Weekly Movie News Round-Up: Nov. 8-12, 2010

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Here's what you may have missed:
(1) Michael Sheen and Sally Field Cast in New Spider-Man.  They'll be playing Uncle Ben and Aunt May, respectively.  The casting is a bit too high profile if you ask me - hope the celebrity of those two actors doesn't overshadow the production.  In other Spider-Man news, Zooey Deschanel has been offered the role of Betty Brant - J. Jonah Jameson's assistant.  This would reunite her with her (500) Days of Summer director, Marc Webb, who's helming the new movie.  No word yet though on whether she'll accept.
(2) David O. Russell and Ice Cube Taking On a Dirty Harry-style Franchise.  The two previously worked together on Three Kings, so this doesn't come as a huge surprise.  I'll be interested to see if Ice Cube can get back to his bad-ass ways after being mired in a glut of kiddie comedies like Are We There Yet?  Hard to top Clint though.  This seems like a one-and-done deal.  Probably not the huge, lucrative multi-picture franchise they're hoping for.
(3) Jeremy Renner in Talks to Play Snake Plissken in Escape from N.Y. Remake?  I like this casting better than Gerard Butler who was previously rumored to have been eyeing the role.  The Crazies' Breck Eisner is directing, so at least he knows his way around a remake.  If I were Renner, I'd run from this though.  No way you're going to compare to Kurt Russell.  Too soon.
(4) Impressive Wish List for Oldboy Remake.  Another remake - though one I'd gladly line up to see if the producers can secure any one of these three directors on their wish list: Steven Spielberg, Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass), and Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire).  
(5) Pseudo-sequel to Valentine's Day Adds Some Cast Members.  I hated Valentine's Day so I could care less about this movie, but it sounds like plenty of quality actors are cashing in for a quick, easy payday.  Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfieffer, Abigail Breslin, and Lea Michele have all signed on.  Also potentially on board are Hillary Swank and Ashton Kutcher.  
(6) Channing Tatum in 21 Jump Street?  Sounds like he could be taking over Depp's role from the cult '80s TV show.  Tatum would join Jonah Hill, who's co-writing the movie.  Will Depp make a cameo?
(7) Zac Efron Offered Lead in the Hughes' Brothers Live-Action Adaptation of Akira.  I've never seen the animated Akira all the way through, but Efron would be smart to take the role. This has the potential to be a super cool movie - and could turn Efron into an action hero.  
(8) Jon Favreau Circling Disney's The Magic Kingdom.  There's not a ton of info on the project yet, but it sounds like a cross between Roger Rabbit and Night at the Museum.  All of Disney's characters come to life at night and take over the park.  Probably a mix of CGI, live action, and hand-drawn animation.  Could be a lot of fun.  And Favreau's interest speaks volumes.
(9) Wes Anderson Casts His New Movie.  It's called Moon Rise Kingdom, and it stars Anderson-mainstay Bill Murray, plus Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton and Tilda Swinton.  Not sure what it's about, but it's Wes Anderson, so I'm in.
(10) Disney Developing Enchanted Tiki Room Movie.  Based on the theme park attraction.  Originality fail.

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  • Hmmm. Strange. Three years ago I sent my original screenplay to Disney that sounds exactly like The Magic Kingdom" movie you describe. My envelope came back marked "UNOPENED" but now I wonder....

  • Yikes - that's not cool. Did you mail yourself a copy of the script, so the postmarked date shows? May be helpful for copyright purposes. Also - is the envelope that came back from Disney the same one you sent? They could have opened it, put in a similar envelope, sealed it up, and then stamped "UNOPENED" on it.

  • Hi John!! Yeah, it was the same envelope with Unopened stamped on it. But it took months to get it back. They could have rejected it right away in the mailroom if they have a policy against all unsolicited script submissions. I'm REALLY looking forward to seeing the movie whenever it gets out.

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