Hobbit summer?: Grass not greener on the Bourne side? Ironman 2 posted: QT not Killing Bill just yet? A 2nd Hangover: Zombieland 3D land: Posted/trailers
Live from the Dresden, a few blocks from the Los Feliz area of Los Angles CA, it is
Hi. How are things? Good I oh so hope. Well as for me. Yeah, I’m good in the Dresden hood. Just doing the do. And here we are in December now. The build up to Christmas has begun and indeed the end of the year. And if I may offer a shameless plug what will be one hell of a New Year’s Eve W-E podcast. That’s all I’m saying for now. Ok, this has been a busy ass week. Lots to cover and uncover, whilst I type this stuff undercover.
I know I said last week I was gonna put the breaks on cracking one off. But well, I’m addicted to it. It’s a vice sure but it’s a healthy one. Well as long as U all take cover of course. =>
Well let’s look at the first bit of news shall we?
Last week I told news about the Hobbit film and how the first draft of the script was written. Well this week there is more news. That being that part 1 of the Hobbit will start shooting next summer. In an interview for the onering web site, Peter Jackson was talking about his new movie Funny Bones (which comes out next week) but the convo soon steered into Hobbit land. Well this is what Jackson had to say about the film. Now in order to get this right I had to learn German, watch a few WW2 films and hit some very questionable web sites where the word “shitster” was used a lot accompanied by some very, very, questionable bowl movements, mostly by females and in one case a dog. *shivers* Anyway when I had my German down and my own bowl movements in check, I translated the interview and it seems to go like this…
“We’re currently working on the second script which we hope to have completed by the end of this year or beginning of next. When the scripts are completed, we can begin with the exact calculation of the necessary budget. We hope to start filming in the middle of next year. However, we’ve received no green light from the studio yet.”
Just like in that scene from High Fidelity I’m doing a Rob and analyzing the word “yet” when it comes to the studio and not green lighting the shooting. I think Jackson probably said this in passing. At the end of the day was promoting Lovely Bones and the Hobbit question was no doubt an after thought question. The first part is set to be dropped December 2011. The plan Del Toro and Jackson have is to shoot each film for a year straight. So Hobbit part one would be done in the summer of 2011 with about a four to five editing process until it’s release. Now I guess by going by that plan they start shooting part 2 right after part 1 gets done wrapping? Well as hard as a task as that is, them two could certainly pull it off. There is this rumour going around that will be pushed back to 2012 but there is nothing concrete on that, so that’s all hear say just now. Either way this on now and soon enough real and legit info will start to filter through I think.
In news we can file under “That will change soon enough” Paul Greengrass for now anyway is off of the fourth Jason Bourne film. It hasn’t really been smooth sailing for this film to come around what with the script conflict and that. We already knew a while back that George Nolfi was the man hired to write the script for the fourth instalment of Bourne. But what we didn’t know and neither did Greengrass appreantly is that another writer named Josh Zetumer had been hired to write this “parallel” script, whatever the hell that means? So Paul was said to be not all that jazzed. But the issues extends and into another film he and Matt Damon are currently making called Green zone. The film was initially meant to be a small production but as Paul apparently tends to do whilst on the shoot he will want to expand on the film’s plot and that of course costs more money. Money that has boasted Green zone’s cost up to $ 150 million…… just let U take that in for a moment………… U done taking……. U are? Ok I shall commence? So, yeah that’s quite a lot of bread, so much so Hansel and Gretel could walk to fuckin Hollywood following that trail man, and have enough for a indy film to be made. So, anywho the big wigs aren’t very happy at Paul and don’t really want him pulling this kind of thing on Bourne 4, so it all adds supposedly anyway to Paul walking off of Bourne 4. But of course when U actually try to get a straight answer out of anyone, U are met with a stiff wall of “No comment” or the generic as fuck, “Creative differences” bullshit. That one is the polite way of seeing, “The director wouldn’t let us boss his/her ass 24/7” But what about Paul? What does the “Grassman” have to say?
