As the above image shows, production on the third Riddick movies is underway. Vin Diesel shared via his Facebook page three image so far. Unlike the big budget Chronicles, this film is being financed independently with a dollar amount closer to the first film, Pitch Black. This new film finds Riddick abandoned on a planet filled with deadly alien predators while still being chased by bounty hunters. Director David Twohy returns again to the director’s chair shooting a script he wrote based off of his and Diesel’s ideas.
Deadline is reporting that Katherine Heigl is set to star in a new thriller called Face Blind. The indie film has her starring as a psychologist with prosopagnosia, a disorder that impairs face recognition. One of her patient’s stalker turns his attention to her; but her husband begins to think that she’s losing her mind. The film sounds very similar to a 2010 straight to video film Faces in the Crowd starring Milla Jovovich as a woman with the same disorder being hunted by a serial killer. That film currently hold a 35% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
In the swing of Hollwood’s love of remakes comes Dimension Films’ announcement that writer Matt Lieberman has been hired to script the reboot of the Short Circuit franchise. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Hop and Alvin and the Chipmunks director Tim Hill is in charge of bringing back the mechanical hero to the big screen with a family friendly flare. Original producer David Foster is also on board the remake. Bob Weinstein, whose The Weinstein Co. holds the leash of Dimension Films, said, “Dimension has had great success with the Spy Kids family series which grossed over $500 million worldwide. We are looking for Short Circuit to be our next family franchise.”
For those of you not yet born, Short Circuit and its sequel revolved around a war machine that, after receiving a massive dose of electricity, gains sentience and escapes its military creators. Instead of going on a killing rampage, he becomes a peace-nic who must avoid recapture by the army and convince his creator that he is alive.
Listen up, you primitive screwheads. The Evil Dead remake is still chugging away. Variety is reporting that Shiloh Fernandez of Red Riding Hood has been cast as the main male lead. Don’t worry, deadite lovers. He’s not playing Ash, who was originally portrayed by cult favorite Bruce Campbell. Instead, this will be a new character in the same situation. Lily Collins was originally cast as the female lead, but has since dropped out, making Fernandez the only actor currently attached to the project. Original production team of Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Campbell will also have producer credits on the reboot through Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures. Fede Alvarez will be directing based on his own script. The word seems to indicate that this reboot will be more straight forward like the original Evil Dead and not the over-the-top comedy that the sequels Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness incorporated into the franchise. A group of college friends will journey into the woods and find the Book of the Dead and unleash its ancient evil in the original. Alvarez promises a new take on the original story.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Octavia Spencer of The Help is the latest star attached to Korean director’s Bong Joon-Ho(The Host)’s indie sci-fi project Snow Piercer. Spencer joins Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, and Korean actor Kang Ho Song(also of The Host). The film is set in the future where the world is covered in ice after a failed experiment to stop global warming brings upon a killing ice age. The Snow Piercer is a train that constantly travels the globe by use of a perpetual motion engine. Its passengers are the only life left on the planet. A revolution soon brews to take down the class system that has emerged on board.
Variety also has a bit of news about a member of The Help cast joining a sci-fi project. Viola Davis is jumping aboard the adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. She’ll be playing military psychologist in a cast that already includes Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, and Harrison “Indiana Han Ryan Deckard” Ford. The story involves a boy named Andrew ‘Ender’ Wiggin who, along with several other prodegies, are being trained to lead Earth’s space fleet in a war against their alien enemies, the Formic race. Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is directing off of his script.