Screen Junkies » MGM http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:27:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 MGM Announces Ben-Hur Remake, Pleasing Chariotmakers Everywhere http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mgm-announces-ben-hur-remake-pleasing-chariotmakers-everywhere/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mgm-announces-ben-hur-remake-pleasing-chariotmakers-everywhere/#comments Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:27:24 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=252908 This better feature Gavin DeGraw's "Chariot."

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Chariot fever! Catch it!

MGM might actually be worse with money than Breaking Bad‘s Ted Beneke. Following their bankruptcy case, MGM has decided that the best way to get back up on its feet is to produce overblown remakes that the public never really asked for.

The studio will re-adapt the book Ben-Hur, and not the 1959 Charlton Heston film because the studio sold the film rights to Ted Turner, so this film isn’t even really predicated on them owning the material.

Execs are saying that this film will focus on Jesus and feature a chariot race, which I guess is a diplomatic way of saying ” Yeah, it’s going to be just like the old one anyway.”

No word on Jesus yet, but that Josh Hutcherson is getting some crazy-good buzz. Maybe he could be Christ. Or a Jewish slave.

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Michael Keaton Hired To Cheese Off ‘RoboCop’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-keaton-hired-to-cheese-off-robocop/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-keaton-hired-to-cheese-off-robocop/#comments Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:36:57 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250633 BATMAN VS. ROBOCOP!!!

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Batman vs. RoboCop! BATMAN VS. ROBOCOP!!

Michael Keaton has been set to play the role of Raymond Sellars in the MGM/Columbia Pictures’ RoboCop remake. Sellars is the CEO of the corporation that builds RoboCop, a role that Hugh Laurie was expected to play until he dropped out before consummating a deal. The film, a re-imagining of the 1987 Paul Verhoeven cult classic, is scheduled to begin shooting next month. RoboCop will be released on August 9, 2013. (Deadline)

Pardon my excitement. I know this isn’t necessarily great news for the film, but it is the closest we’ll get to seeing Batman fight RoboCop on the big screen.

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Jose Padilha Is Having A Bitch Of A Time Remaking ‘RoboCop’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jose-padilha-is-having-a-bitch-of-a-time-remaking-robocop/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jose-padilha-is-having-a-bitch-of-a-time-remaking-robocop/#comments Tue, 28 Aug 2012 18:08:59 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250600 In all fairness, RoboCop is a very nuanced character.

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After years of money woes and mismanagement issues, MGM aren’t the most well-liked studio around. So you’d think they’d want to not act like total dicks their whole lives. Apparantly Jose Padilha is getting a lot of pushback from the studio while trying to tell a story about a cop who is also a robot.

Padilha’s close friend and fellow Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Meirelles (‘City of God,’ ’360′) spoke recently to South American web site Cinemacom Rapadura and revealed some details from conversations he’s had with Padilha about the ‘RoboCop’ reboot:

I talked to José Padilha for a week by phone. He will begin filming Robocop. He is saying that it is the worst experience. For every 10 ideas he has, 9 are cut. Whatever he wants, he has to fight. “This is hell here,” he told me. “The film will be good, but I never suffered so much and do not want to do it again.” He is bitter, but it’s a fighter.

Now keep in mind two things. 1) These are not direct quotes from Padilha, but quotes relayed by a friend. 2) The article was written in Portuguese and the quotes were translated into English.  That said, even if the words to match perfectly, the sentiment is most definitely there. Jose Padilha is having a tough time. [ScreenCrush]

It sucks that this has been such a hard process for both the studio and Padilha. I’m sure all parties have the best of intentions and merely want to bring robotic copping to the screen in the best way possible.

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Hugh Laurie To Be The Bad Guy In ‘Robocop’ Remake http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hugh-laurie-to-be-the-bad-guy-in-robocop-remake/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hugh-laurie-to-be-the-bad-guy-in-robocop-remake/#comments Wed, 13 Jun 2012 19:09:29 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249228 Will he be able to diagnose Robocop's medical problem in time to save him?

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Hugh Laurie is most famous to American audiences for playing the lovably cranky medical genius Dr. House on House. But now it looks like he’s going to dial down the lovability and dial up the villainy as “the CEO of Omni Corp” in the upcoming reboot of the Robocop franchise – MGM has entered negotiations with Laurie to get him into the movie.

For those of you who haven’t committed the original Robocop to memory – first of all, what’s wrong with you? But also, the CEO of Omni Corp (the evil corporation of the movie) would appear to be an analogue to Ronny Cox’s character in the original movie. And if the remake goes in a similar direction, you can expect Laurie to be just one of many scoundrels who Robocop gets to blast into oblivion.

