Why So Serious, Vince Vaughn?
Today in show business: There's a little drama in Vince Vaughn's next movie, James Franco is tackling one of the great works of literature, and that Breaking Bad spinoff really might happen.
When we all saw the teaser for Delivery Man (ha, "we all" — everyone, everywhere saw it), the movie about Vince Vaughn being a sperm donor who finds out he's got like a million kids running around, we assumed (again with this "we" — sorry, I assumed) that it would be some dumb raunchy comedy full of goofs and gags. But now we see the full-length trailer and while there are definitely goofs and gags, there's also emotion. Which, I gotta say, is pretty exciting! Remember when Vince Vaughn was a serious actor, doing movies about people trapped in Thai prisons and stuff? Sure, he got famous for Swingers, but there was a while there when he was doing lots of drama. Then that stopped, around the time of Old School, let's say. But now, so many years later, there's this. The movie appears to be mostly a comedy, but there are tears, actual Vince Vaughn tears, in the trailer. And wistful music and talk about "life" and everything. Very interesting, Vince Vaughn. Very interesting indeed.
Oh brother. James Franco has announced his intentions to direct a movie version of The Sound and the Fury, the William Faulkner novel that's like... the Southern novel. When someone says "Southern novel" lots of people are going to say "Sound and the Fury?" This would be Franco's second Faulkner adaptation, as he had As I Lay Dying at Cannes this year. So... how about that. Who will play Benjy? Hopefully Jonah Hill. And then Dave Franco can be Quentin. Really this thing casts itself. It's going to be great. James Franco is perfect for this. When I heard that someone was going to be making The Sound and the Fury into a movie (again), I immediately thought "I hope it's James Franco." And it is. Thank sweet Dilsey, it is. [Indiewire]
Speaking of adaptations, they're finally getting around to making a feature film out of Lois Lowry's The Giver, a dystopian young adult novel about kids learning about foreplay. No, no, it's about other more complicated stuff. Anyway, the point is that they've just cast young actor Brenton Thwaites in the movie as the lead character Jonas. He'll star opposite Jeff Bridges in the Philip Noyce-directed film. So that could be interesting! They've aged Jonas up a bit, but that might work better for a movie. Are you excited about this? I don't know if I am. I just remember everyone reading this book in like sixth grade and being really into it but the cover always seemed boring to me so I never read it. Now there's a movie, so I never have to! [Deadline]
That Breaking Bad spinoff about Saul Goodman? It's moving forward, according to BB creator Vince Gilligan. They still have to figure some stuff out, like if it takes place before or after the BB storyline (well, I guess that means he doesn't die, spoiler alert, sheesh), but they are planning to pursue this thing. Which could be good? I don't know. Spinoffs are so... haunted by the real thing, y'know? I mean these are smart people, but still. [The Wrap]
Jacki Weaver and Marcia Gay Harden have just been cast in the next Woody Allen movie. They're joining Emma Stone, Colin Firth, Eileen Atkins, Hamish Linklater and Simon McBurney. It's filming in the South of France as we speak, so Jacki and Marcia you'd better get going like right now. I know it sounds like a pain, but go get on a plane to the South of France to film a Woody Allen movie this instant! [Deadline]