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Stalked: Bourne, Michael Jackson, 21 Jump Street, Shazam!, Priest, Grotesque, and more

Director for Michael Jackson's This Is It...

Catherine Hardwicke directing 21 Jump Street and Red Riding Hood...

Bourne IV gains writer...

Susanne Bier set for The Revenge...

Priest gains villain...

Cormac McCarthy's The Sunset Limited cast...

Billy Bob Thornton to star in boxing film...

Shazam! gains writer...

Jennifer Tilly in amorous film 30 Beats...

Brian Dennehy directing Redemption...

Japanese Resurrection gets remade...

UK's BBFC bans Grotesque...

Director for Michael Jackson's This Is It
A director has been found for the film of Michael Jackson's never seen concert This Is It. Gathering together the footage from the rehearsals for the concert, pre-prepared videos for the concert screens and behind the scenes footage, will fall to the role of Kenny Ortega.

Ortega is the High School Musical director, has already filmed the Michael Jackson Memorial for television, and he has Footloose lined up, it would seem he's a perfect choice. His official statement through Deadline Hollywood Daily makes it clear how positive he is for the film.

”As we began assembling the footage for the motion picture we realized we captured something extraordinary, unique and very special. It’s a very private, exclusive look into a creative genius’s world. For the first time ever, fans will see Michael as they have never seen him before – this great artist at work. It is raw, emotional, moving and powerful footage that captures his interactions with the THIS IS IT collaborators that he had personally assembled for this once in a lifetime project.”

Catherine Hardwicke directing 21 Jump Street and Red Riding Hood
Catherine Hardwicke might be off the Twilight franchise but she's not stalled in her career any. News came this week that she's in negotiations to direct The Girl with the Red Riding Hood from writer David Leslie Johnson and 21 Jump Street being written by David Leslie Johnson. The story comes from various sources, Variety, Risky Business Blog and First Showing.

Bourne IV gains writer
Josh Zetumer is the man who is set to write the fourth Bourne film. It's a bit of a surprise because George Nolfi was originally signed to do the job but he also signed up to write and direct The Adjustment Bureau also with Matt Damon, but when that was taking too much of his time he decided to leave Bourne, and that's when Zetumer stepped in according to The Hollywood Reporter. Universal want him to come back after this fourth film though, so I don't know how Zetumer would feel about that. Note that Zetumer is also writing the new Dune film.

Susanne Bier set for The Revenge
Susanne Bier who wrote and directed Efter brylluppet (After the Wedding) and Brødre (Brothers), as well as writing the American remake, and directing Things We Lost in the Fire, is returning to Denmark to direct The Revenge according to Variety. The film will star the superb Ulrich Thomsen, Mikael Persbrandt and Trine Dyrholm. The film will be set in both Kenya and Denmark. Interestingly she had been set or a Working Title comedy with Hugh Grant, but that fell apart. Probably because he's too scared to appear in front of the camera again.

Priest gains villain
Karl Urban is to play the villain in Priest, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the story of a vampire fighting priest in a post apocalyptic world teaming up with a sheriff and warrior priestess to track down a vampire group who have kidnapped the sheriff's niece. Paul Bettany, Maggie Q and Cam Gigandet are leading.

Cormac McCarthy's The Sunset Limited cast
The cast for a film version of Cormac McCarthy's The Sunset Limited is coming together with Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson, and the other exciting news is that Jones is also directing the adaptation. Variety through /Film says of the story:

”Jackson plays a man who saves another man (Jones) from throwing himself in front of a Harlem subway train. The act begins an exchange of ideologies as the two men from different backgrounds debate the worth of their lives.”

Supposedly it gains huge literary praise, hopefully it'll do well off the back of The Road.

Billy Bob Thornton to star in boxing film
Billy Bob Thornton is set to star in a film adapted from a book by the same author of the book Rope Burns, the story behind Million Dollar Baby, another boxing story called Pound for Pound. The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Ron Shelton is set to write and direct and the film will follow the parallel lives of a widowed, retired boxer suffering from depression brought about by the death of his grandson in a car accident, and a teenage boxer who is rising through the ranks and struggling with a difficult upbringing.

Shazam! gains writer
Bill Birch is the man appointed to co-write Shazam! alongside Geoff Johns with Peter Segal still attached to direct according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Jennifer Tilly in amorous film 30 Beats
Jennifer Tilly, Justin Kirk, Jason Day, Thomas Sadoski, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Paz de la Huerta, Vahina Giocante, Ben Levin, Lee Pace and Condola Rashad will star in a film called 30 Beats written and directed by Alexis Lloyd which is inspired by the Arthur Schnitzler's play La Ronde and follows a series of amorous encounters, as The Hollywood Reporter describes it, between ten people in Manhattan.

Brian Dennehy directing Redemption
The cool actor Brian Dennehy is set to direct the film Redemption, a film based on actual events which follows the story of Joyce Ann Brown who spent over nine years in prison for a crime she didn't commit. She allegedly committed a robbery and murder in a Dallas story in 1980. The film will follow her story and that of the man who fought for her release, Jim McCloskey, a man who fights for wrongly convicted people to be freed. Dennehy co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Seldner according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Japanese Resurrection gets remade
Bruce Joel Rubin, the man who wrote Ghost, Jacob's Ladder and The Time Traveler's Wife, is set to write the DreamWorks adaptation of the Japanese film Yomigaeri (Resurrection) according to The Hollywood Reporter. Currently titled Rainbow Bridge, the film follows the story of a town in which people who have been dead for decades suddenly appear alive, as if nothing had happened.

UK's BBFC bans Grotesque
In a move that's surely set to make the film Grotesque an underground hit, the BBFC, the British Board of Film Classification, have refused to classify the film with a rating ensuring that it cannot legally be sold or supplied to anyone in the country. According to their statement through Yahoo News, the film:

“Grotesque features minimal narrative or character development and presents the audience with little more than an unrelenting and escalating scenario of humiliation, brutality and sadism”

Apparently the film is a continual series of mutilations and tortures including amputation, the gouging out of eyes, castration and evisceration and there seems no way to offer the film-makers a chance to re-edit it.



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