George R.R. Martin has confirmed that HBO purchased the television rights to A Game of Thrones, the first book in A Song of Ice and Fire. Martin is wise in the ways of Hollywood, though:
“What they have NOT done is greenlight the project. A GAME OF THRONES remains in development. They’re still budgeting, still looking at locations (Spain and the Czech Republic at present, I hear). No decision has been reached, so any celebration would be premature. In Hollywood it is always best not to assume something is going to happen until it actually happens.”
HBO, you have done good things. We believe in you. Do not fuck this up.
The Shakespeare in the Park Hair is moving to Broadway. No date yet on when the transfer will happen. I would be interested to see that; I’ve played a part in the show but never actually seen another production of it. Source: Variety.
Michael Douglas is to play Liberace. No, I’m serious. Steven Soderbergh is developing a biopic that he will direct and Douglas will star. Richard LaGravanese (Fisher King) is scribing. Matt Damon is in talks to play Scott Thorson, who sued Liberace for palimony. Don’t look for it anytime soon, as Soderbergh has stated it won’t be either of his next two projects. Source: Variety.
Matt Lucas (Little Britain) has been signed to play Tweedledee and Tweedledum in Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland. Actually, you know…that’s really inspired casting right there. Source: Variety.
Gregory Mcdonald, creator of Fletch, died this past Sunday in Pulaski, Tennessee at the age of 71, following a prolonged fight with cancer. Source: Variety.
Fox has a 12-film DVD boxed set coming out for directors F.W. Murnau and Frank Borzage. You can see the full list of films and pre-order yours on the Amazon site. Hollywood Reporter states that all of the films included are hitting DVD for the first time, which is actually incorrect: Sunrise was released as part of their Studio Classics edition–it was either exclusive to a boxed set or available if you sent away for it, one of the two.
Gore Verbinski is set to helm Rango for Paramount with Johnny Depp as Rango. John Logan (Sweeney Todd) scribed it. ILM is providing the animation and Verbinski “will be employing techniques he developed with ILM in the creation of the Davy Jones character in the Pirates movies”. Film will hit cinemas in March 2011. Gore, is it going to be mo-cap?
“The techniques we are employing will allow us to capture and translate every aspect of Johnny’s performance, using it to drive the computer-generated character in a way that has yet to be seen in an animated feature. This is not a disembodied voice: Johnny Depp is Rango. We are creating something that will resonate with a broad audience and stick in the minds of kids all across the globe. The characters and circumstances are feeling buoyant and rich in humor and attitude, yet with a surprising emotional depth. I am tremendously excited about the support and enthusiasm we have received at Paramount.”
Translation: Yes, it’s going to be mo-cap. Of course, the press release says not thing one about WTF Rango is about. So.