Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Baz the Great

A new international trailer for Baz Luhrmann's film "Australia" debuted today! Baz is one of the absolute best directors working, and since his Alexander the Great project fell through (thanks, Oliver Stone), he hasn't made a movie since he reinvented the musical in 2001 with Moulin Rouge! 

The trailer looks amazing - the only thing that could have made this movie better is if Heath Ledger had stayed attached to it (he dropped out to play The Joker in "The Dark Knight"). You can already tell the soundtrack is phenomenal, and couple that with Baz's gift for creating stunning images and I think we have some Oscar bait. You heard it here first.

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When bad things happen to bad people

The saga of the joke that is "Valkyrie" continues. Supposedly having a summer 2008 release date, the Tom Cruise thriller which revolves around an attempted assassination of Hitler has been pushed back three times which is always a bad sign. Now, they are shooting more scenes for it. Obviously, it has been testing horribly. However, Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart has posted the following comment on his blog: 

Although the film has yet to be completed, several people I trust have seen "Valkyrie" and testify that it's a superb thriller. "Bryan Singer is back in form," says one source, referring to the "Valkyrie" director whose last film was "Superman Returns."

I wonder how much Tom paid them to say that. Let me give away the ending - their plan fails.

This could be amazing...

So Ridley Scott ("Gladiator," "American Gangster"), one of the best directors in the game, just announced today that he is going to return to sci-fi. Here is what he posted:

"I waited for a book for 20 years and I have got the book. I am not going to tell you what the book is but that film is going to probably be written within the next month. That will definitely be what I do next after Nottingham, the Robin Hood film that I am doing now in England."

I really hope that the book he's talking about is "Ender's Game." The time period fits, right? Ender's Game was published in 1985, twenty three years ago. Several movie version of the popular sci-fi novel have been tried and failed, most notably and recently by Wolfgang Peterson ("Troy").

I bet Ridley can get it done.