Trailers: One for Wim Wenders‘ "Don’t Come Knockin’," which stars and was written by Sam Shepard, and which got a mediocre reception at its premiere at Cannes this year, here. One for "A Good Woman," Mike Barker’s update of Oscar Wilde’s "Lady Windermere’s Fan," with Scarlett Johansson, here. And one for "Saw 2" (they really cranked those babies out) here.
An animated TV version of "Afro Samurai" is scheduled to air on Spike TV next year before being reverse imported to Japan, where it will air with Japanese subtitles. Jackson also will lend his voice to the series.
It is a weird world, is it not?
Also via Reuters, Richard Gere will star in "Infernal Affairs" director Andrew Lau‘s first US film, "The Flock," about "a hypervigilant agent (Gere) who, while training his young female replacement, must track down a missing girl who may be linked to a paroled sex offender he is investigating."
Via Empire, Billy Crystal will star in a remake of French farce "AprÃ¨s Vous," which stars Daniel Auteuil as a waiter who saves a man from a suicide attempt and tries to help him put his life back together, only to get caught up in a romantic triangle.
Via the Guardian, Francis Ford Coppola, who bought the rights to Kerouac’s "On the Road" back in 1968 and has attempted to get a film version going several times, has apparently hired "The Motorcycle Diaries"‘ Walter Salles to prepare a script and Billy Crudup to star as the novel’s narrator Sal Paradise. One of the items sold at Christie’s Marlon Brando estate sale was a letter to the actor from Kerouac saying
I’m praying that you’ll buy ON THE ROAD and make a movie of it… I wanted you to play the part because Dean (as you know) is no dopey hotrodder but a real intelligent (in fact Jesuit) Irishman. You play Dean and I’ll play Sal (Warner Bros. mentioned I play Sal) and I’ll show you how Dean acts in real life…we can go visit him in Frisco, or have him come down to L.A. still a real frantic cat…
And, via the Sydney Morning Herald, Quincy Jones, who hasn’t done a film score for 20 years (and who won an Oscar for his score for "The Color Purple"), will compose the score for Jim Sheridan‘s 50 Cent vehicle "Get Rich or Die Tryin’."
+ Trailer: Don’t Come Knockin’ (Official Site)
+ Trailer: A Good Woman (Lions Gate)
+ Trailer: Saw 2 (Apple)
+ Samuel L. Jackson seeks payback in samurai tale (Reuters)
+ Gere tends ‘Flock’ for Hong Kong helmer (Reuters)
+ AprÃ¨s Vous, Billy Crystal (Empire)
+ On the Road: finally going somewhere (Guardian)
+ Quincy Jones to compose rapper movie score (Sydney Morning Herald)