Obviously, I haven’t seen Nine yet, but I can’t imagine it would help in generating any excitement for Rob Marshall being touted as helmer of the Pirates of the Caribbean series’ fourth instalment.
Having said that, the news of this brings to mind the fact that Gore Verbinski, overseer of the decreasingly good series for the first few goes around, was hardly coming into the series with much on his belt. The Ring remake is, in all fairness, probably the best of the Asian horror remakes we’ve had hoisted upon us but he did a mighty good job with the first two Pirates films.
Marshall hasn’t impressed me yet, although he certainly has an assured technical hand. Movies like Pirates though don’t enormously rely on that for their entertainment value. An assured technical hand will just act as part of a cog in a much bigger machine which is managing the effects and action. Where the film may falter under Marshall’s control is in the moments between characters and in the storytelling.
Memoirs of a Geisha was never a project for him, or even ripe for a film adaptation, but Chicago showed this exact split in his talents; good at the staging, bad at the characters. What this film will need is a decent script to be good. Although, all that written, the fact is it only really needs Depp, Bloom and Knightley along with some huge sea battles and monsters and, like the other, a healthy ten figures should roll in.
The adaptation of Never Let Me Go, the incredible novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, has signed up Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins, Nathalie Richard and Andrea Riseborough to add to the already signed Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and, unfortunately, Keira Knightley.
It’s been adapted by Alex Garland, the writer of the Beach and mostly known for his collaboration with Danny Boyle, along with Mark Romanek as director. Romanek has shown promise in the past with the bald/creepy Robin Williams movie One Hour Photo. His visual style, developed during his time working in music videos (which peaked with this), could provide an interesting look for the movie, itself set in a dystopian future in the UK in which human are cloned to produce donor organs.
The actual narrative follows the like of Kathy H, along with two of her friends from boarding school, from their time at the school and then onwards into their lives.
It has the potential to be a work of complete art, but Knightley just seems to immediately put me off films. I’ll give it time through, Atonement managed to be very good with her in a prominent role. Hopefully therefore, the cast around her can save this from interminable accenting and inability to emote.
Separately to all that, Aravind Adiga’s Booker Prize winner The White Tiger has been picked up by Smuggler Films. The book itself was highly controversial for its equation of success and murder in modern India.
Kevin Smith is to launch outside of his comfort zone (no View Askew, no Scott Mosier producing) to direct A Couple of Cops, a buddy movie to star Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. Could provide an interesting view on how Smith is developing as a director and possibly give the world another really good buddy movie which, on premise, seems closely in the vein of late-80s Shane Black-style stuff.
Zack Snyder is forming an all-girl cast for Sucker Punch, about girls in a mental asylum who fantasises about escaping with all her inmates. Likely to star the likes of Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Evan Rachel Wood and Emma Stone. Doesn’t specifically make me too excited but I would be interested to see what Snyder does next because he handled the entire Watchmen saga, the build-up and movie, with aplomb.
Megan Fox has begun to take up some new offers which are likely to offer very little new to her current persona. Fox has reportedly joined the cast of Jonah Hex alongside Josh Brolin and will star in Fathom, an adaptation of the comic series. Cinematical reports that Fox has been a fan of the comic series for some time and is helping to bring it to the screen, likely making her the dream girl for many, many JoBlo readers around the world. Maybe however she should get a little praise for understanding that she has limits and using her talents in the most lucrative way possible. Hats off to Ms Fox.
Leonardo DiCaprio is to team with Christopher Nolan on the latter’s post-Dark Knight project, Inception. the film has been described as a science fiction piece ‘set in the architecture of the mind’ and was also written by Nolan. You’d have to suggest that this won’t garner anything near the level of business Dark Knight did but it’s good to see Nolan is nourishing his filmmaking skills elsewhere, something that would have been advisable to Sam Raimi back in the day and would most likely have provided the world with better Spiderman sequels.
Talk is rife on what the next Danny Boyle movie will be. Reports emerged early in the week, very speculative, that he could direct the next James Bond. Later however, it seems he is closing in on doing a remake of My Fair Lady, putting of another project called Hanna, about a teenage assassin.
Also in the news: Jim Jarmusch’s Limits of Control has a trailer; Mickey Rourke, Vince Cassell and Alice Braga will star in an adaptation of Paulo Coehlo’s 11 Minutes; A viewpoint from Slate on how a Tarantino Watchmen would look; Barry Sonnenfeld will direct an adaptation of Korean film Scandal Makers; Keira Knightley is to star in Never Let Me Go, an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s amazing novel, which you should probably read instead now Knightley has signed up; A three minute clip of The Boat that Rocked has turned up; Ed Zwick is to direct In the Heart of the Sea by Nathan Philbrick; Ridley Scott has talked a little more about his Monopoly movie.