Extras! Jamie Foxx’s Electro has mommy issues, Hans Zimmer replaces Jack White as Lone Ranger composer, Samuel L Jackson can go fly a Kite in JHB, Michael Finch goes to hell, Django lives and Vin Diesel wants to know who loves ya, baby? Plus much more!

Welcome to The Extras! A daily dose of all the smaller movie related news, clips and just plain cool stuff that you might have missed!

Judging by all the money it made, I’m pretty sure that a whole bunch of you probably checked out The Hobbit this weekend past. And if you felt a bit of a nostalgia for seeing Elijah Wood’s cameo as Frodo Baggins, well then this is going to slice that nostalgia right off. Wood’s newest film is going to be a remake of the 70’s slasher film Maniac and French film site Premiere has unveiled a four-minute behind-the-scenes video for the film, that features interviews with the cast and crew as well a look at the special rigs worn by Wood to achieve the film’s POV look.

Just a warning, this featurette, just like the movie, features some gore and nudity so it’s definitely NSFW.

Jamie Foxx is clearly not a graduate from the JJ Abrams/Chris Nolan School of Shutting the Hell Up. The Acadamy nominated actor, who was recently confirmed as the villain Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, spilled the beans about his character’s origins, motivations and even costume design.

“It won’t be green and yellow. It will be a different colour. [The producers] want something for the future. They want to have it more grounded and not as comic book-y, so it won’t be green and yellow. They want to try new things, like a liquid rubber and things like that, and there are all these bolts and stuff in my arms when they are hanging me upside down… How did he become this way? So, it will be some new stuff.”

“What you’ll see is that, for his whole life, no one is talking to him. People have stolen his ideas at the big company. He’s a nobody. At a certain point, Spider-Man bumps into him and says, ‘You’re my guy. You’re my ears and eyes on the street.’ Then he says his name [Max Dillon], and no one has ever said Dillon’s name. He goes, ‘Wow!’ and, when Spider-Man leaves, he sort of thinks ‘I am Spider-Man’s partner!’. He’s cutting out Spider-Man’s face and pasting it on all his boards… [Then] everything goes bad with his mom. She doesn’t remember his birthday. He has something tragic happen and, when it turns on, he lights it up.”

His mom forgets his birthday? Lamest. Villain origin. Ever.

With the confirmation that Jason Segel won’t be returning for The Muppets sequel, it looks like English funnyman Ricky Gervais may just be taking his place as the new lead. Mum’s the word on the specifics of Gervais’ role, but he will be joined by Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell, who it was recently reported will be replacing Christoph Waltz in the role of a villainous Interpol agent.

We’ve seen plenty of posters released thus far for Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables, but none have achieved the brutal efficient honesty of this effort by I-Am-Bored.com.

Magnifico!

Quentin Tarantino might be on his way to making the name Django (“the D is silent”) famous again in Hollywood, but his film, Django Unchained, is not the first to sport that moniker. The original Django was a 1966 hit starring Franco Nero (with a sequel in 1987), which prompted many westerns to have characters with the same name so as to feign a connection. Tarantino obviously named his film as a homage to the original, and even had Nero do a cameo, but in a ironic twist, due to interest in Tarantino’s film, a new sequel to the original is being planned with Nero poised to reprise his role.

Titled Django Lives!, the film would have “former gunslinger Django, in his twilight years, ending up as a silent-movie consultant in 1915 Hollywood and meeting an aspiring filmmaker with whom he reluctantly goes into business. When the filmmaker gets killed by racketeers, the young man’s gambling debts are considered transferred to Django, who must now flee for safety to a small rural community. But that town’s sharply divided inhabitants have their own problems, and Django becomes embroiled in a bloody conflict immediately upon arrival.”

That could actually be a pretty cool movie. Sounds very Elmore Leonard-ish.

Professional bald badass Vin Diesel will produce and star in a feature film remake of 1970’s TV crime drama show Kojak. The original series starred the proto-bald baddas Telly Savalas as NYPD Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak, who had a thing for eating lollipops and asking babies who loved them. Long time James Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (who just turned in their fifth and final 007 script with Skyfall) will be penning the screenplay.

THR reports that Hellified, a project that’s been stuck in developmental…erm… hell, for some time now, is finally moving ahead. Paramount has tapped Predators co-writer Michael Finch to pen a new draft of the 2009 screenplay that will see a strike force comprised of prisoners and criminals sent to Hell itself to prevent Armageddon right at its source. Now if that ain’t ambitious, then I just don’t know what is!

Red Dawn remake director Dan Bradley was attached at one point and envisioned it as a CGI heavy action fest, but since his departure, the scope of the hellish landscape has been dialled down considerably due to budget constraints. I hear the entire world of damned will now simply be represented as non-moving post office queue while the score will consist entirely of Telkom hold-music.

The Hobbit is sure to be popping up for a couple of technical awards, so with that in mind (and because New Line has some contract to ensure they release absolutely every piece of footage they have on the film before it’s even off the circuit) here’s a new featurette that takes a look at the film’s visual effects.

Samuel L Jackson will be hitting our shores soon as he has been cast in a director David R. Ellis’ (Shark Night 3D) live action version of popular anime Kite, as the actor revealed to Movies.com:

“I’ll be doing a live-action version of that in Johannesburg.”

Released in 1998, director Yasuomi Umetsu’s hyper violent and sexualized anime OVA told the tale of Sawa, a sexually abused orphan girl who becomes an assassin.

Now I’m just guessing here, but I’m pretty sure that Jackson will not be playing Sawa. Also no word yet on why South Africa was chosen for the setting.

Normally when you have a high profile musician like Jack White composing the music for your film, who then suddenly drops out due to scheduling conflicts, you go into panic mode. Not so for director Gore Verbinski and his Lone Ranger film. No, he simply gets his old buddy Hans Zimmer to step in and start doing the score.

Jack White dropping out to be replaced by Hans Zimmer is what I call failing upwards.

Looks like James Franco is done monkeying around, as it doesn’t look he’ll be returning for Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

“I was going to be a small part of the next one. There was a moment when Rupert Wyatt was going to direct the second one. A lot of the human characters that were in the first movie were dead in the sequel that Rupert was going to direct. But there was one scene, between Caesar and my character, maybe even just like on a video that was left behind, but then a lot of things happened, like [former Fox co-chairman] Tom Rothman who was a big part of the first movie, left. Now Rupert’s not a part of it so I don’t know. My guess is I won’t be in it. Nobody’s talked to me since Rupert left.”

Cloverfield and Let Me In director Matt Reeves will be taking over from Wyatt, and he might still have a role for Franco. That is until he remember’s Franco hosting the 2011 Academy Awards.

And we end today on a piece of classic movie magic as Stan Winston studios have released this new video showing how they went about creating the infamous T-Rex from Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. It’s a testament to the amazing work that they did that the FX of that film, released all the way back in 1993, still holds up today.

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