It may be one of those typical slow news days, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty of cool, geeky movie stuff to savor on these here interwebs today.
First up, MTV sat down with the extraordinarily wealthy and powerful James Cameron to talk 'Sanctum' (on which he was a producer), and naturally the conversation turned to Guillermo Del Toro's in-the-works adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's classic horror tale 'At the Mountains of Madness' (which he is also producing). The mighty movie overlord confirmed that the one and only Tom Cruise is interested in joining the film:
"Tom does want to do the picture ... I don't think we have a deal with him yet, but we're hoping to get that closed soon. Guillermo is madly working on a new draft of the script."
For full video of Cameron (as well as an update on 'Ghostbusters 3'), hit the jump!
Cruise would presumably be playing Professor William Dyer, a geologist who accompanies an expedition to Antarctica and finds himself face to face with monstrous beings from another world. Although one doesn't immediately think Tom Cruise! when discussing Lovecraft, a movie star of his caliber could be necessary to sell the dense weirdness of this story to a mainstream audience who probably thinks Cthulhu is a special blend of Middle Eastern spices. Reputation for oddball antics aside, Cruise is fine actor and the thought of him collaborating with Del Toro (in an epic monster movie, no less) is an exciting thought.
Moving on ... It's been a couple of days since we checked in on 'Ghostbusters 3.' What's the status now, Comic Book Movie?
"Right now, we have a script we haven't worked on probably in a couple of months, and we're waiting for Bill Murray to read it. People seem excited about it, and the studio seems high on it ... We're very proud of it. We worked really hard on it, and I think it'd be a really fun movie."
That was 'Ghostbusters 3' co-screenwriter Lee Eisenberg, reiterating what we already know: Everyone is desperate to get the latest Ghostbusters flick off the ground except for the notoriously picky -- some would say tasteful -- Bill Murray (after all, he's the only one of the team not in desperate need of a hit movie right now). Murray is notoriously difficult to reach and even more difficult to convince to read a script, as seen in this anecdote recounted in the same article:
"Harold [Ramis] tells a very funny story about the several months it took to get Bill to read the script for Groundhog Day. Every week or so, [Bill] would go up to Harold and say, 'You know, I read 10 pages... they're really good. Is it going to stay this good?' "
Sony has already stated that 'Ghostbusters 3' will not move forward without Murray's involvement, meaning that it all rests in his hands now. Those patient, calculating, possibly slightly cruel hands...
Finally, we leave you with this fan-made poster for 'The Dark Knight Rises' (via Geek Tyrant) which is far slicker than your average Internet Photoshop nightmare. We've included a fan's take on Anne Hathaway's Selina Kyle / Catwoman below (the take on the film's logo is particularly impressive), but follow that link to check out a fan's take on Tom Hardy's Bane.