Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Two projects pulled for James McAvoy

Warner Bros Shut Down AKIRA Production
Warner Bros has shut down the Vancouver production offices for the highly controversial live-action remake of the anime cult favourite Akira. The Hollywood Reporter cite the failures in locking down a cast which still only had Garrett Hedlund as the confirmed lead but with high-profile names in Brad Pitt, Kristen Stewart, Gary Oldman, Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield, James McAvoy and many, many more spoken to but no contracts signed, and issues over the budget for the lock down.

The movie, which has been hit with problems since day one, now looks doomed. “Everybody is being sent home,” said an insider with the director, producer (and maybe the script writer) set to lock themselves in a room with the screenplay to see if they can reduce the budget by $20-30 million and iron out the story problems.

Read more at WhatCulture!

Elton's Rocket ban on James McAvoy
POP icon Sir Elton John has snubbed Scots movie idol James McAvoy by backing Justin Timberlake to play the singer on screen. X-Men: First Class star McAvoy was the red-hot favourite to land the role of flamboyant Elton in next year's blockbuster Rocketman, but his dream appears to have been crushed by Elton's sudden support for US chart heart-throb turned actor Justin Timberlake.

Read more at The Sun

This story was reported slightly differently by Worst Previews

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