According to a couple of recent stories over at Moviehole, casting for Grind House is undergoing a bit of a shake-up. The big news is that Mickey Rourke, previously expected to star as Stuntman Mike (he drives a killer car, you may recall) in Death Proof, Quentin Tarantino's half of the film, is now off the project. In addition, there's word that QT himself will bring his acting "talent" to a small role in Planet Terror, Robert Rodriguez's zombie-fied segment of the movie. The rumor is that his character is "The Rapist," a moniker that I'm sure has the shock-loving QT salivating. (It has me thinking about the SNL sketch in which Sean Connery thinks "Therapists" is "The rapists," but then I'm a sucker for those Jeopardy! sketches.)

I don't know about you, but I'm starting to wonder about Grind House. I know some of the rumors -- particularly those about the whole thing shutting down -- have turned out to be false, but it's nevertheless starting to look like a huge mess. It's one thing for a couple of guys who love genre films to get together and decide to make a cool-sounding collaboration. It's quite another, however, to actually bring the thing to fruition with any degree of success. I hope I'm wrong, but I'm increasingly of the opinion that the sucker has disaster written all over it.