Wiseman Directing ‘Total Recall,’ Lindelof Rewrites Alien Prequel, Pace Breaks Dawn and Much More


Today’s update is massive so without further delay I will begin with a minor casting update announcing Jordana Spiro (“My Boys”, “Love Bites”) has joined Joel Schumacher’s Trespass. In itself this seems like a “so what” bit of casting, but I wasn’t aware the two stars top-lining this thing are Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman. When was that announced? (June 15th I found out was the answer.)

Anyhow, Trespass is set to begin production in Louisiana in early August and centers on a husband and wife (Kidman) taken hostage by a group of thieves led by Cage. Spiro’s character becomes a willing accomplice in the crime. Quite an interesting group don’tcha think?

Next comes another press release, this time announcing Len Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard) is in final negotiations to direct a Total Recall remake for Columbia. The release describes the film as a contemporized adaptation of the 1990, Arnold Schwarzenegger starrer Total Recall, which was based on the story, “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. Kurt Wimmer (Salt) is penning the script.

Moving on, Deadline tells us Damon Lindelof (“Lost”) is rewriting Ridley Scott’s Untitled Alien Prequel for 20th Century Fox, which the studio hopes Ridley Scott will direct as his next assignment. Lindelof is currently writing with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci Paramount’s Untitled Star Trek Sequel and co-wrote Cowboys & Aliens for Jon Favreau.

News regarding Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) and his upcoming productions continues to make waves with the latest announcement from Deadline saying the helmer will finally tackle the long-gestating adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s At The Mountains Of Madness for Universal Pictures with James Cameron aboard as a producer.

Del Toro has been talking about making this film for so long, I quoted him at the 2006 Comic Con saying, “Last week i was scouting locations. I went to Romania for a place to build the Antarctic set. I don’t know if it is going to happen or not, but if you saw the maquettes you would cry and jerk off in the corner until you die. I’m out of tears. It’s so beautiful.” Will it finally get made?

Moving to the rumor department, E! Online‘s Ted Casablanca is reporting Lee Pace (The Fall) “is this close to being cast” as Garrett, a friend of Edward’s (Robert Pattinson) in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. Casablanca adds, “The character is described in the script as a tall, nomadic vampire with sandy hair that he keeps tied back with a leather thong. Garrett is also penned as being down-to-earth, laid-back, rugged and having a lightness and element of humor about him.”

Breaking Dawn is being broken up into two parts with Part One set to hit theaters on November 18, 2011 with Part Two arriving in 2012.

Remember at the end of Clash of the Titans when Zeus (Liam Neeson) brought Io (Gemma Arterton) back to life and handed her over to his son, Perseus (Sam Worthington), like a piece of meat? Well, Arterton expects to return as Perseus’s clairvoyant love slave in the planned sequel telling MTV, “I think I am doing [Clash of the Titans 2] … I don’t know anything about it yet though… When you’re offered the original role they option you on further movies, they do… It’s always dependent on whether the film does well at the box office, which it did.” As for thoughts on her character she added, “I think she needs to be less mythical and more real and go for the fighting.”

The last time we heard about Clash 2, Sam Worthington said the sequel will begin shooting early next year and it will be “shot in 3D.”

(from left) Emily Browning, Rooney Mara, Sarah Snook, Sophie Lowe and Lea Seydoux

Since Kevin has done a great job keeping you EW reports Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) is no longer in the running for the role which is now down to four — Rooney Mara (The Social Network), French actress Lea Seydoux (Robin Hood) and Australian actresses Sarah Snook and Sophie Lowe.

Steve Carell goes “Between Two Ferns” with Zach Galifianakis in promotion of this weekend’s Dinner for Schmucks. It’s a little not safe for work so keep that in mind…

Here’s the teaser trailer for the Asylum’s Titanic II, which stars Bruce Davison and Brooke Burns and hits DVD on August 24 (order it here).

And finally, here’s a motion poster for Saw 3D, but if you’d prefer to see the static version you can find it right here in the RopeofSilicon gallery along with three other images from the film.