CATEGORIES MoviesNic Cage is gearing up for a 'Ghost Rider' sequel, a live-action 'Barbie' movie is officially in the works (and, no, Ken will not be played by a smooth-crotched male mannequin), Sony readies 'He-Man' for battle, and more of today's top movie headlines. Sony is revving up a sequel to the 2007 comic-book-based hit 'Ghost Rider,' with 'Dark Knight' co-writer David Goyer in talks to create the story and oversee the writing of the screenplay. Nicolas Cage, who starred in the first film, is expected to reprise his role as the titular skull-faced, flame-engulfed, devil-battling antihero. [Variety]
Never one to be left out of the fun, legendary Mattel doll 'Barbie' is following in the footsteps of 'G.I. Joe' and other toy properties and heading for the big screen. Universal has hatched a deal with Mattel to make a live-action film based on the globally beloved, 50-year-old line of dolls, which, incidentally, ranks as the No. 1 toy property for girls in both the U.S. and the world. Now that's a built-in fan base. [Variety]
'Barbie' isn't the only Mattel toy feeling the love today. Just weeks after Warner Bros. scrapped plans to make a live-action 'He-Man and the Masters of the Universe' movie (the studio and Mattel reportedly had different visions), Sony is negotiating to pick up the lapsed rights to the toy line, which spawned a 1980s TV show and followed a blond warrior and his pals as they defended their planet of Eternia from the vile Skeletor. By the power of Grayskull, let's hope 'He-Man' gets made this time. [THR Heat Vision Blog]
Despite having previously insisted that he wanted nothing to do with the remake of his chilling 1986 sci-fi classic 'The Fly,' director David Cronenberg seems to have had a change of heart. Reports are buzzing that the Canadian auteur is in talks with Fox to write and possibly direct a reboot of the '86 original, which starred Jeff Goldblum as a scientist who morphs into a giant insect after a teleportation experiment goes awry. Hate it when that happens. [THR Risky Biz Blog]
Stanley Tucci has signed on to star opposite Cher and Christina Aguilera in 'Burlesque,' a musical drama about a small-town girl who finds success at a neo-burlesque club. Cher will play the owner of the club, a former dancer who becomes the girl's mentor, and Tucci will take on the role of the club's manager and Cher's confidant. [Variety]
Rza and 8-year-old actor Ty Simpkins have joined, and Brian Dennehy is in negotiations to join, the cast of writer-director Paul Haggis' thriller 'The Next Three Days.' A remake of the French film 'Pour Elle,' 'Three Days' stars Elizabeth Banks as a woman accused of murder and Russell Crowe as the husband who sets out to prove her innocence. Simpkins will play the couple's son, while Dennehy would portray Crowe's father. [The Hollywood Reporter]
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