The Daily Shotgun: July 6th
By: Henry J. Fromage –
Normally I don’t bother announcing when scripts are being written because they often take forever, change hands and even studios, or just disappear completely. If Jurassic Park 4 does that, though, it’ll be news all on its own. Yes, Spielberg is producing this one, although he unsurprisingly won’t direct. No word on who will, but Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver will write the script after hitting the jackpot with their Rise of the Planet of the Apes. No word yet on if this means sentient velociraptors this time, but we can always hope.
Plus, maybe they can get James Franco to disinterestedly take up space again
Phil Lord and Chris Miller went from Cloud With a Chance of Meatballs to the ever so slightly tonally different 21 Jump Street to… Lego: The Piece of Resistance? This sounds like it’ll fall somewhere in between with plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor supplied by Will Arnett and prospectively Channing Tatum as… Batman and Superman. They’ll likely only be cameos in a plot revolving around an everyman Lego figure (Chris Pratt) who is mistaken as the all-powerful Master Builder and gets drawn into a mission to defeat a supervillain bent on gluing all of Legoland together. With the talent involved, I’d actually probably watch this, although the live action/CGI hybrid tag makes me wary. Unless of course it’s just a live-action Will Arnett Batman inserted in an animated Legoland for no damn reason
His approach to the costume is pretty minimalist
Edgar Ramirez has been on the shortlist for a host of high-profile parts after breaking through playing Carlos the Jackal in the much-lauded Carlos. The one he did take, Ares in Wrath of the Titans, suggests maybe he needs a new agent, but his next role might save that poor sucker’s job. He’ll play Simón Bolívar, who if you’re rusty on your history served as George Washington for the entire South American continent. The writer of Children of Men, Timothy J. Sexton, is handling the script, which is quite encouraging, and I’ll just go ahead and ignore the producers’ contention that it’ll be a “South American Braveheart” because that’s about as fucking stupid as it sounds.
“Let’s do this again, but in South America”