Chan & Tucker again?
Jackie Chan doesn't like middle men. Especially when they prevent him from teaming up with people onscreen. "In the old days, we didn’t need a push from a middleman," he recently told MTV Movies Blog, adding "F**k those a**holes!" Only he didn't say the last part.
Needless to say, it's these middle men that have kept him from working with fellow Asian icon Jet Li
until now (in the upcoming fantasy marital arts epic THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM
) and now that he's decided he wants to work with Chris Tucker in a non RUSH HOUR film, he's gonna make sure those degenerate middle men get on the ball.
"I said yes, and after I shook [Tucker’s] hand, I said: ‘Look, we need a middleman. I don’t want to shake hands, then I go back to Hong Kong
and you stay here, I get busy and you get busy. You have to have somebody in the middle to follow up, otherwise it will never happen. We’ve just agreed to do it. Now we’re looking for the writer
is what he had to say about getting those middle men to shape up.
Is this film gonna happen anytime soon? Not likely. Not if the middle men have anything to say about it.
spielberg does ghost?
has acquired the rights to the classic Japanese manga GHOST IN THE SHELL and will adapt the series into a 3-D live-action feature. Producer Avi Arad (formerly of Marvel Studios) was shopping the project around Hollywood
where Universal and Sony were also in the chase. But Spielberg himself took a particular interest in the project and once that happened, it was all she wrote. Says Spielbergo: "GHOST IN THE SHELL is one of my favorite stories. It's a genre that has arrived, and we enthusiastically welcome it to DreamWorks." GHOST began as a manga in the late-80s and was eventually adapted into three anime films, two TV
series and a number of video games. It's unclear what plot the DreamWorks movie might take considering the different variations of the franchise all followed different story and time lines. You can expect the same covert ops unit in a futuristic society. It doesn't appear that GHOST would be a project that Spielberg is interested in possibly directing. I would expect his involvement to be similar to how he worked on TRANSFORMERS. Jamie Moss, who wrote STREET KINGS, is writing the script and can expect a couple of phone calls from Spielberg.
fast & furious 4 title
This isn’t a SPEED RACER story (it would’ve been my second today and the site’s third) but there’s definitely a motif at work here. The fourth film in THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS franchise (did you ever think it would come to this?) has gotten an official title and plot. I won’t even tell you what the title is. Just remove the ‘THEs’ from the original title and there it is. Simple. Pure. Whatever.</IMG> As you should all know by now, the fourth film re-teams the two men who are partly responsible for this franchise to begin with, Paul Walker and Vin Diesel, in a plot that according to Warner Bros. (fully responsible), goes a little something like this: "When a crime brings them back to L.A., fugitive ex-con Dom Toretto (Diesel) reignites his feud with agent Brian O'Conner (Walker). But as they are forced to confront a shared enemy, Dom and Brian must give in to an uncertain new trust if they hope to outmanuever him."
Director Justin Lin, who did part three, is back and says he plans to retire the franchise after a fifth film. You can also check out an early script review from the boys at Latino Review HERE. FAST AND FURIOUS is out on June 5, 2009.