Trailer of the day: For "The Nativity Story," here. And weird, weird, weird. Catherine Hardwicke of "Thirteen" and "Lords of Dogtown" directs (in an interview with Kevin Maher in the London Times she half-jokingly calls the film "the third of her teenage movie trilogy"); Keisha Castle-Hughes and the rest of the cast speak in a generic and apparently biblical accent. And the whole thing is so very "The Passion: The Prequel."
"Ten years ago, Harvey Weinstein played a key role in introducing my work to American audiences with ‘Chungking Express,’ " said Wong, who was the jury president at May’s Festival de Cannes. "It’s a pleasure to be reunited with an old friend at this new phase of my career."
Well, until Weinstein decides to chop the film down to 85 minutes, redo the opening credits and change the title to "The Enforcer." Other Asian film news: Lifesize Entertainment will release Kim Ki-duk‘s plastic surgery romance "Time" in the US (via Grady Hendrix at Kaiju Shakedown); Yoshimitsu Morita is directing a remake of "Sanjuro," using the original screenplay â€” Yuji Oda will take on the Toshiro Mifune role (via KFCC).
From Variety (when did Variety become free, by the way?): Michael Fleming reports that Sacha Baron Cohen will indeed play Signor Adolfo Pirelli in Tim Burton‘s "Sweeney Todd" adaptation (but will he sing?); Katja Hofmann writes that Thomas Kretschmann (Captain Wilm Hosenfeld in "The Pianist" and Hermann Fegelein in "Downfall") will play Nazi mass murderer Adolf Eichmann in biopic "Eichmann," to be directed by Robert Young. This will be Kretschmann’s seventh film outing as a Nazi. Also, Steven Zeitchik reports that Magnolia is in talks to pick up James Scurlock‘s snappy doc on credit card debt, "Maxed Out," which we totally missed at SXSW last year.
The story follows a CIA agent/debonair ladies man who must train a computer nerd with less than stellar lady skills so that the guy can seduce a female operative.
Feig’s plan is to make the script bigger in scope, with more physical comedy, something that he, as the creator of the much-loved quirky character show "Freaks and Geeks" or his work on "Undeclared," is not necessarily known for.
+ Trailer: The Nativity Story (Apple)
+ Who cares if they know the ending? (London Times)
+ Weinstein Co. picks ‘Blueberry’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ TIME SELLS TO NORTH AMERICA (Kaiju Shakedown)
+ Remake of Kurosawa’s Sanjuro begins filming (KFCC)
+ Cohen to cut chops on ‘Sweeney Todd’ (Variety)
+ Kretschmann to play Eichmann (Variety)
+ Magnolia gets ‘Out’ (Variety)
+ Writer-helmer Feig getting ‘Smooth’ job at Warners (Hollywood Reporter)