We’ve got lots of news to cover on this fine Friday morning, so let’s get crackin’.
-- Last month, rumors began to circulate that Marvel would send Shane Black and crew to North Carolina to shooti Iron Man 3. Turns out those rumors were deadly accurate.
Robert Downey Jr. will once again don the iconic red and gold armor when filming commences at Wilmington’s Screen Gems Studios. Why North Carolina? Because the state came up with the most lucrative tax incentives for the production. North Carolina will reap other rewards for those tax cuts – in the form of job creation. ComingSoon points out that Iron Man 3 will bring 550 crew jobs and over a thousand additional cast positions to the area.
Details about the film itself are hard to come by, but we suspect that will change once shooting commences sometime in the not too distant future. If you live in the Wilmington area, get your cameras ready!
-- Sad news from The Expendables 2, which is currently shooting on location in Bulgaria. The Sofia Echo reports that a stunt accident during filming has left one stuntman dead and another in the hospital.
The two performers were part of the second filming unit and were shooting a scene near the Ognyanovo dam that required the men to be in a rubber raft near an explosion. There have been no details on what exactly went wrong, but Nu Image/Millennium Films has released a statement about the tragic turn of events.
“It is with great regret that we confirm this unfortunate accident. Our hearts go out to the families and those on the production affected by this tragedy. The filmmakers are working closely with the authorities in responding to and investigating this accident."
The main cast and crew were shooting at a location nearly two hours away when the accident occurred. [via ComingSoon]
-- Last we heard from David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith, the dynamic duo were riling up fanboys with talk of their Beetlejuice remake. The writing team has a big money production deal at Warner Bros., and they’re currently hard at work developing an entire slate of projects. Oh, and they’ve got an update on Beetlejuice – which should calm the angry masses.
As with all “in-development” properties, we may never see any of these ideas on a screen – large or small – but at least we have an idea for how KatzSmith Productions approaches their material. They like to do what they call “mash-ups” – where they take an existing idea or genre or story and turn it on its ear to try and craft something unique.
The first piece they tell Inside Movies about is a merging of Boiler Room and an assassin movie called Murders and Acquisitions – which finds a corporate raider squaring off against a CEO he’s ousted from his cushy 1% lifestyle. The CEO obviously hires a team of assassins to kill the raider, and some sort of epic showdown ensues. The writers believe this one is timely given the whole Occupy Wall Street movement.
More interesting than that is Rolling with Dad – an animated series they’re developing for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.
In this series, a Stephen Hawking-like character suffers a horrible accident that leaves him stuck in a wheelchair and talking through a computer. The once brilliant and powerful man is then forced to rely on his idiot family to help him through his new life. Hilarity follows.
Hawking has joked around about his situation over the years, appearing semi-regularly on The Simpsons, so maybe this will work. It does seem like a show that would be right at home alongside Family Guy and American Dad, which are Fox shows that re-air as part of the Adult Swim line-up.
Finally, when it comes to Beetlejuice, Katzenberg and Grahame-Smith want to clear the air.
They insist that they’re not remaking the film – and that they only agreed to take on the project under two conditions: they received Tim Burton’s blessing (which they’ve received) and that Michael Keaton would star in the film. The Keaton issue is still unresolved, but the project is only in the concept phase, so there’s plenty of time.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the KatzSmith development slate. Check out the full article for a complete breakdown of everything they’re working on. Hopefully some of this stuff gets made.