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Spiderman 4 writer update, G.I Joe marketing push and Cameron Diaz in The Green Hornet

spiderman 2-1Sony has hired a third screenwriter to rewrite Spiderman 4. Gary Ross, responsible for Big, Pleasantville and Seabiscuit, has been brought in to work on the script that already has had James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, David Lindsay-Abaire (Inkheart), taking stabs at creating a winning storyline for the comic book heros’ fourth outing on film. It’s pretty clear that director Sam Raimi will be under a lot of pressure to deliver a film that will please hardcore fans as the backlash of Spiderman 3 is pretty strong and long lasting.

Personally I don’t get that. While Spiderman 3 had its flaws (a few too many characters) I found it to be a solid and very entertaining entry in the overall franchise. If you tell me Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3 and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen are bad films I’m in total agreement, but not Spiderman 3. I just don’t see it that way. As for this fourth entry, it’s pretty clear that there’s a lot of serious writing talent on hand so hopefully director Raimi will knock this entry out of the park in the way he did Spiderman 2. Fans are still wondering what villain will be used to lock horns with Spiderman this time around. 

Paramount has ramped up its marketing push for the August release of G.I Joe as we’re starting to see trailers being shown heavily on television. It’s no secret that the studio is facing a nice sized hurdle with some serious negative buzz running rampant on the internet for the last few months. While this buzz could be unwarranted it’s probably more true than not as many influential and credible sources have written stories documenting problems between director Stephen Sommers and the studio. Let’s face it, the trailers look pretty cheesy and far from story oriented – a one weekend wonder at best. If there is one person I hope walks away unscathed it’s actress Rachel Nichols (P2) who I think is very talented . She plays the role of Scarlett in the film. G.I Joe literally, and probably sadly, flies into theaters August 7.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Cameron Diaz has been offered the female lead opposite Seth Rogen in The Green Hornet, although they don’t confirm exactly what role she will play. My question – does it make a difference? This whole project seems all wrong from the get go. While the film has a competent and interesting director in Michael Gondry (Be Kind, Rewind), is Seth Rogen playing The Green Hornet even plausible? While my only real understanding of the character is based on an appearance on the Batman television show in an episode that aired in the 1960’s, I just don’t get it. What tone will Rogen and Gondry go for? Will it be serious or comedic or a mixture of both. Anyway you slice it the project doesn’t appeal to me. If it’s a spoof I’m not interested at all. If it’s a serious adaptation why is Rogen involved.

For anyone thinking so it is not even in the same universe as Michael “Beetlejuice” Keaton being cast as Batman in 1989. Not by a long shot. Keaton earned his dramatic stripes in the 1988 drama Clean and Sober (he was great and deserved an Oscar nomination) and, like Tom Hanks, can easily transition from comedy to drama. Rogen might be able to do drama but not superhero drama. It’s not just about acting skills; he doesn’t have the look and that’s IMPORTANT! While I congratulate him on the weight loss I’ll never accept him as The Green Hornet so I just don’t understand the thinking behind the whole idea. So while I’m down with Cameron Diaz, I think I’ll pass on the idea of getting excited. For those who are let me know why! Personally I think this was a part tailor made for George Clooney, albeit a decade ago.

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July 11, 2009 - Posted by | And Beyond - Trailers & News | , ,

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