Hans here with some casting info. It turns out Anton Chigurh will now have ties to the financial sector.
Deadline Hollywood Daily reported that Javier Bardem will join the cast of Oliver Stone’s follow-up to 1987′s Wall Street. Michael Douglas is already set to return in his iconic role of Gordon Gekko and Shia LeBeouf will play opposite him as the young trader who intends to marry Gekko’s daughter (uncast at the moment). Bardem will play a hedge fund manager whose dealings have led to the suicide of LeBeouf’s mentor. Shooting on this one is expected to kick off in August for a February 2010 release. All signs point to this one being awesome. I like Stone’s decision to come back to this material in light of the financial crisis. It will be set in the first part of 2008 where Gekko sees the economic collapse on the horizon and has to figure out a move. I wasn’t a massive fan of the first Wall Street, but that was more because Charlie Sheen just couldn’t carry the movie. LeBeouf has no problem with tasks like these, and I think pairing him with Douglas could be extraordinary. I really hope that they don’t try to remake the first one. The dynamic they are presenting kind of lends itself to it, what with the older man-younger man relationship.
Overture Films announced today that it is currently developing a modern adaptation of Hamlet that will star Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) and be directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, ugghhh). This movie has superstars all over it at this point; the script will be penned by Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia, The Painted Veil) and will be produced by Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks (Milk, American Beauty). The project was apparently the brainchild of Hirsch, but I have to remark that it isn’t much of a brainchild seeing as Ethan Hawke starred in a modern update of Hamlet in the early 2000s with Julia Stiles and Kyle Machlaclan. Hardwicke maintains that this version will be more accessible, but it is unclear whether or not they will use Shakespeare’s dialogue (ala Romeo and Juliet) or if they will go the She’s the Man route and just use some of the play’s architecture. Either way, I think this could be interesting based on who is involved. I’m a big Hirsch fan (though I feel like he’s a little short to play Hamlet) and I liked Lords of Dogtown, which Hardwicke directed. Hardwicke is going to get a lot of shit for the rest of her career for directing Twilight, but the material sucked and her other credits indicate that she has at least some talent.
Also, Variety reports that we have another James L. Brooks-Jack Nicholson collaboration on the horizon. The two are set to work on an untitled rom-com for Sony in which Paul Rudd plays a white collar executive vying for the interest of Reese Witherspoon. Owen Wilson will costar as a proffessional baseball player that is also vying for her affections. The plan is to have Nicholson play Rudd’s father. Curious choice; is Jack getting so old that he is playing the blustery dad role? He never really has before, but maybe it will be a sweet transition for him. And I’m a Jim Brooks fan; I grew up on Terms of Endearment and As Good As It Gets is a helluva lot of fun. Spanglish didn’t really work for me but everyone slips up now and again. This one could be good looking at who is involved.
Anyway, check back later for more updates.