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Rogen talks upcoming projects

Talks to Clint about “Green Hornet”, “Porno”, and more!

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Seth Rogen deserves his success. I’ve interviewed him twice now, and found him to be one of the nicest, most unpretentious, and most knowledgeable guys I’ve ever sat across a table from. More so, he’s funny – damn funny – and more adaptable than a universal remote.

Had a chat to Rogen today about the upcoming “The Pineapple Express” – my review won’t be up for a while – and we briefly discussed some of his upcoming projects – including, of course, “The Green Hornet”.

Here’s a brief run-down.

The Green Hornet

“We’re looking for a director currently. The studio says they want to make it – they want to shoot it around February or March. They want it to come out in June of 2010. It looks like it’s gonna happen! We just have to find a director – we’re meeting with some people.”

Rogen says he didn’t realize that his “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” director Kevin Smith had worked on a “Green Hornet” movie before he started worked on the latter.

“I didn’t realize until I started working on it that he had written like a whole draft – and was gonna direct it. It just all fell apart. He told me his idea, I told him my idea – they could not be more different. I think we’ve got a little more freedom than he did – with the material and so on – which, you know, is great for us! [Laughs]”

Danny McBride, Rogen’s co-star in “Pineapple Express”, said he’ll have to brush up on his Asian accent if he wants to convince Rogen that he’s the right guy to play Kato.

The Pineapple Express 2

Rogen says they’re definitely considering a sequel. “They’re been wanting us to do a sequel to Superbad for so long – but we’ve held off. We eventually said No. But this one, it’s not a precious coming-of-age story like Superbad, it’s a weed action-movie and if it did well, and they gave us like $50 million dollars (as opposed to the $26M we got for this one) we could benefit from that.”

Zack and Miri make a Porno

“It’s great. I think it’s a really sweet romantic-comedy. It’s obviously really filthy… but it’s a great romantic movie.”

Rogen, who says he’ll be heading to Comic Con to promote “Zack and Miri”, loved working with Kevin Smith.

“He’s great. I really like Kevin. I’ve looked up to him for a really long time. It was great to work with him.”

Untitled Judd Apatow Comedy

Australia’s Eric Bana will be joining Rogen for the next Judd Apatow comedy –

“There’s a role in the movie for an actor that you normally wouldn’t imagine acting with our crew. We just said ‘What about Eric Bana? He’s supposed to be really funny’. He is really hilarious in “Chopper” – not that it’s a comedy – and I’m just really excited to meet him.”

As for the rest of the cast? “Right now it’s me, Adam Sandler, Eric Bana, Leslie Mann, Jonah [Hill] from Superbad, and Jason Schwartzmann. I’ve been friends with Schwartzmann for almost ten years now. I’m really excited to work with those guys now.” (Speaking of, Cinema Blend has some inside details on this film today!)

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‘Swiper’ will sound like an Avengers character in Dora movie!

Casting news for the live-action Paramount Players’ movie

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Benicio Del Toro will voice Swiper, the thieving fox, in Paramount Players’ live-action “Dora the Explorer” movie, per THR.

The film, which wrapped in Australia to weeks ago, had been scouring for an actor to voice the CG character. Del Toro, whose recent credits include “Sicario : Day of the Soldado” and “Avengers : Infinity War”, previously voiced a character in “The Little Prince” in 2015.

Isabela Moner (“Instant Family”) plays the lead, a girl accustomed to the jungle life with her parents and now forced to explore the uncharted terrain of high school. Michael Pena and Eva Longoria play her parents.

The film’s story sees a high school-bound Dora finding herself leading Boots (a monkey and her best friend), Diego and a rag-tag group of teens on a Goonies-esque adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost Inca civilization.

James Bobin directs “Dora”, which is skedded for an August 2, 2019 release.

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark gets a release date!

del Toro produced film based on the terrifying children’s book series

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CBS Films and Lionsgate have announced that “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”, co-written and produced by Guillermo del Toro, will open in theaters August 9, 2019.

Directed by André Øvredal, and based on the terrifying children’s book series, the pic follows a group of young teens who must solve the mystery surrounding sudden and macabre deaths in their small town.

The cast includes Dean Norris of “Veronica Mars” fame and Gil Bellows, known for his role on ’90s dramedy “Ally McBeal”.

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Johnny Depp’s next sounds very, very solid…

“Barbarians” is in the can!

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Production wrapped today in Rome on one of the most buzzed about films of the year – the feature adaptation of J.M. Coetzee’s prize-winning novel “Waiting for the Barbarians”, directed by Ciro Guerra, produced by Andrea Iervolino, Monika Bacardi, and starring multiple Academy Award® nominee Johnny Depp (“Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise), Academy Award® winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Dunkirk,” “Ready Player One”) and Robert Pattinson (“The Twilight Saga”, “Good Time,” “The Lost City of Z”).

The film was financed and produced by Andrea Iervolino’s social entertainment platform TaTaTu. Alongside TaTaTu, the movie was produced by Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Media Group, as well as Michael Fitzgerald and Olga Segura.

“Waiting for the Barbarians” centers on the crisis of the conscience of the Magistrate (Rylance) – a loyal servant of the Empire working in a tiny frontier town. A warrant officer for the Empire, Mandel (Pattinson), is sent to replace the Magistrate’s position after the Magistrate has been charged with treason – consorting with the barbarians. Johnny Depp plays the sinister Colonel Joll.

The story is a startling allegory of the war between oppressor and oppressed. Mandel is a character that must choose between what he feels is right and his duty to the Empire in the midst of conflict.

AMBI Distribution, the global sales arm of AMBI Media Group, is handling worldwide sales.

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