John C. Reilly to Walk Hard
Talledega Nights sidekick John C. Reilly will finally get to play the top banana in Walk Hard, a comedy that follows the life of a (fictional) legendary musician. When we asked vacationing writer Judd Apatow (The 40 Year-Old Virgin) — who will produce the film with director Jake Kasdan (Orange County) — about the project via e-mail, this is what he wrote back:
What were your inspirations for the film?
Jake [Kasdan] came up with the idea after watching a bunch of music biopics. So we sat together and watched a ton of these films and realized they are all basically the same movie.
What sort of songs will be in the film? Will they be original, covers of classics? Who will write them?
We are working with several songwriters as we speak creating original music. The tricky part is the music has to be great and terrible at the same time.
What does John C. Reilly bring to film?
John C. Reilly is hilarious and has the voice of an angel. Plus, he looks hot in a suit.
When do you hope to start production?
January. We need to be done in time for Oscar season. That’s right. We plan on winning an Oscar.
Rachel Weisz and Elizabeth Banks maybe are in Definitely, Maybe
The Oscar-winning Weisz and The 40 Year-Old Virgin’s Banks are in talks to star as Ryan Reynolds’ paramours in the Universal Pictures romantic comedy Definitely, Maybe, about a political operative (Reynolds) who gets grilled about his far-reaching love life by his 11-year-old daughter. Derek Luke (from Antwone Fisher, and this fall’s Catch a Fire) and Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers) are already cast in the film, written and directed by Adam Brooks (screenwriter of Wimbledon and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason). (Hollywood Reporter, 8/15)
…and Banks is definitely in Joe Claus
Banks, meanwhile, landed a lead role in Joe Claus, a comedy due to shoot this fall about the older brother (Vince Vaughn) of Santa Claus. (Hollywood Reporter, 8/15)
Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson find Fool’s Gold
Looks like Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson are our new Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan: The stars of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days will reunite in Fool’s Gold, a Warner Bros. comedy about an on-the-rocks adventure-seeking married couple whose fruitless eight-year treasure hunt suddenly catches a big break. Andy Tennant (Hitch) is set to direct the script written by, of all people, playwright and indie filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count On Me). (Hollywood Reporter, 8/9)
Brett Ratner to remake The Boys From Brazil
It’s the Return of the Attack of the Nazi Clones! Ratner, hot off the success of X-Men: The Last Stand, is developing with New Line Cinema a remake of the 1978 schlock classic The Boys From Brazil, about a Nazi doctor (played by Gregory Peck in the original) who clones 94 copies of Adolf Hitler in the hopes of bringing back his beloved Führer. (Hollywood Reporter, 8/10)
Director chosen for Halo
Ready to feel inadequate? Twenty-six-year-old Neill Blomkamp has been chosen to direct the film version of the popular Xbox game Halo. The South African-born commercial director made his mark with a series of special-effects-laden ads that featured transforming Citroen cars and Nike shoes (see his work here). The Halo script is by Alex Garland (28 Days Later); the film will be executive produced by none other than Peter Jackson. (Hollywood Reporter, 8/10)
Hayden Christensen will be a Jumper
It seems former Darth Vader Hayden Christensen isn’t quite done with F/X-drenched mega-movies, as he’s leapt into the lead role in, er, Jumper, a thriller directed by Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Bourne Identity) and costarring Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Bell (King Kong), with a reported $100 million budget co-financed by Regency Enterprises and 20th Century Fox. (Hollywood Reporter, 8/11)