Sacha Howells July 2, 2010
And the Red and Blue Tights Go to…
Just a few short months ago Sony was planning yet another tired trip to the Spidey well with Sam Raimi behind the camera and Tobey Maguire in front of it. But both were sacked in January when Sony decided to jump on the reboot bandwagon, and after months of rumors, the wait is over: the new Spider-Man is the all-but-unknown Andrew Garfield, of Lions for Lambs and The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.
Verdict: The old Spidey cycle was getting seriously stale, and new blood all around should be a good thing. Do we need more Spider-Mans yet? No. But at least it won’t be the same old dog. (For anyone worried about Sony’s bottom line, it’s a good deal, too. They’re only giving Garfield $500,000, and Tobey was supposed to get $20 million for the same movie.)
Won’t This Kind of Be Like Goodfellas?
First the Facebook movie and now this. Mafia Wars has just been picked up by Radar Pictures, the studio behind The Invention of Lying and Swing Vote. It’s out to writers now, who will presumably base the script on the movies that the game was ripping off in the first place.
Verdict: Up next, Farmville, Scramble, and Lil’ Green Patch. Regrettably, that’s probably not a joke.
Apatow’s 57-Year-Old Virgin? “That’s What You Are, but What Am I”
Twenty years after Paul Reubens‘ career crashed and burned when he was arrested for public indecency in a Florida porno theater, Pee-wee Herman appears to be officially rehabilitated. Reubens debuted a live version of Pee-wee’s Playhouse in L.A. in January, and it’s heading to Broadway in November. And Judd Apatow just came on board to produce a new Pee-wee movie to follow up Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and Big Top Pee-wee.
Verdict: Herman is a great, truly weird character, and Reubens has suffered enough. Now if he can just make sure the secret words of the day aren’t “indecent exposure” ever, ever again.
Inexplicable Remake of the Week: Six Pack
In 1982, Kenny Rogers and Diane Lane made a movie about a NASCAR driver who takes a crew of orphaned car thieves (including a young Anthony Michael Hall!) under his wing. That movie was Six Pack, an utterly forgettable hybrid of Smokey and the Bandit and The Bad News Bears that tried to cash in on Kenny’s brief career as a leading man. Now Six Pack is headed back to theaters with the director of Marmaduke and, if Fox has anything to say about it, Kevin James. Hoo boy.
Verdict: Believe it or not, this was already spun off to a short-lived TV show with Don Johnson and Markie Post (and a young Joaquin Phoenix!). I expect the remake to be just as memorable.
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