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Recent Developments in the Movies

Plenty of great movies will be coming out in early 2012, but let us not become too shortsighted.  There is plenty to look forward to at the end of 2012, and 2013 has more than its fair share of excitement, as does 2014.  Between the new Hunger Games trailer and Sundance buzz of last week, many recent developments in the movie world have been overlooked.  However, now that the buzz has died down for the most part, the movie world can get focused on the future again.  Here are some of the great and not-so-great developments in the movie world:

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Directorial Debut:

In the same footsteps as many great actors before him, JGL is stepping behind the camera for his first feature length film.  2012 seems to be shaping out to be the year of JGL with five films set for release, and his unstoppable force does not seem to be slowing down one bit, which is great news for the movie world.  Not only will JGL direct the film, but he has also written it, and plans to star in it.  This good news continues as JGL announced his costar, Scarlett Johansson, and love interest for the film.  The two have never starred in a movie together, which should create some interesting chemistry.  Also, rumor has it that another female lead still has to be cast.  I smell a love triangle!

Unlike the many great actors before him, JGL is one of the youngest actors-turned-directors, just being shy of his 31st birthday.  Yet, Kevin Costner was only slightly older with his directorial debut at the age of 35.  Let us hope that JGL follows in Costner’s footsteps as Costner won an Oscar for Best Picture and Best Director for Dances with Wolves.  Those are some high expectations, but JGL seems to be heading in the right direction with Scarlett Johansson.

Filming for this should begin in April, which would set this film up for a 2013 release date.  As of now we are left with Untitled Sex Comedy as the title.  There is sure to be plenty of sex appeal in this film, but a new title announcement is much needed.

Aronofky’s next films will be…

The Black Swan director has been flying under the radar, but now seems to be planning for his next big hits.  The most recent development in the two projects is the possible casting of Russell Crowe as the title-role of Noah.  While the casting is still not definite yet, Aronofsky is working hard to have the Oscar winner join Liam Neeson in an untitled role.  The visionary director always has extraordinary actors in his lead roles, including Ellen Burstyn, Mickey Rourke, and of course, Natalie Portman in her Oscar winning performance.  If Aronofsky is able to snag Crowe and Neeson, the great actor pattern is sure to continue, and may be just the right choices to bring modern audiences into the theatre to watch this ancient tale.

Although Noah seems to be his main priority, Aronofsky is still planning his second post-Black Swan film.  If Jennifer Lawrence didn’t get enough attention already (much deserved though), the spotlight continues to shine on the young actress as she is planned to co-star in Aronofsky’s Serena along with Bradley Cooper.  The two will play newlyweds in 1929 North Carolina, where their relationship turns sour.  The screenplay is based on the 2008 of the same name by Ron Rash.  Aronofsky’s past three films have all been original films, but Requiem for a Dream was based on a novel, and he sure knocked that one out the park.  I wonder if he can recreate that recipe for success again.

Both of these films are sure to garner plenty of attention in the next year.  No filming dates have been announced yet, but I am sure I am not alone in my wish for both of these projects to begin filming very soon.

Little side-note:  Thank goodness, Aronofsky did not go with his original choice of Angelina Jolie as the lead in Serena.  Jennifer Lawrence is a genuine talent, and Jolie can stick to what she does best: making snide faces at the award shows.

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection:

This is worse than not-so-great!  If this awful idea gets made, then it will mark Perry’s 14th film with Lionsgate in only 7 years!  If you have been unfortunate enough to sit through a Tyler Perry film, you should realize the atrocity that this project has the potential to turn into.  I have always believed in second chances, but enough is enough.  Perry has not turned out a hit in years, therefore I would say it’s about time to ditch the Madea gag.  The joke got old after the first time film.

Hasbro turns another board game into a movie….

Just in case one was not enough, Hasbro is now planning to adapt another classic board game for the big screen.  With Battleship set for a 2012 summer release, Hasbro changes gears for a new family friendly adaptation with Candy Land.  Now if the idea did not sound bad enough, Adam Sandler is set to star as well as co-write the film.  After the year Sandler has in 2011, you would be foolish to not be skeptical of his latest starring role.  I have always been a fan of the board game, but the whole concept is a little outdated, considering that the game was released in 1949.  Also, the Candy Cane Forest and Gum Drop Mountains would probably look great in an animated feature, but a live action film seems a bit silly.

Original ideas are hard to come by in Hollywood, but this cannot be good.  The project being dropped by Universal to Columbia Pictures has to hurt, and should lead to an uphill battle until the film’s release.

Taylor Swift leaves Les Misérables. 

Only a few weeks after the announcement that the country music superstar snagged the coveted role of Eponine, there is now another announcement that the musician has departed from the project.  Almost immediately after her departure, Samantha Barks was announced as the official Eponine.  Barks, a stage actress, performed the role in question at the Queen’s Theatre as well as in the 25th anniversary of the long running musical.  This will definitely please fans of the musical who were outraged at the casting of Swift.  Lea Michele, Scarlett Johansson, and Evan Rachel Wood were also in consideration for the role, but in the end their suspected casting remained nothing more than rumors.  Yet it appears that Barks is the best choice for the role based on her experience with the musical.

I am still not a fan of Tom Hooper, as I am still bitter about him stealing Fincher’s Oscar, but I must say that this project is turning out to be pretty solid.  Just another film set for release in an unusually crowded 2012 awards season, this one seems to be a must-see.  Sorry Taylor, but I think you should stick to music.

Happy moviegoing!

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3 comments on “Recent Developments in the Movies

  1. stindavison
    February 9, 2012

    It really is sad that Tyler Perry is the highest paid man in entertainment. It goes to show that talent really isn’t the only thing that matters in this business. Why do people go to see those movies?

    • kevinsmovies
      February 9, 2012

      I wish I had an answer to that. The fact that Tyler Perry is still making movies does not say much for Hollywood.

  2. maudlin
    March 10, 2012

    “JGL is one of the youngest actors-turned-directors, just being shy of his 31st birthday. ” And still looking like he’s only barely scraped 18… I’m interested to see how his directorial debut will turn out, though.

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