Quick Cuts: Dune, An Education, Justice League, Muppets, Hobbit (updated)

Variety informs us Peter Berg (The Kingdom, Hancock) is directing a new adaptation of Dune um… except we already knew that back in December. The article does debut the news that “the project is out to writers, with the producers looking for a faithful adaptation of the Hugo- and Nebula Award-winning book,” however, unlike the 1984 version by David Lynch — and presumably not shitty, like the 2000 TV mini-series. (Full disclosure: I’ve only seen a few minutes of the mini-series. They were enough.)

The Hollywood Reporter sez Orlando Bloom has dropped out of a supporting role in the Nick Hornby-scripted An Education, which has just begun shooting. He is being replaced by Dominic Cooper (The History Boys).

The Sydney Morning Herald keeps calling the Justice League of America film Justice League Mortal, and George Miller is annoyed that the board of Australia’s Film Finance Corporation has just turned down a tax rebate for the project (meaning they can’t — or won’t — film there), once again putting this fanboy’s nightmare project into jeopardy, I guess. Note to fanboys: Shut up about the age of the cast, already. For Christ’s sake.

Jason Segel talks to MTV about the Muppet movie he’s developing: It’s centered around Kermit, and will try to take the Muppets away from the all the Muppet “high-concept” flicks of recent years (Muppets in Space, Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island) and get “back to… when it was about the Muppets trying to put on a show.”

Update: One more thing today: OneRing.net (whose server seems overloaded as I write this) has broken the non-news that Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Pan’s Labyrinth) is still not signed onto the Hobbit films. “Negotiations advance but are still ongoing,” del Toro told the site.

Related posts: Justice League, Where the Wild Things Are set for 2009,  The girl in the photo is not Orlando Bloom, Guillermo del Toro still not directing The Hobbit…

Posted on March 18, 2008 at 15:43 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Aaron
    on 2008-03-19 at 00:47

    You have no idea how happy I am to hear about a new Muppet movie. I wouldn’t mind a new Muppet Version of Tale movie, so long as they pretend the whole Gonzo/Alien thing never happened.

  2. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-03-20 at 00:43

    I thought Muppets in Space was pretty good! Not great, but fun! But I don’t think the “Gonzo is an alien” thing is something they need to go back to again.

    The best bit was: “Doctor.” “Doctor.” “Doctor.” “Doctor.” …

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