Well I tried to find out. In a move I hadn’t used since I hid out on the set of Ironman 2 I actually took up base in some hedges outside of Paul’s apartment (I know, I know my head is hung in shame) After about five hours of sitting, in which I got several jaggy things stuck in and up me. Eating some berry’s that I guess weren’t of the tame variety and a 19 year college co’ed busting me as she thought those binoculars were aimed at her bedroom window… they weren’t Paul lives one up…. WHAT? Would I lie to U dear W-E reader *innocent face* I FINALLY got a word with Greengrass himself. This is what he said,
“You won’t find a more devoted supporter of the Bourne franchise than me. I will always be grateful to have been the caretaker to Jason Bourne over the course of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. I’m very proud of those films and feel they express everything I most passionately believe about the possibility of making quality movies in the mainstream. My decision to not return a third time as director is simply about feeling the call for a different challenge".
There’s been no disagreement with Universal Pictures. The opportunity to work with the Bourne family again is a difficult thing to pass up, but we have discussed this together and they have been incredibly understanding and supportive. I’ve been lucky enough to have made four films for Universal, and our relationship continues. Jason Bourne existed before me and will continue, and I hope to remain involved in some capacity as the series moves on.”
Not the shoot from the hip answer I was looking for and even after I showed Paul the pepper spray residue he still wouldn’t offer anything a bit more on the legit side. I mean I don’t think all of the above is rumour, do you? Paul does have a track record of adding shit to the films he’s making, bumping up the cost and at times putting back the release date of films. I think Green zone has been pushed back three times now, but don’t quote me on that. It was defiantly meant to come out a lot sooner that friggin March 2010 that’s for sure. And when it comes to the script writer this Josh guy does not have a strong as portfolio as Nolfi and the vagueness of a parallel script would be a pain in the ass if UR a top director trying to get UR shit together for the shooting of the upcoming film. So, now of course to some anyway throws up the question on if Matt Damon will still want to do Bourne 4 or not? Well Greengrass did say Bourne was around in film form before he took over, but that first film in compassion is very blah to Paul’s two excellent Bourne movies. For what my opinion is worth, I think Paul will come back. He loves working on these Bourne films and he LOVES Matt Damon even more as they really do work as a tight unit. The film isn’t due to start filming until Fall 2011 with a summer 2011 release. Now that’s almost a year man. I think Paul and Universal can kiss and make up in that time frame, and I think they will. I was right about Denzel and that film he walked off of. Not that I’m keeping a track record or anything…
Wanna see some cool Ironman 2 pictures? U do, just as well casue that wasn’t a question. Lol
I haven’t covered Ironman 2 for a few months now, for the simple fact that since that leaked trailer back in July there hasn’t been anything all that concrete to report. Any news I would have given would be mere lip service payment. I’m better than that. So yeah, these are just posters and on set pictures but I think it’s concrete enough and we do have a first proper look at War Machine. Set to be released May 7th 2010, Ironman 2 is still on my radior as one of the films I’m looking forward to next year. I always said the first one was a solid origin story and as long as all the cast and crew are reading from the same book, the series can only get better, Avengers film aside. I’m still iffy on that one. War Machine looks cool. Maybe in a future film then two could duke it out? They do a shit load of times in the comics after all.
Two months back Quentin Tarantino stated on a TV show there would be ne a Kill Bill 3. Well maybe we read too much into it cause two things. One: The film will not be called Kill Bill 3. Two: It’s not QT’s next film. In an MTV interview QT said all of this,
“It wouldn’t be ‘Kill Bill,’… It would be Volume 3 of the story of the Bride".
“I won’t do that next, but it could very well be the thing I do after next…”
Does he have a point?
Is it just me or is Quentin a little disorganized? Has he always been like that? It took him like a decade to write Inglorious Basterds. He came up with Kill Bill as he worked on Pulp Fiction and that took ten years to show up on screen. Ok, so maybe disorganized isn’t a fair word to use, and I can certainly understand getting ideas for stories and Christ knows when U will get round to them. But I guess one minute the idea of QT saying there will be a Kill Bill 3 and then saying not yet is a tad frustrating to me. Not sure why though in this case as I’m fairly casual in my need to see a Kill Bill film. But still, I guess the idea of bouncing between each project is bizarre to me and I wonder if Quentin does that for the simple fact he is Quentin Tarantino. Or maybe we just took it as red KB 3 was next.
