Stalked: Flash Gordon, Thundercats, Avatar 2, Ghostbusters 3, The A-Team cameo
There are a bunch of rumours and conjecture racing around the Interflab at the moment, and while a couple of them actually have some grounding in reality, and a couple have the men behind the films talking about them, they're still a bit vague and a little bit empty.
Saying that, they're interesting to consider, and they might just interest you. Let's get started then, with the farthest out there, the rumour of the Flash Gordon casting.
For this one I'm picking up the summary from The Playlist who have done something similar to this. They've just pulled them together and read them with a pinch of salt. From Hollyscoop comes a rumour that Sam Worthington is up to play Flash Gordon in the remake of the original film and series. Mind you they also say Ryan Reynolds is up for the role too, which ticks the boxes of two of the most rumoured casting choices for action films we've seen this year.
Making an action film? Let's suggest that Reynolds and Worthington are in the running before the production have started casting. Of course Worthington could pull the part off, he does have the look required for the all action American hero, hence the rumour.
ComicBookMovie are saying that the big screen outing of Thundercats is dead, which is a huge shame, but considering Hollywood cost cutting and the requirements of this film, the budget sheet doesn't work, I mean the huge ready made audience perhaps isn't as big as some of the other adaptations they've been throwing through the formulaic spreadsheet and churning out to disappointing numbers.
”Something's going to happen. Dan [Aykroyd] did write a spec GB3 screenplay a few years ago, but no one was motivated to pursue it. Now, 25 years after the original, there seems to be some willingness to proceed and apparently a substantial public appetite for a sequel. We'll introduce some new young Ghostbusters, and all the old guys will be in it, too. Think Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future...GB3 is progressing with plans to shoot next summer and release in 2011.”
You know people can say things that sound solid concrete and aren't necessarily so, in context or out, and even within this paragraph there seems to be a few contradictions. He starts with “something is going to happen” and you should note that he says the film is “progressing” and there are “plans to shoot”. I don't know, but this still sounds a little flaky.
Avatar 2? Yes please say everyone who liked or loved Avatar (Filmstalker review), and James Cameron is of a similar mind, something we've already heard him say and explain about the pitch to the studio for those sequels, and they were in. A little more has been revealed though, and that is that perhaps the sequel may not be on Pandora. Shock horror.
”we have some story ideas about how o branch out into to other moons of Polyphemus and the Alpha Centauri A (ACA) Solar System.”
To me it makes no difference, and perhaps it's better being off of Pandora, we've explored quite a bit of that world and that life, and perhaps another planet around Pandora would be a good idea – new creatures, new landscapes, new everything, not just more of the same.
”He said it wasn't about money, because he turned down the chance to appear in the film before that was even discussed. He said it just wouldn't be right for him to be in it. If his B.A. isn't the main guy, then why do it? What's wrong with the film that they need him to make a cameo? Plus they would market the film with him being in it, and he didn't want his friends and family to think he would have some big role when he wouldn't. He told me he has nothing against the cast or even the fact that they're doing a remake. But a cameo is just something he wasn't interested in. He said he's very happy with his life right now and enjoys giving back to the community.”
Sounds like damn fine reasons to me, and he's nailed exactly what these cameo's are for, to pull in the old audience and get them interested in the new film, marketing. You have to respect his choice now that he's said why.