Spidey recovery —So " Spider-Man 4" is no more. Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Times reported that Sam Raimi (who directed all three films in the $2.5 billion franchise) apparently wasn't comfortable with Sony Pictures' ambitious 2011 release date, so he pulled out of the project. Stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst won't return, either.
Sony then announced that it will start from scratch with a new creative team in what will essentially be a reboot of the franchise, with Peter Parker going back to high school (never mind that that was already covered in Raimi's first Spidey film).
Now, Deadline Hollywood reports that Sony has come up with a wish list of directors to helm the new outing. Among the directors listed are James Cameron, David Fincher, Wes Anderson and Marc Webb. Who?
He's the guy who directed last year's "(500) Days of Summer," a delightful comedy that shook up the way movies look at romance. I think he'd be great, and not just because his last name is Webb (though that's a sign if there ever was one). "Summer" was creative, edgy and smart.
He doesn't exactly have a lengthy resume, though. His previous directing credit was the TV doc "Jesse McCartney: Up Close." Yeesh. But you gotta start somewhere.
Deadline says he's being considered for his "grasp of the way young people think." Well, if Parker is going back to high school, it would be good to have someone who knows the ropes. Er, webs.
Call them ready — MTV's movie geek Adam Rosenberg caught Ivan Reitman (father of "Up in the Air's" Jason Reitman) on the red carpet at the National Board of Review's awards gala this week, and got a confirmation that Reitman will indeed be directing a third " Ghostbusters" film. Because that's what the world needs — more slime.
Original "Ghostbusters" star and writer Harold Ramis revealed weeks ago that a new film was in the works, but speculation was that it would also be a reboot with new characters.
But now it seems the third film will be a reunion of the original cast, with Bill Murray (who just did a hilarious, self-deprecating turn in "Zombieland"), Ramis, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver slated to return.
New theme song, though, please.
"Moon" mission — You might have missed the Sundance Film Festival favorite " Moon" when it was in Wichita briefly last summer, but it's out on DVD this week and is a must-see for sci-fi fans. It's an acting showcase for star Sam Rockwell.
The movie takes place in the near future, when Earth's resources have been depleted and its main energy source is found on the moon, where mining stations are run by Lunar Industries.
Rockwell plays astronaut Sam Bell, who is the sole human on the mining station. His three-year contract is about to be over and he can't wait to get back home.
He's lonely, and a broken satellite makes communication with Earth difficult. His only companion is a robotic computer named "Gerty" (wonderfully voiced by Kevin Spacey).
I don't want to give too much of the plot away, but it's wonderfully trippy. Sam gets injured while doing routine maintenance on a land rover, then wakes up back inside the station — only to find someone else there who looks just like him. Is he being paranoid? Is he losing his mind?
As his health deteriorates, he tries to make sense of it all, and to keep the new "him" from endangering his chance of getting back home.
It's a simple film, really, but an intense one, thanks to Rockwell's engrossing performance (he's almost constantly on screen).
Writer-director Duncan Jones' debut is a fantastic concept with an eerie, atmospheric tone that will settle into your subconscious. It's also beautifully filmed with a haunting score by Clint Mansell.