Assuming that Laurie and MGM reach an agreement, he’ll be joining a pretty impressive cast that includes Joel Kinnaman as Robocop, Abbie Cornish as Robocop’s wife, Samuel L. Jackson as some kind of media figure (media satire is a big part of the original movie), and Gary Oldman as the scientist who brings Robocop to life. (The AV Club)

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‘Skyfall’ Teaser Trailer Promises A Darker Bond http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/skyfall-teaser-trailer-promises-a-darker-bond/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/skyfall-teaser-trailer-promises-a-darker-bond/#comments Mon, 21 May 2012 18:44:39 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=248820 He doesn't seem to enjoy his job as much as he used to.

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Daniel Craig’s tenure as James Bond has already proven to be the antithesis of the Timothy Dalton years, but if the first teaser for Skyfall is to be trusted, it raises the stakes of “darkest Bond ever” even further.

We don’t glean much in the way of plot points from the video, but we get plenty of haunting drums, a la Christopher Nolan. And, yes, at the :56 mark, we see a man falling through the sky. A “Skyfall,” if you will.

Going on this, I would say the film looks promising, though would it kill Daniel Craig to smile a little?

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‘Robocop’ Reboot Release Reiterated http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/robocop-reboot-release-reiterated/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/robocop-reboot-release-reiterated/#comments Sat, 10 Mar 2012 19:57:33 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=247205 Be sure not to schedule any TRON-themed parties for that weekend.

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So that Robocop remake isn’t dead after all. After a few stalled attempts, MGM has finally set a release date: August 9, 2013. So be sure not to schedule any TRON-themed parties for that weekend, you don’t want to have a conflict. There’s even a director and star attached – Elite Squad‘s Jose Padilha in the director’s chair and star of the AMC original series The Killing Joel Kinnaman as the chin underneath all the armor and cool guns.

The original Robocop came out in 1987 and spawned 2 sequels, a TV series, millions of dollars in merchandising, and at least one bizarre professional wrestling appearance, so it‘s easy to see why the studio has the confidence to give this a summer release. (The Playlist)

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This Week In PR Bullsh*t: The First Official ‘Skyfall’ Still http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/this-week-in-pr-bullsht-the-first-official-skyfall-still/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/this-week-in-pr-bullsht-the-first-official-skyfall-still/#comments Wed, 01 Feb 2012 16:27:26 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=244232 I wrote this while on the toilet, so it wasn't a total waste of time.

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When it’s your job to cover movie related bullsh*t, it’s kind of stupid to call something out for being bullsh*t. So if you want to call bullsh*t on my calling of bullsh*t, that’s fair. Either way, the release of the “first official still‘ from the new James Bond film, Skyfall, is probably the biggest PR non-event of the week.

Let’s say the average move lasts about 90 minutes. I’m not exactly Rain Man, but that breaks down to 5,400 seconds per film. Assuming this film was shot at 24 frames per second, that comes out to 129,600 frames per film. So by looking at this boring picture of James Bond holding a gun, you’ve just witnessed 1/129,600th of the movie. Excited yet?

Thanks so much, MGM! My life really does have a purpose, and it’s bringing people joy one pointless still at a time! Now 2/1/2012 will be remembered as the day we first saw a frame from Skyfall rather than the day that a hack movie blogger put his head in the oven.

Click “Next Page” to see the stupid pic…

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WOLVERINES!!! ‘Red Dawn’ Remake To Be Released Next Year http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wolverines-red-dawn-remake-to-be-released-next-year/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wolverines-red-dawn-remake-to-be-released-next-year/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2011 00:34:56 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=230113 It turns out that the studios didn't want to offend China, lest they decide to boycott bootlegging the film.

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Though it wrapped in 2009, nary a word has been said about the equally anticipated and maligned Red Dawn remake. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Adrienne Palicki, and coming in at a budget of $60 million, the film had been in the can with no release plans until a year ago.

Why? China.

The bad guys in the 1984 original were predictably the Soviets, which wouldn’t really make a lot of sense today. So the writers simply made the Chinese the ones who bring the fight to America‘s doorstep.

With China’s clout and purchasing power growing to juggernaut status, no studio wanted to risk offending the eastern superpower, so they punched up some of the images and dialogue in post and…voila! The Chinese become North Koreans! Cause that’s not offensive at all!

The North Koreans are forbidden by both their government and ours from buying any US goods, including films, so no one gives two shits if they get their feathers ruffled. YOU HEAR THAT NORTH KOREA? YOU GUYS CAN ALL GO TO HELL!!!! WOLVERIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINES!

Ahem.

FilmDistrict will be releasing the remake sometime in 2012. If they can change Chinese people to North Koreans, it’s gotta be possible for them to punch in some footage of Harry Dean Stanton getting gunned down while singing “America the Beautiful,” right?

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MGM Animates Punk Rock Farm Animals To Amuse Families http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mgm-animates-punk-rock-farm-animals-to-amuse-families/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mgm-animates-punk-rock-farm-animals-to-amuse-families/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 03:32:19 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215466 They're adapting the children's book 'Punk Farm' into a CG film. Will the soundtrack include "Baconkrieg Bop?"

