Here’s a collection of the film news from The Hudd, the Bad and the Ugly‘s first broadcast.
Sam Raimi to direct Wizard of Oz prequel
The Spider-man director is working on a prequel to the 1939 Judy Garland classic. Broadway writer and Pulitzer prize-winner David Lindsey-Abaine is rewriting a pre-existing script.
Hollywood hot stuff, Robert Downey Jr. is in talks to star in the project, which is remains very much in the early stages.
Ghost Rider 2 is in the works
Not sure if anyone cares about this to be honest, but Idris Elba is in set to co-star with Nic Cage in the sequel to the 2007 comic book flick Ghost Rider.
British actor Elba is developing a fairly respectable career with performances in the likes of American Gangster, 28 Weeks Later and 5-star TV show, The Wire. He’s also in Takers… but get too excited about that.
Kathryn Bigalow is courting Johnny Depp and Tom Hanks for Triple Frontier, aka Sleeping Dogs
There are very few details flying around about this project. We do know that allegedly Bigelow wants Depp and Hanks in two of the five principal roles.
It is anyone’s guess what the plot will be, but the ‘triple frontier’ is the tri-border between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, and is known as a hotspot for South American organised crime. So I’m guessing it’ll run along those lines.
It will also be interesting to see Hanks and Depp on the same screen.
Speaking of Depp…
Depp is currently filming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides around London, then he will start principal photography on Dark Shadows in February. Dark Shadows is based on a melodramatic TV series from the 60s about vampires, zombies, werewolves, monsters; all set around an old mansion..
Still with J. Depp…
This is by far the sexiest news I’ve heard in some time, but rumour has it that Depp is also interested in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter !!
The movie is to be based on a book by Seth Graham Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The plot centres on a young Abe Lincoln, who develops a thirst for vampire-stomping after his mother gets chewed up and spat out by a bloodsucker.
Tim Burton is attached to direct, so Johnny’s chances of starring are greatly improved.
And that is some news.