News Round-Up: Nicolas Cage, Vin Diesel Casting; Oldboy, Sharknado Release Dates; and More
In this week’s edition of News Round-Up, I’ve gathered the newest casting tidbits for Nicolas Cage (The Dying of the Light), James McAvoy (Frankenstein) Vin Diesel (World’s Most Wanted), and Ethan Hawke (Cymbeline). For new projects, I’ll be talking about Disney’s Artemis Fowl, as well as Lance Armstrong and Kurt Warner sports pics. In release date news, I’ll have the newest on Oldboy, Rush, World War Z (IMAX rerelease), and wait for it…Sharknado!
Nicolas Cage will headline Paul Schrader’s (The Canyons) The Dying of the Light. The movie, which gained and ultimately lost steam years ago with names like Harrison Ford and Channing Tatum attached, is apparently about a CIA agent that goes blind during a mission. Other details aren’t available yet. (Source: /Film)
James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) is apparently going to be the next Dr. Frankenstein. The newest Frankenstein adaptation will also star Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) with Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin’) as director and Max Landis (Chronicle) as writer. No release date yet. (Source: Moviefone)
Vin Diesel (The Fast & Furious) was added to World’s Most Wanted. To nobody’s surprise, the movie will be an action-adventure movie. No word on plot, director, or a potential release date, so this one is a ways off. (Source: Cinema Blend)
Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight) is going to reteam with Michael Almereyda (Hamlet) for another Shakespeare adaptation. This time it’ll be for Cymbeline, and the story will be a modern take with significant changes to the source material. Classic Shakespeare takes can be tricky so this makes sense. No release date yet. (Source: Firstshowing)
Disney announced they’re developing Artemis Fowl, an adaptation of the best-selling book. What is more interesting is that Harvey Weinstein will be acting as producer (yes…you read that right). The story will be based on the first and second installments of Eoin Colfer’s fictional series. Stars, release dates, and etc. aren’t known yet.
Two sports-related projects are in the works, too. Starting with an(other) potential adaptation of Lance Armstrong’s embattled trek, Stephen Frears (Lay the Favorite) looks to start his adaptation this fall (but no release date yet). Ben Foster is in talks to play Armstrong. Also, Fox acquired the rights to Kurt Warner’s life story. His story, which includes his unprecedented shift from grocery store employee to Super Bowl MVP, seems like a surefire win in Hollywood. Therefore, you expect these rights to be exercised sooner rather than later. There don’t appear to be set plans yet, though. (Sources: Collider, Deadline)
Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake was shifted farther back. The movie, which stars Josh Brolin (True Grit) and Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), has been shifted twice now this year. It’ll now make it to theaters November 27. (Source: Entertainment Weekly)
Speaking of ever-shifting release dates, Ron Howard’s Rush recently moved back to September 27. However, L.A. audiences will still be able to see it September 20th like originally intended. (Source: Deadline)
Also, for those interested in seeing the already-released World War Z in IMAX, you’ll have a one-week window starting tomorrow (August 2nd). The reissue will allow the movie to make more money (yay) while avoiding the stiff competition (Man of Steel) that existed at the time. (Source: Variety)
Finally, I can get to the real news. You may have heard – unless you don’t interact with social media – of the movie event of the year: Sharknado. The TV movie played on the SyFy channel to an unprecedented audience. In a rare move, Regal Cinemas has agreed to play the movie on the big-screen for one night. The midnight showings will play tomorrow (August 2nd) for about 200 lucky theaters. Check your local listings if you’re interested. (Source: Variety)
That wraps up this week’s News Round-Up. Thanks for sticking around!
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