Director McG's This Means War is currently in theaters but given that the spy romantic flick debuted in fourth place and got some rather scathing reviews (including Reelz's Richard Roeper giving it a D-), it's not surprising that McG is talking about other projects. Or even projects that never happened.
In an interview with Indiewire, McG reveals that when he was attached to direct a Superman reboot nearly a decade ago, he had Robert Downey Jr. in mind to play not Superman but his arch nemesis.
We had Robert Downey Jr. locked up to be Lex Luthor, which I think would have been extraordinary.
This was before Downey Jr.'s comeback role in Iron Man. If McG's Superman had taken off, Downey Jr. most likely wouldn't have been in the Marvel movie. Funny to think . . .
And for Superman, McG claims he had Henry Cavill in mind, yes, the same Cavill playing Superman in Zack Synder's upcoming Man of Steel.
Ironically, we liked Henry Cavill a lot, but we hadn’t cast him yet. Why Didn't McG's SUperman Project Take OFF? Posted 02.20.12 by Chris
Tim Burton's latest project, Big Eyes, has big news. Despite being an independent film, Burton and co-writer/directors Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski just snagged A-listers Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds to star as the 1960's famous artistic couple, Margaret and Walter Keane.
Big Eyes is based on the true story of kitsch art icon, Margaret Keane (Witherspoon), who is best known for her paintings of grief-stricken, wide-eyed children. However, after their divorce, the Keanes became embroiled in a bitter dispute over the origins and authenticity of their paintings — her ex-husband Walter (Reynolds) claimed for years that the paintings were his but was challenged by Margaret in court, resulting in a well-documented "paint off." hear what the writers are saying >>> Posted 01.23.12 by reelz
Twentieth Century Fox has moved up the release of director McG's (Terminator Salvation) new movie, This Means War, to Valentine's Day in the hopes of luring in those moviegoing romantics who like a little action with their rom-coms.
The movie, written by Tim Dowling (Role Models) and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes), stars Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Tom Hardy (upcoming The Dark Knight Rises) as best friends working together for the CIA who decide to let the woman (Reese Witherspoon) they are both in love with decide which one of them she will date. Of course, neither is truly willing to admit defeat — or play fair — so they turn their talents as spies toward making the other suitor look as bad as possible. Chelsea Handler, Abigail Spencer, David Koechner, Til Schweiger and Angela Bassett also star. watch the trailer >> Posted 01.19.12 by BrentJS
Do you find yourself constantly at odds with your significant other when it comes to date night at the movies because she wants to see a romantic comedy, but you're itching for action (or vice versa)? Well, the latest movie from McG (Charlie's Angels, Terminator Salvation), This Means War, aims to be the one movie that you can both agree upon.
Written by Tim Dowling (Role Models) and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes), This Means War stars Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Tom Hardy (upcoming The Dark Knight Rises) as lifelong best friends who turn their deadly skills as spies for the CIA against each other when they both fall for the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). The first trailer has been playing in theaters since early October, but now a new international trailer has been released that's racier than the American version, amping up both the violence and the sex. watch the trailer >> Posted 12.06.11 by BrentJS
In yet another example of studio belt-tightening in our currently depressed economic climate, Universal has put Ouija, a planned big screen adaptation of the Hasbro board game that lets players "talk to the dead" that had McG (Terminator Salvation) attached to direct, into turnaround. Other Universal game adaptations that have also gotten the axe include Clue, Monopoly and Magic: The Gathering. Universal also recently put the brakes on Ron Howard's plans to adapt Stephen King's "magnum opus," The Dark Tower, because of the estimated budget. Unlike The Dark Tower, which could still happen at Universal if the project's price tag comes down (considerably), Ouija is dead for good at the studio, which opted to pay a $5 million penalty to Hasbro rather than continue to pursue it as a viable movie property. more about Ouija >> Posted 08.25.11 by BrentJS
Over the weekend, Warner Bros. and director Zack Snyder announced that British actor Henry Cavill was cast in the title role of the upcoming Superman reboot, beating out several other secret contenders.
While Joe Manganiello was recently mentioned as being in contention for the role, and Matthew Goode was rumored to be up for the role as well, the selection process was kept a well-guarded secret by Snyder, producer Christopher Nolan, and Warners. THR reports that Cavill also beat out actors Armie Hammer (The Social Network), Matthew Bomer (White Collar), and Colin O'Donoghue (The Rite) for the role. Cavill might have an advantage over the other actors, since he'd already been attached to the role once before. twice a superman >> Posted 02.01.11 by Ryan
Universal went into its holiday hiatus with two names on its short list to direct Ouija, the big screen adaptation of the popular Hasbro board game that lets users "talk to the dead," and now a decision has been made. According to THR, Universal has chosen McG (Terminator Salvation) over Breck Eisner (The Crazies) to helm Ouija, which is being produced by Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes production company. more about Ouija >> Posted 01.06.11 by BrentJS
Universal has had directors lined up to take the helm of the adaptation Ouija, based on Hasbro's board game that supposedly allows players to talk to ghosts and spirits. According to THR, directors Pierre Morel (Taken), Sylvain White (The Losers), Scott Stewart (Legion), and John Moore (Max Payne) have all failed to land the gig, which leaves Universal to decide between two other directors who are vying for the job — McG and Breck Eisner (The Crazies). Eisner reportedly pitched his take to the studio last week before McG's Friday presentation and Universal is taking the holidays to think through their decision. Will Ouija be scary? >> Posted 12.20.10 by Ryan
Director Joseph "McG" McGinty Nichol (Terminator Salvation) has been in production on the action/romance/spy comedy This Means War since September, but he's still adding cast members. The movie concerns two CIA agents and best friends (Chris Pine and Tom Hardy) who fall in love with the same woman (Reese Witherspoon).
THR reports that Abigail Spencer (AMC's Mad Men, the upcoming Cowboys and Aliens) has joined the cast as Hardy's ex-wife. Spencer joins a cast that also includes David Koechner (Anchorman), Chelsea Handler (Chelsea Lately), Til Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds), and Angela Bassett, who recently joined as the CIA boss who has dedicated her life to the agency and has no life outside the spy business.
Tim Dowling will end up with credit for the script, which has undergone several rewrites in its 10 year production history. This means War is expected to open sometime in the summer of 2011 and, from the recent spy pics released by HeyUGuys, it looks like Witherspoon, Pine, and Hardy are having a good time on the set. Posted 12.06.10 by Ryan
Director Len Wiseman's (Live Free or Die Hard) remake of Total Recall is close to filling its lead role. Actors Colin Farrell, Michael Fassbender, and Tom Hardy could reportedly land the lead role initially portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1990 original. Farrell is the frontrunner >> Posted 10.22.10 by Ryan