“Red Dawn,” which completed filming quite a while ago, will now feature North Korean bad guys instead of Chinese villains, according to the Los Angeles Times. The report states that MGM made its decision so as to avoid issues with foreign distribution in the all-important Chinese market. The plan is to digitally replace Chinese flags and military symbols and altering dialogue to now refer to North Korea.
There’s more news out there in movie land, so click on after the jump to find out about Tom Hanks’ latest flick, what Matt Reeves has to say about “Cloverfield 2” and whether or not Johnny Knoxville is really in “The Three Stooges” remake after all.
Tom Hanks To Face Somali Pirates
Tom Hanks has been tapped by Sony Pictures to star in their adaptation of the true story of Captain Richard Phillips, the lead of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama who was taken hostage by Somali pirates to save the life of his crew. The most recent draft of the film was written by “The Hunger Games” scribe Billy Ray.
J.J. Abrams Back For “Cloverfield 2″
When Total Film caught up with “Cloverfield” director Matt Reeves, they found out two important tidbits of information about the upcoming monster flick: J.J. Abrams is “very much involved” and the script hasn’t been written yet. “We have a lot of affection for the original and the sequel can’t just be the same thing. But that is tricky when you need to have a monster destroying stuff once again,” he said.
Sam Worthington Becomes A Surfer Dude
Sam Worthington is taking some time off from saving aliens, battling robots and clashing with titans to spend some time on the waves. Variety reports that Worthington is starring in the Aussie flick “Drift” next, a drama centered around the surfing world.
Johnny Knoxville Not In “Three Stooges” Remake
Despite the almost pitch-perfect casting it would have been had Johnny Knoxville actually landed the role of Moe in the upcoming “Three Stooges” remake, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that no offer was actually made to the “Jackass” star to be in the movie. Instead, he’ll probably be starring in a film called “First Man” next about a man whose wife is running for president.
“Daredevil” Gets The “Twilight” Treatment
Splash Page reports that David Slade is Fox’s choice to direct their upcoming sequel to “Daredevil,” the Marvel Comics property they’ve held onto since 2003’s poorly-received Ben Affleck-starring adaptation. So far no writer has been hired for the film, but whoever they are is expected to work closely with Slade on developing the project.
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