Clints Bits – 15/5

Geez there’s an abundance of bits today. Everything from "The Matrix Revolutions" trailer, "Troopers 2" signalling the start of Production, Cut stuff from "Terminator 3", An Aussie Costume-Designer signs for "Superman" and good news for you three or four Van Damme fans.

  • The Herald Sun reports that Australian costume designer Kym Barrett [“Romeo and Juliet”] has been hired to work on “Superman”, which the paper says, may be filmed in Australia.

  • Aint it Cool reports that Jean Claude Van Damme has signed a 3 picture deal with Bauer Martinez Studios. The first film he’ll do is called “Cover Play”, a Die Hard influenced Casino/Terrorist flick that sees The Muscles From Brussels as a security guard in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • The trailer for “The Matrix Revolutions” is online here.According to scooper ‘Jason’ it’s “the preview at the end of the Matrix video game”.

  • “Starship Troopers 2” starts filming today Thursday, May 15th. “The truck with all the new weapons arrived last night. They look better than the first film! They were designed and built at Tippett Studio under the supervision of Bart Trickel”, says Producer Jon Davison.

  • Filmnet report that Miramax have bought North American rights to “Escape” aka “Midnight Return” which Russell Mulcahy will direct. It is based on the book.

  • ‘Michael’ from Command Entertainment popped this set report into the inbox yesterday. “I just worked on the set of "A Home At The End Of The World", a Leaving Cleveland Inc. Production, Day 27, Tuesday, May 13, 2003. I was among 20 background ‘cafe eaters’ for an interior scene that was filmed at a small restaurant on Toronto’s Queen Street east (near Greenwood). Our holding area and crew lunch was at a former motorcycle dealership. A lot of stars were on set throughout the shooting day including lead Colin Farrell who plays ‘Bobby’, Sissy Spacek as ‘Alice’, Robin Wright Penn as ‘Clare’ and Matt Frewer (the original ‘Max Headroom’) as ‘Ned’. The scene I was in had a tall, clean-shaven Colin Farrell (no goatee this time around) in a casual t-shirt and jeans working behind the bar in small, rustic restaurant, handling a big knife, while expertly preparing some food on a plate. The guy is well-rehearsed and made the crew laugh fondly a number of times.
    Directed by Michael Mayer who produced and directed a 1998 film called "The Robber", the most interesting item on the "A Home At The End Of The World" call-sheet was the name ‘Tom Hulce’ listed as the first of six producers for the film. I believe this is the same man that played mad Mozart for director Milos Forman in "Amadeus" and voiced ‘Quasimodo’ for Disney’s "Hunchback". Talking to some of the crew, I heard that the next 2 days of shooting will include ‘Yasgur’s Farm’, an interior of a ‘Punk Club’, an interior of a ‘New York’ bar, and an interior/exterior of the ‘Altitude Bakery’. The crew travels to Phoenix on Sunday May 18.”

  • A Plane crash scene has been cut from the upcoming “Terminator 3”, says IMDB.Arnie says, "A huge plane crash was rewritten because one, it was too close to 9/11 and two, it was too expensive."

  • Tim Robbins has signed on to direct a remake of the Colin Firth comedy “Fever Pitch”. The sport will be changed from Soccer to Baseball.

  • The Z Review website reports that Method Man [“How High”] and Snoop Dogg are attached to star in the new spoof comedy, “Soul Plane”.

  • Director Neil LaBute has signed up Sandra Bullock and Ralph Fiennes for his next project “Vapor”, about a struggling actress who saves the life of a stranger. He turns out to be an eccentric scientist who, in a surreal variation of the Pygmalion myth, offers to use his bizarre techniques to transform her into a star.

  • “Daredevil” director Mark Steven Johnson told Empire Magazine that the “Daredevil” spin-off [which he hopes Matt Murdock will cameo in, even if it’s at the end] will be out first – and then they’ll get a “Daredevil 2” happening.

  • The Hollywood Reporter says Columbia has bought the righs to “Nine Bastards”, a comedy pitch that will be written by Fred Wolf and produced by Happy Madison partners Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo.

  • DVD File reports that “House of 1000 Corpses” will arrive on DVD August 12th. It’ll feature an R-rated and Unrated versions, and will be presented in anamorphic widescreen and 5.1 Dolby surround. Extras include an audio commentary by Zombie, an isolated music score, behind-the-scenes footage, a still gallery, theatrical trailers, and possibly more to be announced. Thanks to Bloody Disgusting.

  • Superhero Hype reports that “The Hulk” has been rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some disturbing images and brief partial nudity by the MPAA.

  • Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun-Fat, who starred together in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, will team up again for a new Chinese historical epic, Hua Mulan, which goes into production Aug. 22 in China, says the Hollywood Reporter.

  • Ashley Scott and Kristen Wilson have nabbed the female leads in MGM’s updated version of the 1973 actioner “Walking Tall” co-starring The Rock, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

  • Paul Giamatti, Colm Feore, Joe Morton and Michael C. Hall have joined the cast of the new Ben Affleck movie “Paycheck”, reports Coming Soon.

  • Capitol Films is teaming with Jim Henson’s Creature Shop to produce “Five Children and It”, a family fantasy movie based on Edith Nesbit’s classic 1902 novel, Variety reports.

  • “Becker”, “My Big Fat Greek Life” and “The Agency” have been taken off the CBS schedule next season.