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Remember All Dogs Go To Heaven? I kinda do, but I’d like to revisit it. What I remember most watching it as a kid is being really sad cause all those dogs were dead. Don Bluth gave me my biggest bummer of 1989.

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Now that MGM has survived near-death bankruptcy, the studio is ready to make another animated movie, a mere 22 years later. They’re adapting the children’s book Punk Farm by Jarrett Krosoczka, whose story you can probably guess from the title: a group of 5 barnyard animals form a punk band. Will their hits include “Baconkrieg Bop” and “Psycho Milker?” I hope not.

The CG film will be directed by David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie), with a script by Jim Hecht (Ice Age: The Meltdown) and David Stern. (Variety)

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Ryan Gosling Is Too Busy For ‘Idolmaker’-ing http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ryan-gosling-is-too-busy-for-idolmaker-ing/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ryan-gosling-is-too-busy-for-idolmaker-ing/#comments Fri, 03 Jun 2011 02:30:19 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214553 Gosling is backing away from 'The Idolmaker'. My sources have confirmed that the spirit rock and roll music has officially died in Gosling's heart.

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The time was a few weeks ago. Back then, Americans were still thinking about the death of Osama Bin Laden, the Spider-Man musical on Broadway re-opened, injuring fewer actors than ever before, and Ryan Gosling announced he was going to direct and star in a remake of 1980′s The Idolmaker. Those were heady times.

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Now Gosling is backing away from The Idolmaker project, based on the eventual downfall of rock music promoter Bob Marcucci. Even though MGM has made this remake a “high priority” for the studio, Gosling has a full iCal right now, between promoting the upcoming Crazy, Stupid, Love, taking part in The Place Between the Pines and perhaps starring in the new Logan’s Run. Also, my sources have confirmed that the spirit of rock and roll music has officially died in Ryan Gosling‘s heart, which I’m sure contributed to his decision.

MGM says that if Gosling is still available in the future, and the project hasn’t yet lifted-off, he could return to the director’s chair. (Deadline)

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23rd James Bond Movie Gets Date, A Release Date http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/23rd-james-bond-movie-gets-date-a-release-date/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/23rd-james-bond-movie-gets-date-a-release-date/#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2011 17:21:12 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214422 James Bond will return in: Fall, 2012.

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The next movie in the James Bond series is something to look forward to, if you’re a fan of director Sam Mendes and/or product placement. So you might be interested to know that MGM has set release dates in America and the UK – and, our UK readers will get to see the movie two weeks before us Yanks: October 26, 2012 in the UK, and November 9, 2012 in the United States.

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I gotta say, I’m really looking forward to this entry in the Bond series. Between Mendes (who may not be one of my favorite directors, but he’s unarguably a strong visual stylist) and Javier Bardem (in talks to play the bad guy), this may be one of the best Bond movies ever. And yeah, that is saying something, Mr. Negative. (Collider)

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Hailee Steinfeld Top Choice To Get Blood-Dumped In ‘Carrie’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hailee-steinfeld-top-choice-to-get-blood-dumped-in-carrie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hailee-steinfeld-top-choice-to-get-blood-dumped-in-carrie/#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2011 22:33:23 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214330 Rumors say the producers of the Stephen King adaptation have put Hailee Steinfeld ('True Grit') at the top of their casting wish list. If she takes the part, she'll get a $10 horse.

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What’s the best way to follow-up a highly praised, Oscar nominated turn in one of the year’s top dramas? If you guessed, “star in the Carrie remake that nobody wants made,” you may have guessed correctly.

Rumors say the producers of the Stephen King adaptation have put Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) at the top of their casting wish list. I’ll admit that Steinfeld is an excellent idea – she has a furious intensity and she’s young enough. The questions are: will they actually offer her the part and will she take it? I’m thinking she can do better, but if MGM and Screen Gems pull up to her door with a ton of $10 horses, who knows?

Full Length 'True Grit' Trailer Is Intense, Features Bear On A Horse

Meanwhile, you know who I’m guessing is way lower on that list? Megan Fox, who’s been lobbying for the part. Just like Fox is the stuff of my fantasies, this role will likely remain a fantasy for her. (CinemaBlend)

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Megan Fox Wants To Star In ‘Carrie’? Um, Really? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/megan-fox-wants-to-star-in-carrie-um-really/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/megan-fox-wants-to-star-in-carrie-um-really/#comments Wed, 25 May 2011 03:20:27 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213560 Two words: 'Jennifer's Body'. *Shudder*

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When you think socially outcast teenage girl, you think Megan Fox. Oh, you don’t? Yeah, I don’t either. Nobody does, god willing…

However, the rumor is that Fox is lobbying to play Carrie in MGM and Screen Gem’s remake of the Stephen King classic. I like looking at Fox as much as the next guy, especially her boobs area, but that casting would be more horrifying than anything they could put on the screen. Never mind that Fox is 25, far from high school. Fox looks like the type of girl who would tease you into an eating disorder – not a bullying victim. Also, two words: Jennifer’s Body.

