Movie News: Seth Rogen and James Franco Reteam; Another 'Noah's Ark' Movie; Hitchcock's 'Rebecca' Remade

Movie News: Seth Rogen and James Franco Reteam; Another 'Noah's Ark' Movie; Hitchcock's 'Rebecca' Remade

Mar 22, 2013

The Interview: Pineapple Express duo Seth Rogen and James Franco could reteam for a comedy titled The Interview, in which the latter would play a talk show host and the former his producer, both of whom get mixed up in a plot to assassinate a North Korean leader. Only Rogen is officially on board, as he also cowrote the film with Evan Goldberg, with whom he'll be codirecting and producing. Their directorial debut, This Is the End, comes out this summer and also costars Franco. Apparently Columbia Pictures is very happy with that film and want to stay in business with the whole team. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Child 44: Speaking of regular acting duos, Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman are becoming quite the modern-day Tracy and Hepburn (or some other famous partnership of your choice). They've already appeared together in three movies (The Dark Knight Rises, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Lawless) and are onto their fourth, a Soviet police thriller titled Child 44 that also stars Noomi Rapace. Set in the U.S.S.R. during Stalin's final days, the trio are involved in a case of a kid killer. Oscar nominee Richard Price (The Color of Money) adapted the novel by Tom Rob Smith, and Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) is directing. [The Hollywood Reporter]

The Equalizer: Another reunion could happen if Antoine Fuqua's talks to helm the TV series adaptation The Equalizer go well. He'd get to direct his Oscar-winning Training Day star Denzel Washington once again. Fuqua, whose Olympus Has Fallen opens nationwide today, is the fourth filmmaker to be named for the gig following Paul Haggis, Nicolas Winding Refn and Rupert Wyatt. The movie, scripted by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2), is about a spy turned private eye who helps people in need. [Deadline]

We Steal Secrets Trailer: The latest documentary from the highly prolific, Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Client 9, Mea Maxima Culpa, etc., etc....) is titled We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks and has a new trailer. Watch below and see the film when it comes out in May.


Rebecca Redo: Hitchcock has been in the news a lot these days, and for good and bad reasons. Actually, we can't rightly presume it'll be a bad thing that 1941 Best Picture winner Rebecca is being remade. Dreamworks has hired a decent director for the new adaptation: Nikolaj Arcel, whose A Royal Affair was just nominated for Best Foreign Language Film -- and they've got a script by Oscar nominee Steven Knight (Dirty, Pretty Things; Eastern Promises). Given that he's already costarred in one movie long after his death, Laurence Olivier should be archivally available to reprise the male lead role. [Deadline]

Noah's Ark: We can't really call them competing "Noah's Ark" movies, but another telling of the Bible story is joining Darren Aronofsky's upcoming live-action epic Noah. This one, from Unified Pictures, will be an animated musical feature directed by Oscar nominee John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) and Cameron Hood (an animator on Kung Fu Panda 2). Also, it'll be from the animals' perspective, specifically outcast animals led by a meerkat. Sounds a little bit like Madagascar, which Stevenson actually worked on. Philip LaZebnik, who previously adapted the Bible for Prince of Egypt, wrote the screenplay. [The Hollywood Reporter]


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