In this week’s installment of the Cinefantastique Round Table Podcast, Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski analyze the hot topics in the world of horror, fantasy, and science fiction films: Sony Pictures will finance and distribute the new James Bond Film; Barry Cooper may star in THE CROW; Peter Jackson films THE HOBBIT in 3-D and at 48 frames per second; RIO celebrates a box office victory of SCREAM 4; and Lionsgate picks up director Barry Levinson’s docu-style eco-horror film THE BAY (aka ISOPOD). Also, Lawrence French offers a capsule review of RIO and finds it a surprisingly refreshing step up from the ICE AGE sequels.
This week’s edition of the Cinefantastique Round Table Podcast ran even longer than usual, so we are presenting it in multiple parts, beginning with theatrical news and release dates. On the table for discussion are the casting of Michael Shannon as General Zod in MAN OF STEEL, the directorial assignment of Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 WEEKS LATER) to direct a reboot of THE CROW, and word that Matt Reeves (LET ME IN) is interested in making a film based on “8 O’clock in the Morning,” the short story that inspired John Carpenter’s political science fiction satire, THEY LIVE.
And if that is not enough news from the world of Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction Cinema, don’t forget to check back for the second installment of this week’s podcast, the debut of CFQ’s Laserblast Home Video News & Reviews, in which Dan Persons Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski will look at everything from the new Blu-ray release of THE INCREDIBLE to Hammer Films’ new direct-to-video thriller, THE RESIDENT, starring Hilary Swank and Christopher Lee.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bradley Cooper (ALIAS, THE A-TEAM) is in talks to star in Relativity Media’s new version of THE CROW, based on the comic book by James O’Barr.
The site says the actor met with director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 WEEKS LATER), and the two hit it off, sharing similar notions how how to approach the character.
Time will tell if the popular actor will don the obligatory dark clothing and monochomatic makeup.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 WEEKS LATER), has been choosen to direct Relativity Media’s remake/reboot of THE CROW.
Producers Edward R. Pressman, Jeff Most, Relativity’s Media’s Ryan Kavanaugh and Apaches Entertainment’s Enrique Lopez Lavigne and Belen Atienza are behind the new version of the independent comic book character created by James O’Barr.
The first film version from Miramax came in 1994, directed by Alex Proyas (DARK CITY) and written by David J. Schow and John Shirely. The tragic death of star Brandon Lee from a prop plastic bullet fired from blank cartridge added to the film’s dark appeal, to many.
Three film sequels and the TV series THE CROW: STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN (starring Mark Dacascos) , took the franchise further.
Steven Norrtington (BLADE, LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN) was invovled in a previous attempt to relaunch the character, his version would not have used the Eric Draven character.
Writer/Musician Nick Cave (THE PROPOSITION, 2005) wrote the latest screenplay, though it’s expected Juan Carlos Fresnadillo will bring someone on to tailor the script to his tastes.