Another actress who apparently wants the role? Lindsay Lohan. *Knocks Head Against Wall* (ShowBizSpy)

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MGM, Screen Gems Toss ‘Carrie’ Into The Reboot Machine http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mgm-screen-gems-toss-carrie-into-the-reboot-machine/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mgm-screen-gems-toss-carrie-into-the-reboot-machine/#comments Fri, 20 May 2011 01:07:00 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212973 Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (the new 'Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark') will write the remake you're gonna ask to prom.

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It’s still prom season and that means there’s still time to dump a bucket of blood on your favorite school outcast. Remember to always use pig’s blood, and play it safe, guys.

MGM and Screen Gems are teaming up to reboot Carrie, the horror classic based on Stephen King‘s first published novel. Now that MGM is more financially stable, they’ve been rebooting everything and anything, from Robocop to Child’s Play. You can’t walk down the street without overhearing a conversation like, “when are they gonna make another new version of Carrie, after Carrie 2: The Rage was such a hit?” That’s probably why the studios hired comic book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who wrote the new, less horrifying version of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, to pen the screenplay.

Oh, one more prom safety tip: make sure the outcast you dump pig’s blood on doesn’t have psychic powers. That’ll cause the evening go south real fast. (Hollywood Reporter)

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MGM Makes Sony Its ‘Bond’ Bitch Once Again http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mgm-makes-sony-its-bond-bitch-once-again/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mgm-makes-sony-its-bond-bitch-once-again/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2011 00:47:13 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206979 Sony is a very attractive distribution partner for MGM and clearly "wants it." The James Bond distribution rights, that is.

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MGM has gotten into bed with Sony, to the surprise of no one. After all, Sony is a very attractive distribution partner and clearly wants it. The James Bond distribution rights, that is.

Sony will co-finance and distribute the next two James Bond movies, including the upcoming Bond 23 which might star Javier Bardem or Anthony Hopkins as the villain. In return, Sony executives had to dance around in gold bikinis for MGM execs, while they sat in their fancy suits and casually smoked cigarettes. Actually, MGM gets to co-finance several Sony’s films, including potentially big moneymakers like the Total Recall remake and David Fincher‘s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, cause MGM needs some sweet, sweet cash.

MGM was flirting with Fox, Warner Bros and Paramount, but the studio ultimately returned to its partner for past successes like Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. How very un-Bond-like of MGM, sticking with the same girl in the end. Well, I guess you never should say never again. (Deadline)

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MGM Wants Tom Cruise Or Keanu Reeves’ Chin For ‘Robocop’ Reboot http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mgm-wants-hollywoods-most-famous-chins-for-robocop-reboot/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mgm-wants-hollywoods-most-famous-chins-for-robocop-reboot/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2011 16:32:58 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206633 Could someone like Keanu Reeves be convincing as an emotionless robot?

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MGM wasn’t kidding around when they decided to make a reboot on Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 classic, Robocop. They’ve attached big-name directors like Darren Aronofsky (who’s no longer doing it), and now they’re apparently looking at some pretty surprising names to play the quasi-superhero. Surprising because they’re such big names, that is. Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, and Keanu Reeves are all reportedly being approached to play Alex Murphy, who in a tragic series of events, is transformed into Robocop. Murphy, of course, was played by at unknown at the time, Peter Weller, but it looks like the studio is going in a different direction this time around.

Of course, whether they actually GET anymore famous to play Robocop is another matter entirely, given that the part requires you to basically hide every part of your face except your chin for the bulk of the movie. I guess Tom Cruise has kind of a recognizable chin, but the others? Couldn’t pick ‘em out of a chin line-up. And Depp would probably base his Robocop on Freddy Mercury or something. (MovieHole)

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Chinese Bad Guys In ‘Red Dawn’ Changed To North Koreans For Maximum Profitability http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/chinese-bad-guys-in-red-dawn-changed-to-north-koreans-for-maximum-profitability/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/chinese-bad-guys-in-red-dawn-changed-to-north-koreans-for-maximum-profitability/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2011 17:22:43 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=201910 MGM doesn't care about North Koreans.

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Today’s Hollywood is different from the 80s. Back then, creativity and artistry were what ruled, not like the mercenary policies of today. For instance, if John Milius wanted to tell a story about dastardly Reds launching an invasion on the United States of America, he did it, provided the release date didn’t conflict with Star Wars or ET. But now that that story is being remade with a Chinese twist for a modern audience, and China is one of the biggest consumers of Hollywood product, concessions have to be made to commercialism. So the bad guys are changed from Chinese to North Korean, and everyone (except for Kim Jong-Il) is happy!

