Friday, July 10, 2009

Film News: Foster and Gibson to Star in . . . The Beaver, Moneyball Gets Another At Bat, Blair Witch Anniversary

- Jodie Foster will direct Mel Gibson in The Beaver, his first starring film role since 2002's Signs. The Beaver centers on a "depressed man [Gibson] who finds solace in wearing a beaver handpuppet." Um, okay. In addition to directing duties, Foster will costar as the main character's wife. [Variety]

- Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt, is back on track after Columbia Pictures abruptly shut down production on the film in late June only days before shooting was set to begin. Steven Soderberg is off the project and will no longer write or direct the film. Aaron Sorkin has been tapped to draft a new script for the baseball drama, which tells the story of the Oakland Athletics' success in building a playoff-quality team with a small payroll. Pitt will play Oakland Athletics GM and former baseball player Billy Beane. [Hollywood Reporter]

- Speaking of Brad Pitt films, Variety has posted an interesting Q&A with Quentin Tarantino in which the filmaker talks about his upcoming movie Inglourious Basterds, studio pressures, some scenes that didn't make the final cut, and why he chose an A-list star for the lead. [Variety]

- Contrary to what Winona Ryder recently told the press, there are no plans for a Heathers sequel according to the film's director Michael Lehmann. [Movieline]

- July 16 is the 10th anniversary of the release of The Blair Witch Project. Entertainment Weekly has an new interview with the horror film's directors, Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez. Meanwhile, the rest of us are trying to figure out how the heck ten years have already gone by since this movie became a phenomenon . . . [Entertainment Weekly]

1 comment:

  1. My only reaction to the first item here is: !!!!!!!!?!

    How is Moneyball going to work as a movie?! Closeup of a guy doing math. "This will work better!" Trade trade trade. Team wins. ? If whole point is that the win is based on the mathematics of trading, how do you dramatize The Big Game? :P