1) I would love to see a well done, bloody movie about vikings. It probably comes as no surprise that Mel Gibson’s planned movie about vikings – in fucking Norse language, by the way – has hit a couple snafus. Most recently, that Leonardo DiCaprio has severed all potential ties with the project, in the wake of all of Gibson’s … negative press and insanity. A drag because the script comes from William Monahan (The Departed) and because, I mean, okay, whatever, Mel Gibson, BUT, Apocalypto ruled. A source from the DiCaprio camp said, “Leo has earned the right to pick and choose who he works with and Mel Gibson is not one of them.” Is it taboo to say I still wish this could have happened?
2) The Wrap broke that Nick Cave has been brought on to do rewrites for the remake of The Crow. Whereas previously things like “The Crow remake” made me shuddery and upset, I am pro anything remotely related to Nick Cave. In fact, there is almost nothing that I wouldn’t want to see his spin on. He could rewrite Taxi Driver or The Shawshank Redemption and I’d see it. (Actually, I bet he could tell a great Shawshankish story.) Anyway, hopefully they’ll let whatever gloom and darkness Cave brings to the script stick, and it won’t go the way of his Gladiator 2 script. I think he’s the perfect choice to bring legitimacy to whatever they’re trying to accomplish with this reboot.
3) ComicCon brought out a lot of news, and one of the most hated bits for me was the announcement that Brad Pitt is signed on to World War Z. Worse yet, Max Brooks finalized that Paramount is also signed on to make The Zombie Survival Guide and The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks. Brad Pitt has been so desperately trying to reclaim his star factor, and I thought he’d totally redeemed himself and went on a good path with Inglorious Basterds, but then he has to go and jump onboard with an increasingly boring topic, motherfuckin’ zombies. If you want to know what’s so lame about Max Brooks and that whole movement, check out our upcoming issue of SCARS and read the article: ZOMBIES ARE FOR DOUCHEBAGS.