On the Road Adaptation Rolling -- Again
Francis Ford Coppola and Gus Van Sant have both tried and failed to get Jack Kerouac’s epic beat novel to the screen, but Motorcycle Diaries director Walter Salles is set to start shooting this summer, with Kristen Stewart cast as Dean Moriarty’s wife, Marylou.
Verdict: In between Twilight photo shoots for Teen People, Stewart is stocking up serious indie cred with movies like Adventureland, The Runaways, and Welcome to the Rileys. On the Road is famously unfilmable, and might not even be that interesting when it is, but hey, nice to see that she’s not just doing superhero movies and romantic comedies.
Whiplash’s Next Piece of Hardware? A ’62 Ironhead Sportster
Rourke is in talks to team up with director Tony Scott for a movie based on the memoir of Sonny Barger, the head of the Oakland Hells Angels who turned the club into a national criminal organization (and who was in charge of “security” at Altamont).
Verdict: I can’t think of anyone better than Rourke to take on the role of Barger; he’s got the broken face and road miles to fit the bill perfectly. And it could be a fascinating story. But according to Deadline Hollywood, the story’s being recast as a “Donnie Brasco-style drama” with a young cop trying to infiltrate the club. Rumored young cop? Shia LaBeouf. Yeah. I’m gonna pass.
Apple Forces Ellen to Apologize for iPhone Gag
Ellen DeGeneres recently filmed a spoof iPhone ad where she fumbled with the onscreen keyboard and called up the wrong apps. The next day she apologized, saying Apple thought she’d made the phone look bad: “I am sorry if I made it look like the iPhone is hard to use. . . . So everybody at Apple -- Steve Jobs, Mr. Macintosh -- I apologize.”
Verdict: Lighten up, Francis. When someone gets this touchy about a joke, even one as lame as this, chances are it hits a little too close to home. Is it true? Is the iPhone -- gulp -- not perfect? Kudos, by the way, to Ellen for standing up for her right to make jokes.
“Take Your Filthy Paws off Me, You Damned Dirty Movie Executives!”
Yesterday FOX announced that its Planet of the Apes prequel will open in June 2011. Set in modern San Francisco, where genetic tampering leads to a race of supermonkeys, the movie will use digital effects from Peter Jackson’s WETA Digital instead of costumes.
Verdict: There have already been six movies, a TV series, and a cartoon, and Tim Burton’s 2001 stab at a reboot rightfully bombed. Does anyone really need any more Planet of the Apes?