All of the Chinese flags and insignia in the already-filmed movie are going to be replaced through the magic of CGI with their North Korean equivalents, in a movie that is said to be costing MGM around $1 million. But it’s well worth it from an economic standpoint, since many potential buyers for the film have balked at its lack of marketability in China. Oh, how I long for the days when all you needed to sell a movie was an Ewok. (via The Playlist)

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‘Robocop’ Reboot Hires Non-Cyborg Writer Josh Zetumer http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/robocop-reboot-hires-non-cyborg-writer-josh-zetumer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/robocop-reboot-hires-non-cyborg-writer-josh-zetumer/#comments Fri, 11 Mar 2011 04:23:17 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=201124 Like Robocop's one-man mission to eliminate crime in Detroit, relatively unknown writer Josh Zetumer has also been given a gargantuan task: write a new version of the it's-exactly-perfect-as-it-is film 'Robocop'.

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Like Robocop‘s one-man mission to eliminate crime in Detroit, relativel unknown writer Josh Zetumer has also been given a gargantuan task: write a new version of the it’s-exactly-perfect-as-it-is film Robocop. Lucky for Zetumer, if he does a bad job, he would only get attacked by critics and fanboys, who rarely carry guns. Samurai swords, that’s more likely.

MGM has hired Zetumer to pen their Robocop reboot, to be helmed by gritty Brazilian filmmaker Jose Padilha (Elite Squad). Zetumer’s credits include a draft of a Dune movie, a draft of Bourne 4, and a draft of a draft of a rewrite of something else big, I’m sure. However, he’s never been given an on-screen credit. Because of this, maybe MGM will insist on putting him into a robot body that will allow him to write stronger and faster than ever before. Nothing gives a writer more confidence than becoming a cyborg. (/Film)

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If Sony Helps Sad Old MGM, We Get ‘Red Dawn’, ‘Cabin In The Woods’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/if-sony-helps-sad-old-mgm-we-get-red-dawn-cabin-in-the-woods/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/if-sony-helps-sad-old-mgm-we-get-red-dawn-cabin-in-the-woods/#comments Wed, 09 Feb 2011 05:14:09 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=25756 Luckily, there's a deal in the works that will save these films from a fate worse than a Commie invasion: sitting on the shelf for even longer than they already have.

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MGM has been having troubles lately, what with their filing for bankruptcy and their current voyage down the yellow brick road of financial stability. Though Bond 23 and The Hobbit are greenlit, there’s been some question about Joss Whedon‘s Cabin In The Woods and the remake of Red Dawn. These movies have been completed for months, but they are not in front of eyeballs at the multiplex, cause of MGM‘s money troubles. Luckily, there’s a deal in the works that will save these films from a fate worse than a Commie invasion: sitting on the shelf for even longer than they already have.

Sony and MGM are hammering out an agreement that might give Sony rights to distribute old and new projects, like Red Dawn and the upcoming Bond films. They would also co-finance upcoming Bond movies, because putting your money behind Bond is a safe bet. Especially when he goes all-in. Daniel Craig, you have one hell of a poker face.

We’ll see if the deal pans out, and if we get to see these movies. Or they might end up dead… in a Cabin In The Woods. Because they’re a bunch of stupid college kids. (Cinema Blend)

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Javier Bardem Almost As Busy As James Franco http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/javier-bardem-almost-as-busy-as-james-franco/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/javier-bardem-almost-as-busy-as-james-franco/#comments Mon, 31 Jan 2011 13:14:55 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=23408 Prepare yourselves to see Javier Bardem with a really cool scar or a cat on his lap or something. The 'Biutiful' Oscar nominee has been offered a role opposite Daniel Craig in 'Bond 23.'

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Prepare yourselves to see Javier Bardem with a really cool scar or a cat on his lap or something. The Biutiful Oscar nominee has been offered a role opposite Daniel Craig in Bond 23.

Bardem’s a busy guy. Last week he got nommed, ruined Penelope Cruz‘s vagina, and was offered the lead in The Dark Tower. There aren’t any details available about which character Bardem would play, but it’s likely he’ll play the lead villain considering James Bond isn’t really the type for bromance. The film is scheduled to shoot this fall with a planned release in November 2012.

Whether this gig will effect his involvement in The Dark Tower (and vice versa) remain unknown. I recommend just mashing up the two projects and make Roland Deschain into Bond’s nemesis this time around. It would save film and time and it’s not like MGM is in a position to say no. (Deadline)

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‘Hobbit’ Delayed For The Nine-Hundredth Time http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hobbit-delayed-for-the-nine-hundreth-time/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hobbit-delayed-for-the-nine-hundreth-time/#comments Thu, 27 Jan 2011 13:21:01 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=22698 Looks like Peter Jackson won't be Hobbiting just yet. Production on the Lord Of The Rings prequel has been delayed due to Jackson's stomach trying to kill him.

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Looks like Peter Jackson won’t be Hobbiting just yet. Production on the Lord Of The Rings prequel has been delayed due to Jackson’s stomach trying to kill him. The director was admitted to the hospital with stomach pains which lead to surgery for a perforated ulcer.

