Hans here with some casting news. Today, 50 Cent is apparently caught in the crossfire, Halle Berry seeks a surrogate, and Rob Reiner’s new abomination gets six talented people that want to go down with it.
Okay, lets unpack all that a little bit. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has joined the cast of the police corruption thriller Caught in the Crossfire which will also star Chris Klein (American Pie) and Richard T. Jones (Collateral, Moonlight Mile) according to Variety. The premise sounds like pretty standard dirty cop movie stuff: two cops get caught up in a gang related homicide and a group of dirty cops. Brian Miller, whom I have absolutely no knowledge of, is writing and directing. This movie looks like it could suck pretty badly, but I’ve been happily surprised by dirty cop movies from directors I hadn’t heard of before, with Narc and Training Day as shining examples. Maybe Curtis Jackson will put on his Denzel pants and rock our worlds.
Onto Halle Berry. According to the Hollywood Reporter, she is set to star in The Surrogate (not the very promising looking Jonathan Mostow sci-fi flick that is due out later this summer) in which she plays a mother desperate to have a child so she and her husband hire a surrogate to carry a baby for them. Imagine their displeasure when they found out the surrogate is insane. This sounds eerily like a movie I watched late night on Showtime when I was young and trying to see boob. Apparently it is also based on a 2004 short story by Kathryn Mackel. Maybe she was looking for boob and saw the same movie.
Remember Barry Sonnenfeld? You know, the guy who made us all very happy once upon a time with Addams Family Values and Men in Black and then made us all so unhappy with Men in Black II and Wild Wild West? Well, dude’s back and he’s developing an adaptation of the Tom Swift adventure novels for Sony Pictures according to Variety. In this version, Tom Swift will be only one half of an awesome father-son team that invents cool shit in the early 1900s . Sonnenfeld helped cowrite the script and is pitching the film as a directing vehicle for himself. This could be interesting. I haven’t seen the boy do much of quality in a while.
And last but not least, there is everyone’s once great but now mediocre anti-smoking advocate, Rob Reiner. The guy who once made Spinal Tap, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Misery, and A Few Good Men all in the same eight year period is still trying to salvage his once sparkling but now tarnished reputation. His new movie, Flipped, just grabbed a few high profile names for its cast according to The Hollywood Reporter: Aidan Quinn, Rebecca De Mornay, Anthony Edwards, John Mahony, Kevin Weissman, and Penelope Ann Miller will all take part in Reiner’s tale of young love based on Wendelin Van Draanen’s 2001 young adult novel. The story tracks two youths from the ages of 7 to 13 as they begin antagonistically and then begin experiencing confusing romantic feelings for one another. This one sounds kind of Stand By Me-esque which, if you missed it, is one of my favorite movies. Reiner also cowrote the script with old buddy Andy Scheinman, who also produced afformentioned great film. Maybe they are trying to rebottle old magic. Then again, maybe Reiner is still Ron Howard in a fat suit and will make something uttlerly forgettable.
Anyway, that’s all for now. Good talking to you.