The Daily Shotgun: January 20th
By: Henry J. Fromage -
If you read our Top 10 of 2011 post last week, you’ll have learned that of the Top 10 highest grossing movies of the year, 7 were sequels, and not a one was a wholly original property, unless you count Marvel comics adaptations as such. So, Paranormal Activity 4, especially after the third installment’s success, is no surprise. The directors of that one are returning, too, which bodes well for it. The directors, writers, and principal cast are also returning to Horrible Bosses 2, but they’re going to have to think long and hard about an original idea to justify a sequel.
Or not. 254 million bucks worth of not.
The Wachowski Brothers…er… Siblings are now wrapping shooting on the extremely intriguing looking Cloud Atlas and have already begun lining up what’s next. It appears that will be Jupiter Ascending and they are pursuing Natalie Portman, who they previously worked with while producing V for Vendetta, to star. Details about the film are pretty mum, outside of the fact that it’s a big sci-fi blockbuster. The genre may even be more conjecture than reality, although I think it’s safe to say we won’t be getting a Victorian parlor drama out of them.
I’d settle for seeing what that monkey from Speed Racer‘s been up to lately
Acclaimed documentary director Errol Morris is returning to scripted films for the first time since 1991′s Dark Wind with Freezing People is Easy. The film is about the forerunner of cryogenics, a former TV repairman in the 1960s, and how he built a business out of freezing people just before they die in order to possibly bring them back to life when technology’s made that possible in the future. The film’s lining up quite a potential cast, with Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, and Christopher Walken all circling roles in the film.
The interest level of Ted Williams’ head remains unknown