I still think the only way to a third Bride film will work is if it about that wee girl who goes after the Bride for killing her mother in the opening fight scene in the first Bill movie. But now we will need to wait whilst QT…. picks his feet? Or makes a film, either or? Lol.
There getting ready for a 2nd Hangover.
U know what movie U enjoyed? The Hangover. I was pleasantly surprised by the film. Others enjoyed it too. So much so it is now the highest grossing R-rated comedy ever. Warner Bros also enjoyed the point they would like director Todd Phillips to make a sequeal to the film and thus I’ am in conflict. But before we get to the reason for it lets ask why did the Hangover do so dammned well?
It’s total international gross was this btw has beatin the record previously held by Beverly Hills Cop, that’s a bug gun to take out there right man. So, what was it’s success. Todd Phillips is no stranger to the buddy movie (Old School). He’s done the road trip film. (Road Trip) So what is that sets this apart? Well it is a funny film, nicely written. Funnily acted but I also think part of its success is that it is part mystery story film. And we all enjoy a good mystery film. I mean as far back June I remember being interested in what happened to Doug as his pals try to piece together the previous night’s events as they awaken and deal with the backlash partying hard. In the end I was not let down by what happened to Doug and even did the classic “Of coursssseeeee” when they we go back and look at certain clue that stands out like a sore thump but you just overlook. Classic mystery shit right there man.
So now to my point. Whilst I’m not saying that the mystery aspect was the sole reason the film did well. It is a solid backbone to it. So what will the second film be about? If it’s the same kind of story we are walking into Home Alone 2 territory where we can use the Die Hard 2 line, “How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice?” Ok, so it wouldn’t be Doug this time. Smart money would be on Stu to get hitched. But if U copy or use similar traits from the first film it runs the risk of being a formula sequel. And well, any other story would just be like a typical R-rated film. I guess I just don’t see the need for a sequel. I mean why? To see if it makes even more money than the first. It won’t. I don’t the film will suck. We will just look back and say, “Well it’s a good funny film. But just not as good as the first film.” I just see it as a one off. I think of all of Todd’s films are.
Another sequel that’s on is this Fall’s hit Zombieland. The film will indeed be getting a sequel and it’s going to be in 3D. The squel was in balance as it’s the currently the No1 most pirated film so that of course harms the films profits. But regardless I guess Sony is going full steam ahead with this. Producer Gavin Polone had this to say as we talked through the old paper cup and string thingy…
“Everyone had fun watching (the first) ‘Zombieland’; making it a more visceral experience can only make it better,” said the film’s producer Gavin Polone. “I don’t think you want to see ‘Ordinary People’ in 3-D. But ‘Zombieland’ is clearly one movie that will benefit from (the technique).”
So with films like Final Destination and My Bloody Valentine using 3D to sell what it’s being called, “In your face death” Zomibeland might be able to do the same.
Getting ready to play it again?
As of yet the film’s two stars Woody Harrelson and Jessie Eisenburg have to sign on, same goes for the ZL chicks. But Polone has. As has the director, Ruben Fleischer and the two screen writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
I still haven’t seen the first film but a zombie film as long as the first film is good lends itself to a few sequels.
Now let’s look at this week’s upcoming movie posters.
Lots of posters this week. Hope it didn’t crash U? lol..
There is only one. It’s been a slow week for new ones. There was the leaked Harry Potter trailer but that’s been pulled off the net double quick.
Ok, that’s gonna do it for me. I have to go and um… deal with a document now. Some call it a restraining order from stuck up 19 year olds. I call it whatever… Ugh… So, as always enjoy the week and I will see U back here in week’s time. To end I’m gonna owe this song to you Paul Greengrass. Mon, Paul. U know you’re gonna come back to Bourne.