CATEGORIES Foreign Language, Casting, MGM, Paramount, RumorMonger, Comic/Superhero/Geek, Remakes and Sequels, Trailers and Clips, Trailers and Clips, Cinematical
- Remember what we all thought when Heath Ledger was cast as The Joker? I'm feeling the same skepticism regarding the rumor (officially denied, of course) that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in talks to play the villain in the next Batman movie. Hollywood Life hears the actor "is definitely on the short list" for the role of The Riddler, which would reunite him with his Inception director, Christopher Nolan. And maybe for consistency, future installments of the series can give us Julia Stiles as Catwoman, David Krumholtz as The Penguin, Larry Miller as Ventriloquist, Gabrielle Union as Harley Quinn and Allison Janney as Lady Shiva. In other Batman 3 rumors, Nolan will allegedly begin shooting the thing in March.
- Paramount is producing a Japanese remake of Ghost because, well, apparently the Japanese only like watching their own movies these days (they consider reading subtitles "a hassle," just like us!). And of course the original only grossed about $50 million there 20 years ago. I guess they don't have their own equivalent of Patrick Swayze, however, so South Korean actor Song Seung Hun will take on the role. Given that "Unchained Melody" is a karaoke standard in Japan, I expect the tune to reprise its theme-song role.
- In case you haven't already done so, erase Stephen Sommers' Van Helsing from your brain. If anyone can reboot a character, it's gotta be Guilermo del Toro, who Pajiba reports is writing and producing a new "action horror story" about the original vampire hunter. And then, with Blade and this behind him, maybe Del Toro would like to do a Buffy film next? Anyway, I nominate Ron Perlman for the lead.
- Another victim of the MGM money problems, the remake of Red Dawn is reportedly not coming out this November as originally scheduled. In fact, its release has been delayed indefinitely, according to the LA Times, despite being "in the can." I guess China can put down the picket signs for now.
- Lindsay Lohan may have been excluded from the marketing of the Mean Girls video game, but perhaps she's just low enough on the Hollywood ladder these days to reprise her role in a direct-to-video sequel? If she can get down to Atlanta later this month for the open casting call (via /Film).
- Of course the Japanese prefer their own films. And if all were made by Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Grave of Fireflies), I would prefer them too. Via First Showing, ere's a new foreign trailer for the animation studio's latest, an adaptation of The Borrowers: