News from the Rumor Mill: New Sci-fi Project for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, The Walking Dead Fires Writing Staff

1 Dec
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Signs on for Upcoming “Looper”

I am pleased to offer you two tidings of great joy, in addition to The Dark Knight Rises tidings that Pac brought you earlier, to start your December. The first of which is that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be returning to the science fiction scene in what sounds like a very interesting and complex film, helmed by Rian Johnson (The Brothers Bloom, Brick), called Looper. The film is about a group of time-traveling hitmen who send their targets back in time and assassinate them in the past to cover their tracks. It is a foolproof system, until something obviously goes wrong.

The cast is already chock-full of stars in addition to Gordon-Levitt. Also rumored to be attached to the project are Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and Paul Dano. For those of you that haven’t seen Brick or The Brothers Bloom, I strongly encourage you to do so. They are both great films and Johnson is a very versatile director who I look forward to seeing take on the science fiction genre.

The Walking Dead Fires Writing Staff

I like to think my little voice in the film world is heard, but I know it largely goes unnoticed. However, the day after I denounced the writing on The Walking Dead, they fired their writing staff. Coincidence? Probably.

Frank Darabont, the director, wrote the first two episodes, which were arguably the best, and then handed two of the last four off to Robert Kirkman, the author of the comics. So, essentially he didn’t even use the staff he had. Darabont and AMC are now looking for freelance writers to take on the 13 episodes that have been bought for its second season, slated to come out sometime next October.

I think this is a much better idea than sticking with the writing that they have had. While I love the concept of a zombie apocalypse show, it needs a fresh perspective away from the typical zombie movie and it needs more consistency and character development. Hopefully, this new set of pens can bring the life back that it had in its pilot episode.

Nicolas Cage: Hobo

Nicholas Cage Promises Mind Blowing Ghost Rider Sequel

Unfortunately, I must end with this lump of coal. Nicolas Cage, just like that acquaintance in your group of friends that is always around, but no one knows who invited them, reminded us that despite the conclusive failure of the first Ghost Rider film and your firm belief that you only thought it was in your nightmares that you heard that there was a sequel coming out, is in fact reprising the role in a sequel.

But, wait, Nic Cage is about to blow your mind….it’s not a sequel. It is a reboot disguised as a sequel.

Nic Cage himself broke away from the corner of the street, where he begs for roles, to say this about the project:

“I’m very excited about what we’re getting up to with Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, they are very original in terms of their film making. Mark is doing things I’ve never seen a director do before — filming on roller blades, hanging on wires — it’s like a stunt man, camera operator and director all in one. Brian Taylor is really so knowledgeable about film. In the same conversation, in the same sentence even, I can talk about Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom and then go into Ishirô Honda’s The War of the Gargantuas. He’s the reason why I’m playing the Ghost Rider as well. He really was an advocate of that, and inspired me to take that on. As a result of that we’re getting into some really abstract stuff that I think will mess with people’s minds. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Wow, Nic. Wire work? For real? I don’t think anyone has ever done that before…..He has yet to say anything that might actually intrigue me in seeing this film.

You know what blows my mind? The fact that this movie is getting made in the first place.

What are your thoughts? Are you excited for Looper? Will the Walking Dead benefit from new writers? Are you equally confused as I am why Nicolas Cage keeps getting work?

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2 Responses to “News from the Rumor Mill: New Sci-fi Project for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, The Walking Dead Fires Writing Staff”

  1. Jeremy Petersen December 1, 2010 at 6:12 pm #

    WRT Walking Dead, I wonder how many of the issues are related to the source material. I haven’t read it–and probably won’t–but maybe the writers are trying to stick to that story arc. I do think this episode was a little better than some of the last, though I couldn’t quite get why their only two choices were chasing the CDC and going to some Army fort 100 miles away. And how did they ever repair the hose to the RV? That got totally glossed over with them leaving the guy by the side of the road. I do think the last episode did show a little bit more of a focus on character development, though some of the decisions/actions felt a little bit contrived (i.e. best friend guy pointing a gun at Rick). Maybe the fact that I can’t remember the names of any of these people except for the handless bigot is a bad sign…

    • Chris Petersen December 1, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

      Yeah, I haven’t read the comics either, but I would hope that if it was a little weak, they could get permission take some creative liberties and make it a little bit stronger and fit for a long lasting tv story arc.

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