The Slate: Wolverine vs. American Jesus

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  • Is anybody interested in writing a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Simon Beaufoy isn’t. The Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire scribe was no sooner mooted by Ain’t It Cool News when he politely rebuffed the suggestion. Then Fox announced there weren’t even any plans for a W2, although we’re sure Hugh Jackman wouldn’t want this cash-cow turned into hamburger just yet. Based on all the homo-eroticism going on in the trailers and TV spots, we’re wondering if maybe they should just remake Boys in the Band but with more spandex and ninjas. ( Entertainment Weekly)
  • James Mangold has a movie. Now he just needs Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz to star in it. The Walk the Line director has signed up to helm an untitled romantic comedy about a woman whose enigmatic blind date leads her on an unexpected adventure. The film was originally tailored for recluse Chris Tucker and extrovert Eva Mendes. Now some script re-tooling is going on and money is being waved in front of the toothsome twosome. Can Cruise do enigmatic? Will Cameron Diaz dance in her underwear? We can but dream. (Variety)
  • Uma Thurman is going back to her Greek roots, sorta. Having made her big screen debut as Venus in Baron Munchausen, she’ll be playing the real deal in Chris ColumbusPercy Jackson. Actually, she’ll be playing Medusa. The fantasy film follows Poseidon’s son (Logan Lerman) as looks for Zeus’ lost lightning bolt in contemporary America. Pierce Brosnan will play a centaur. He’s not going back to his roots. He just has no shame. (Variety)
  • Orlando Bloom is headed south. He’s going to play a cop in a small-town whose ordinary lives are ruffled by an extraordinary stranger in Main Street. The film is the last screenplay of Horton Foote, who died earlier in the mouth. The role of local cocksman will be played by Andrew McCarthy (Weekend at Bernie’s). Other townsfolk will be played by Patricia Clarkson, Ellen Burstyn and Colin Firth, with Tony-winner John Doyle (Sweeney Todd) directing. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Director Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake) had such a wonderful time turning the excitable Mark Millar‘s graphic novel Kick-Ass into a movie, he wants to do it again. Vaughn and Millar are talking about bringing the American Jesuscomics into theatres. The story centers on Jesus (a plum part for Joaquin Phoenix, we think) returning to earth to battle the Antichrist (Howie Mandel) in modern times. Previously, this film was known as Rocky IV. (Hollywood Reporter)
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