Movie News: Sep. 12-16, 2011

Posted: September 16, 2011 by Valerie Heckman in Movie News
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 Resistance is Futile! After much delay, J.J. Abrams (Super 8) announced that he will return to direct the sequel to his 2009 hit, Star Trek, Vulture reports. Insiders have said that the script is expected to be done by month’s end and that shooting could begin this winter.

Samuel L. Jackson is the latest addition to Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, teaming up with Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception, The Departed) Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Water for Elephants)  and Jamie Foxx (Ray, Collateral) , The Wrap confirms. Django Unchained is a violent “spaghetti Western” about a slave (Foxx) who is freed by a villainous German bounty hunter (Waltz). Jackson will play a house slave who is the right-hand man of a sadistic slavemaster (DiCaprio). The film is set to release late 2012.

The rumors are true. Warner Bros. is teaming up with Alcon Entertainment to remake the 1991 Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze action flick Point Break, says Twitch. I sincerely hope that Reeves is in it AND playing the same character because he has not aged since the early 90s (and is supposedly immortal). They have yet to sign on a director.

Deadline reports that Snoop Dogg will star in biopic The Legend of Fillmore Slim. Fillmore Slim is a blues singer and guitarist who was also a well-known pimp in San Francisco during the 1960s and ’70s, known as “The West Coast Godfather of the Game” and “The Pope of Pimping”.

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone plan to adapt their Broadway hit The Book of Mormon into a movie…eventually. The multiple Tony-winning comedy-musical about two Mormon missionaries has been playing to sold out houses since opening this spring and a national tour is set to begin next summer. They hope that a successful national tour will open the doors to a motion picture production.

In memory:

Producer John Calley (The Da Vinci CodeCloserThe Remains of the Day) has died at age 81. During his career in film, Calley served as chairman and CEO at Sony Pictures Entertainment and as studio chief at Warner Bros. and MGM/United Artists.

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