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    The Only Thing That Can Save 2009

    Alright, so that's not entirely true.  There are lots of things with the potential to make 2009 amazing.  The only one that I care about, however, is the TBA-release of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.  Most people only know it as the project that Heath Ledger was working on at the time of his death-- but the Dark Knight hype made sure that most people have heard nothing about this film at all. 

    Heath Ledger as Tony
    After a significant re-write and the addition of Colin Farrell, Jude Law and Johnny Depp to the cast, the movie forged on despite the loss (and in honor of) Heath.  Luckily the premise of the movie, as a fantasy involving multi-universes and lots of bizzarre visuals, allowed for the main character to be played by four different actors.  The movie's namesake, Doctor Parnassus (played by Christopher Plummer) has made a deal with the Devil for immortality and the ability to send the audience of his sideshow into alternate realities and dream worlds.  After going sour on the deal-- seriously who would think that was a good idea?-- the Devil takes his due in the form of the good Doctor's daughter.  Naturally, Dr. P and his merry band of misfits (and a stranger- the character played by Heath et al) embark on a mad dash to chase the Devil through parallel universes on a quest to rescue the girl.  Tom Waits as Mr. Nick (The Devil)

    Now, most would guess 'the all-star hunk cast' as my reason for being excited for this movie.  You all think I'm shallow, don't you?   I don't see movies just for the eye candy. (Though it can't hurt)  What really drew me to this movie was the casting of Tom Waits in the role the The Devil.  If you know anything about Tom Waits, you'll be excited by this idea as well-- and if you know nothing about Tom Waits, you should be ashamed of yourself.  I'm very excited to see Waits in a role that is an integral part of a film, and one with the potential to put him in the kind of bizarre world that he inhabits in his music. 

    Terry Gilliam's direction always brings a surreal flavor-- see Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Twelve Monkeys.  Now with the added element of co-writing the film alongside Charles McKeown, we have the potential to see Gilliam's strange view of reality in full freedom.  From the few set-photos floating around the interwebs, the film already looks visually fantastic.  Eye candy all around.

    Though an official release date hasn't been set according to IMDB, most sources agree that it'll be sometime in 2009.  Keep your eyes open.  I'm not sure this film will get the press it deserves as it's already criminally unknown-- and check back here for updates!


    McG Goes Under...the Sea

    I guess the old phrase is correct: "In Hollywood, you're only as good as your last picture!"

    In this case, we're referring to McG whose upcoming Terminator: Salvation won't hit theatres for another five months. But considering its (so far) positive buzz, it appears the Charlie's Angels director is being offered damn-near every major gig in town.

    According to Variety, McG has been set up over at Disney to direct 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo - a prequel detailing the origins of Nemo which is currently being written by Bill Marsilli (Deja Vu).

    The House of the Mouse is fast-tracking the project hoping to commence filming later this year.

    This is also begs to ask just where McG stands on Terminator 5.

    Considering that Warner Brothers has already officially announced the Terminator sequel for a Summer 2011 release, it appears that McG (who will reportedly over-see the production regardless of whether or not he directs)     will have to decide which film he'd rather helm next.


    To Lex or Not To Lex...

    According to our buddies at Latino Review, Warner Brothers is actively meeting with various screenwriters regarding story outlines and/or treatments for the next Superman film.

    They further elaborate revealing that one of the mandates of the pitches be the addition of a villian from Superman's rogues gallery other than Lex Luthor - who will all but take a back-seat this time out, if he's included at all.

    Now I'm a huge fan of Latino Review, and they've certainly had a damn-solid track record of breaking news-items and what not (including casting news regarding the Superman and Batman franchises!) That goes without saying.

    But this isn't exactly "breaking news," to be honest.

    We've known that Supes would face off against a super-powered adversary in the next installment for quiet some time dating as far back as Comic Con 2006 when Bryan Singer revealed his plans of including an "alien threat."

    What is interesting to note however is the fact that the studio is aggressively working on getting another Superman film out ASAP.

    One can't help but wonder if this is because the studio needs it to fill in a missing gap in their schedule...

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