By: Henry J. Fromage –
Well, this really shouldn’t be news, but the producers of Twilight likes them some phat profits, regardless of narrative coherence or necessity. Since they also happen to be the producers of a little franchise called The Hunger Games, that will get the same treatment, namely two movies squeezed out of Mockingjay, the final book in the series. You’ll have to wait a full calendar year between the final two films as the cherry on top of this nonsense cupcake, but on the plus side, that just means more of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Plutarch Heavensbee to titillate your trembling teenage loins.
What’s a Jacob or an Edward? Give me more of this!
Speaking of questionable artistic decisions, Michael Fassbender is set to produce his first film and star in it. Normally that would be exciting, but the source material is a bit dubious- the Assassin’s Creed video game series. Not that that’s not a great game and all, but the track record of video game movies in general leaves just a mite bit to be desired. Then again, if he insists, I’ll still watch the damn thing, and probably even eventually forget he ever was a part of it later.
I even forgave Timothy Olyphant… mostly.
Now here’s something a bit more promising: Two Faces of January. It’s another Patricia Highsmith story, from the authoress of classics from Strangers on a Train to Ripley’s Game. Viggo Mortensen’s involved, which is about I need to know about a project, playing a fraudster who must flee Athens after accidentally killing a politician along with his wife (Kirsten Dunst) and a young American who helps him cover up his crime (Oscar Isaac). Hossein Amini, the screenwriter for Drive and Snow White and the Huntsman, will be making his directorial debut, although he might want to make sure Viggo doesn’t bail on him again.
Chris Hemsworth’s rates just keep going up.