Guillermo Del Toro's latest horror film hit a major roadblock when Benedict Cumberbatch abruptly pulled out of the project. Supposedly, BC read through the script and said "This is not worthy of Kahn", or something like that. Del Toro is feverishly working on a script rewrite to still make studio deadlines. Replacing BC will be Tom Hiddleston, better known as Loki. The film, "Crimson Peak", also stars Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasidowska.
Remember the TV show "Fall Guy"? It ran for five years, starred Lee Majors as a stuntman who moonlighted as a bounty hunter. It's now going into movie mode, with Dwayne Johnson set to star.
"The World's End" and "This Is the End" have similar themes and titles. In fact, theatre surveys demonstrated clear confusion over these two films. In a marketing torpedo attack, the latter was re-released this weekend to try to siphon viewers from the former. Talk about sleazy maneuvers. Check my box office round up on Tuesday to see if the ploy worked.
For the longest time, Tony Jaa wanted Director Luc Besson to put him in one of his action films. It never happened. Now, Jaa will have his first English starring role in "Fast and Furious 7", directed by James Wan. Rumors are Jaa will join Vin Diesel's driving team, replacing the Japanese members killed off in "Fast 6". The hardest part of putting Jaa in this movie may be his English, which is terrible.
With a hot topic like the untimely death of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, it is no surprise Hollywood is pouncing on the film version of his best-selling novel "American Sniper". Steven Spielberg was set to direct, but studio insiders say his take on the conservative, pro-American book was to take a liberal bent and turn Kyle into a terrible, misguided person, not an American hero. This was an unwise decision, especially after the assassination of Kyle. As a result, Spielberg is gone and Clint Eastwood is in. Bradley Cooper is set to star, though he was available on the Spielberg schedule. He may not be available with Eastwood's new schedule, though he is trying to stay close to the original deadlines. Eastwood may have to select someone else.
That's the buzz around the biz for this week.