Representatives say, “Sir Peter is currently resting comfortably and his doctors expect him to make a full recovery. Sir Peter’s surgery is not expected to impact on his directing commitment to The Hobbit beyond a slight delay to the start of filming.”

Oh man. No coffee on the set for Sir Peter. He’s going to be cranky.

Is it just me or does this production seem cursed? First, they couldn’t find a director. Then they couldn’t find money. Then they couldn’t find a crew. Then they were called racists. So help me, if this film harms one hair on Ian McKellan‘s elderly head… (Deadline)

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Ready or Not, Here Comes ‘Bond 23′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ready-or-not-here-comes-bond-23/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ready-or-not-here-comes-bond-23/#comments Tue, 11 Jan 2011 20:53:47 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=15389 The on-again, off-again 23rd installment of the James Bond series is officially on with Sam Mendes directing.

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The on-again, off-again 23rd installment of the James Bond series is officially on with Sam Mendes directing. Variety reports that MGM has announced a release date of November 9, 2012 for Daniel Craig to return as the darker, more violent Bond than we have seen from the likes of that wimp George Lazenby. Earlier this week, it was looking uncertain that MGM would make their target date, but today’s release has the studio looking towards their planned date. Production is expected to start late this year, though no filming locations have been disclosed.

This turnaround is something of a surprise, considering that producer Michael G. Wilson had expressed a number of concerns regarding “a lot of ideas floating around” with the script from Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan. Apparently, MGM found a way to put those concerns to rest, probably because they really, really need the revenue that their Bond sugar daddy can provide.

With that in mind, it’s probably no surprise that further details aren’t available, as this has every symptom of a “shoot first, ask questions later,” decision to get production rolling, then figure out those pesky script and logistical issues on the fly. Fortunately, they have two years to figure those issues out, but still, a suspect start for the next episode in the widely-loved series.

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Johnny Knoxville, Andy Samberg Close To Landing ‘Three Stooges’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-knoxville-andy-samberg-close-to-landing-three-stooges/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-knoxville-andy-samberg-close-to-landing-three-stooges/#comments Fri, 07 Jan 2011 01:47:05 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=14647 The pair, along with Australian comic Shane Jacobson, would play Larry, Curly and Moe, characters that were previously tied to Benicio del Toro, Sean Penn and Jim Carrey.

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Johnny Knoxville and Andy Samberg are close to landing roles in 20th Century Fox‘s Three Stooges, The Wrap is reporting. The pair, along with Australian comic Shane Jacobson, would play Larry, Curly and Moe, characters that were previously tied to Benicio del Toro, Sean Penn and Jim Carrey.

Peter and Bobby Farrelly are on board to direct the film, which was originally part of MGM‘s lineup before financial troubles forced the studio to abandon the project. It’s a shame MGM couldn’t hold onto the rights. Mel Gibson did a TV movie based on the Stooges a few years back, and look at him now!

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Another Case of ‘Bond 23′ Blue Balls http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/another-case-of-bond-23-blue-balls/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/another-case-of-bond-23-blue-balls/#comments Wed, 05 Jan 2011 18:45:39 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=14316 Turns out Kate Winslet is a huge Bond tease. Sorry you got all aroused, but this project isn't ready to be touched.

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Turns out Kate Winslet is a huge Bond tease. Not long ago, the actress told The Daily Mail that she was planning on moving her family back to England while her ex-husband, Sam Mendes, directed the next Bond film. MGM was even aiming to have the movie in theaters November 2012. Sorry you got all aroused, but this project isn’t ready to be touched.

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli told Total Film (via MI6), “Well, our timeline’s a littl up in the air what with the situation at MGM, so we have to be flexible. We just don’t know enough about the situation to comment, but we know it’s uncertain.”

Peter Morgan, Neal Purvis, and Robert Wade are all working on a script, with the hopes that someone someday might actually shoot it. Sounds like the producers don’t even know what’s being put on the page. Wilson said, “You know, often at this stage, I find myself saying, ‘Oh, we’re gonna do this and that’, then six months from now you’ll say, ‘That isn’t in the film at all – you told me it was…’ I think we’re at the stage where a lot of ideas are floating around that sound very good, but whether they make the final cut, who knows?”

Why worry about a final cut when you can’t even get bloopers in the can? So right now, don’t count on another Bond film until MGM figures out its shit. By that time, Justin Bieber will be old enough to play him. I meant that as a joke, but now I’m stuck with the haunting realization that it could happen. (ThePlaylist)

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Broke-Ass MGM Would Really Like ‘Bond 23′ In Theaters November 23, 2012 http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/broke-ass-mgm-would-really-like-bond-23-in-theaters-november-23-2012/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/broke-ass-mgm-would-really-like-bond-23-in-theaters-november-23-2012/#comments Thu, 04 Nov 2010 12:12:05 +0000 Col. Longshanks MGM recently filed for bankruptcy, and you know what that means. It's time for them to make movies! Don't ask me how the government works because I cannot enlighten you. The Hobbit is finally scheduled to begin filming in February, and now it looks like MGM's other huge franchise, the James Bond series, is picking up steam maybe but who the hell knows for sure.

