Lunchbreak New Movie News!!

by Eric Melin on November 12, 2008

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simon pegg nick frostI’m on my lunchbreak now, and this is what I found out today…

First Showing says that the newest Nick Frost/Simon Pegg movie will NOT be directed by Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz”), but Greg Mottola (“Superbad”).

Ridley Scott (“Blade Runner,” “Gladiator”) is directing a movie based on … wait for it … the board game Monopoly. Sounds like a great idea. Right now everyone’s going to want to see a movie about gambling all your money on expensive real estate. Genius.

jerry garcia early yearsAccording to THR, a Jerry Garcia biopic is in the works. Adapted from a Robert Greenfield book entitled “Dark Star,” the movie aims to chronicle the Grateful Dead leader’s early years befor he formed the Dead.

On Dark Horizons: “Watchmen” director Zack Snyder says about the running time of his epic superhero movie coming out in March: “I’m hoping 2 hours 42 minutes, with credits.” That theatrical version  is just one of three versions of the film planned for the eventual DVD & Blu-ray release. There’s also a three hour director’s cut of the film with “the scenes all fleshed out”, and the ‘Black Freighter’ version which will combine that Director’s Cut with the ‘Black Freighter’ short film that will clock in at three-and-a-half hours.

Marvel’s “Captain America” has a director and a release date (May 6, 2011), but no script. The studio is accepting pitches? Weird.

cheech and chong 2008According to star Jeffrey Tambor, creator Mitch Hurwitz says the long-rumored “Arrested Development” movie (based on the insanely funny TV show) is back on.

The Weinstein Co. is producing and distributing a concert doc based on Cheech and Chong’s current “Light Up America” reunion tour. The key term here is “current.” Hmm.

Don’t read here if you don’t want to know what happens at the end of Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming “Australia,” now that the director has filmed a new ending for the film.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company has been snapping up classic anime properties for the purpose of live-action adaptations.

black hole movie adaptaion fincher burnsNeil Gaiman (“Beowulf”) and Roger Avary (“Pulp Fiction”) have turned in their draft of the Charles Burns graphic novel “Black Hole” for director David Fincher (“Fight Club,” “Zodiac,” the upcoming “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) and left the project to let someone else do the 10 or so rewrites Fincher will require. This (along with “Watchmen”) is one of my favorite comics ever. It’s a spooky tale of teenage confusion made worse by a physical manifestation of all those insecure feelings. It’s set in the 1970s and reminded me of a time when you couldn’t just look things up on the Internet; a time when if something awful happened to you, you felt alone, like you were the only one who had ever had to deal with it. It was impossible to know if there was anybody out there who felt the same way.

I think Fincher could do an incredible job and I’ve heard he’s an incessant perfectionist, so I’ll just sit back and be patient.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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1 Jon Sholly November 12, 2008 at 3:53 pm

Couldn’t we just mush all this new movie news together?

Zack Snyder is directing “Captain Trips” a 3.5 hour biopic based on the current classic anime “Light Up, Australia”. In a nod to “I’m Not There”, Jeffrey Tambor, Leonardo DiCaprio and Cheech and Chong will play Jerry Garcia in the epic superhero movie adaptation of the early years of his insanely funny life.

Weird, indeed.

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2 Jon Sholly November 12, 2008 at 3:53 pm

Couldn’t we just mush all this new movie news together?

Zack Snyder is directing “Captain Trips” a 3.5 hour biopic based on the current classic anime “Light Up, Australia”. In a nod to “I’m Not There”, Jeffrey Tambor, Leonardo DiCaprio and Cheech and Chong will play Jerry Garcia in the epic superhero movie adaptation of the early years of his insanely funny life.

Weird, indeed.

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3 Eric Melin November 12, 2008 at 4:12 pm

That’s very Naked Lunch of you, Sholly! I don’t know if I could sit through 3 1/2 hours of Garcia, but the thought of Leo as Captain Trips makes me laugh very hard. Light up!

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4 Eric Melin November 12, 2008 at 4:12 pm

That’s very Naked Lunch of you, Sholly! I don’t know if I could sit through 3 1/2 hours of Garcia, but the thought of Leo as Captain Trips makes me laugh very hard. Light up!

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5 Eric Melin November 12, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Not to screw up your movie-news remix, but I also added some “Black Hole” news you may be interested in. Huzzah!

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6 Eric Melin November 12, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Not to screw up your movie-news remix, but I also added some “Black Hole” news you may be interested in. Huzzah!

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7 ChrisKnudsen November 13, 2008 at 12:31 am

Did you watch Fear(s) of the Dark yet? All of the segments pretty much were medicore. Burns’ segment had a nice look to it at least evn if everything felt like it moved hokey. I hope Fincer’s version of Black Hole is better and goes off on its own for there is a lot of potential for a more fleshed out better story. Black Hole feels too small for its own good.

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8 ChrisKnudsen November 13, 2008 at 12:31 am

Did you watch Fear(s) of the Dark yet? All of the segments pretty much were medicore. Burns’ segment had a nice look to it at least evn if everything felt like it moved hokey. I hope Fincer’s version of Black Hole is better and goes off on its own for there is a lot of potential for a more fleshed out better story. Black Hole feels too small for its own good.

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9 Jon Sholly November 14, 2008 at 12:21 pm

Crap! Could there be a nod to “Sin City” and have “Captain Trips” co-directed by Zack Snyder and David Fincher? I dunno how else to shoehorn that extra info! Rock on daddy.

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10 Jon Sholly November 14, 2008 at 12:21 pm

Crap! Could there be a nod to “Sin City” and have “Captain Trips” co-directed by Zack Snyder and David Fincher? I dunno how else to shoehorn that extra info! Rock on daddy.

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