Well, he is an Australian with an iconic sci-fi/action franchise on his resume. That makes him a perfect fit.
The Tracking Board is saying that Chris Hemsworth has been offered a role in the new Lethal Weapon film, currently titled Lionhunters. The role he was offered was that of a son of a police officer who wishes to join the police force.
The script is being written by Will Beall, supposedly with input from original franchise writer Shane Black. Justin Lin is reportedly attached to direct.
The website theorizes that the film will be a sequel that reboot the franchise with a younger cast with ties to the cast of the original films. The obvious choice for Hemsworth’s character’s father would be Martin Riggs, portrayed by Mel Gibson in the original set of films. Of course, there is no word that an offer has been made to Gibson, or if one will, or if Danny Glover will be involved, or how big their roles would be if asked.
1. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (Paramount, 3,372 Theaters, 88 Minutes, Rated R): I’d like to go on the record here and say that this could quite possibly the stupidest movie ever. Well, that’s not fair. I haven’t seen the film. Allow me to correct myself. This could quite possibly the stupidest concept for a movie ever.
Everybody knows the story of Hansel and Gretel, right? Two children are abandoned in the woods. They come across a gingerbread house. Starving, they decide to eat it. The witch who lives there does not take kindly to them eating her house and decides to eat them. The kids narrowly escape becoming Witch Chow by shoving the witch into the stove. We all learn a very valuable lesson–don’t go eating strange houses you stumble upon in the woods.
This film picks up quite a bit after that story as the pair, so angered by the witch who was only defending their property, go into the witch hunting business. With pump-handled shot guns. In Medieval Germany. Yep, you read that right. You can almost hear the Academy calling Jeremy Renner to rescind those two Oscar nominations now.
If the concept alone isn’t enough to keep you away, realize this was scheduled to come out in March…OF 2012! Supposedly it was delayed to capitalize on Renner’s big 2012 of The Avengers and The Bourne Legacy. Unfortunately, the only one of the two that Renner had the lead role in failed to make its budget back domestically. Tough luck!
2. Parker (FilmDistrict, 2,224 Theaters, 118 Minutes, Rated R): On the surface, this might seem like a typical Jason Stratham revenge film. But it goes a little bit deeper than that.
This is the first film adapted from the Parker line of books written by Donald E. Westlake under the the pseudonym Richard Stark where the author allowed filmmakers to keep the lead character’s names the same (for 1967′s Point Break, Lee Marvin starred as Walker and in 1999 Mel Gibson starred as Porter in Payback. Both films were adapted from Westlake/Stark’s 1962 Parker novel, The Hunter. This one is adapted from a later book called Flashfire).
The film is also directed by Taylor Hackford, whose past credits include An Officer and a Gentleman and Ray. So this should look a lot better than other films of its ilk. And with 26 novels in the Parker series, this could turn out to be lengthy franchise if this film does well.
3. Movie 43 (Relativity, 2,023 Theaters, 90 Minutes, Rated R): And then you have this movie, which is like 14 films all in one, replete with 15 writers and 12 directors. And a cast that redefines “star-studded.” Seriously, the only other place you’d see this many Oscar nominees and winners in one place would be the Oscars themselves.
The film is a parody anthology in the mode of The Kentucky Fried Movie, although it is closer structurally to the lesser known Amazon Women on the Moon. The basic conceit is that three teenage boys are looking for the most banned film of all time, and their search brings them down the path of one offensive film after another.
The cast is awesome, but from what I’ve seen of the ads, the film looks horrible. These kinds of films are always uneven, but there seems to be very little thought put into the film other than “Let’s have all of these great actors be as filthy and offensive as they can be! Everyone will laugh!” And this film was also supposed to be released last year. Take that as you will.
I’m never that interested in reporting on the lives of celebrities, but sometimes that type of gossip news does impact on the actual films themselves. Case in point being how Mel Gibson’s recent public personal problems have pushed back the release of his latest film, The Beaver. In limbo for the past several months, Summit Entertainment has finally announced that the Jody Foster-directed film will be coming our way sometime in 2011. They have also released the first trailer for the film, below.
