Spider-Man: The Musical?
U2's Bono and the Edge are working on music for a Spider-Man show that is supposed to hit Broadway in 2009, which is on schedule to be the most expensive in history, with a projected budget of $40 million. (Even if that number drops to $35 million, a source told Monsters and Critics it'd take 8,000 years to break even.)
Verdict: This just sounds awful on its face. But director Julie Taymor is the woman who turned The Lion King into a huge success, and that sounded terrible, too. Still...
Shatner May Not Be in Star Trek, but He Is in Fanboys
Cinema Blend recently posted a new trailer for Fanboys, a comedy about three Star Wars-obsessed geeks who try to break into George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch. And even though James Tiberius Kirk has famously been left out of J.J. Abrams's update of the Star Trek franchise, you'll find him here, along with Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, and the guy who played Darth Maul, sans the makeup. Come on, Mark Hamill was too pricey?
Verdict: When comedies get this self-consciously tongue in cheek, it's easy to cross the line into annoying. But this does look funny.
Sam Raimi Talks Spidey 4
After rumors that the Spider-Man franchise would be moving on without director Raimi and star Tobey Maguire, both have officially signed on for the next installment. Kirsten Dunst still hasn't been confirmed, though. The script hasn't even been started, but who's Peter Parker's next nemesis? Raimi wouldn't commit, but told MTV "I think one day the Lizard's story will be told."
Verdict: The Spider-Man series ain't what it used to be, but the Lizard is a classic character, and Dylan Baker, who plays Lizard alter ego Curt Connors, is a great actor. Call me optimistic.
Spielberg's Tintin Is a Go!
Money problems have plagued Tintin, the long-awaited adaptation of the classic comic strip, but according to Variety, a new deal between Paramount, Sony, Spielberg (who'll direct the first film), and Peter Jackson (who'll direct the second) appears to have the movie back on track for a 2010 release.
Verdict: Yes, Hollywood's messed up more than a few adaptations of beloved source material. But I really, really want this to be good.
No Evil Dead 4 ... Yet
At Comic-Con, Sam Raimi announced that he'd be returning to his groundbreaking horror series, Evil Dead. Three months later, it's back on Raimi's wish list, behind Drag Me To Hell, a horror film coming out in 2009, and two more Spider-Man films.
Verdict: Evil Dead 2 is right up there with my very favorite movies, but seeing Bruce Campbell do it again plus twenty years (not to mention a few pounds) would just make me feel old. Let's hope this one gets lost in the flurry.