Kevin James as the Babe? That’s what Harvey Weinstein is hoping will put butts in the seat next year, as Miramax’s new family film label puts Slugger into production next month in Toronto. Slugger will focus on a troubled kid named Chris Shaughnessy finds his interest in baseball renewed when he begins to be visited by the ghost of Babe Ruth.
Desperate for another Legally Blonde, MGM is bringing their popstar comedy I Want Kandee back out of the mothballs and putting it on the fast track for next summer by aiming for a mid-July shoot.
The call went out yesterday for the following roles to join Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in the mysterious new possibly sci-fi film which may be called The Last Man:
Let’s get this out of the way first: Tim Burton’s “Batman” was a groundbreaking superhero film. For about fifteen minutes. Watching it now, a scant 12 years later, the film plays like a Hanna-Barbera cartoon, sans punch lines. Garish colors, clumsy characterizations, plodding plotlines, and over-the-top performances by everything that breathes leaves Batman with a very different legacy. Burton officially mastered the formula for contemporary shitty superhero movies.
While Ridley Scott and Oliver Stone and maybe Martin Scorsese or Christopher McQuarrie or someone else duke it out over who’s going to get all David Lean on the big screen, Mel Gibson is taking a cue from fellow producer/thespian Tom Hanks and taking his show to HBO. The fearless leader from Macedon is getting the Band Of Brothers treatment, with a lavish ten hour miniseries written by David Frankel, Jason Horwitch and Kirk Ellis.