Newsbites: The post-apocalyptic edition!

Just a few items to help pass the time as we wait for the future.

1. Denzel Washington is going to star in The Book of Eli, a “post-apocalyptic drama” that “focuses on the not-so-distant future where America is a wasteland and a lone warrior . . . fights to bring society the knowledge that is key to its redemption.” The film will be directed by Albert and Allen Hughes, whose last big-screen project was the Jack the Ripper comic-book adaptation From Hell (2001). — Variety, Hollywood Reporter

2. Terminator Salvation director McG sure likes his reading material. Two weeks ago, he said he got his actors to read Cormac McCarthy’s The Road as part of their research for the film. And now he says he got them to read Philip K. Dick‘s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the novel that inspired Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982), as well — and he’s even entertaining the idea of directing his own version of that story. But set aside the remake talk for now; the more interesting question is what his use of that novel suggests about the depiction of the robots in the new Terminator film. — Variety

3. And speaking of the Terminator franchise, Brian Lowry has posted a review of the upcoming season premiere for The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and he says the series “continue[s] to deliver”. — Variety

Save Me — the review’s up!

My review of Save Me — a movie about an “ex-gay” ministry starring Chad Allen, the gay actor who starred in the Christian movie End of the Spear (2005) — is now up at CT Movies.

Wallace & Gromit in The Right Trousers


Hat tip to Amid Amidi, from whom I stole this headline.

Newsbites: The sci-fi pulp fantasy edition!

Time to get a few more backlogged items off my plate.

1. Has it really been two years since Guillermo Del Toro first talked about directing a Tarzan movie? Oh well, a little thing called The Hobbit got in the way, and now the producers of the Tarzan movie are thinking of getting someone else to direct. Someone like … Stephen Sommers. Ugh. — Variety, Hollywood Reporter

2. The judge presiding over the Watchmen lawsuit between Fox and Warner has set a trial date: January 6, exactly two months to the day before the film is scheduled to come out. Fox is trying to prevent the film from being released at all. — Hollywood Reporter, New York Times

3. I remember words like “yarn” and “centon”, but I had no idea the word “frak” was created for the original, cheesy, 1970s version of Battlestar Galactica and not for the new, improved, gritty version that everyone now knows and loves. Huh. — Associated Press

4. Mark Millar likes trilogies, apparently. The comic-book writer says he is working on a “basic story” for the next two Wanted films, and he says he is currently pitching “a big three-picture Superman thing, like a Lord of the Rings epic, starting over from scratch again with a seven-hour Superman story. One to be released each year.” — Newsarama, G4

5. James Cameron says Avatar, his upcoming effects-heavy 3-D movie, “makes ‘Titanic’ look like a picnic. . . . It’s simultaneously the most vexing and the most rewarding type of production that I’ve done yet.” — Canadian Press

Newsbites: The vaguely religious edition!

Time to get a few backlogged items off my plate.

1. MTV Splash Page has deemed this “Magdalena Week”, in honour of the upcoming movie based on the comic book about a female superhero who is descended from Jesus and Mary Magdalene. In today’s introductory post, actress Jenna Dewan says the film will downplay the character’s Catholic background, making her more of a “spiritual” fighter than a “religious” fighter. — MTV Splash Page

2. Rex Mundi creator Arvid Nelson has posted some thoughts on what it’s like to work with Hollywood — and he wants us all to know that his comic book, which concerns the Holy Grail and a possible descendant of Jesus, was published three years before The Da Vinci Code. — MTV Splash Page

3. I know almost nothing about Dalton Trumbo’s novel Johnny Got His Gun beyond the fact that the 1971 film version, directed by Trumbo himself, featured Donald Sutherland as Jesus. (Sutherland was nominated for a Golden Turkey Award for his efforts.) The book was adapted into a play in 1982, and now Ben McKenzie is starring in a feature-film version of that play, which is set to debut later this month. I have no idea if Jesus will make an appearance in the new film, let alone who might play him. — Variety

4. There is a new book out on the brouhaha over The Last Temptation of Christ (1988); written by Thomas R. Lindlof, it is called Hollywood Under Siege: Martin Scorsese, the Religious Right, and the Culture Wars. I wonder how it will compare to Robin Riley’s Film, Faith, and Cultural Conflict: The Case of Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ. — Bible Films Blog

5. The last time I mentioned Steve Taylor‘s adaptation of Blue Like Jazz here, it was supposed to start shooting in May of this year. But now Taylor says the filming has been put on hold due to a lack of funding. — CT Movies

6. Tim Roth will play a “half owl, half angel” in an adaptation of the children’s book Skellig. — Hollywood Reporter

Heh.


Hat tip to Simply Victoria.


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