 Leagues and Disney’s seeming reticence at a full green-lighting of the project seems to have spurred the director to look at other projects and consider moving on. In addition, Sony still wants Fincher to direct The Girl Who Played with Fire, the sequel to his relatively successful The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. However, the second installment in popular Steig Larsson “Millennium” trilogy hasn’t moved forward due to screenwriter Steve Zaillian being unable to work on the screenplay for the film (he’s been working on a pilot for HBO).

A bidding war ensued last summer over the screen rights to Gone Girl, when it was offered to studios. Fox reportedly paid seven figures to outbid numerous studios including Universal. The novel’s snyopsis is below:

Marriage can be a real killer.

One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

New Posters Released For 47 Ronin
Universal has released new promotional posters for their upcoming 3D samurai tentpole feature, starring Keanu Reeves as a an outcast named Kai who joins up with a group of samurai who seek to avenge the death of their master and their own banishment at the hands of an evil Lord. It is a fantasy action-adventure scheduled for release on Christmas 2013. Its production has been troubled to say the least, with skyrocketing costs, studio interference and a first-time director reportedly out of his depth on a film that Universal has invested a great deal in and is pinning a lot of its hopes on. The film stars Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Kô Shibasaki, and Rinko Kikuchi and is directed by Carl Rinsch.

Check out the film’s promo posters featuring some of the film’s stars in their best sword-wielding samurai poses.

Trailer Face-Off:
This week we have a trio of new wide releases, including the gross-out comedy anthology Movie 43, the fantasy-action adventure Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, and the Jason Statham-Jennifer Lopez action film Parker. Also releasing is Don Coscarelli’s John Dies at the End.

What are you planning on seeing this weekend




Trailer of the Week (You Might Have Missed): Stoker

Red-Band Trailer of the Week: Movie 43

Funny Video of the Week: “Manti Te’o’s Catfish Trailer”


That’s all for this week. As always, let me know what you think in the comments section. For now, this is Jeremy Wilson, off the record, on the QT…

…and definitely, “Hush Hush!”


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