Silent Bob Posted July 17, 2003 Share Posted July 17, 2003 I'm always throwing in the rumors in other threads, I figured I'd make one solely for them. So here goes. Some rumors (from decent sources) about upcoming film projects. Pirates of the Caribbean 2 - Thanks to last weekends success (hell, I saw it twice, myself) Disney is already moving forward with plans for a sequel. In fact it seems they've made sequel arrangements with actors Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, as well as producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski. The first film's scribes Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio have begun talks to pen the sequel but no storyline is yet planned. This has been somewhat in the works since before the movie came out (the studio apparently added "The Curse of the Black Pearl" into the title because they hoped they could make Pirates into a franchise). If all the originals are signed up, and they can convince Depp to return to a character he's already played then I'm all for it. Jurassic Park IV - Box-Office Magazine talked to new star Keira Knightley about the NET rumors of her being in Jurassic Park IV - "It's true! I didn't think anybody knew about that! It was so amazing because I've been a big fan of the original film for years. Steven said he liked my work in Bend It Like Beckham and wanted to meet me. I think Sam Neill really pushed for me as well, 'cause we had worked together before on Doctor Zhivago (on BBC). There were actually two roles in Jurassic Park IV Steven thought I might fit. First there was the granddaughter part, which wasn't all that big a role, she was only in it at the beginning. The other part he was considering for me was substantially larger, but I won't go into any details in case I make Steven angry (laughs). I truly don't know if I'll end up getting either part or not. The script is pretty much locked down, but I think they're still working on final drafts at the moment. But just to be even considered by Steven Spielberg was a humbling honour". Meanwhile Sci-Fi Wire talked with Producer Kathleen Kennedy who confirmed scribe William Monahan (whose only other credit is the upcoming Ridley Scott flick "Tripoli") has completed a first draft of the script - "Let's just say it takes place someplace else. It will not be green. We will not go back to the jungle". For some reason I keep getting flashes of dinosaurs on Mars, I dunno. Sam Neil seems rather optimistic about this one - "They have a story that defies sequel-it is by building on what's gone before, and not just repeating it. I don't like to count my chickens before they hatch, but I think this will exceed expectations. I'm looking forward to it, actually". I don't recall if he happened to say anything like that about Jurassic Park 3, but we'll see. Filming is planned for next year with a 2005 release. No word on who is directing, but it seems like Spielberg is putting a lot of effort into this one. Why can't he do the same with Indy 4? Kill Bill - It seems that Miramax has confirmed that the new Tarantino flick will be split into two parts. The first part is being released October 10th (right now, it's on the same day as the next Coen Brothers film, and Clint Eastwood's critically acclaimed latest movie), I believe. No word on when the second part will be released. Superman - Orlando Bloom is the latest actor to turn down the role of Superman (he joins the likes of Nicolas Cage, Brendan Fraser, Jude Law, and Josh Hartnett). The movie also still lacks a director (after it lost Tim Burton, McG, and Brett Ratner) though rumor has it that they're seeking Jonathan Frakes at the moment. The Mask of Zorro 2 - Antonio Banderas has confirmed that shooting will begin in February for this sequel. The original writer and director (Martin Campbell of GoldenEye fame - woohoo!) are on board. No word yet on whether the much-more-expensive-than-the-first-time Catherine Zeta Jones (or her cleavage) will be returning. The Watchmen - It seems that Alan Moore's classic graphic novel will be making it to the screen after all. Movies based on Moore have been spotty at best with a decent one (From Hell) and a horrendous one (LXG - in theatres, now!). Let's hope this one can break the curse. Solid Snake himself, David Hayter (of X-Men, The Scorpion King - groan, and X2) has completed the script and seems to be vying for the director's chair himself. If so, it would be his first directing gig - ambitious. Terry Gilliam was connected with this years ago, but it seems he's moved on to other things (maybe he'll finally get to finish Man of La Mancha). Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - A photo has been floating around the web for a little while, now. It's supposedly a production test photo of the dementors in the next Harry Potter flick. Closer examination, however, shows that these are just pictures of Ring Wraiths with some damn good photoshopping done on them. The Passion - From IMDb: Mel Gibson's biblical epic The Passion is being tipped for box-office failure - because it's too violent. The movie, which charts the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus Christ, has already caused a storm of controversy ahead of it's 2004 release, with critics deriding Gibson's decision to shoot the film in ancient language Aramaic, and religious groups who questioned Gibson's interpretation of the subject matter. But it seems The Passion's lack of subtitles and its storyline are the least of Gibson's worries - according to sources, the film will flop because of its "violent and graphic nature". According to a friend of the movie maker, scenes sure to shock include a "horrific depiction of the crucifixion - worse than the graphic scenes in (Gibson's Oscar-winning film) Braveheart". According to American gossip site The Scoop, Gibson has held several small private screenings - including subtitles he intends to remove from the finished version - for a select group of clerics, and is taking advice only from them. The pal tells The Scoop, "Mel is making notes and small changes on the advice of the bishops and rabbis who have seen it, in order that he can assure accuracy. Mel won't listen to anybody on this. We are hoping he keeps the subtitles in, or there really is no chance for the movie. No one will go see it, especially if they can't understand it. His friends are working on him but so far, nothing can get through to him." But Gibson's friend is quick to dismiss early fears the film would paint an ant-Semitic picture, "In the movie (as in the New Testament), the Romans killed Jesus, not the Jews. It is in no way anti-Semitic." Geez, give the man a break! He obviously doesn't care about the box office receipts from this one, he just feels that this is a story that needs to be shown. I'd still go see it without subtitles. The story will hold up visually. Besides, if you really are that curious as to what they are saying bring a frickin' Bible and read along! These people are talking about changing his vision as if they're trying to "talk some sense into him". Let the man make the movie the way he wants it! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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