DAILIES: ‘The King’s Speech’ Director Passed On ‘Iron Man 3,’ ‘Bodyguard’ Remake On The Way

What does “The King’s Speech” have in common with the “Iron Man” franchise? More than you’d think, as it turns out!

Even though Shane Black is closing in on the director’s chair for “Iron Man 3,” a new report suggests that the job was almost Tom Hooper’s. The award-winning director of “The King’s Speech” reportedly turned down an offer to helm the superhero threequel, and is said to be considering an adaptation of “Les Miserables” as a future project instead.

Hooper’s brush with “Iron Man” is certainly curious, to say the least, and there are other equally compelling news stories out there in the ether today. After the jump, we have new details on “Prometheus,” “Wrath of the Titans” and more!

Opening “Prometheus”
Slowly but surely, details are surfacing regarding the plot of Ridley Scott’s secretive “Prometheus.” We already told you that the film has a connection to the “Alien” series despite earlier reports, and now, Bleeding Cool is taking things a step further: according to an unnamed source, “Prometheus” heavily features the aliens we’ve come to know and fear, though they’ll appear in a different form than we’re used to.

“Wrath” Of The 3-D Conversion
Clash of the Titans” suffered no small amount of backlash for its poorly-received 3-D post-conversion, and now its developing sequel is facing a similar position. Director Jonathan Liebesman tells Collider that “Wrath of the Titans” won’t shoot in 3-D, but he’ll have stereographic advisors on set with the intention of creating a smoother 3-D conversion process. We’re hoping that it works out well, but we’re… skeptical, to put it mildly.

“Bodyguard” For Hire
It was bound to happen eventually: a remake of “The Bodyguard” is on the way. Deadline reports that an updated take on the Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston classic is currently at the script stage, with writers Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer officially on board. No casting announcements yet, so start those Lady Gaga write-in campaigns now!

“Hansel & Gretel” Meet Their Match
Famke Janssen has already joined Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in the cast of “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” and now another villain has joined the fray: Peter Stormare, the brilliant character actor from films like “Fargo” and “Constantine,” has signed onto the film as crooked lawman Berringer, according to Deadline. Yes, this is awesome news, in case you weren’t sure.

Still waiting for that “24” movie? Gonna have to wait a little bit longer. Kiefer Sutherland is already tied up with the starring role on the developing Fox series “Touch,” and now, in an interview with TV Squad, producer Howard Gordon says: “The ’24’ movie is on hold for now, although conversations are ongoing. Beyond that, there is no news.” I wouldn’t sweat it too badly — even if the movie is “on hold,” we all know that nothing keeps Jack Bauer down for long.

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