Newsbites: The random quick updates edition!

No major comments here, just noting a few items that happen to tie in to things that I have written here or elsewhere in the past.

1. Anthony Hopkins will star in The Rite, based on the book about real-life exorcists written by Matt Baglio. The movie will centre “on a disillusioned American seminary student who attends exorcism school at the Vatican and ultimately finds his faith through encounters with demonic forces. Hopkins will play a priest who is an expert in exorcisms and whose methods are not necessarily traditional.” — Hollywood Reporter

2. Universal has spent two years looking for someone to turn Sascha Rothchild’s book How to Get Divorced by 30 into a romantic comedy about “starter marriages”. Now, after courting many strangers, the studio has come back to Rothchild and asked her to write the script herself. — Variety

3. The makers of East Is East (1999) — which concerns a British family led by a Pakistani father and his English wife in the early ’70s — are now planning a sequel called West Is West, which will be set in Pakistan about five years later. They are even talking about making a third film to round out the “trilogy”, which begs the question: What will they call it? — Hollywood Reporter

4. Seann William Scott, who has appeared in a number of R-rated comedies over the past decade or so, says he used to watch his language, but his career-making turn as Stifler in American Pie (1999) marked “the first time [I] ever swore.” This fits with what he told Rolling Stone at the time, regarding how his nickname in junior high school used to be “Church Boy”. — WENN

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • MSK

    Re #3: Why, "Ne'er the Twain Shall Meet," of course.