Green Gossip and More: Last week we got word that Blake Lively was cast as love interest
Carol Ferris in the "Green Lantern" movie opposite Ryan Reynolds. This seems
like an obvious grab for Lively's "Gossip Girl" audience; she's much younger
than the comic book Carol, for one ... more thing. Perhaps she'll step up and shine, but
it's a somewhat uneasy development. More interesting is that Peter Sarsgaard is
in talks to play the nefarious Dr.
Hector Hammond, and that, despite all the rumors, it's actually Mark Strong and
not Jackie Earle Haley who is the top choice for Sinestro (who will show up in
this film but come into his full villainy in a potential second chapter) -- an
excellent actor and almost perfect candidate for the role.
Meanwhile, we also learned that the "Robocop" remake was shelved, because director Darren
Aronofsky did not, rightly, want to make it in 3-D (expect to see a lot more 3-D
films rushed into production in the wake of "Avatar," not all of them
necessary). Aronofsky's take might have been cool, but not if he had to
compromise his vision. It was also revealed that "Caesar," a semi-remake
of "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes" (the fourth entry in that series, go
figure) had also been put on the back burner, where hopefully it will stay.
Remember what Fox did with its first "Planet of the Apes" remake? We prefer not
However, it seems that some projects can't be stopped. The prequel to "The
Thing" starts rolling in March with someone I never heard of directing, while
Mark Pellington has replaced Larry Fessenden as director of the English-language
version of the Spanish chiller "The Orphanage." Pellington's good, but the
original movie is fine as it is. Far more interesting is the "Dune" remake,
which is now being directed by Pierre Morel of "Taken" fame. As we all know,
David Lynch's 1984 adaptation of this classic science fiction novel was a mess,
but a perfectly decent Sci-Fi Channel version appeared in 2000. Still, a
faithful big-screen version of this complex tale might be nice to see.