News Briefs: Jason Gets a Sequel, Carrey & Gyllenhaal sing, Banderas goes Woody

Posted on 27 February 2009 by ShepRamsey

Frankly, I’m shocked. Jason Vorhees, who was just so human and vulnerable in New Line Cinema’s recent reboot of the franchise, apparently has enough energy to show up for a sequel.  According to RiskyBizBlog, the screenwriters of the current film, Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, are getting started on a script for the second installment for Platinum Dunes and New Line Cinema.

And here I didn’t even know they used a script for this first one. Seeing as the first film kinda covered parts 1, 2, and 3, maybe this one will dabble in parts 4, 5, and 6. Which would mean Jason will be legitimately dead in the middle of the movie and an imposter will be in his place. (Or maybe since this new Jason is an imposter, we’ll get to see the real Jason!)

damn_yankeesIn other New Line news, Variety reports that after the success they had with their adaptation of the musical stage version of John Waters’s Hairspray, they’re now looking to adapt Damn Yankees, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Shoeless Joe from Hannibal MO and Jim Carrey as Mr. Applegate (aka the Devil), to whom Joe sells his soul to play ball for the Washington Senators.

Personally, I like the sound of this. I love the original musical, and the previous film adaptation sucked. If Hairspray was any indication, then New Line apparently knows what to do with the musical genre and will get the right people working on this. I worry about Jake Gyllenhaal, though…can he sing?? Carrey, however, is an inspired choice to play the Devil, and I think he’ll do great. I’m looking forward to this!

And that damn as-of-yet-untitled Woody Allen picture just keeps getting larger. Having already secured, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts, and Slumdog Millionaire‘s Freida Pinto, Allen has gotten his hands on Anthony Flags himself! Er…Antonio Banderas, as I hear he prefers to be called. All I’m gonna say is this movie better be good, Woody. Let’s try and punch out another Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and not another Cassandra’s Dream.                           

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