Michael Fassbender is making the move from being an Inglorious Basterd to being a mutant: Fox is in talks to have him take on the role of Erik Lensherr, the man who becomes Magneto in the X-Men origin story 'X-Men: First Class,' according to Hollywood Insider. The film, directed by Matthew Vaughn ('Kick-Ass') will delve onto the early relationship between Charles Xavier and Lensherr, first as friends, then as enemies. Production will begin this summer in London, with a scheduled June 3, 2011, release. Fassbender appears in 'Jonah Hex,' which is opening this weekend.
Remember during the good old days of VHS when all the movie studios thought it was a grand idea to colorize old black & white movies because audiences supposedly wouldn't have anything to do with a film not presented in color? Now there's a new wrinkle on transforming old films -- 3D. According to Scifi Pulse, PassmoreLab, a San Diego-based 3D production and conversion studio, will convert the greatest worst movie of all time, 'Plan 9 From Outer Space,' into 3D. Ed Wood's campy 1959 film follows bumbling aliens who want to turn dead humans into zombies to stop Earth from building a super bomb. 'Plan 9' was restored and colorized by Legend Films in 2006, and will now be converted at a cost that far exceeds the film's original $60,000 budget. PasmoreLab has already converted one cult horror film into 3D: George Romero's 1968 'Night of the Living Dead.' "We are absolutely drawn to cool and unusual projects" said company president Greg Passmore. "... we are converting 'Plan 9' because we love cult films, and we take great care with them." "All the great films we love in 2D can now be converted into 3D seamlessly to attract new audiences and find new revenue streams," said Steve Glum, PassmoreLab's head of branding and distribution.
Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum will be taking 'The Vow' for Spyglass Entertainment. The film, based on a true story about a young woman who loses all recent memory in a car accident and struggles to rebuild her identity, will be directed by Michael Sucsy ('Grey Gardens') with production set to start at the end of August in Chicago and Toronto, Variety reports. The pair will play the young couple whose car is rear-ended by a truck just months after their marriage.
Wendy Crewson has been added to the cast of 'Winnie,' a biopic about South Africa's Winnie Mandela. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she'll play activist Mary Botha, who becomes a social worker in South Africa and befriends Nelson and Winnie Mandela (played by Terrence Howard and Jennifer Hudson), causing her to be subjected to phone-taps, police harassment and house arrest in the fight against apartheid. Darrell Roodt is directing the Canada/South Africa co-production, which is being shot in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Robbin Island.[THR]
No strangers to low-budget films, Vincent Gallo and Michael Madsen will star in the independent production 'Loosies,' about a New York City pickpocket who is confronted by a pregnant woman with whom he had a one-night stand. The project will begin filming in July. [THR]
Magnolia Pictures is in talks to pick up 'I'm Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix,' the Casey Affleck-directed documentary about Phoenix's attempts to break into the music biz. If you recall, Phoenix has given up acting to become a rapper and, according to the Los Angeles Times, the film has Phoenix cavorting around the screen, trying to get music industry bigwigs to pay attention to his singing, while engaging in some pretty horrible behavior. Magnolia is aiming for a fall release for the film.