Director Paul W.S. Anderson's career will be making sharp turn for his next feature, that being an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers. The movie will be the first foray into literature for the director of Death Race and the upcoming Resident Evil: Afterlife. The director has promised a contemporary movie that will be "rich in eye-popping action, romance, and adventure" and will also be shot in 3-D, much like Afterlife. With production to begin this September, around the same time as Afterlife's opening, Anderson has finally put together his cast. Guess who landed a big role? >> Posted 05.12.10 by Ryan
Just a couple weeks after Sony announced that it was scrapping plans for Spider-Man 4, Logan Lerman, the young star of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, created a firestorm of controversy when he announced that he was in talks with Sony to take over the role of Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, from Tobey Maguire. The story was quickly debunked and Lerman backpedaled on his announcement the very next day. Now, Lerman's name is being thrown around again, with one web-site calling him the "frontrunner" for the role and another claiming that he is "100% not" getting the role. Is Logan Lerman Spider-Man or not? >> Posted 04.13.10 by BrentJS
Spider-Man 4 director Marc Webb has finally begun casting for the highly anticipated Spidey reboot, today confirming to ReelzChannel that one-time star and tabloid sensation Lindsay Lohan has been chosen to replace Kirsten Dunst as Peter Parker love interest Mary Jane Watson. Webb explains why Lindsay >> Posted 04.01.10 by reelz
When Access Hollywood reported that Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief star Logan Lerman was in talks for the lead role of Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, in the rebooted franchise, the news spread like wildfire.
The very next day, Lerman backpedaled on his previous comments about "looking into" the role and having "a few discussions" with the producers for the part, saying that he was just "hoping to be considered" along with "millions of actors out there." Sony, which owns the rights to the Spider-Man franchise, jumped into action almost immediately, issuing a statement that called into question nearly everything Lerman told Access Hollywood.
No offers have been made, nor have any business discussions been made with Lerman.
If Lerman's Spider-Man statements irked Sony, it's hard to tell from their very matter-of-fact statement, but they couldn't have been made at a worse time for 20th Century Fox. Lerman was in the midst of doing press for Fox's Percy Jackson when the rumor blew up, and the 18-year-old actor ended up fielding questions about Spider-Man in nearly every subsequent Percy Jackson interview.
Now, the "Lerman is Spider-Man" rumors are starting up all over again. In what is dubbed "exlusive news," Dan Deevy of TheCinemaSource claims that "inside sources" have confirmed to him that Lerman was actually in talks for the role of Spider-Man and that he will be the next Spider-Man.
One of the obvious obstacles to Lerman's participation in the Spider-Man reboot is the fact that he is already signed on to star in more Percy Jackson movies. The amount of time and energy needed to shoot and promote one franchise, let alone two, is considerable, which would seem to preclude Lerman as a choice for Spider-Man. However, given the lackluster box-office numbers of The Lightning Thief, Lerman may have some free time on his hands in the near future, opening the door for Spider-Man. Posted 02.24.10 by BrentJS
Only one day after Logan Lerman, the star of the upcoming movie Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, told Billy Bush of Access Hollywood that he was in talks for the lead role of Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, in the rebooted franchise, the 18-year-old actor appears to be going back on his words. Or, perhaps, his earlier statements were true, but he's been asked to "zip it" by Sony's reps.
Either way, his latest comments to MTV about the subject make the news of his involvement with the movie far less intriguing. In the previous interview, he spoke of having a "few discussions" with the studio about playing the role, now he simply says that he is "hoping to be considered" along with "millions of actors out there." And, his comment about wanting to "focus on the human element a little bit more," has been replaced with the very bland statement, "I'm just a huge fan, that's all I can say."
Can say? Does that mean that Lerman actually does knows more than he's telling, but the studio execs have put the clamp down on him? Watch the video below and decide for yourself. Posted 02.06.10 by BrentJS
The floodgates really have opened for the son of Poseidon. Just yesterday, we got a batch of video profiles for several characters in Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. Now we have eight new clips.
