Quick Cuts: Hayao Miyazaki's next, Shopaholic, David Gordon Green and… Suspiria?! (updated)

FirstShowing.net has pointed me at an interview with Studio Ghibli’s Toshio Suzuki over at GhibliWorld (originally from Cut, in Japanese). Suzuki has served as a producer for all of Miyazaki’s films since Kiki’s Delivery Service, as well the Ghibli/Bandai co-production, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. The interview concentrates on Miyazaki’s next film, Ponyo on a Cliff.

Elsewhere on the web, Variety reports that John Goodman and Joan Cusack have signed on to star as the ridiculously beautiful Isla Fisher’s parents in the upcoming adaptation of Sophie Kinsella’s shit lit bestseller Confessions of a Shopaholic. I thought Cusack was kind of a weird choice, because she’s not even 14 years older than the 32 year old Fisher. But apparently the babyfaced Fisher is playing a little younger than her age, since the book revolves around the 25 year old Rebecca Bloomwood, with a spending problem and a multi-millionaire suitor. Life is rough, huh?

While I’m glad that the very, very funny star of Wedding Crashers and Definitely, Maybe (and, yes, Hot Rod) is getting a well-deserved leading role, this premise really just rubs me the wrong way (I have no read the book). Publisher’s Weekly states that "Rebecca is so unremittingly shallow and Luke is so wonderful that readers may find themselves rooting for the heroine not to get the man. Although, since Shakespeare’s time, there’s rarely been any doubt concerning how romantic comedies will end." (Well, duh.) In any case, if this gold digger’s fantasy rakes in the box office bucks, there are four sequels to be mined.…

Lastly (for now), ReelzChannel has an interview with indie wünderkind David Gordon Green (George Washington, All the Real Girls) about his new film, the Sam Rockwell/Kate Beckinsale drama Snow Angels, as well as his next… the Judd Apatow-produced "stoner action movie" Pineapple Express?! If you’re at all familiar with his other films, you’ll realize just how huge a change of pace this is for the director. I always like to see skilled directors break out of their usual schtick and tackle completely different kinds of stories.

UPDATE (3/6/08): And boy, when I said "completely different," I didn’t know the half of it. Over at the MTV Movies Blog, David Gordon Green has stated that he’s written a remake of Dario Argento’s classic horror flick Suspiria (the trailer for which can be found at YouTube) and hopes to direct it himself. Dimension Films has been trying to get a remake off the ground for years, so if the very thought of this film being remade scares you more than the movie did, I wouldn’t sweat it too much… unless Pineapple Express is a huge hit.

Related post: Trailer Watch: Kung Fu Panda, Pineapple Express, Sex and Death 101, more

Posted on March 5, 2008 at 02:18 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Kaije Armena, Jr.
    on March 5, 2008 at 02:58
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ponyo_on_a_Cliff
    Wow. She’s cute, huh? 崖の上のポニョ
    Hayao Miyazaki(宮崎 駿)! Wow! Animator! He’s film director!

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