Two Dueling "Excalibur" Movies in the Works, One from Guy Ritchie 


Back in August of last year, we reported that director Bryan Singer has left the planned remake of John Boorman's 1981 film, "Excalibur." The helmer is instead focusing on "X-Men: First Class" and a big-screen version of "Battlestar Galactica." Singer is also working on prepping his "Jack and the Beanstalk" movie called "Jack the Giant Killer."

While the "Excalibur" remake is not dead yet, Warner Bros., the studio attached to the Boorman remake, is putting a competing production of "Excalibur" into development. According to our friends at Pajiba.com, this one's not a remake but a big-screen adaptation of Warren Ellis' "Excalibur" treatment.

And guess who's angling to direct? No other than Guy Ritchie, Madonna's ex and the guy who gave us the recent "Sherlock Holmes" flick also from WB not to mention "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch."

So what's the big difference between the two "Excalibur" films you ask? After all, it's still going to be about a magical sword and an enchanted wizard giving his blessing to the Chosen One, King Arthur, right?

Pajiba clarified that:

While Singer’s version is closer to a remake of the Boorman film, Ritchie’s possible take is more in the tone of Star Wars, and, as Ellis noted last year, his version “differs from the prior 751 King Arthur movies in many ways, but perhaps most obviously in that it is very specifically about the gathering of the Knights.”


Star Wars? Really? So there will be lots of knights forming solidarity against the evil empire! So Obi Wan will be Merlin, Han Solo will be Arthur, Princess Leia will be Guinevere, and Luke Skywalker will be Lancelot. But since this is a medieval tale, I don't think we'll see robots in the vein of R2D2 and C3PO :happy

To read more on this dueling "Excalibur" films, click here.

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"Wolverine" Sequel Headed to Japan! And It's Going to be Love Story! 


As we mentioned to you last August, the "Wolverine" sequel is headed to Japan! Now, Showbiz411 reporter, Roger Friedman, has confirmed that our clawed hero is turning Japanese.

If you remember, Mr. Friedman was fired by Fox for reviewing "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" watching the infamous illegal bootleg! Now, he's confirming the Wolverine-Japan story. Isn't that ironic, don't you think?

Here's what we said in our original story back in August:

Christopher McQuarrie ("Valkyrie") is set to write the sequel to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." Hugh Jackman is developing the project to reprise his role as the razor-clawed super hero Logan.

McQuarrie worked on the script for the first "X-Men" film with director Bryan Singer but didn't take a credit.

The writer is setting the film in Japan and will be largely based on the Chris Claremont-Frank Miller comicbook series "The Samurai." Apparently, Logan has rich historical connection with Japan, and the sequel will show his evolution into a samurai!


Friedman is adding that the film will be:

Based on a story cycle by Frank Miller and Chris Claremont, Wolverine’s adventures in martial arts will be a love story featuring a Japanese actress, I am told. “It’s a beautiful story,” says a source, “and will be very different than the first film.”


There's no director tapped yet, but Hugh Jackman and company will start shooting next January.

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"Green Lantern" in Glorious 3D! Oh Yeah, "Sucker Punch" as Well! 


Oooooh, green!

Warner Bros. has announced that "The Green Lantern" will be released in 3D! Zach Snyder's action fantasy "Sucker Punch" is also going to be seen in 3D when it debuts in theaters March 25, 2011. "Green Lantern," the Ryan Reynolds-starrer, will open three months later on June 17.

See how "Avatar" changed the way we watch movies? Because of the success of the James Cameron masterpiece, every studio is following suit. Warner is releasing both "Clash of the Titans" (April 2) and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One" in 3D (Nov. 19). The second part of the "Harry Potter" finale will also be released in 3D on July 15, 2011.

But here's some food for thought -- the reason why "Avatar" was a 3D spectacle was because Cameron shot it in three dimension, I don't think the movies mentioned above from WB were shot in 3D, they are going to be simply transferred in 3D.

Big difference in look and style, don't you think?

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Secrets of "The Ghost Writer!" My Special One-on-One Interviews with Pierce Brosnan and Olivia Williams 


First of all, I enjoyed "The Ghost Writer." Roman Polanski is a brilliant director, one of the best working today, and the script co-written by Polanski with author Robert Harris is palpable, alive! (Check out my review of "The Ghost Writer" right here)

So go watch this Summit Entertainment film right now! Trust me, you'll love this unpredictable movie.

So, I met both Pierce Brosnan (Adam Lang) and Olivia Williams (Ruth Lang) at a press junket last weekend in NYC. They're both lovely! I interviewed Brosnan for "The Ghost Writer" and "Remember Me" with Robert Pattinson. I'll post that interview very soon, so keep tight!

Williams deserves an Oscar nomination for her performance as the long-suffering wife in "The Ghost Writer."

So without further adieu, here are my interviews with both Brosnan and Williams for "The Ghost Writer."

OLIVIA WILLIAMS




PIERCE BROSNAN




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Neil Patrick Harris to Go Blue for "Smurfs: The Movie" 


Back in July last year, we told you the "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" director, Raja Gosnell, was set to direct "Smurfs: The Movie" for Sony.

Now, DeadlineHollywood is reporting that Neil Patrick Harris has just landed the lead role in the film. It will be a mix of live action and animation, and will be released in both 3-D and 2-D formats.

"Charlotte Web's" Jordan Kerner is producing from the script by "George of the Jungle's" Audrey Wells. Shooting begins in April when Harris in on hiatus from CBS' "How I Met Your Mother."

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