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Enormo Round-Up

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So I’ve been extremely busy with film-watching and outings all this week, so I have had no time to put together nice posts and news for you all to enjoy. Today though, sitting in bed and vegging like a pro, I will provide a round-up of all the interesting happenings from the past week in film.

It’s been confirmed that Jonathan Nolan will not be credited for writing Terminator Salvation. In laterally-related news, Christian Bale said he will commit to the next Batman movie, with or without the presence of Christopher Nolan.

Universal has confirmed plans to remake Drop Dead Fred, the cult classic early-90s movie starring Rik Mayall, with Russell Brand to take over the lead role. This will go alongside the previously announced remake of Dudley Moore-vehicle Arthur for our cheeky chappy.

An interview with Lauren Shuler Donner has seen her say that spin-off vehicles for both Gambit and Deadpool will come, if she has her way. Given the utterly awful Wolverine, that would be something of a result to have a movie which will provide us with easily the two most interesting characters from the film.

Todd McFarlane has entered talks over bringing Spawn back to the screen. It was made before to a very poor reception in 1997. During the interview, with IESB, he also talked a little about the David Fincher-helmed Torso, the adaptation of the Brian Michael Bendis graphic novel. That was dropped by Paramount but McFarlane believes another house will pick it up given the presence of Matt Damon in the lead and Rachel McAdams alongside him.

Some photos have emerged of Megan Fox in Jonah Hex, the adaptation of the John Albano-penned DC series. As you would imagine from a movie about a gonzo version of the Wild West, Fox has eschewed the demure look in favour of chicken house chic. Fox did experience a mild disappointment this week, beat to the FHM 100 Sexiest Women poll’s top spot by Girls Aloud’s Cheryl Cole.

Rainn Wilson, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Natalie Portman have joined the cast of Hesher, an indie dramedy to be directed by Spencer Susser. /Film has a host of extra information on this, including a really bewitching zombie short directed by Susser.

Here’s an odd one. The next movie coming from Zhang Yimou, the helmer of the astounding Hero and House of Flying Daggers, is reportedly a remake of the Coens’ Blood Simple.

McG and Michael Bay could well end up slapping ’em out on the table and bringing out the rulers, should the challenge put forth by the former to the latter become reality. Yes, McG has challenged Bay to a dick-measuring contest.

So apparently Oliver Stone, Michael Douglas and Shia LeBoeuf have signed up to take on a sequel to Wall Street, Stone’s visceral attack on the lack of ethics involved in big money trading. It seems a little late at this point but, praise be, no Charlie Sheen.

On the business side, the merger between agency giant William Morris and Endeavour has been approved. Relativity and Lionsgate have brokered a distribution agreement which will cover around five movies per year. Time Warner has announced a 14 per cent fall in profits in the first quarter, primarily owing to problems with AOL, which it is looking to spin-off imminently, and in Time Inc, the magazine side of the conglomerate.

Cinematical has a review of Departures, the Japanese foreign film Oscar winner from this year.

Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro will open the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes.

Benicio del Toro is reportedly in talks to play Brett Easton Ellis in an adaptation of his Lunar Park.

Here’s a first look at Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man 2.

The Forgotten, the indie comic series by Evan Young and Jareth Grealish, has been optioned for a movie adaptation.

Bruce Willis is reportedly being courted to star in Red, an adaptation of the Warren Ellis-penned series.

The BBC has commissioned more The Thick of It from Armando Ianucci, coming on the back of the success of In the Loop.

Warner Bros has acquired the rights to Death Note, the manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba.

Mike Newell is in talks to direct a new version of The Lone Ranger.

Fox Searchlight has picked up Whip It, the directorial debut of Drew Barrymore starring Ellen Page.

Iran’s About Elly has won the jury prize at Tribeca.

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McG Looking for a Spring Awakening

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McG is planning to enter into the world of musicals with an adaptation of Spring Awakening, the somewhat controversial Broadway by Steven Sater and Duncan Shiek.

The musical is based on an 1891 play by Frank Wedekind which follows a group of German teenagers of the comptemporary period who indulge in and discover sexuality, taking in subjects like masturbation, abortion, rape, abuse and suicide. It all sounds quite racey and filled with proto-Easton Ellis ennui but the show has been a major success, winning a boat of Tony awards.

How this fits with the general aesthetic of McG, I really don’t know. I think he’s coming up for a major acid test with Terminator Salvation so, post that movie, we’ll be able to grasp better whether he could take this source material and craft an interesting, thought-provoking art piece or, as is presently more likely, a glossed up, nudity-filled, hyper-cut bore.

From Twenty-Three to Twelve for Schumacher

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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.

His next work is to be Twelve, an adapation of Nick McDonnell’s book of the same name which follows a drop-out who turns to drug-dealing and gets involved in a murder case involving his best friend.

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.