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Stuff: Peter Berg to Direct “Dune Hard”

Faith No More clown poster

  • Faith No More is rampaging across Europe now. Tuffley sent me this poster for an upcoming date in Greece. Nice, yes? He also is fairly certain we will see some North American dates later on. We sure as hell better.
  • Dark Crystal 2, which I could have sworn we had mentioned before–but I must have dreamed it during one of my blackouts–is going into pre-production. It has a title, too: The Power of the Dark Crystal. It sounds like they’re just getting funding and distribution nailed down. I can’t seem to drum up a reaction to this–it just seems too remote, like Tron Legacy before the teaser trailer. After all, the originals for both came out the same year…
  • The Peter Berg-helmed Dune is not dead–in fact, Berg apparently revealed he wants a more action-oriented take on the film than the original adaptation or the miniseries: “[The book] was much more muscular and adventurous, more violent and possibly even a little bit more fun… There’s a more dynamic film to be made.” No completed script yet, though per this article, and we are fifteen months later. See why I find it hard to get worked up about films in development? Best to save one’s energy.
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  • That Farscape DVD re-issue that I mentioned previously, coming in November from A&E? The Complete Series is now available for pre-order from Amazon.
  • Mission: Impossible 4 has scribes–Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec, who were on Alias and also brought you Life on Mars U.S.. Tom Cruise and J. J. Abrams are producing (Abrams already has a new franchise to direct, natch) and Abrams co-storied the fourth film. Film is set to hit in 2011 and Ethan Hunt will be back in some capacity. Source.
  • The Red Dawn remake is getting a bunch of cast members…none of whose names I recognize, except for Connor Cruise because of who his parents are (three guesses). Apparently this time the invaders are the Russians and the Chinese. Dan Bradley is making his directorial debut on the film and the actors are in training with production starting in September. September 24, 2010 is the release date. Can you get excited about this? Me neither. Source.
  • The Spider-Man musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, has been “temporarily halted.” One of the producers has cited “an unexpected cash flow problem” and not “We all sort of came to our senses.” Indeed, “The plans necessary for this correction are in hand now, and it is expected that activities, including work in the theater, will resume within the immediate future and with no material impact upon the planned production schedule.” Which means they’re still planning on starting previews on February 25, 2010. Evan Rachel Wood is Mary Jane, Alan Cumming is the Green Goblin and Julie Taymor is helming with music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge. I would cite their take on the musical, but I fell asleep reading it. About the only thing about this show that I find intriguing is costume designer Eiko Ishioka, whose work on the likes of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Cell and The Fall is all fantastic. And let me just say this: I thought Julie Taymor’s Lion King musical was one of the best staged things I’ve ever seen. But then after being unimpressed with Titus and then having Across the Universe sap my will to live, I just can’t get worked up about her stuff at this point. I would love to be proven wrong. Source.
  • Up, the first film in a long while to get a five cup review from yours truly is now available for pre-order even though there doesn’t appear to be a release date. You can pre-order the Blu-Ray here. And you can pre-order the regular DVD here.

  • Frank Langella is joining Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. Cast includes Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas, and possibly Josh Brolin. Oliver Stone is helming. I wonder if the script underwent a rewrite following the recent economic crisis. Ya think? Source.
  • Three Warner Brothers titles are about to go into moratorium mode starting September 4th readying them for re-introduction next year. Caddyshack will show up on Blu-Ray for its 30th anniversary. The Exorcist will show up on Blu-Ray and with a special edition on DVD. Doctor Zhivago will show up on Blu-Ray for its 45th anniversary. I’ll give you the headsup when they’re available for pre-order. And speaking of pre-order, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory hits Blu-Ray on October 6th and is available for pre-order here.

    • The artwork for that Faith No More poster reminds me of the first issue of Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children called A Cotton Candy Autopsy from which the artwork for the self-titled Mr. Bungle album artwork was taken…I really hope that Faith No More schedule some tour dates here in the states…