What a weird week in Hollywood… and that’s saying something considering it’s Hollywood. As you’ll see in this week’s Friday Five, some strange things are happening in the entertainment industry. Maybe the valley heat melted some studio execs brains…
Leonardo DiCaprio Exits Steve Jobs Biopic
At this point, Leonardo DiCaprio has portrayed plenty of real-life characters – J. Edgar Hoover, Jordan Belfort and Howard Hughes to name a few. DiCaprio had been in talks for a while now to portray late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, but this week turned down the offer. Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle is attached to direct, meaning that if DiCaprio had signed on it would be the duo’s first film since 2000’s The Beach. Sony’s shortlist to play the tech icon is now down to Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale.
Dwayne Johnson to Headline ‘Baywatch’
Yes, you read that headline correctly. Paramount Pictures has chosen Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock to headline their long-developing big screen version of Baywatch. Johnson says the movie will be, “edgy, raunchy and hopefully, funny as hell.” To that end, Paramount has also brought on the We’re The Millers team of Sean Anders and John Morris to direct. No release has been set of yet, but likely cue the slow motion running for late 2015 or summer 2016.
Joaquin Phoenix No Longer in Talks for Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’
Back in July, it was revealed that three-time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix was being considered for the title role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange movie. Rumors persisted for several months but Deadline revealed this week that Phoenix is no longer under consideration and that Marvel is pursuing another actor. Though no release date has been set for the movie, it is believed that Doctor Strange will land on the July 8, 2016 that Marvel had previously set.
WB Set to Reboot ‘I Am Legend’
Who needs to wait a generation to reboot a movie? Not WB, that’s for sure. The studio announced today that after repeated attempts of trying to set up a prequel and a sequel to the 2007 Will Smith flick I Am Legend, they will instead reboot the franchise. I Am Legend grossed more than $500 million worldwide. The studio didn’t announce a release date with the reboot notice.
‘Tetris’ Movie in the Works
If a movie based on LEGOs can make nearly $500 million worldwide, then why not Tetris? That’s the thinking behind a Tetris movie that is being developed by Threshold Entertainment. So it this going to be 90 minutes of geometric blocks running around on screen? No. “It’s a very big, epic sci-fi movie,” Threshold CEO Larry Kasanoff said. “This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to geometric shapes.”
Kasanoff has some video game movie cred. He served as producer on both Mortal Kombat and its sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. “Brands are the new stars of Hollywood,” he said. “We have a story behind Tetris which makes it a much more imaginative thing. We certainly have the canvas for location-based entertainment based on the epicness. What you will see in Tetris is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance.”
Ok, so the latter part of that statement doesn’t make much sense, but don’t shoot down this movie just yet. After all, remember what people were saying when The LEGO Movie was first announced?
That’s all for this week. Wide releases in U.S. theaters include the drama Gone Girl, the horror flick Annabelle and the thriller Left Behind. Blockbusters on DVD and BluRay next Tuesday include Million Dollar Arm, Edge of Tomorrow and A Million Ways to Die in the West.