Last week, a rumor surfaced about Sam Worthington and Ryan Reynolds being under consideration to play the lead role in the film. Over at Ain’t It Cool News, Harry Knowles got to word from Sam Worthington that the rumor is … the work of Mysterio! “There is no validity to the rumours. Sometimes, as you know, studios tend to just scat ideas and they leak out – but its the first i have heard about it mate,” writes the actor in an email to Knowles. Worthington actually brings up an interesting point. Many of these casting rumors come out of overheard conversations between studio people. Executives will discuss getting the biggest or hottest names for just about any part. After a game of telephone, these conversations become ape law and, well, then Mysterio happens.
Release date: TBA
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
During an interview for “Youth in Revolt,” IESB asked actor Michael Cera about the film. “There’s an amazing fight between Mae Whitman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead where they’re using these weapons, and it’s really amazingly done. And, there are some other things, like battles with music in it and the sword fighting. There’s all sorts of different things,” says the actor. Asked if there could be a sequel, Cera responded, “That’s hard to say because the movie encompasses the whole graphic novel series.”
Starring Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, release date: Summer 2010
THE BOOK OF ELI
Collider has a write up on their visit to the set of the film last March. Talking with director Albert Hughes, the production is making oblique references to the Western, without actually making one. “That’s the thing the studio has been scared of, and Warner Brothers [has said] ‘it’s not a Western!’ And it’s not a Western; it’s set in the west, but it’s not from that time period. But at the same time, my brother and I have always been influenced by Sergio Leone, and originally we wanted to shoot this in Spain where those spaghetti westerns were shot. We tip our hat a lot to those Westerns, but we did the same thing in ‘Dead Presidents,’ but that’s not a Western. There is some stuff, like there’s a bar that looks like a saloon, and there’s showdowns and stuff, but you get those in cop movies too,’ says Hughes.
Directed by the Hughes Brothers, release date: January 15th, 2010
IESB points out a number of Twitter accounts where morsels of information on the film can be found. Of interest to me is a post from costume assistant Adam Sabodish: “busy saturday in asgard, chris’s fitting went well, stuart is up next. this film might actually get made. finally. then i could sleep in!” It’s fitting that people involved are starting to call the production “Asgard.” I wonder if they’re using it as a codename for shooting …
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date May 20th, 2011
BACK TO THE WORK WEEK
Well, after some nice days off and a few too many hours with “Dragon Age: Origins,” it’s back to work. The Reel may turn slowly as the town and the newshole get up and running after all the egg nog, turkey, football, ham and liquor of the last few weeks. Despite that, I should have a couple of extra stories to post. And, as always, you never know what could break in a matter of hours. With 2010, we look ahead to the casting of Sinestro and Carol Ferris in “Green Lantern.” I’d also assume the man who will play Captain America will be revealed soon. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya bracing for the future threat of the year we make contact.