Thursday 22 March 2018

Popcorn: Avatar, the gift that keeps ongiving

Joe Griffin

Despite it being the biggest film of all time and a huge DVD and blu-ray success, 20th Century Fox haven't turned off the milking machine just yet. Director James Cameron confirmed to MTV News that he's currently working on a novelisation of his film, a task usually reserved for an unknown third party.

Surely that's a first? Also, a new edition of Avatar with nine whole minutes of new footage is coming to cinemas soon, and there's talk of at least one sequel. Cameron hasn't started work on sequels yet, but he said that if they do go ahead, he might film parts 2 and 3 back-to-back.

Cillian Murphy and Justin Timberlake are mere mortals

I've always liked Andrew Niccol. The New Zealander penned The Truman Show, wrote the story for The Terminal and directed Gattaca. His new film, strangely titled I'm.mortal, is another sci-fi chin-scratcher. Set in a future where the ageing gene has been switched off, people can now live forever. But that causes its own problems of overcrowding and economic hardship.

Justin Timberlake is likely to play the lead, as a young man who mysteriously becomes wealthy, while Cillian Murphy is all-but confirmed as the villain, an authority figure who suspects something's amiss.

Tony Scott and Kick-Ass writer team up

Superhero movies: have you had your fill yet? The keys on my laptop that spell 'superhero' have been worn down to nub at this stage. Undeterred by this ubiquity, director Tony Scott (Top Gun, True Romance) has aligned himself to the new comic adaptation by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass). The story centres on a young billionaire who, like Bruce Wayne, is orphaned as a child. But unlike Batman's alter ego, he grows up to be a super-villain. Scott's also putting the finishing touches to Unstoppable, a thriller starring Chris Pine and Denzel Washington.

Tell No One remake gets a director

Following the Let the Right One In and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remakes, an American version of Tell No One is moving into production. Producer Kathleen Kennedy bought the remake rights to the French film in 2009 and now it has finally found a director. Talented Australian Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James) will be taking the reins. Tell No One is a nifty and clever little thriller about the mysteries surrounding a doctor's wife's death.

Reese Witherspoon gets Peggy Lee fever

Peggy Lee is getting the biopic treatment courtesy of actress/producer Reese Witherspoon (below) and writer/director Nora Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle, Julie & Julia). Lee is probably still best-known for her version of Fever, but her career spanned seven decades and included acting work on The Jazz Singer and Disney's Lady and the Tramp. Witherspoon seems perfect for this gig: she's a dead ringer for Lee and she won an Oscar for playing a singer before, as June Carter Cash in Walk the Line.

3D Tarzan swings into development

Yawn. Just in case you're not sick of 3D or Tarzan, producer Robert Kulzer of Constantin Films is working on bringing the ape-man to films in 3D animation. Kulzer, best-known for the Resident Evil series, will be working with a director by the name of Reinhard Klooss on the project. Tarzan has, of course, been filmed many times, but the successful Disney animation in 1999 makes the new project feel especially superfluous.

Irish Independent

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