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Mel Gibson back with Shane Black in Cold Warrior

Posted by LiveFor on January 28, 2010

Mel Gibson is currently in talks to work with Lethal Weapon writer Shane Black for Universal’s spy thriller Cold Warrior according to Heat Vision.

This will be Black’s second directing job after the absolutely brilliant Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (one of my favourite films of the last decade). Cold Warrior is a story in which a Cold War spy (Gibson) comes out of retirement to confront a domestic terrorism threat from Russia by teaming up with a younger agent. Charles Mondry wrote the script so not sure whether it will have the usual cool funny dialogue that Black’s script often have.

The dealmaking is still in the early stages but it does further Gibson’s plan to get himself back in front of the cameras and back in the public eye.

Gibson is on the slow road back to winning over the public again after all his recent shenanigans. Edge of Darkness, his first on-screen performance since 2002’s Signs, opens this Friday. He has just finished the Jodie Foster-directed black comedy The Beaver and is prepping to shoot his Mexican prison-set thriller How I Spent My Summer Vacation.

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Leonardo DiCaprio to be Vicky the Viking for Mel Gibson

Posted by LiveFor on December 14, 2009

Okay, it’s not a remake of the old animated kids TV show, but it does involve Vikings.

Mel Gibson will direct and Leonardo DiCaprio will star in an untitled period drama about Viking culture. William Monahan is writing the script according to Variety.

Graham King will produce with Gibson and Tim HeadingtonShooting is expected to begin in fall 2010, meaning that if everything falls into place, it would be the next directing effort for Gibson.

The principals confirmed the project but would not divulge many details. DiCaprio, who has long been fascinated by Viking culture, will play one in a storyline that will be as unsparing as Gibson’s other period directing efforts, “Braveheart,” “The Passion of the Christ” and “Apocalypto.”

King teamed with DiCaprio and Monahan in the Oscar-winning drama “The Departed” and just worked with Gibson and Monahan in the Martin Campbell-directed drama “Edge of Darkness.”

The Viking film will be DiCaprio’s first picture with Gibson.

“This will be an awe-inspiring story, created with some of the industry’s finest cinematic talent, and I am just over the moon to be making this film with Mel, Leo and Bill,” said King.

Vikings are always cool, however recent films such as Outlander and Pathfinder don’t really show that. Gibson’s Apocalypto shows that he can do the period thing well with a dash of fighting and gore for good measure.

Early days on this one but it does have my interest.

Image on this post is from the excellent Northlanders comic

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The Beaver – Mel Gibson goes all Caddyshack on us

Posted by LiveFor on September 29, 2009

Here we have our first look at Mel Gibson in the Jodie Foster directed film, The Beaver.

The film follows Walter (Mel Gibson), troubled father and husband and CEO of a stalling toy company [who gives voice to] The Beaver, a glove pupper that Walter finds, starts to wear without pause, and adopts as a kind of avatar through which he carries out all of his communication. Almost all of the dialogue given to the lead actor throughout the entire screenplay will have to come from the Beaver, and be delivered in what screenwriter Kyle Killen describes as a “crisp English accent.” All very Lars and the Real Girl
As well as directing Jodie Foster also stars in the film which means the Maverick posse are together again.

I really do like the look of the Beaver puppet. More cartoony than I thought it would be and it is totally in the style of the Caddyshack gopher.

Source: First Showing

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Anton Yelchin is all over The Beaver

Posted by LiveFor on September 10, 2009

YelchinVariety reports that Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Terminator Salvation, Charlie Bartlett) will be co-starring with Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster in The Beaver. Foster will be directing this project.

Yelchin will be the son of Gibson’s and Foster’s characters. Gibson plays a severely depressed man whose only happiness is wearing a beaver hand-puppet. Foster plays his wife, and Yelchin’s character wants them to get a divorce.

The script was written by Kyle Killen. Foster initially came on to the project and then brought it to Gibson. The two worked together in 1994’s Maverick.

Jennifer Lawrence has also been added to this project.

Summit Entertainment bought The Beaver last month and hopes to release the film in 2010 or early 2011.

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Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster – Mmm, Nice Beaver.

Posted by LiveFor on July 10, 2009

Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster are getting back together 15 years after Maverick for the $18 million comedy The Beaver reports Variety.

Gibson will play a depressed man who finds solace in wearing a beaver hand-puppet. Kind of like Lars and the Real Girl. Steve Carell and Jim Carrey had both been interested in the role.

Foster will both direct the film and play the role of the man’s wife. The actress brought the project to Gibson herself.

Kyle Killen penned the script which made last year’s coveted Blacklist. Steve Golin and Keith Redmon will produce.

Shooting begins this September in New York City.

Gibson’s going back to acting after directing, drinking and saying dodgy things. Foster is going back to directing after a bit of acting and sauciness in A Very Long Engagement.

