Movie News: Tom Cruise May Be 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.;' New 'Count of Monte Cristo;' 'Room 237' Poster

Movie News: Tom Cruise May Be 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.;' New 'Count of Monte Cristo;' 'Room 237' Poster

Mar 19, 2013

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: One franchise based on a '60s spy-based TV series isn't enough for Tom Cruise, who is reportedly in early talks to star in a new movie version of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which previously spun off films directly related to the show. Guy Ritchie is directing this adaptation/remake, which previously involved Steven Soderbergh and star George Clooney. Robert Vaughn starred in the originals, and here's hoping they bring him back as the villain, something along the lines of his Superman III role. [Deadline]

The Count of Monte Cristo: Dark Knight trilogy cowriter David S. Goyer will direct a new adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas revenge novel The Count of Monte Cristo, which has been penned by Michael Robert Johnson. Reportedly the project is even being angled as "19th-century Dark Knight" while also approached in the manner of the Sherlock Holmes films, the first of which was written by Johnson. Producing is Constantin Films, which had an international success with a 2011 3D version of Dumas' Three Musketeers. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Somehow not Toy Soldiers: Sometimes people want to remake a film just for name recognition. Other times people appear to be remaking a movie but sell the idea as something original, such as Take Down, a film written by Alexander Ignon (Ransom) and set to be directed by Jim Gillespie (I Know What You Did Last Summer). It's about a bunch of rich kids who band together against kidnappers who've taken over their boarding school. It sounds as much like Toy Soldiers as Tomorrow: When the War Began sounded like Red Dawn. The film's producers are selling it more as being akin to The Hunger Games, though, and a sequel is already being scripted. [Deadline]

Olympus Has Fallen and so has film criticism: Here's the next step in movie marketing, social media buzz and the death of film criticism combined. Twitter's new video app, Vine, is being employed by FilmDistrict for a promotion of its new action movie Olympus Has Fallen. After watching, viewers are encouraged to upload a six-second review like those you'll already find on the movie's website. Here's one example, which you can watch by right-clicking the image:

 

Bunker Hill: Ben Affleck may be interested in directing the Warner Bros. adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick's upcoming nonfiction work Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution. If he does take the helm of the Boston-located Revolutionary War period piece it would appear he's moving backward in time with his directorial efforts. His follow-up to the 1980-set Argo is the Prohibition-era crime film Live by Night. Maybe after handling Paul Revere and company he'll be on to the Middle Ages or earlier. Bunker Hill will be scripted by Argo Oscar winner Chris Terrio. [Deadline]

Rocketman: The Elton John biopic Rocketman is back on track with a script from Oscar nominee Lee Hall (Billy Elliot; War Horse) and now a director, Michael Gracey. He's only known for helming commercials, like the Evian ad with the roller-skating babies, but he's apparently a hot commodity for producers of biographical films. He's already linked to the P.T. Barnum picture The Greatest Showman on Earth and the Jim Henson story The Muppet Man. While we wait for him to just go ahead and cast Justin Timberlake in the lead, the search for Elton as a boy (aka little Reginald Dwight) has reportedly begun. [Deadline]

Studies in Motion: If you're familiar at all with film history, you know the name Eadweard Muybridge. He's the guy whose horse-in-motion photographs are often shown as representative of the beginnings of history. But did you know he killed his wife's lover and got away with it? That's the incident at the center of a Muybridge biopic which will star The Call's Michael Eklund. The adaptation of a play titled Studies in Motion: The Naked Truth About Eadweard Muybridge, will also be the feature directorial debut of Kyle Rideout. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Room 237 poster: Fittingly, the newly revealed poster for the Shining analysis/theories documentary Room 237 (which we loved at Sundance last year) takes its inspiration from the Kubrick film's original one sheet:

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