News Roundup – November 20, 2009: The Beard, The King, The Pitts!
Here’s a few somewhat interesting developments for your eyeballs.
Sam Worthington earns the dubious crown of king of sci-fi
Worthington has signed on to star in what sounds like a rehash of Minority Report. Based on an as yet unpublished funnybook, “The Last Days of American Crime” is “set in the not-too-distant future, and involves the U.S. government’s plans to secretly broadcast a signal that makes it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts.”
Worthington “dropped out” of ‘The Tourist’, opposite Angelina Jolie (and was replaced by some unknown bloke named Johnny Depp), which is unfortunate because after T4, Avatar and Clash of the Titans, I reckon Sammy-boy needs to break away from sci-fi/fantasy blockbusters.
Brad Pitt enters the ‘Dark Void’
Get Uwe Boll on the blower, Pitt’s production company, Plan B, have bought the rights to the videogame ‘Dark Void’, which “follows a pilot who crash lands in the Bermuda Triangle following a routine mission and finds himself in an alternate world resembling a primitive Earth where aliens with superior technology are planning to take over civilization.” Plans are for Pitt to star.
Sounds a bit ‘Planet of the Apes’ish to me. Has there been a videogame adaptation that’s actually been any good?
When Steven met Stephen
Steven Spielberg has bought the rights to Stephen Kings new book ‘Under the Dome’, with the intent of producing it as a television miniseries. The book “revolves around the drama that unfolds after an invisible force field suddenly descends on a small vacation town in Maine. As the locals fight for their survival, the town descends into warring factions led by enigmatic characters.”
Film adaptations of King’s books tend to fall on the side of diabolically awful (with a few exceptions like ‘The Shining’ or ‘Misery’), but as a miniseries it could work. ‘The Stand’ wasn’t too bad, if memory serves.
It’s going to be a White Christmas.
Mike White is writing ‘Santa Wars’ which centres “around the battles that erupted after two men who made seasonal livings dressing up as Santas formed a union, the Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas, but then became bitter rivals.”
I’m not much of a fan of seasonal flicks, but if this can even come remotely close to the warped genius of ‘Bad Santa’ then it may be half decent.