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Stuff You Need to Know, Sunday, September 21, 2008

Thompson Twins

  • Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are going to play The Thompson Twins in the Tintin movies, according to Chortle. You need to think again if you’re expecting a performance of “Doctor Doctor,” although that would be terribly amusing, admittedly. No, they’re detectives in the original strips. And Chortle says Spielberg is co-directing with Peter Jackson? I hadn’t heard that before. And it might not make a difference, because Universal apparently is a bit perturbed at the $130M cost of the film. But, seriously folks, Beowulf cost $150M and still made its money back internationally–and that was a Zemeckis mo-cap film, which we all know are populated with zombies. Kingdom of the Vast Disappoinment was the last Spielberg joint, it cost $185M and made a crapload of money. So I’m not sure how this can go wrong, at least financially. Source for $ amounts: Box Office Mojo.

    Update: Bailey points out that Paramount is stepping up for fundage and Universal has pulled out–thanks to the L.A. Times found via Comics2Film. The full article on the deal with what’s happening with Dreamworks can be found here.

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  • They’re renaming Toon Disney. It will now be called DISNEY XTREME DIGITAL!!!!!!! Some of that emphasis is mine. Source: Variety.
  • Green Hornet has a Kato and a director: it’s Stephen Chow, the man who brought you insane Kung Fu Hustle. Seth Rogen is still the Hornet and he co-wrote the script with Evan Goldberg; together they wrote Pineapple Express. I suppose this answers the question of whether or not they’re going to play it for laughs. It’s scheduled to be released on June 25, 2010.
  • Letters to Santa — A Muppets Christmas has had Jesse L. Martin and Uma Thurman join the cast. Thurman is the ticket clerk for North Pole Airlines and Martin gets to sing and dance with the Muppets in an opening number.
  • David Foster Wallace, the author who sadly committed suicide earlier this month, has two films in the works, apparently. One is Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, based on his short story, which was adapted by, helmed by and stars John Krasinksi (The Office U.S.), along with Bobby Cannavale (Will & Grace) and Christopher Meloni (SVU). It was shot in 2006 and he’s still working on it. And Keith Bunin has scribed an adaptation of Infinite Jest, the rights to which were optioned two years ago. Source: Variety.