Thursday, June 4, 2009

Film News: "Unstoppable" Chris Pine, Silver Screen 50 Cent, and Because There Just Aren't Enough Remakes . . .

- It looks like Chris Pine is ready to capitalize on his newfound Star Trek fame. In addition to treading the boards with Chris Noth in Farragut North at LA's Geffen Playhouse later this month, the new Captain Kirk is in talks to costar with Denzel Washington in a new big screen action drama for Fox. Unstoppable would see Pine playing a rookie train engineer who has to work with with Washington to stop "an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train carrying enough combustible liquids and poisonous gas to wipe out a nearby city." [Hollywood Reporter]

- 50 Cent (real name Curtis Jackson) seems to be taking his crossover to the big screen seriously. In addition to playing opposite Forest Whitaker in an upcoming adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde, 50 Cent is starring in the police corruption drama Caught in the Crossfire with Chris Klein, Adam Rodriguez and Richard T. Jones. 50 Cent "plays a gang-banger who becomes a reluctant informant." 50 and his production partner are also working on a third dramatic film with a starring role for the rapper. [Variety]

[bxA]- Three new costars have been added to the roster of Robert Pattinson's upcoming movie Remember Me, in which he plays a young man traumatized by his brother's suicide and parents' subsequent split. Emilie de Ravin (Lost) will portray a young women who witnessed her mother's death, but uses that trauma as motivation to live life to the fullest. Pierce Brosnan and Chris Cooper have also joined the cast, and Lena Olin is currently in negotiations. [MTV Movies Blog]

- Mary-Kate Olsen has joined the cast of Beastly as the young woman who puts the curse on Alex Pettyfer's character in a contemporary version of Beauty and the Beast. Olsen joins Vanessa Hugdens, whose leading role in the flick was reported on Pop Wenches in April. [E! Online]

- Speaking of contemporary versions, Emile Hirsch will star in an updated version of Hamlet directed by Twilight's Catherine Hardwicke. [Variety]

- Even more movie remakes have entered the pipeline. Columbia Pictures has commissioned a remake of the 1990 sci-fi action film Total Recall which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone. Kurt Wimmer, whose credits include The Recruit and Salt (Angelina Jolie's upcoming film), will write the screenplay. Meanwhile, Dimension Films has tapped Robot Chicken and Greg the Bunny's Dan Milano to write the script for a remake of 1986's Short Circuit. Evidently "Johnny Number 5" really is alive. [Monsters and Critics][Variety]

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