Robert Downey Jr. is out, so the Disney folks called Johnny Depp. They used the telephone in CEO Bob Iger’s office that’s a direct line to Depp’s meditation cave.
On the heels of announcing that they had scooped up Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the producers of Dibbuk Box have signed Kyra Sedgwick as well.
It’s hard enough raising kids today without your daughter going off and getting herself possessed by a benevolent spirit. It’s not like they make a manual for that.
Sam Raimi is looking to pay homage to one of the great horror classics. With the help of Mandate Pictures, Raimi has set up The Day Of The Triffids at Ghost House with the intention to direct. A partial basis for 28 Days Later, Triffids tells the story of a man who awakes to find that London has been stricken blind and overrun by intelligent, carnivorous plants.
This sounds awesome. They should move the remake to Detroit. That place is already a wasteland. Just make sure not to film anything remotely Motown. You're already going to get enough Little Shop Of Horrors comparisons as is. (Deadline)
Sam Raimi has for reals seriously confirmed that his next directorial project will be Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful. I thought this news was already confirmed with Robert Downey Jr. attached to star, but apparently Raimi was waffling between World of Warcraft and Oz, and Downey Jr. isn't yet a certainty. What a slap in the pizza face to MMORPG gamers.
Deadline says that Disney expects production on the film to begin next year at some point. I imagine what month and day depends on how well the new draft of the script written by David Lindsay-Abaire shapes up. Lindsay-Abaire, who wrote festival hit Rabbit Hole starring Nicole Kidman, also worked with Raimi on the script for the Spider-man 4 movie that Raimi eventually burnt out on.
Now the director will put all of his efforts in making the Wizard walk a similar path as Dorothy in the original film. If he doesn't run into Bruce Campbell as the Lion, Tin Man, or Scarecrow a serious injustice will be done. Disney should have signed off on that stipulation before ever a hand was shook.
"I'ma step out for a few, and I want all this sh*t cleaned up by the time I get back."
Would you guys go see Battleship if Sam Raimi produced or directed it? Because he's pretty much doing that. He's not involved in Battleship per se, but he and District 9 producer Bill Block are working together to get the sci-fi epic EDF (Earth Defense Force) off the ground.
The story sounds like the usual aliens vs. Earth fare. It begins when a squad of aviators venture into Chinese waters to rescue a submarine's distress call. When they get there, the Chinese attack. Naturally, it's all an alien trap that both sides have foolishly walked into and they are blown out of the sky. Then the aliens go and jack up a bunch of landmarks and military bases before disappearing. Earth then must put its differences aside and pull it together before the aliens return and house our remaining landmarks. F*cking aliens, man. No word yet on whether Raimi will direct but it's more likely he will serve as a producer. At any rate, let's hope Bruce Campbell still has that Admiral costume from a few Halloweens ago. (Vulture)
It's official: Sam Raimi is on board to direct Disney's Wizard of Oz prequel. Robert Downey Jr. has also been confirmed, and will play the titular Wizard. The film will explore the character's rise from a circus wrangler in Kansas to a great and powerful sorcerer in the land of Oz.Based on the success of Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland, Disney has high hopes for the prequel. Like Alice, Oz is a new spin on a classic children's tale and will be shot in 3D. But unlike Alice, Oz will not be eerily similar to every other film Tim Burton has ever made. (Deadline)
"HIGH-FIIIIIVE!!!"Sam Mendes and Adam Shankman may lay down their gladii and exit the battle arena, Disney has offered Oz, the Great and Powerful to director Sam Raimi. There's no word yet whether Raimi will take the gig, and a few details may need to be worked out before he comes on-board.Robert Downey Jr. was once attached to this project to play the titular Oz, a Kansas carnie who carves a niche for himself in the magical land, but his name hasn't come up in recent reports. Another potential issue is Mitchell Kapner's script. Though it's probably due for revision, early reviews say it is pretty dumb (although it involves flying monkeys). And finally, and this will certainly be a sticking point for Raimi, where does Bruce Campbell fit into this? Can he be a snarky palace guard or can he appear Dorf-style as a rebellious Munchkin with a take-charge attitude? You know, the type that other Munchkins want to be and women want to change. These are the types of questions you need to ask studios before you sign sh*t. (Vulture)
Have you seen this man? Well, people across the world have seen him randomly in their dreams and I don't just mean ladies looking for a good time. Deadline reports that Bryan Bertino (The Strangers) is teaming up with Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures to bring this man's story to the screen.In This Man, the protagonist learns that he has been appearing in the nightmares of complete strangers. Ghost House has purchased the rights to www.thisman.org, a real website created by an Italian sociologist who has been tracking this real-life phenomenon. Insiders are referring to it as "a hair raising story that will be sure to delight horror fans.”Also delighted? Inevitable leading man Todd Barry.
