Launched at the recent Berlin Film Festival, David Cronenbergs
new science fiction fantasy returns to the darkly original
universe the cult Canadian director explored in The Fly,
Scanners and Videodrome.
in a near future, eXistenZ depicts a society in which game
designers are worshipped as superstars and players can organically
enter inside the game via a bio-port socket situated at the base
of the spinal column.
Jennifer Jason Leigh plays Allegra Geller whose latest game taps
so deeply into the users fears and desires that it blurs the
boundaries between reality and escapism making her an
assassination target for fanatics. Ive seen the movie, also
starring Jude Law, Ian Holm and Willem Dafoe, and its a
goodie which Cronenberg lovers will absolutely adore.
Coming off the back-to-back hits of The Wedding Singer
and The Waterboy, Adam Sandler has made a deal with
Columbia Pictures for an untitled animated musical featuring a
cartoon character based on himself. Sandler came up with the idea
and personally pitched it to Columbia president Amy Pascal who
wants to move ahead quickly since production will take several
years. Sandler will voice the character himself. But dont
worry, Sandler will be appearing in lots of pictures before then.
Theres Big Daddy with Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing
Amy) for a start on which word is so good it will probably
become one of the Event Movies of this Summer.
Leonardo DiCaprio is
currently in discussion to star in the drama Stanford Prison
Experiment. Based on a real-life experiment at Stanford
University in 1971, the movie concerns a psychology professor who
converts the basement into a make-shift prison and the students
play out the roles of guards and prisoners. The experiment was due
to last a fortnight, but after six days the increasingly violent
behaviour of some of the guinea pigs brought it to a halt. Lee
Tamahori (The Edge) is currently pencilled-in to direct
this fascinating premise.
Hong Kong superstar Jackie
Chan, last seen in the box office smash Rush Hour will
make Shanghai Noon his next priority. Chan came up with
the concept about a Chinese man who travels to the 19th Century
Wild West to rescue a kidnapped princess. After teaming up with a
train robber, the unlikely duo take on a Chinese traitor and his
corrupt boss. Hmm! Sounds familiar
Commercials director Tony
Dey makes his feature début with the Disney action