The Wall Street Journal has a great piece out this week on how director Ted Melfi got Bill Murray to star in his debut feature film St. Vincent, and it's just as strange and amazing as you might expect a Murray casting story to be. After getting access to Murray's famous 1-800 number and leaving messages for months, Melfi says he finally got a response from Murray's lawyer with a request from Murray for a one-page letter regarding the project. A few weeks later, Melfi was driving and got a call from Murray himself:
"Listen," Mr. Murray said. "I read your script, and I think it's great—and who [...]
It looks like Bill & Ted 3 is still a go. Alex Winter was asked about the long in-the-works sequel in a recent interview with Yahoo, where he gave some more details about the plot and revealed that he's been working on the idea with Keanu Reeves and original Bill & Ted writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon:
"Bill & Ted will be 40-something and it’s all about Bill and Ted grown up, or not grown up," Winter tells us. "It’s really sweet and really f—-ing funny."
"But it’s a Bill & Ted movie, that’s what it is. It’s for the fans of Bill & Ted. It fits very neatly [...]
The Jack Plotnick-directed Space Station 76 takes place in a 1970s vision of the future. You might ask what exactly that means, but it’s a fairly straightforward description: imagine the 1970s. Now imagine them in space. That’s what Space Station 76 looks like, with beautifully cold space station sets, throwback '70s costuming, and robots resembling R2D2. The second most-discussed film at South by Southwest, it’s flown relatively under-the-radar since, but as it comes out on VOD, DVD, and digital download next week, this quietly funny movie is worth your attention.
It’s tempting to view Space Station 76 as a straight sci-fi parody, an homage to the likes of Space:1999. [...]
Actor/writer Ben Schwartz has written a new comedy and teamed up with Adam McKay and Seth Rogen for the project. Variety reports that McKay is officially attached to direct the untitled comedy, while Seth Rogen is set to star. Schwartz — who most recently appeared on Parks and Rec, Comedy Bang! Bang!, and tomorrow's new release This Is Where I Leave You — will also co-star in the film. McKay and Will Ferrell's own Gary Sanchez Productions is behind the film as well as Rogen and Evan Goldberg's Good Universe; plot details are currently being kept under wraps. "Evan and Seth have been doing amazing things and we’re [...]
The most recent update on the long-rumored Ghostbusters sequel was the news of a possible all-female reboot directed by Paul Feig, but according to Dan Aykroyd, the future of Ghostbusters – or as he calls it, the Ghostbusters "brand" — is now much more than just a movie. According to THR, Aykroyd was asked at an event in London for an update on the movie and said he's shifted his focus from a sequel to a Marvel-style universe: "It’s beyond just another sequel, a prequel, another TV show. I'm thinking what does the whole brand mean to Sony? What does Pixar and Star Wars mean to Disney? [...]