Some careers (though not all: See paragraph No. 3, below) spring eternal. “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer has become involved on the cinematic side of adaptation, and her production company Fickle Fish will be developing Lois Duncan‘s YA thriller Down a Dark Hall. Is this a side channel for Meyer, or the start of a whole new career? It’s strange to imagine that, after the runaway success of her novels, she could one day be best known as an influential Hollywood producer.
Hey, remember that amazing sequel to the 1987 “Masters of the Universe” movie? No? That’s because it never happened — even though Skeletor himself (played by Frank Langella) reappeared at the very end of the movie to tell audiences, “I’ll be back!” The FW has composed an amazing list of movies that promised sequels that never actually occurred. The lesson you can learn from this: Take nothing for granted! Also, Skeletor must have more in common with Richard Nixon than you thought.
Just a week ago Mel Gibson insisted there was no truth to screenwriter Joe Eszterhas’ reports of Gibson’s profane outbursts during their work together on a film project about the life of Judah Maccabee. Turns out an actual recording exists (of course it does! Did you ever doubt it?) that seems to prove otherwise. I think we can all agree that these obscene outbursts are the final nail in the Gibson/Maccabee movie coffin.
It looks like a bunch of “Sin City” cast-members are returning for the sequel. Rosario Dawson, Michael Madsen, and Mickey Rourke are all on board for “Sin City 2.” (There aren’t too many others who even survived the first one.) Frank Miller’s got a whole series of these comics for the filmmakers to draw from, so there will be plenty of opportunities for cast reunions in the future.