Various News Items – 8/5/06


A fusion of movie news and rumours

Soul-selling, Slumming it and Stepping right up…. Lots of casting and filmmaker announcements over the last couple of days, and a couple of doozie rumours too, here’s an amalgamation of some…

MICHAEL BIEHN tells his official fan club that he has had to drop out of the new Wesley Snipes movie “Shooter”, due to a shooting clash with “Grind House”.

Hollywood North Report reports that “Wrong Turn 2” is gearing up for a late May start. The site has also reviewed the script.

GEORGE WENDT, TIFFANY SHEPIS, DANIEL ROEBUCK and LLOYD KAUFMAN will star in “Bryan Loves You” about a cult that takes over an AZ town. The first pic is up here.

ADAM ARKIN and SHANNON LUCIO, from TV’s “The OC”, are among the cast of “Graduation”, about four friends who decide to rob a bank.

According to The Boston Herald, ELIZA DUSHKU will join JOEY McINTYRE for “I Love Broadway”, a film about a fledgling playwright staging his production in a local bar.

MUSE WATSON, of “Prison Break”, has snagged a recurring role – as the lead character’s mentor – on CBS’s “N.C.I.S”.

RON PERLMAN and STEPHEN REA have joined the cast of the video-game turned film “The Mutant Chronicles”

HALLE BERRY and BENICIO DEL TORO will star in “Things We Lost in the Fire”, about a widow who befriends her late husband’s best friend.

KRISTIN CHENOWETH will join Matthew Broderick and Danny De Vito for “Deck the Halls”.

JOSH LUCAS will star in a film based on the book “Who killed Daniel Pearl”?, which told of a French author-philosopher who journeyed into Pakistan to investigate the kidnapping and murder of a Wall Street Journal correspondent.

COLIN FARRELL has been let go from Todd Hayne’s new biopic on Bob Dylan. HEATH LEDGER will replace the former.

According to Monkey Peaches, JACKIE CHAN has confirmed an August filming date for “Rush Hour 3”.

PIERCE BROSNAN, PATRICIA CLARKSON, RACHEL McADAMS and CHRIS COOPER will star in the 1940s set drama “Marriage”, about a man who plots to kill his wife in order to hide an affair.

CHRIS WEITZ has returned to “The Golden Compass”. He had dropped out of the film last year, and replaced by Anand Tucker. Tucker and the studio didn’t see eye-to-eye, so Weitz has been asked back.

HOLLY HUNTER is set to star in an erotic ghost story called “Frost Flowers”, says Production Weekly. Among her co-stars is musician Gavin Rossdale.

There’s still a possibility that the CW Network mightn’t pick up the new “Aquaman” series, according to Variety.

According to Empire Online, NEVE CAMPBELL is attached to Sir Richard Attenborough’s “Closing The Ring”, which sees a World War II pilot crash in Belfast and ask a local to return his ring to his girlfriend in the States. The ring is returned – but the request takes 25 years to fulfil.

Moviehole that her sister, Ali, will play a younger version of Lohan’s character in a remake of a Japanese drama called “Veronika Decides to Die”.

Sony’s Screen Gems are apparently on the lookout for a new face to bring Alex Murphy back to life in a remake of “Robocop”.

Director JAN DE BONT has received special permission from the descendants of Bram Stoker to make a sequel to “Dracula”. The movie, tentatively titled “The Un-Dead”, is based on a script by writer Ian Holt.

According to Contact Music, PAUL BETTANY knows nothing about the rumours linking him to the role of The Joker in the next “Batman” movie – he’s interested though.

The previous frontrunners for the role of Sam Fischer in the “Splinter Cell” movie – including MARK WAHLBERG, David Boreanaz and Christopher Showerman – are apparently no longer in the mix. With the film’s change of guard – Peter Berg is no longer directing it – everything’s, including the casting wishlist, been tossed out.

KATHERINE HEIGL and EMILIE DE RAVIN are tipped to be up for the lead role in “Daisy Scarlett : Semper Occultus”, about a female agent working out of MI6. NAOMI WATTS was originally set to play the role.

Australian actor JOHN WOOD, having been nominated ten times for the award, has finally won the Gold Logie. Wood’s series, “Blue Heelers”, is currently in its final lap.

KIM BASINGER will star in the telemovie “The Mermaid Chair”, about a married woman who falls in love with a Benedictine monk and the crisis and self-awakening it ignites. Emmy winner Steven Schachter has come on board to direct the movie.

NB : Unless otherwise stated, items are either Moviehole exclusives, or relayed from both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety