Thursday, April 12, 2007

Some Movie Notes...

-- A good interview here with Todd Robinson, the writer/director of the upcoming movie Lonely Hearts. It looks like a period crime thriller of the true case of the '50 Lonely Hearts killers. The interesting thing, is that the detective that John Travolta plays is based on Todd Robinson's Grandfather - the actual detective who worked the case. I was interested just based on the trailer, but this makes it even more intriguing knowing the true life backgrounds.

-- A pic of the armor has surfaced for next years Iron Man movie. Take a look here. Looks cumbersome on first look, but will have to wait and see how it plays on screen. I'm not a huge Iron Man fan or knowledgable on that particular comic book character (from what I can figure, he's been turned into the Marvel Universe's resident jerk after the big Civil War event - but he was an interesting character before that), however, I am really digging the cast they have assembled for this. Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, and Gwyneth Paltrow could bring this up to X-Men and Spiderman levels of comic book movies.

-- It looks like Kurt Sutter is on board to write the script for perpetual "coming soon" Punisher 2 movie. I don't know much about Sutter, but apparently he's a writer on the highly rated TV show The Shield, so that bodes very well for what he might come up with for The Punisher sequel. Anyone who's read my blog knows I am a big fan of The Punisher comics as written by Garth Ennis. I hope they get more of that tone of character in the sequel than they did in the first one. Don't get me wrong, I actually like the first movie, but thought they didn't go deep enough into the complexity of the character Frank Castle, aka The Punisher. Still, it was a good movie considering the tight budget. However, as far as tight budget movies go, they could take a lesson from Joss Whedon with Serenity. Both Punisher and Serenity had similar 40 million budgets, but I think Whedon shows a lot more bang for the buck up on the screen.

-- Brendan Fraser will return for The Mummy 3, but Rachel Weisz will not. Fraser inked a reportedly rich deal to do it, and will star alongside Jet Li, who'll play the vilian. Sounds like Die Hard 3 syndrome - hero returns, but no Bonnie Bedalia. Will it be any good?

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