Tag: Zodiac

Raimi & Spidey part company; Hanks to direct again with Roberts in tow; history repeats on “Thor”; an auteur departs; ASC, WGA, and ACE noms; Nikki Finke makes a friend


My highly esteemed colleague Will Harris has been right on top of  the huge small screen stories that seem to be breaking right and left at the TCA conference this week. Still, it’s not like there hasn’t been any news in movieland. It’s almost hard to know where to start.

* The Hollywood Reporter as well as Nikki Finke and new stablemate Mike Fleming (more on that below) are carrying the news that, in the wake of ongoing script problems, the kibosh has been put on Sam Raimi’s “Spiderman IV” with Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst and a 2012 reboot, written by James Vanderbilt (“Zodiac“) announced. The new film will feature a once-again teenage Peter Parker, so Taylor Lautner is no doubt already in touch with his agent.

THR says the script problems had something to do with a disagreement over supervillains between Raimi and Sony and/or Marvel Studios. Finke also notes that the fourth installment would probably not have been in 3-D and it seems reasonable that that might have been a factor, given the current mania for the process.

* In another apparent scoop for new Deadline team member Mike Fleming, Tom Hanks is returning as a writer-director for the second time since making his 1996 charmer, “That Thing You Do!” A comedy, “Larry Crowne” will reteam him with his “Charlie Wilson’s War” co-star, Julia Roberts. Like “Up in the Air,” according to Fleming it’s somewhat topical in that’s it’s about a middle-aged guy forced to reinvent his career at a time when past generations where just starting to settle down.

While he’s at it, Fleming also has the word on Shia LaBeouf not going agentless after all and signing with CAA. Agents around the world can all breathe easier now.

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When David met Aaron?

Like Cinematical, some blogs and movie sites couldn’t get over news, yesterday, of a possible teaming between onetime master-of-mayhem David Fincher and former TV walk-and-talk specialist megawriter Aaron Sorkin, creator of “The West Wing,” “Sports Night,” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” (which I liked, anyway). The subject: the creation of Facebook.

From a Sorkin standpoint, this actually makes sense. Every thing he’s ever written is about people working on hugely important tasks with a dedication that goes well beyond mere workaholism. From a Fincher standpoint, while the line between dedication and lunacy was the main topic of his cinephile cause celebreZodiac,” let’s just say it’s more of a stretch. And there’s nothing wrong with stretching.

For example, while “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” was largely a romance, why couldn’t past Fincher products be reworked to include a bit less slaughter and bit more steam?

And how will Fincher outdo ace TV director Thomas Schlamme’s approach to Sorkin’s signature walk-and-talks?

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