Weekend News Round-Up: Johnny Galecki joins Andrew Niccol’s next, Richard Branson eyes McG film, and PRIDE, PREJUDICE, ZOMBIES wants A-listers

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
October 18th, 2010

Amongst the hoopla surrounding the latest entry of the now record setting JACKASS franchise, there were a few stories that got lost in the shuffle.

First off, Deadline is reporting that Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki is set to join the upcoming film from director Andrew Niccol, formerly known as I’M.MORTAL. The film currently stars Justin Timberlake, Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, and Cillian Murphy, and is set in a world where time has become the world’s hottest commodity. Aging is gone away with, where the world’s wealthiest can literally use their funds to buy time, and where time can in turn buy you whatever you want. 

Personally, while that premise in and of itself has me a bit excited, it’s this cast, and filmmaker, that make this a film that I am rather excited about. It may very well turn out to be an utter mess (which is where I think it will more than likely end up), but with Timberlake’s stunning turn in THE SOCIAL NETWORK, I have the utmost hope for this flick.

Next, Richard Branson, the man with enough cash lying around to try and launch a commercial space travel company, has nabbed up the rights to a spec script entitled COLUMBUS, which is currently under the guidance of director McG. The film will be released through Branson’s Virgin Produced banner, along with Relativity Media. The story will of course follow the titular character Christopher Columbus as he discovers America. McG will be directing and producing the film, so this is the last time this writer will be interested in it.

Finally, Deadline reports that Scarlett Johansson and Bradley Cooper are looking at taking up the lead roles in the upcoming adaptation of the Seth Grahame-penned revisionist tale, Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, a film that has recently been passed on by the film’s longtime alleged star, Natalie Portman. Johansson will of course take on the role of Elizabeth Bennet, with Cooper playing the dashing Mr. Darcy. David O. Russell was at one point in time set to direct the film, but apparently Lionsgate is looking at “a lot of helmers” for the project, so news on this should be coming fast. Personally, I love the casting of both of these roles, except I do think there are better possible choices. That said, it’s really hard to go wrong with this duo.

What do you think?

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  • Meganfelix10

    Timberlake’s you hope? OMG! Are you even aware of how great Murphy is? Timberlake cannot go near Murphy’s acting skill. I think in this list of cast, Timberlake’s the weakest. Considering, Seyfried and Murphy were cast first (which made me very excited but when they included Timberlake, I was rather disappointed than pleased because the latter two are excellent actors), they could have gotten a male lead role who can level or surpass their talent and acting skills. Not Timberlake (not unless in supporting roles, maybe?). And honestly, his performance in The Social Network wasn’t all that (I don’t get the hype really). It’s not bad and it’s not great either. Just okay. But I have to say, he improved from his Alpha Dog and Black Snake Moan movie. But putting your hope to him? You might think again. Go watch Murphy’s work if you really want stunning performances.

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