Atlas Shrugged has fallen through, although Lionsgate is still interested after Angelina Jolie passed on Dagny. This is for the best. It can’t be made into a film. Sorry, but it can’t. Especially with a screenwriter who doesn’t even grasp the basic plot points of the book–not even talking philosophy, just, you know, events and timelines. Source.
We’ve asked before, hypothetically (allegedly), “How hard is it to rob a bank?” And now we must ask it again, because they’re auctioning off the historical bits owned by the late, great Forry Ackerman. “Ackerman’s will stipulates that his estate’s share of the profits be divided among his friends.” Well done, Forry. Source.
Apparently Amazon is offering free game trial downloads now…? And some real downloads for $9.99 and under? Also, speaking of Amazon, they have Wiis in stock. So if you were looking for one…well, they annoyingly won’t let me direct link–no idea what nonsense that’s about–but if you go to the front page of the Video Games section you’ll find them.
Bloom County is getting the hardcover treatment from IDW. No pre-orders yet. It’s starting up in October. Source.
The Cross is a sci-fi film with a really sparse explanation: “a man seeking to cross a mysterious border, something no one else has achieved.” It will star Orlando Bloom, Vincent Cassel (Brotherhood of the Wolf) and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) and Andrew Niccol (Lord of War) will direct. Bloom is the guy, Cassel wants to stop him, Kurylenko is simply “the femme lede [sic].” It starts up in July.
Green Lantern has a new director in the works: Martin Campbell (Casino Royale). Does this mean it’s going to be a serious film? Because that would be an improvement over the last idea. Source.
High Moon comic badasses David Gallaher and Steve Ellis are at NY Comic-Con this weekend. Here’s their schedule. Tell them we said hi.
I didn’t know Nick Moran (Lock Stock) had turned into a director–his new movie, The Kid, has among its cast members Ioan Gruffudd and Natascha McElhone. I didn’t catch his first movie, Telstar–did you? Source.
Al Pacino is going to play King Lear on the big screen. I’m sold on it. Next. Source.
Moneyball, the story of “Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics who used a sophisticated computer analysis system to piece together a team that regularly contended for the World Series despite a payroll dramatically lower than such big-market rivals as the New York Yankees”–and I quoted such a big piece because I know shit about baseball–has Steven Soderbergh in talks to direct with Brad Pitt thinking about starring and Steve Zaillian is attached to scribe it. Source.
Paranorman is a comedy involving stop motion zombies and will be produced by Henry Selick. io9 and I both agree: hell yes.
Revenge of the Green Dragons will get Doc’s attention: directed by Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) it’s “a fact-based drama about street gangs in New York’s Chinatown.” Production should start later this year. Artfire Films, which is involved, apparently just wrapped “an untitled George Romero thriller.” Is that the sixth Dead movie? Source.
Sex and the City 2? Apparently so. Damn thing did make $400M worldwide, which might be why all of these other cancelled TV shows are suddenly making noise about going the feature film route. All four actresses are signed on board, apparently, so has the scribe/director. Source.
T-Shirt Hell is closing. I never did buy a shirt from them, but I am still sad to see them go. Source.