Today in show business news: An indie filmmaker is getting the keys to Spielberg's dinosaur kingdom, Ang Lee heads to television, and Corbin Bleu has seen better days.
Though it probably shouldn't be getting made at all, rhe next Jurassic Park movie does have an interesting director. Steven Spielberg and Universal have picked director Colin Trevorrow to helm the fourquel (ugh), which is curious because this will only be Trevorrow's second movie, after doing the small indie Safety Not Guaranteed last year. That's the one with Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass. That small. And now he's going to be directing big CGI dinosaurs, who are notoriously fussy and are protected by a very strict union. It's going to be a whole new world for him. A whole lost world? Whatever, the point is that's a very interesting choice and hopefully it will pay off. If the movie's going to happen, which again it probably shouldn't, at least they hired an interesting director for this one. (Who, by the way, was also up to direct the new Star Wars.) That's no knock on Joe Johnston's Jurassic Park III, mind you, except, well... Yeah, actually it is. Be better than Jurassic Park III, Jurassic Park 4. [Deadline]
Speaking of hack directors (just kidding), recent Oscar winner Ang Lee has signed on to direct a TV pilot for FX. Yes, like David Fincher and Alfonso Cuaron before him, the acclaimed director is headed to the small screen. I guess it's OK now? TV is respectable? I think that once Glenn Close showed up on television, everyone else figured it was OK too. Lee will be directing the pilot of Tyrant, a show from two Homeland producers about "an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation." Hm. That's a funny choice for Ang Lee. He's done action-y stuff before, obviously, but this is like a geopolitcal thriller kind of a thing. Seems like an odd fit. Well, he probably wants a change of pace. No more CGI orangutans and dreamy music for him. Now it's the cozy budgets of a basic cable pilot. [Deadline]
Jai Courtney, the hunk of bologna who costarred in A Good Day to Die Hard, has been cast in the big YA novel adaptation Divergent. That's the one where as a kid you're put into one of four different, but equally badly named, groups of people — Candor, Amity, Dauntless, or, OK this is actually worse than the others, Abnegation. They're fancy words, y'see. Anyway, Courtney will be playing one of lead girl Shailene Woodley's enemies, some brute from the Dauntless gang. As far as I know they have yet to announce who's playing Woodley's big love interest, but Kate Winselt, Maggie Q., Zoe Kravitz, and this thing have already been cast. Welcome to the YA fold, Mr. Courtney. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Oh dear. Corbin Bleu, High School Musical sidekick turned In the Heights leading man turned The Beautiful Life: TBL model, has just joined the cast of the revamped One Life to Live. "Revamped" meaning it's going to stream online and be available on iTunes. Bleu will be playing "a young reporter" on the show. So... That's not exactly High School Musical 3. Laugh all you want, but that movie made $250 million! But, sigh, years passed, things change, careers ebb and flow. It's just what happens. And hey, work's work. Maybe it'll be fun. [Deadline]
Here's a super duper gory trailer for Hannibal, the NBC show about the days when Hannibal Lecter was working with the FBI but they didn't know about his proclivities yet. And when I say super duper gory, I mean super duper gory. It's gross, actually. And yet they can show it all on network TV! One black breast peeks out during the Super Bowl and CBS has to be in detention for a whole year, but here throats are cut and blood spurts and limbs are severed and all that? Just fine. Not a problem. We live in a weird country. This show looks kinda grim.