Quick Cuts: More Funny People, Red, RoboCop, Turok

Variety reports that Eric Bana, Jason Schwartzman and Jonah Hill have signed up for Judd Apatow’s next film as writer and director, Funny People, which centers on a stand-up comic who has a near-death experience. They join the previously announced Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, and Leslie Mann. (Bana’s involvement was first talked about by CHUD a little while ago, but the Variety article apparently solidifies this.)

Hollywood Reporter has broken that Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner’s 3-issue mini-series Red will be adapted for the big screen by Summit Entertainment. Red was about “a former black-ops CIA agent now living a quiet life in retirement until the day a high-tech assassin shows up intent on killing him. With his secret identity compromised and his love interest in danger, the man must reassemble his old team to figure out who is out to get them.”

I don’t recall the comic (which was fantastic, by the way) involving an “old team,” so this may have something to do with screenwriting brothers Erich and Jon Hoeber’s rejiggering. (Last week, Hollywood Reporter also learned that Ellis’s Ocean would be adapted for Warner Bros. by Ryan Condal, but I snoozed on that news.)

RoboCop is coming back… maybe. Until we hear more about screenwriters and directors, I would put this in the same boat as the recent news about Adam Beach starring in Turok. Although Beach recently did the Turok (direct-to-DVD) animated movie for the same studio, the project has no script, director, or — most importantly — financing, let a lone a greenlight.

Posted on June 12, 2008 at 07:07 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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