Screenwriter Marc Guggenheim talked to Sci Fi Wire about casting rumors after turning in a draft of the script last Friday. Â They’re all false,” he said. “I mean, they’re all false insofar as we haven’t chosen anyone yet. They’re still in the negotiations, you know? There’s a lot of names being talked about, and there’s a lot of people being met, and a lot of … actors reading the script. But if you read online [that] Pauly Shore’s been cast as Hal Jordan, I can guarantee you we have not cast anyone.”Â
Directed by Martin Campbell, release date: June 17, 2011.
Speaking of casting, how close did actor Alexander Skarsgard come to playing the Thunder God? Â He told MTV that he even tried on a version of the godly vestments, and was one of the last ones cut before the hammer was handed to Chris Hemsworth. Â “There was definitely some truth in that, yeah,” Skarsgard said. Â “Yeah, that was pretty fun.” Â
Directed by Kenneth Branagh, release date: May 20, 2011.
G.I. JOE: RISE OF COBRA
The rumor about Stephen Sommers being fired has gotten so big that even Variety had to weigh in on it. Â Their debunking included an interesting fact: “Sommers was never let go from the project and is still putting his final touches on the actioner, which bows Aug. 7. Â In fact, as part of his contract Sommers has final cut. And the test screenings that have taken place have resulted in mostly positive reviews. Â The incident marks the latest example of studios having to combat false rumors just because film news sites and bloggers are eager to break news about a hot property.” Â So take that, interweb, you complicated series of tubes!Â
Starring Dennis Quaid and Christopher Eccleston, release date: August 7, 2009.
Speaking of rumors, MTV clears up some things about his involvement in the Tokyopop adaptation.
No release date announced.
Actor Jackie Earle Haley is quoted at Sci Fi Wire expressing his excitement to work on the new series. Â “A little bit, from the standpoint that it kind of takes me out of the game,” Haley said. “But it takes me out of the game by being in the game. It should be a real fun kind of throwback to ’80s action films, like ‘Die Hard’ and stuff, and kind of the weekly action show of the week.”
Starring Mark Valley, series debut January 17, 2010.
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
Those set photos are getting really detailed now, huh?
Directed by Edgar Wright, release date: 2010.
Were you looking forward to a live action version of the manga classic? Â Tough luck, or so it says at Bloody Disgusting. Â “Sad news comes in this weekend as we have learned that not only has [director Ruairi] Robinson left the project, but Tetsuo and Kaneda’s adventure is ‘dead as a doornail,’ a report we’ve confirmed with two separate sources.”
No release date announced.
Speaking of movies everybody thinks have no future, why exactly did actress Teresa Palmer tell MTV that she’s still gonna be Talia Al Ghul in a George Miller-helmed big screen cape fest? Â “I’m still attached to the film,” Palmer said. Â “But who knows if the movie is going to come off the ground or not. I hope it does, obviously. Â I have no idea. I’m always the last person to find these things out.”
Starring Common, no release date announced.
TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
Directed by Michael Bay, release date: June 24, 2009.
JOHN CARTER FROM MARS
Total Film caught actor Thomas Haden Church on Reeltalk, noting that he may be joining the pulp adaptation.
Starring Taylor Kitsch, no release date announced.
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