24 Movie Inches Forward, and 5 Other Stories You'll Be Talking About Today
Happy Tuesday! Also in today's edition of The Broadsheet: Benicio del Toro scratched from Star Trek 2... Danny Elfman scratched from Hunger Games... John Waters mentions Almodóvar and Justin Bieber in the same breath... Great moments in trade reporting, vol. MMCLXXII... and more.
· This isn't what I'd call "news" so much as an update for both 24 devotees and those who are learning sustainable farming to flee the culture that made a 24 movie possible: A script is coming by year's end, with shooting expected to commence in the spring. That really is pretty much it, but now you know. [Deadline]
· The agent/studio-generated hype about Benicio del Toro closing in on Star Trek 2 proved to be precisely that: The actor will not star as the villain in J.J. Abrams's sequel, which is fine since that makes him all the more likely to join Martin Scorsese's next project: Silence, co-starring Daniel Day-Lewis. [Vulture]
· Danny Elfman is out, James Newton Howard is in as the composer for The Hunger Games; T Bone Burnett remains linked to contribute as well. [Variety]
· The only year-end Top-10 list that matters has long belonged to John Waters, and here's why: Justin Bieber: Never Say Never shares the top three with The Skin I Live In and Mildred Pierce, while Waters explains away his inclusion of The Tree of LIfe: "You'd think I'd hate this film, and I almost did--until I realized it's the best New Age, heterosexual, Christian movie of the year." It's all downhill from here. [ArtForum]
· There is no clap slow enough to adequately laud the genius of this lede today in Variety: "After helping bring Harry Potter and Kevin McCallister to life, Chris Columbus is looking to put another famous kid up on the big screen: Jesus Christ." [Variety]