Interestingly, the film is about a man searching for redemption, and it invariably invites the classic “art imitating life” comparison. Granted, I don’t expect to see Gibson showing up to promote the film with a hand puppet of his own anytime soon, but it would be interesting to see how he talks about the film when that time comes.
1. Edge Of Darkness (Warner Brothers, 3,066 Theaters, 117 Minutes, Rated R): Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the attempted comeback of Mel Gibson.
I say attempted because, really, it should be really hard to come back from blaming all Jews for starting all wars while being arrested for drunk driving. Not saying he won’t get back in moviegoers good graces, but it shouldn’t be easy and it should take more than this.
The ads portray this as a revenge thriller, with Gibson as a cop looking to avenge the murder of his daughter. Other descriptions portray it as more of a conspiracy thriller. Either way, it should tap in to the angsty rage he employed in Ransom, which is good and bad. Good meaning that you know he can play these kinds of roles well. Bad because, well, why don’t you just rent Ransom instead?
Comic film fans might be interested in this one, as it’s directed by Martin Campbell, who is at the helm of the Green Lantern movie. So, if you never saw Casino Royale or The Mark of Zorro and want to check out his directing style, well, here’s your opportunity.
2. When In Rome (Touchstone Pictures, 2,456 theaters, 91 Minutes, Rated PG-13): Screwball romantic comedies were once all the rage, oh, several decades ago. Why did they die out? Well, probably because they were hard to do well. I’m sure this film will prove that fact one way or another.
Kristen Bell stars as a harried, unlucky in love businesswoman who gets more than she bargains for when she steal some change from a fountain while on a trip to Rome. See, when you do that, you cause whoever threw those coins in to fall madly in love with you. You’d think they’d have a sign warning that.
Lucky for Bell, she doesn’t pick a quarter from an ax-murder, a priest or even a woman. She does pick coins from a wide range of weirdos.
I like Bell and I’m rooting for her first star vehicle to be a success, and she is surrounded by a pretty interesting and, in some cases, good cast. But I fear that this film might not be all that good.
Another reason why quality might be lacking (and keeping with the comic book movie theme) is that this one is directed by Mark Steven Johnson, the man who wrote and directed Ghost Rider and Daredevil. He didn’t write this one, so you’re safe in that aspect, but be warned anyway.
(And here you thought all the double entendre headlines were done now that Kevin Smith’s Zack And Miri Make A Porno had came and went from theaters…)
No, Mel Gibson sporting a puppet on his hand does not mean he is recording a bit for Craig Ferguson’s Late, Late Show. He is currently filming the comedy The Beaver on location in New York City withh Jodie Foster directing.
The screenplay, which landed at the number 1 position on last year’s Black List round up of the best unproduced scripts making the rounds of Hollywood at the time, centers on a stressed-out guy who discovers that he can communicate more honestly through a beaver puppet he found in the trash. And while I’m usually not one to link to stories originating on a gossip site, I wanted to run the pictures today to show that such an outrageous concept was actually being made. (Hey, it’s not a sequel, a remake or an adaptation of a comic book.) Click on over for a look at a few more.
I guess we can blame Rocky Balboa and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull for this. They proved that long-dormant franchises can be revived with some success.
TrackingB.com is reporting that Shane Black, writer of the first Lethal Weapon film, has written a treatment, if not an entire script, for a potential Lethal Weapon 5. Original producer Joel Silver is rumored to be on board as well.
It has been 10 years since Lethal Weapon 4 graced movie screens, which certainly is less than the 16 years between Rocky sequels and the 17 years between Indiana Jones movies, if that helps.
The plot is rumored to revolve around Martin Riggs who is finally about to retire from the force. However, one case not only delays his retirement, but causes him to pull his former partner Roger Murtaugh out of retirement to solve it.
Mel Gibson has been keeping a low-on-screen profile since his 2006 arrest for drunk driving–and the anti-semtic tirade that followed it. His last role was a bit part in 2004′s Paparazzi. Danny Glover however, has been a little more active. He appeared this year in the Michel Gondry film, Be Kind Rewind. Both are rumored to be interested in returning to the franchise.