The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types care about. Today: A new book/movie combines tropes (sort of), Keanu Reeves suffers a setback, and Pixar contemplates death.
As The Hunger Games suggests, dystopian worlds where young people struggle to stay alive are all the rage. And as Mormon fever prophecy Twilight indicates, people love them some vampires. So if both things are popular, why not, like those pre-made peanut butter and jelly in a jar things, combine them! Thus a production company called Palomar Pictures (founded by a guy who used to do Movies of the Week at ABC) has bought the rights to the book series Blood of Eden. In the first book, The Immortal Rules, a young girl living in the post-vampire-apocalypse world hates the vampires but then is made into a vampire and so can't decide whether to join her new family or continue to rebel against them. It seems that she chooses to rebel against them, if this sentence from the Amazon description is any indication: "But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her." OhhhOooOhhhHhh. Especially around Zeke. Girl, Zeke don't care if you're vampire! Zeke loves you for you. Early reports are coming in that Harry from One Direction has already been cast as Zeke. They should just call this movie Zeke. [Deadline]
Oh, dear. Keanu Reeves, who was sad a while back and might still be, has a new 3D samurai movie called 47 Ronin that was supposed to come out on November 13th, right in the middle of the fertile fall season, but now it's been pushed back to February 2013, the dumping ground of junky movies. Universal didn't give a reason for the pushback, but it could mean that the movie is pretty bad and might fare better without so much stiff autumn competition. Or it could just be weird schedule reshuffling and the movie is great and wonderful and everything's fine don't look so sad Keanu don't worry everything is good, we're sorry for even suggesting it, everything's good. [The Hollywood Reporter]