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James Bond has met his match — Super Glue.

MGM recently filed for bankruptcy, and you know what that means. It’s time for them to make movies! Don’t ask me how the government works because I cannot enlighten you. The Hobbit is finally scheduled to begin filming in February, and now it looks like MGM’s other huge franchise, the James Bond series, is picking up steam maybe but who the hell knows for sure.

The studio aims to have the next Bond film in theaters November 2012, though a few minor problems lay in the project’s path. MGM needs a partner with the ever important financial means to fund the movie. Also, it’s not known if Daniel Craig has time in his schedule, or if currently-signed-on-director Sam Mendes wants to deal with this back and forth B.S. anymore. The only thing we know for certain is, MGM needs to get a second job cleaning office buildings at night to put food on the lion’s table. (ThePlaylist)

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MGM Pulls a GM, Files For Bankruptcy http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mgm-pulls-a-gm-files-for-bankruptcy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mgm-pulls-a-gm-files-for-bankruptcy/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the iconic movie studio responsible for the James Bond franchise as well as Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company, which was pressured into filing by investor Carl Icahn, is seeking a 30-day reorganization period in which to pay its creditors. As part of the reorganization, Spyglass Entertainment will take over management of MGM. Also, company mascot, Leo the Lion, will be euthanized as a cost-cutting measure, and his meat will be sold to the Chinese, who consider lion flesh to be an aphrodisiac. (Vulture)

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<p><a target=Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the iconic movie studio responsible for the James Bond franchise as well as Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company, which was pressured into filing by investor Carl Icahn, is seeking a 30-day reorganization period in which to pay its creditors.

As part of the reorganization, Spyglass Entertainment will take over management of MGM. Also, company mascot, Leo the Lion, will be euthanized as a cost-cutting measure, and his meat will be sold to the Chinese, who consider lion flesh to be an aphrodisiac. (Vulture)

 

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‘The Hobbit’ Cast: Peter Jackson Confirms Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis Announcement Expected http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-hobbit-cast-peter-jackson-confirms-martin-freeman-ian-mckellan-and-andy-serkis-announcement-expected/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-hobbit-cast-peter-jackson-confirms-martin-freeman-ian-mckellan-and-andy-serkis-announcement-expected/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 It's good to know that some forward momentum is being made on The Hobbit despite the labor disputes that are tripping up the film's location. The first round of casting has been announced and you're going to be psyched. But only if you're knowledgeable about British television. Here's who we got so far: Martin Freeman (UK "The Office") as Bilbo Baggins Richard Armitage ("Spooks") as Thorin Oakenshield, Dwarf leader Aidan Turner ("Being Human") as Kili Rob Kazinsky ("EastEnders") as Fili Graham McTavish (Secretariat) as Dwalin John Callen ("Power Rangers Jungle Fury") as Oin Stephen Hunter ("All Saints") as Bombur Mark Hadlow (King Kong) as Dori Peter Hambleton ("The Strip") as Gloin   Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis have not been confirmed to return, but that announcement is expected. Stephen Fry, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Nighy, James Nesbitt, and David Tennant are all also rumored to be up for parts. But I think the biggest news to come out of this is that there's a show called "Power Rangers Jungle Fury" and it actually lead to someone getting more work. (Deadline)

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It’s good to know that some forward momentum is being made on The Hobbit despite the labor disputes that are tripping up the film’s location. The first round of casting has been announced and you’re going to be psyched. But only if you’re knowledgeable about British television. Here’s who we got so far:

Martin Freeman (UK "The Office") as Bilbo Baggins
Richard Armitage ("Spooks") as Thorin Oakenshield, Dwarf leader
Aidan Turner ("Being Human") as Kili
Rob Kazinsky ("EastEnders") as Fili
Graham McTavish (Secretariat) as Dwalin
John Callen ("Power Rangers Jungle Fury") as Oin
Stephen Hunter ("All Saints") as Bombur
Mark Hadlow (King Kong) as Dori
Peter Hambleton ("The Strip") as Gloin
 
Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis have not been confirmed to return, but that announcement is expected. Stephen Fry, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Nighy, James Nesbitt, and David Tennant are all also rumored to be up for parts. But I think the biggest news to come out of this is that there’s a show called "Power Rangers Jungle Fury" and it actually lead to someone getting more work. (Deadline)

 

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Peter Jackson Officially Directing The Crap Out Of ‘The Hobbit’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/peter-jackson-officially-directing-the-crap-out-of-the-hobbit/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/peter-jackson-officially-directing-the-crap-out-of-the-hobbit/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Clever girl. Peter Jackson has finalized his deal to return to the Shire. The Lord Of The Rings helmer is locked and loaded and ready to direct the living crap out of The Hobbit. New Line Cinema and MGM managed to come to a deal. My bet is the cash-strapped MGM will have to do New Line's laundry for an entire year. Either that or something having to do with percentage points. However, this wouldn't be The Hobbit if there weren't concerns over additional delays. The project has overcome bankruptcy and a fire, but is now only curtailed by a union dispute in New Zealand. If this cannot be resolved for the planned February start date, the production will have to move elsewhere. Which will cause more delays and drive up the already high budget. Which means MGM will be folding undies for a long time to come. (NY Times)

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Clever girl.

