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Stalked: Bullock and Stallone, Boxleitner in Tron 2.0, The Wolf Man 2, Luhrmann's Gatsby

A quick round up of interesting stories that we missed just before Xmas.

Sandra Bullock is joining Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables...

Bruce Boxleitner, the hero from the first Tron, is joining Tron 2.0...

Baz Luhrmann is talking about making a Great Gatsby film...

Benicio del Toro is suggesting that there may be another The Wolf Man film...

Sandra Bullock is the next to join Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables, if Stallone has his way. According to reports from Jo Blo through Coming Soon he's keen to get her on board. So far He's pulled in himself, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Forest Whitaker and Randy Couture, but a Jo Blo insider says that Stallone is actively courting Sandra Bullock for the film.

You know the more I'm hearing about this the more I'm thinking that Stallone really could pull off something special. It does feel like he's going head to head with Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. You'll remember that the rumour was around for ages that Tarantino was going to pull in the big name eighties action stars for this film, Stallone included, and it never happened. I can't help but think Stallone decided to go off and do his own thing, and this is the result. To be honest I'm more excited about The Expendables and the line up than for Inglourious Basterds!

Talking about great casting, here's another one. Bruce Boxleitner is the man who played the characters of Alan Bradley and of Tron in the original film is set to return for the sequel Tron 2.0 as it's now being called.

He'll be joining Jeff Bridges, who also lead the original, Olivia Wilde and Beau Garrett, with rumours of Karl Urban and John Hurt, with the Hurt rumour sounding a little bit far fetched.

According to Coming Soon the only plot details we have so far are that Wilde is playing a worker who turns against the Master Control Program and Garrett playing a siren.

Another film with some great sounding casting.

Baz Luhrmann is talking about making his next film already, and it's the story of The Great Gatsby. Having officially acquired the rights, The Hollywood Reporter has the news on his next project and has Luhrmann comparing the film to the current era as a warning tale about the time just before the American Depression.

“If you wanted to show a mirror to people that says, 'You've been drunk on money,' they're not going to want to see it. But if you reflected that mirror on another time they'd be willing to...

...People will need an explanation of where we are and where we've been, and 'The Great Gatsby' can provide that explanation.”

Apparently he's going to move much faster with this film than he has with previous. Well that means we'll see it within a few years I hope, otherwise it might be too late for a comparison with the current financial climate – I hope!

The Great Gatsby is a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) which tells the story of a man in a pre-Depression America who chases wealth by all means necessary and shows that wealth to all but remains deeply unhappy and soulless. It's a great story and first saw a screen outing in 1926, but the Robert Redford version in 1974, the third outing on screen for Gatsby, was perhaps the most famous.

What's interesting is that there are two versions already slated as being in development, I'm not sure if either of these are the Luhrmann versions, but there's one for 2010 and another for 2012, if one is it's probably the later one.

Remakes? Who needs them? Well to be honest and fair there are a couple that are looking rather good and I'm genuinely anticipating, including that of The Wolf Man. Well we might have more than one if what Benicio del Toro has to say is true. According to MTV through HorrorMovies.ca he responded to the question of if there would be any other monsters in this film:

“You mean, the guy named Dracula waiting in the taxi outside?,” Del Toro cracked? “No, there’s no other monsters coming into play, that’s maybe down the line.”

Well that's not definitive proof, because let's face it, any film that could even suggest potential franchise or even sequel gets the studio salivating these days, but del Toro seem to hint that The Wolf Man could go the distance to a sequel and perhaps even a franchise.



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