Movie News in 60 Seconds: Dwayne Johnson as ‘Hercules’; Stallone’s ‘Bullet’ Pulled; Celeb Voices Join ‘Turbo’ Snail Tale

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Dwayne Johnson as ‘Hercules’; Stallone’s ‘Bullet’ Pulled; Celeb Voices Join ‘Turbo’ Snail Tale

Feb 24, 2012

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Between a Rock and a Ratner: With his latest movie, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, nearing $200 million in receipts at the worldwide box office, Dwayne Johnson is now in negotiations to star as Hercules, to be directed by Brett Ratner. The film is based on Steve Moore’s 2008 graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian War, which is a tale of redemption for the Son of Zeus as he is charged with training an army. [Showblitz]

No ‘Bullet’ for Stallone: Warner Bros. has pulled Walter Hill’s Bullet to the Head, starring Sylvester Stallone, from its release schedule. The action film, based on a graphic novel, was set for release on April 13; no new date has been announced. [Deadline]

Celebrity Casting for Snail Tale: As is its wont, DreamWorks Animation has bulked up the voice cast for Turbo, due in theaters next year, with a bevy of familiar names. Ryan Reynolds stars as a snail with aspirations of racing in the Indianapolis 500. Paul Giamatti, Samuel L. Jackson, Ken Jeong, and Snoop Dogg are among the new voices. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Woody on Broadway (Again): Filmmaker Woody Allen is working on a musical version of his 1994 film Bullets Over Broadway for a stage production that is aiming for Broadway next year. The original film, written by Allen and Douglas McGrath, starred John Cusack as a struggling playwright who must agree to casting of a mobster’s girlfriend to get his play produced; Dianne Wiest won an Oscar for her performance as a desperately unhappy fading star. [The Wrap]

 

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