Peter Jackson has finalized his deal to return to the Shire. The Lord Of The Rings helmer is locked and loaded and ready to direct the living crap out of The Hobbit. New Line Cinema and MGM managed to come to a deal. My bet is the cash-strapped MGM will have to do New Line’s laundry for an entire year. Either that or something having to do with percentage points.

However, this wouldn’t be The Hobbit if there weren’t concerns over additional delays. The project has overcome bankruptcy and a fire, but is now only curtailed by a union dispute in New Zealand. If this cannot be resolved for the planned February start date, the production will have to move elsewhere. Which will cause more delays and drive up the already high budget. Which means MGM will be folding undies for a long time to come. (NY Times)

 

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Studios Begging Martin Freeman To Do ‘The Hobbit’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/studios-begging-martin-freeman-to-do-the-hobbit/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/studios-begging-martin-freeman-to-do-the-hobbit/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 You want Bilbo Baggins, Freeman wants a Kit-Kat. People are talking about The Hobbit again. Yesterday, The Sun reported that New Line and MGM were doing everything short of offering up hookers to land Martin Freeman (The British "The Office") for the role of Bilbo Baggins. We obviously dismissed it because The Sun has as much clout as Highlights Magazine, but now Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the rumors are true. TRUE! It was at first thought that Freeman declined the offer to star in the inevitable blockbuster due to his committment to the BBC series "Sherlock." Well someone must have screamed some sense in his face because the studios are now working out a deal that would allow him to appear in both projects. If they land the actor, all they'll need to worry about next is money and a director. Those kind of major factors usually fall into place last minute though. Take it from MGM, the studio without a bush to piss in or a lion's den to throw it out of.   

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You want Bilbo Baggins, Freeman wants a Kit-Kat.

People are talking about The Hobbit again. Yesterday, The Sun reported that New Line and MGM were doing everything short of offering up hookers to land Martin Freeman (The British "The Office") for the role of Bilbo Baggins. We obviously dismissed it because The Sun has as much clout as Highlights Magazine, but now Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the rumors are true. TRUE!

It was at first thought that Freeman declined the offer to star in the inevitable blockbuster due to his committment to the BBC series "Sherlock." Well someone must have screamed some sense in his face because the studios are now working out a deal that would allow him to appear in both projects. If they land the actor, all they’ll need to worry about next is money and a director. Those kind of major factors usually fall into place last minute though. Take it from MGM, the studio without a bush to piss in or a lion’s den to throw it out of.   

 

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Peter Jackson Enlists in WWI Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/peter-jackson-enlists-in-wwi-film/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/peter-jackson-enlists-in-wwi-film/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 While Peter Jackson is confident that the legal squabble between Warner Bros. and MGM over The Hobbit will be resolved "sometime soon," the Lord of the Rings prequel may not be his primary concern. During an interview with New Zealand's Dominion Post, the acclaimed director discussed plans for his long-awaited ANZAC project, which would depict the exploits of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I. Jackson hopes to complete the project before the 100th anniversary of the disastrous Battle of Gallipoli in 2015. "It was doomed because while the Australians charged the Nek from below, the New Zealanders, who were supposed to simultaneously attack from above, didn't show up. But that's another story, and one I'd love to make as the 100th anniversary gets closer." While the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli is an important milestone, let's not forget that the eleventy-billionth anniversary of the Battle of the Pelennor Fields is also approaching. Allowing The Hobbit to languish in legal limbo spits on the memory of all those who gave their lives fighting Sauron and his evil minions. Shame on you, Peter Jackson. (Empire Online)

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While Peter Jackson is confident that the legal squabble between Warner Bros. and MGM over The Hobbit will be resolved "sometime soon," the Lord of the Rings prequel may not be his primary concern.

During an interview with New Zealand’s Dominion Post, the acclaimed director discussed plans for his long-awaited ANZAC project, which would depict the exploits of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I. Jackson hopes to complete the project before the 100th anniversary of the disastrous Battle of Gallipoli in 2015.

"It was doomed because while the Australians charged the Nek from below, the New Zealanders, who were supposed to simultaneously attack from above, didn’t show up. But that’s another story, and one I’d love to make as the 100th anniversary gets closer."

While the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli is an important milestone, let’s not forget that the eleventy-billionth anniversary of the Battle of the Pelennor Fields is also approaching. Allowing The Hobbit to languish in legal limbo spits on the memory of all those who gave their live fighting Sauron and his evil minions. Shame on you, Peter Jackson. (Empire Online)

 

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