Friday 23 March 2018

Popcorn: Baron Cohen set for Walter Mitty remake

Joe Griffin

According to Pajiba.com, Sacha Baron Cohen is in talks with 20th Century Fox to star in their remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Based on a short story by James Thurber, it's the tale of an ordinary man with imaginative daydreams. It was previously made in a 1947 film starring Danny Kaye. Over the years, Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg have circled the property, as have Mike Myers, Owen Wilson and Jim Carrey. The new version has been rewritten by Peter Morgan (The Damned United, The Queen).

Hobo with a Shotgun begins ... shooting

Even if the film is unsuccessful, the story behind Hobo with a Shotgun is intriguing in itself. To tie in with the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez film Grindhouse, a competition was held two years ago to make a fake exploitation movie trailer. The winning trailer, the self-explanatory Hobo with a Shotgun, has since landed a feature deal and begins filming this week. Good old Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, The Hitcher) will play the eponymous vagrant.

Volcanic ash prevents premiere

Along with thousands of airline passengers, film studios and European film fans were left disappointed by the fallout of the Icelandic ash this week. The world premiere of Iron Man 2 (above), originally set to take place in London, has been moved to LA. That means that the European press junket for the film has also been cancelled, so don't expect any Irish or English interviews with Robert Downey Jr et al. Thankfully, the film itself was shipped off to European distributors before the volcanic eruption.

Kevin Spacey gets Crossed

The comic adaptation craze continues unabated. (In fact, does it still qualify as a craze at this stage?). Kevin Spacey's company, Trigger Street Productions, has acquired the rights to Crossed, a 10-part comic by Northern Irish writer Garth Ennis (Preacher). The story follows survivors in a small town gripped by a plague that compels them to indulge in their darkest impulses, be it murder, rape, arson, or some other horror-friendly activity. It all sounds like the recent (and underrated) The Crazies. It's not yet confirmed whether Spacey will also star in the film, but here's hoping he will: he hasn't done scary since Se7en, and he does it oh-so well.

Sex and the City 2 already a hit?

Despite the fact that the film doesn't open for another five weeks Stateside, ticket sales for Sex and the City 2, starring Sarah Jessica Parker (below), are gathering momentum. Warners exec VP distribution Jeff Goldstein described SATC2 advance sales as "brisk". In fact, by some estimates, the forthcoming sequel is out-performing current films. Harry Medved, spokesman for Fandango Cinemas said: "It was nearly 20pc of our daily sales when it first went on sale, outpacing Kick-Ass, which was 17pc of sales."

Summit buys rights to Men are from Mars ...

Following the success of He's Just Not that into You, and the forthcoming adaptation of French Women Don't Get Fat, Summit Entertainment has acquired the rights to Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.

The film will focus on the differences between men and women. John Gray's original non-fiction book about gender differences, whose title became a pop-culture catchphrase, was published in 1992 by HarperCollins.

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