David O. Russell out of Pride & Zombies, The Tempest trailer, etc.

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10.05.10 16 Comments

Here’s the trailer for The Tempest, from director Julie Taymor (the U2 Spider-Man musical chick). It stars Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, and Djimon Hounsou.  The visuals look neat-ish, but I feel the same way about this as I do virtually all modern Shakespeare adaptations: Oh boy, I can’t wait to watch a bunch of half-bright actors show us how cultured they are by angrily spewing dialog they don’t understand.  I did enjoy the “SORCERY” title card though.  And hey, did it just turn into an episode of Renegade at the end there?

David O. Russell drops out of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. A scheduling conflict with Pride producer Natalie Portman meant Russell had to drop out and do Old St. Louis instead, a dramedy starring Vince Vaughn that Scarlett Johansson was supposed to be in at one point (not now).   And now, I find myself in the awkward position of being enough of a hipster to like David O. Russell, but not nearly twee enough to not hate Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  So, uh, good news, as it turns out. (*tightens ascot, rides off on fixed gear*)|NYMag|

Screenwriter Tony Gilroy taking over directing duties on the fourth Bourne movie, the Bourne Legacy.  Matt Damon’s involvement is still up in the air.  BLUR! SMASH CUT! (*fart noise*) GAS PEDAL! ENGINE NOISE! TIRE SQUEAL! (*dismissive wank*) SMASH CUT! ZOOM! (*zzzzzzzz*) |Deadline|

Mark Millar says his ultra-violent, evil-batman comic book, Nemesis, has been greenlit with director Tony Scott and a $150 million budget.  In related news, Mark Millar is talking out his ass again. |io9|

Peter Jackson is “close to a deal” to direct The Hobbit movies, and Deadline and TheWrap are going all dueling ‘TOLJDAs’ about it. Of course, MGM is still $4 billion in debt and the film hasn’t been greenlit yet.  Expect at least three more rounds of denials and confirmations over the coming weeks.  You know what?  I don’t care anymore.

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