Should be quite interesting to see how Gibson is received after his divorce and poor choice of words.


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The Random – Cartagena, Sixty Six, The Last Voyage of Demeter, The Lone Ranger, The Beaver, Cold Skin

Posted by LiveFor on May 1, 2009

– Keanu Reeves is in talks to star in undercover drama Cartagena for 2929 Productions says Production Weekly. The film centers on an undercover agent in Colombia who gets caught in a complex plot and must elude drug dealers and international agents if he hopes to survive.

– Barry Levinson (“Wag the Dog,” “Liberty Heights”) will adapt and direct an independently-financed film version of his own coming of age novel Sixty Six says The Hollywood Reporter. Set in 1966 Baltimore on the eve of significant historical events such as the counterculture movement and the war in Vietnam, ‘Six’ follows a staffer at a local television station and also features a diner as the center of social activity.

– Director Marcus Nispel (“Friday the 13th”) is in talks to helm The Last Voyage of Demeter for Phoenix Pictures says Variety. Based on a chapter in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the story describes the arrival of the vampire count in England on a cargo ship that has crashed into the rocks at Whitby with no crew and the dead captain lashed to the steering wheel. Stoker tells the story via the captain’s log of the voyage, which begins in Bulgaria and becomes increasingly disjointed as members of the crew disappear.

– Mike Newell (“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”) is in talks to direct The Lone Ranger for Disney Pictures and Bruckheimer Films reports Production Weekly.

– Jim Carrey is the leading candidate to star in the offbeat dramedy The Beaver for Anonymous Content says Risky Biz Blog. Kyle Killen’s Black List-lauded script centers on the relationship between a man and a beaver puppet he wears on his arm, which he talks to and treats as a companion

– David Slade (“30 Days of Night,” “Hard Candy”) is attached to direct the horror/psychological thriller Cold Skin for Kanzaman says Variety. Based on Albert Sanchez Pinol’s bestselling Spanish novel of the same title, the story follows a European hired to spend a year logging wind conditions on a tiny Antarctic island. The bookish young man soon discovers that he has a brutish neighbor named Gruner and the pair soon team to slaughter the humanoid killer amphibians that overrun the island each night. Gruner keeps a humanoid female looking one as a pet and after fornicating with it repeatedly, the young man tries to befriend the creatures. Things soon turn into a dark orgy of murder and beastiality that when his replacement arrives, the young man has become as feral as Gruner was before him.

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    The Random – Tim Burton, Thor, The Unborn, Noah’s Ark, The Beaver, Near Dark, The Crow, Terminator 5, The Phantom Legacy

    Posted by LiveFor on December 15, 2008

    Actor Alan Rickman spoke briefly about Tim Burton’s upcoming Alice in Wonderland and its revolutionary mixture of stop motion, live action and animated footage… (full details)

    “No. It doesn’t interest me at all” says Daniel Craig about rumors of him playing Thor in the Kenneth Branagh-directed Marvel comic adaptation… (full details)

    Odette Yustman says that filmmaker David Goyer was talking about doing a prequel to the upcoming horror The Unborn which would further develop her character’s relationship with her mother (Carla Gugino)… (full details)

    The success of Twilight has lead to Platinum Dunes essentially ditching their plans to remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s 1987 vampire western classic Near Dark reports Empire.

    The Wrestler filmmaker Darren Aronofsky says that he has a major film star attached to his planned Noah’s Ark project but won’t reveal the name. They have a script and a graphic novel version of it is in the works right now…” (full details)

    Kyle Killen’s The Beaver, about a despondent man who finds comfort in a beaver hand puppet, has topped the 2008 Black List – an unofficial compendium of the “most liked” screenplays of the past year… (full details)

    Platinum Dunes is going forward with an as-yet-untitled supernatural thriller about satanic cults by scribe Scott Kosar (“Texas Chainsaw Massacre”). Fuller tells Sci-Fi Wire that the story follows a college girl investigating her brother’s death and finds a satanic cult is responsible. She soon infiltrates it, “gets involved and gets in way over her head.”

    Stephen Norrington (Blade, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Death Machine) has signed on to both write and direct the “reinvention” of The Crow. “Whereas Proyas’ original was gloriously gothic and stylized, the new movie will be realistic, hard-edged and mysterious, almost documentary-style,” Norrington said.

    The Halcyon Company, who currently owns the franchise rights to Terminator, has already greenlit the fifth film in the Terminator series, following the currently in-production Terminator Salvation.

    Bruce Sherlock, a producer of The Phantom (starring the legendary Billy Zane), is set to bring the character back to the big screen for a sequel, and film it entirely in Australia. The Phantom Legacy is the new film and it doesn’t sound like it’s a sequel, perhaps more a remake. “[It will focus on] the Father/Son relationship, and what it means to be The Phantom…The film will be set in the present day and will deal with the concept of destiny.”

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