The Twilight actor will star in Tatua based on an original script. Also in Tuesday's round-up of film news, John August is eyeing an adaptation of Wonder. Ang Lee is set for a Sound Editors fete and more.
Twilight's Kellan Lutz to Star in Tatua
The Twilight Saga's buffets vampire has signed on to star in indie genre film Tatua, based on an original concept. The story revolves around a man with a rare blood type that can handle being tattooed with a powerful ink that allows him to pull weapons straight off his skin allowing him to be an effective covert assassin, Deadline reports.
John August Eyes Wonder Adaptation
Lionsgate is in final negotiations to pick up rights to R.J. Palacio's debut novel Wonder and is in talks with Frankenweenie writer John August to adapt the pre-teen story about a 10 year-old boy whose facial deformity prevents him from attending a mainstream school. The story explores the theme of bullying and told from multiple points of view, Variety reports.
Ang Lee to be Honored by Sound Editors
The Life of Pi filmmaker will receive the 2013 Filmmaker Award from the Motion Picture Sound Editors at the group's 60th MPSE Golden Reel Awards on February 17th in Los Angeles. Lee won an Oscar for Best Director in 2006 for Brokeback Mountain, THR reports.
Larry Hagman Remembered Privately
Two private services will take place in Dallas and L.A. for the actor best known for playing J.R. Ewing in Dallas. He played the scheming oil tycoon on the popular television series beginning in 1978 through the '80s. He took up the character in a Dallas reboot 20 years later. His film roles include Fail-Safe, Nixon and Primary Colors, BBC reports.
R.I.P. Marty Richards
The producer and philanthropist died at 80. His Broadway credits include Chicago, Sweeney Todd, La Cage aux Folles, and Crimes of the Heart. His film credits include Chicago, The Boys From Brazil, Fort Apache, The Bronx, and the Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, Deadline reports.
The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival gets underway tomorrow, with all its promise of discovery, community... and totally random juries. The festival has announced its full list of luminaries who'll judge this year's competition slates — no doubt the only place where you'll find a collaboration between Kim Cattrall and Michael Moore, or see Whoopi Goldberg sharing a jury panel with Kellan Lutz, or the guy who discovered Justin Bieber possibly breaking a tie between Brett Ratner and Susan Sarandon. Like, huh? Check out the full spectrum of jurors (headed by jury president Irwin Winkler) after the jump.
As Cullen family ringleader Carlisle, Peter Facinelli has faced off with the Volturi, rallied his clan to keep Bella and Edward safe and, in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1, walks a tightrope trying to keep Bella unharmed during her unexpected pregnancy. Facinelli talked with Movieline about working with writer/director Bill Condon and Stephenie Meyer on the final two films and the daunting task of shooting them -- at the junket for the film earlier in the day, Facinelli was still marveling at the screenplay's heft.
Every director who's gone through the whirlwind circus that is filming and releasing a Twilight movie eventually gets to relax and breathe a sigh of relief, but Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Dreamgirls) still has miles and miles to go. Fans and critics will finally see what the Oscar-winner brings to the YA vampire franchise when The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 hits theaters Nov. 18, but if they find themselves displeased with his treatment of Stephenie Meyer's beloved novel, it could be a tough year's wait until Condon's simultaneously-shot series ender (Breaking Dawn - Part 2) concludes the series next fall.
Kellan Lutz revealed that his buddy Robert Pattinson has casually discussed the prospect of becoming a fashion designer. Now that's exciting: Who wouldn't want to buy a scarf or puka shell necklace from the label Vampy Pattz or Cullen's Collective or whatever? I'm in. And better yet, I'm helping R-Pattz on the way to his goal of becoming the next Christian Dior/Jon Gosselin. Here are ten fashionable items he should hawk.