Good morning, folks. Halloween Haunters continues apace here at Morgan on Media, and a little later this morning I’ll have a review up of the very first Stephen King film adaptation. But first — it’s Friday morning, time for the News Bites. Lot of stuff going on this week, including some upcoming films that are interesting conceptually, a whole smorgasbord of superhero casting rumors, and a few stars that are making the big jump to the small screen. To find out what’s going on, just look below.
Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, and Jennifer Lopez are all lending their voices to Home, based on The Meaning of Smekday, about a young girl who stands up to aliens who want to make Earth efficient. The film will be directed by Tim Johnson, who previously co-directed on Antz and Over the Hedge.
Mark Millar, the comic book writer who created Kick-Ass, has another adaptation in the works; director Joe Carnahan is adapting Nemesis, Millar’s work about a billionaire putting on a costume to cause crime. Millar says the film will be one of the best of the decade, which even if he just means within the genre is hyping it a bit much, but hopefully it’ll at least be worthy of contention.
Dimension Films has picked up Horns, a film starring Daniel Radcliffe and directed by Alexandre Aja, about a man who is blamed for the death of his girlfriend and awakens to find horns growing out of his head. The film is expected to be released in 2014. Is it just me, or is Radcliffe intentionally seeking out weirder and weirder post-Potter projects?
Halle Berry plans to turn from movie star to television star, with the CBS sci-fi drama Extant. Berry, who is co-producing with Steven Spielberg, will play an astronaut who has trouble reconnecting on Earth after her experiences on a year-long solo mission.
Also coming to television is Bradley Cooper, who will star in an adaptation of his film Limitless. The adaptation is through Relativity’s TV branch. A network has not yet been announced.
The planned Masters of the Universe movie keeps going through more transformations than Prince Adam. Director John M. Chu is no longer attached to the project, and screenwriter Terry Rossio has been brought on to do a rewrite. Rossio’s most recent work was on the flop The Lone Ranger; however, he also has writing credits on all the Pirates of the Caribbean films, including the original (and best), The Mask of Zorro, and Aladdin. Hopefully this film goes in the win column for him.
The 86th Academy Awards are slowly taking shape. 76 countries have submitted films as candidates for nomination in the Best Foreign Film category. The list is here for anybody who wants to see what’s up for discussion.
Peter Dinklage seems to be a hot commodity in Hollywood these days, thanks to his highly popular role as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. Not only is he starring in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but Paramount has just picked up the rights to an R-rated comedy starring the actor. The film is being written by Andrew Dodge, writer of the upcoming Bad Words. The story will revolve around a man who tells people he is a genuine leprechaun. A title is not yet known, but as Dodge’s IMDb page includes an upcoming film entitled Crockpot, this is likely to be at least the working title of the film, given how well it puns with the concept.
King Kong is headed back to the big screen. Neil Marshall, director of The Descent, is heading up an adaptation of the illustrated novel Kong: King of Skull Island. According to IMDb, the film title will be Skull Island: Blood of the King.
Who will — probably — play Quicksilver in The Avengers: Age of Ultron? Aaron Taylor-Johnson, star of Kick-Ass. While some sites have reported this as a done deal already, in the source interview, Taylor-Johnson points out that he hasn’t yet officially signed on to the role. However, he has done a lot of research into the character and explained how he would approach him, so it sounds as though it’s only a matter of time.
Variety reports that casting tests are being done for the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Reportedly up for the role of “Mr. Fantastic” Reed Richards are Kit Harington (Jon Snow on Game of Thrones), Jack O’Connell (James Cook in the British drama Skins and Calisto in the upcoming 300: Rise of an Empire) and Miles Teller (Miller in 21 & Over). All seem more like Human Torch candidates than Mr. Fantastic, but we’ll see. The role of “Invisible Woman” Sue Storm is reportedly between Saoirse Ronan and Kate Mara.
Man of Steel 2: Superman vs. Batman has already been the subject of many wild rumors, but this may be the looniest yet. Daily Radar reports that according to an “insider”, Ben Affleck is “taking over the production”, and is looking to get his friend Larry David into the film as “Mr. Myxlplyx”. Misspelling of Mxyzptlk aside, this is so far off the probability charts I wouldn’t even mention it here in the rumor section if it weren’t such a funny thing to think of people taking seriously.
That’s all for this week’s News Bites. Thanks for reading, and leave a comment below with your thoughts!