Artists can be difficult. Director Darren Aronofsky is known for making hard-hitting films. Warner Bros. threw him off the reboot of its Batman franchise due to his dark interpretation of the superhero. Paramount licensed him to create an epic tale of Noah, the building of the Ark and the Great Flood. Now, the studio is bitching about the film. Apparently, it's not sitting well with test audiences, comprised mainly of members of Jewish organizations. Paramount wants changes. Aronofsky says he has final cut approval. The film is scheduled for release in March. The argument may not be over by then. Russell Crowe stars as Noah. Stay tuned.
Josh Brolin has been added to the cast of JURASSIC WORLD, the latest episode of the JURASSIC PARK series. This film has been off and on again more times than the corner traffic light. So far, its gone through five major script revisions and at one time or another everyone from the original film has been associated with this latest offering. The film is scheduled for production in January, and a release date of June 2015.
Actor James Woods spent a few days blasting Bronco Bama and Democrats for their handling of the government shutdown. Working in a liberal environment, Woods said: “I don’t expect to work again. I think Barack Obama is a threat to the integrity and future of the Republic. My country first.” Woods has repeatedly criticized the Putz-in-Chief, including Obamacare, the national debt and the scandal of the Benghazi attack. “This President is a true abomination. To have barricaded the WW2 vets, but allow illegal aliens privilege...” Woods is gaining support from conservatives, but there are so few in Tinseltown. Shame, really. He is a fine actor. And, of course, he is correct in his criticism.
Another comic book is coming to the big screen. WHO IS JAKE ELLIS is an Image Comic series about a spy and mercenary who is on the lamb and has only the mysterious title character to protect him. The film rights were acquired by 20th Century Fox and David Yates will helm the project. It's a bit concerning that so many storylines are coming from graphic novels. Are the current crop of screenwriters that poor? Perhaps they need to take my class.
The videogame WORLD OF WARCRAFT is scheduled to hit theatres for the Christmas holiday in 2015. This film will be the first collaboration between Legendary Pictures and new partner Universal. Legendary split from long time partner Warner Bros. early this year. Some anticipated blockbusters, including Gareth Edwards "Godzilla", are still under the Legendary-WB contract. "World of Warcraft" will be the initial offering of Legendary-Universal with no tie-overs to WB. No stars are yet signed. Videogames have a terrible record for translation into movies. My favorite is still "Silent Hill", but many gamers would find argument with that statement.
Paramount pink slipped 110 employees and more may be in the offing. The studio is cutting back its staff due to increased costs implemented by the Affordable Healthcare Act, or Obamacare. The first cuts were in legal and marketing departments. Up next are IT, HR and international home media distribution. While socialists everywhere applaud Obamacare's ability to give healthcare to those who currently don't have it, the devastating effects of this horrid legislation continue to be felt in the private sector, including Hollywood. If you are taking care of the poor, at the expense of the productive, you are missing the point of helping the poor and just creating more of them.