Abel Ferrara, possibly still stinging from Werner Herzog putting him down after taking on Bad Lieutenant, has decided to launch his own version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Ferrara’s version will be called Jekyll and Hyde.
His reading will also feature Forest Whitaker and Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson at the lead characters.
I can’t quite imagine why he would want to do this but, given his interesting if not wholly-successful take on the Invasion of the Body Snatchers story in the past, he could at least bring something different to the table.
Separate to this, two other Jekyll and Hyde projects are in the works.
There is the terrible-sounding version with Keanu Reeves playing both lead roles, although possibly with Bronson’s Nicolas Winding Refn directing. That one would presently fall into the interesting category alongside the potential Ferrara version.
Alongside those is the most promising but, unfortunately, most unlikely to come in the short-term, from Guillermo del Toro. That one is only in the embryonic stages so little is known other than the character design will be amazing.
Joel Schumacher, that challenger of quality and sometime above-competent director, has lined up his next project following from thriller Creek. The latter has been all over the release schedules and still doesn’t have a date of release, probably meaning it will end up going straight-to-DVD, especially given the lack of currency Schumacher has following the terrible Number 23.
The cast racked up thus far is quite interesting, taking in Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin, 50 Cent, Ellen Barkin and Kiefer Sutherland, the latter linking with Schumacher for the first time since cult teen vampire flick The Lost Boys in 1987.
Schumacher has had some grand and specutacular failures in the past and his clout is low, but I would at least like to see him take on a project which, to be honest, sounds very much akin to a 1980s-set Brett Easton Ellis novel, possibly transporting Schumacher back into the decade when he had some relative creative success.
So many folks were somewhat perturbed last week after Sylvester Stallone told the world he had replaced Forest Whitaker in his new Expendables bash-fest with Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson. Subsequently, he’s attempted to rectify this with the casting of Terry Crews in 50 Cent’s part. Crews is a small-parts guy, probably best known for his work as Chris Rock’s father’s on-screen surrogate in Everybody Hates Chris and as the president in Mike Judge’s underrated satire Idiocracy.
The Expendables would surely not be the knife-edge, could be terrible-could be great movie without such news so fair enough, keep on recasting, Sly.
The Expendables, the imminent, sure-to-be-amazing beef-fest being helmed in all senses by Sylvester Stallone has had a number of casting rumours floating about, including bringing in the likes of Arnie, Dolph Lundgren and JCVD to add to the already gonzo cast.
Stallone has now written in to AICN to confirm the cast members, giving us some updates on the change from Forest Whitaker to Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent) and the replacement of Ben Kingsley with Eric Roberts. Both seem pretty poor on paper although Sly has gone to lengths to defend all choices in his letter. To give a quick rundown, the casting is like this:
Hale Caesar is Curtis Jackson
Toll Road (new character) is Randy Couture
Monroe is Eric Roberts
Tool (an ex-Expendable) is Mickey Rourke
Bao is Jet Li
Lee Christmas is Jason Statham
Lacy is Charisma Carpenter
Sandra is Giselle Itie (famous Brazilian actress)
Barney ‘the schizo’ Ross is Yours Truly.
Whether it turns out good or not, just considering the possibilities of this cast, including Jason Statham playing Lee Christmas and Mickey Rourke as Tool, is good enough for me.