The Vampire Hunger Games

Today: A new book/movie combines tropes (sort of), Keanu Reeves suffers a setback, and Pixar contemplates death.

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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]

Pixar has announced that Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich will be directing a new movie for the studio based on the Mexican Day of the Dead. Yeah, the movie is called (right now, at least) Dia de los Muertos and everything. So that ought to be interesting! Maybe a little '90s Tim Burton-y? Or something else entirely. We really hope it's a Pixar movie about Mexican skeletons, because that would be kind of great. That's the kind of movie we would have wanted to see as a child and could very well enjoy as an adult. Pixar has given us no reason to doubt their ingenuity, not even Cars 2 can deter us, so we are looking forward to this and eagerly anticipate 2015. (Wait, no, god, we don't want that, we're going to be so old in 2015. So, um, stay away, los muertos!) [Entertainment Weekly]

Sad news out of superhero land today: Scarlett Johansson says that she will not be reprising her Black Widow role in Iron Man 3. (Which Jessica Chastain was just cast in. Maybe as a replacement sexpot?) She said she'd be up for her own Black Widow movie in the style of the Bourne movies, though. Hm. Let's hope for more Salt on that one and less Elektra. [Screen Rant, via Vulture]

The Cannes film festival has announced this year's lineup of jurors, and it includes actress/director Hiam Abbass, Pacey Witter's girlfriend Diane Kruger, and beautiful braid-wearer Ewan McGregor. Plus, y'know, some directors and stuff. Oh plus Jean Paul Gaultier, who was either called because he's trying to pull a Tom Ford and get into movies, or the Cannes people meant to call Gotye and their assistant misunderstood them. [Deadline]

Here is a trailer for the new John Hillcoat (The Road) Prohibition action/thriller Lawless, which used to be called The Wettest County in the World. Speaking of wet, the movie stars Tom Hardy as a bootlegger, plus Shia LaBeouf (well, he's the real star, I guess) as his brother, Mia Wasikowska as A Girl, Jessica Chastain as Another Girl, Gary Oldman as an evil villain, and Guy Pearce as a maybe even eviler lawman. It looks like less of a straight-up drama than we thought it was going to be, but we suppose the action could be played up for the trailer. Either way, it looks good! Lots of good actors and an interesting time period. Hillcoat is a moody, effective director, though his pictures can kinda prod along sometimes. So maybe all that action is actually a good thing.

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