Rush Hour: Brett Ratner, director of the first two films and of the upcoming Red Dragon, has announced during a press conference, that he'd love to do the next two Rush Hour films back-to-back. If this works out, he'd be following along on the path paved by such films as The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, as well as the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
Ratner was quoted as saying, "when you're shooting, it's just easier to keep going instead of starting up again." The greenlight for the Rush Hour films would depend upon the script of course, and would be even more dependant on the availability/willingness and cost of the series' two stars.
Don't hold your breath just yet. These film's are a few years off, at least. Ratner's next film is a live action adaptation of the Cartoon Network series Samurai Jack.
Jurassic Park 4: Spielberg recently spoke with Starlog Magazine regarding his upcoming film Minority Report, which opens this month. During the interview, he was asked about the possibility of another dino adventure, to which he replied, "I'd love to do another one as a producer, and I'd love to have Joe Johnston direct again if he'd do it. We have a wonderful story for a fourth film... I think it's the best story since the first film... It's the best one since Crichton's book for the first film." As far as any details? Spielberg said, "My lips are sealed."
Cat in the Hat: Word has spread quickly that Oscar winning make-up artist Rick Baker has left the Imagine Entertainment project due to "creative differences." The film, to be directed by Bo Welch (former production designer for Tim Burton) and produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, was being fast-tracked by Universal. The project is continuing, with offers out to various make-up effects house's around town. Wonder if Stan Winston will jump in now?
...and speaking of Stan Winston, rumor has it that the creator of the Terminator endoskeleton wants to produce and possibly direct. He has been spotted around town lately with stars of various caliber including the likes of Jon Voight.
Hulk: Well, it looks like the big green guy's journey to the big screen is turning out to be a rough one... Here's the scoop: "Things aren't going so well on the set of Hulk. The project is already expected to go way over budget and way over schedule. The company recently returned to Los Angeles and are already nearly two weeks behind schedule. The main fault seems to rest with Ang Lee's director of photography Frederick Elmes who previously shot both Ride With The Devil, and The Ice Storm."
Our tipster goes on to tell us, "I don't know if it's because Ang and Frederick are so unaccustomed to dealing with Visual Effects, but seeing as how they have Oscar winning VFX Supervisor Dennis Muren on hand, things should be going a lot better." Our tipster wrote to us mentioning, "It's one of the most tense sets I've ever been on," and "the hours are long, the crew seemed exhausted, and the actors looked to be just plain fed-up with the whole affair."
Wow. Our tipster wished to be kept anonymous and didn't mention whether or not he/she was a crew member, an extra or some type of studio personnel, but if this is true... um... we can't wait to get more info on the film.
That's all for now.
From Somewhere on the Beach...~Jane Doe