Some of the footage here has popped up elsewhere before, but a surprising amount of it is new. Even with scenes like Mrs. Dodds morphing into a swooping Fury or the Hydra attack, which had been fairly extensively previewed before, there is more context. And some of the sequences are completely new. The opening clip, for example, which shows Percy (Logan Lerman) in a confrontation on top of a building, is a nice showcase for the more liquid special effects in the movie.
A signature still from this sequence is also included in a new set of high-res pictures from the movie. Posted 02.05.10 by reelz
Who will wear the mask?
The January 11th news that Sony was scrapping Spider-Man 4 and rebooting the franchise following the departure of director Sam Raimi took nearly everyone by surprise. Even the title star of all three movies, Tobey Maguire, had updated the status of Spider-Man 4 only a few days before saying, "It's all happening right now. It's all sort of coming together."
In the wake of the news, numerous casting rumors have come bubbling up from the depths of the Internet. So far, none of them have proven to be credible. The latest news, coming out of an interview Billy Bush conducted with Logan Lerman for Access Hollywood, has the star of the upcoming movie Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief in talks for the lead role of Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, in the rebooted franchise.
There have been a few discussions, it's definitely something I'm looking into.
It's just, you know, conversations are starting. It's a long process with the studio and the producers and everything. But it's definitely a project that I'm really interested in, of course. I'd love to focus on the human element a little bit more. It'd be such a fun experience.
Casting the 18-year-old in the lead seems to fit with Sony's decision to take the franchise back to Spider-Man's origin as a geeky high school student who initially abuses his new powers. However, no sooner had the Lerman story broke than popular comic book movie blog HeatVision attempted to debunk the news.
While a "wide net" is being cast, according to a studio spokesman, "No offers have been made, nor have any business discussions been made with Lerman."
The actor's camp also confirms no business discussions are being held at this time.
Admittedly, it does seem unlikely that the star of one burgeoning franchise would be offered the lead role in another. Then again, if it works for Ryan Reynolds with his Deadpool and Green Lantern roles, perhaps Lerman could do the same with Percy Jackson and Spider-Man. Posted 02.05.10 by BrentJS
Last Friday, the cast of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief made an appearance in Athens near the Acropolis to answer questions posed by fans online. Among the topics discussed were the amusing challenges Brandon Jackson (who plays Percy's satyr friend Grover Underwood) faced working his goaty legs.
In conjunction with the chat, a new clip from the movie was released as well. Here we get an extended look at how Percy (Logan Lerman) puts some of his new-found powers to work fighting off the many-headed fire-breathing Hydra. When the monster first appears, it does so in human form as a line of rather odd-looking security guards. The transformation comes as a bit of a surprise for Percy and his companions, and they have to really scramble to mount an effective response. It's in situations like this that Percy discovers how good it really is to be the son of Poseidon. Posted 02.01.10 by reelz
Would you believe it was Jim Carrey? The two worked together on 2007's The Number 23. We've got the details in our exclusive interview with Logan Lerman, tomorrow on Hollywood Dailies.
Lerman also highlights the coolest parts about playing the half-blood son of Poseiden, which include Percy's ever-trusty Riptide, learning to scuba dive, and working with a star-studded cast.
The interview premieres tomorrow at 7 PM ET. Find out where you can watch ReelzChannel TV in your area. Posted 01.25.10 by reelz
As the release date of director Chris Columbus' new movie Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief draws near, more and more video clips, teaser posters, and promotional images are emerging.
Only a week after six character posters were released, three more have emerged, different in style and composition than the previous set. The new posters feature Logan Lerman as the title character, Percy Jackson; Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth Chase; and Brandon T. Jackson as Grover.
Based on the novel series by Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief was adapted for the screen by Craig Titley. Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan, and Luke Camilleri also star.
For more information about the main characters, check out Meet the Cast of Percy Jackson. Posted 01.15.10 by BrentJS