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|selected from Starburst #259|
Raimi Swings In
Even those with the most tingly spider-sense couldnt have foreseen Sam Raimis dramatic entrance into the scramble to direct the long-awaited movie version of Spider-Man. He's a popular, non-controversial choice but, on the face of it, almost ideal. With Raimi all but sitting in the Spider-Man directors chair, thoughts are turning to casting.
names (with varying degrees of believability) being tipped to play Peter Parker
So, what next for two of the Spider-Man also-rans? With the about-turn on the webslinger, David Fincher is set to film Passengers, a kind of Fight Club meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers based on a novel by Robert Silverberg. In the story, non-corporeal aliens take over the bodies of humans for three-day joy rides of sex, violence and thrills. If there are any Jan De Bont fans left, dont fret, his next project is likely to be Dust, an apocalyptic disaster movie based on a novel by Charles Pelligrino the scientist whose cloning theories are said to have inspired Michael Crichtons Jurassic Park. The plot concerns clouds of dust that wipe out whole towns and may signify a worldwide extinction cycle.
Matrix Goes Animé?
Any Matrix fans who were expecting at least one of the two new films to fill in more of the backstory were undoubtedly surprised to hear that the new productions are both sequels. However, producer Joel Silver revealed recently that an animated prequel is possible. This could detail the story of what happened between 1999 and the events in the first film. Given that the Wachowski brothers are self-confessed admirers of Japanese animation, notably Akira, expect any such film to follow that style.
Princess of Darkness
Harold Ramiss wild, broad re-make of the devilish 1960s comedy Bedazzled (see last issues news) will now star Elizabeth Hurley as well as the previously announced Brendan Fraser in Peter Cook and Dudley Moores old roles. Yes, you read that correctly, Hurley (of Austin Powers fame), will portray the Devil (as brought to life by Cook in the 1967 Stanley Donen movie).
Ramis told the Toronto Sun, I thought it was a good image for the turn of the century, what with the empowerment of women. It was actually my wifes idea. She said, Could the Devil be a woman? And I thought it makes total sense. Its an oddly romantic role. A lot of powerful women wanted to play the Devil.
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