Studio Mogul-Man has struck again! Due to his evil meddling, the Spiderman-4 and Robocop remake have grinded to a halt like a saw blade headed straight for your crotch. In the case of Spider-Man, Sam Raimi and Sony are butting heads over their villain of choice. Raimi wants The Vulture, and Sony, obviously haters of the evil avian variety, wants a romantic subplot involving Spidey and the Black Cat. In addition to the feline, they'd also like another antagonist, but that will probably turn into another fifteen. Maybe they can all gang rape Spider-Man in a orgy of CGI, 3D, and sticky webbing. As far as Robocop, Darren Aronofsky has left the project after refusing to turn it into an orgy of CGI, 3D, and why not some sticky webbing too. Mary Parent, Chairperson of MGM, is clearly looking to capitalize on the success of Avatar, and Aronofsky isn't interested in made-up worlds that don't exist except in computers. Robocop is awesome because it's gritty and real, not because ED209 is poking you in the eye with his hand-cannon.Spider-man 4 will most likely hit theaters before Robocop, but with Studio Mogul-Man on the loose, who knows what other havoc he could bring to the projects before they reach fruition.(via THR and Moviehole)
Bang, bang, development process. Bang, bang. Another day, another Spider-Man 4 news item. IESB is reporting that production of Spider-Man 4 (or Spider-M4N) is being put on hold until the studio and Sam Raimi can work out they sh*t.Apparently Sony hates the idea of the Vulture being the villian. But Raimi wants the Vulture because he's a weirdo who dresses in bizarre suits. Fashion-sense aside, they should listen to Raimi. Especially after the poop burrito that was Spider-Man 3. Granted, the Vulture sucks on paper. But if you leave Raimi to his own devices, he'll certainly find a way to make the character work on screen. And if he doesn't, Sony should be allowed to huck a tennis ball at him as hard as they can. That's how we settle things where I'm from. (IESB)
UGO reports that unsung actor Dylan Baker confirmed he will be making a return to the Marvel Universe in Sam Raimi's forthcoming Spider-Man sequel. In fact he had received his first call regarding the film just yesterday. Baker has appeared in both Spider-Man 2 and 3 as Dr. Curt Conners, better known as the web-slinger's scaly nemesis, The Lizard. Baker also reportedly stated that he would essentially have a background role, but no one is sure whether or not it's a joke and he'll finally transform from a mild-mannered Empire State University professor into the lab coat-wearing reptile. You can currently see Dylan Baker in screenwriter-turned writer-director Michael Dougherty's Trick 'r Treat, available on DVD. While you're waiting for it to arrive on Netflix, check out today's top links:5 Horror Films Reviewed By You At Ages 10 and 24 (HolyTaco) 12 Amazing Sports Etch-A-Sketch (TotalProSports) Behold, The Reverse Photobomb (TheChive) Amputee Needed To Complete Halloween Costume (FilmDrunk) Parachuting Into Qualcomm Stadium (SuperTremendous) The Most Generic Actors In Hollywood (Pajiba) J Simpson And G Butler Hookup (CelebJihad) 12 Hitler Rants Toward Video Games (Unreality) 7 Real Movie Titles That Sound Like Porn (Asylum) Cheerleader Jayme Hamilton Lives The Jaguars Dream (BustedCoverage) Dirty, Dirty Pug Love (RegretfulMorning) Surfing The Internet Makes You Smarter (MadeMan) Carl Edwards Baby Shower Gifts (AllLeftTurns)
Director: Sam RaimiCast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Dylan Baker, Bruce CampbellSynopsis: TBD