Out doing film promotions, prolific producer Frank Marshall talked with Coming Soon about the future of various projects and franchises he’s involved in. Marshall is presently at work on M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Last Airbender”:
“We’d like to shoot next year. It’s trying to get everybody’s schedules in the right place and getting the script right. We’ve done pretty well with these scripts that are pretty loosely put together, but I’d like the script to be really solid this time before we go forward. We’re spending a lot of time on this story” says Marshall.
Lance Armstrong Biopic
Despite the various casting rumors, Marshall says an upcoming unknown actor is looking likely to take the role of the famed cyclist as the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal and Matt Damon are too old – “The book really only takes Lance up to the first tour, so he’s only 21.”
The Neverending Story
It sounds like the remake will be more faithful to the original book – “We love the book and we’ve always thought there was an opportunity (because) there were a lot of elements in the book that weren’t in the movie. It’s another one where we’re still working on the rights and it’s a huge thing to get it. Once we get it, we’ll bring on a writer, but that’s kind of off in the distance. But it’s a great story.”
The Special Relationship
“Frost/Nixon” and “The Queen” scribe Peter Morgan’s directorial debut deals with the relationship between British Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) and former U.S. President Bill Clinton (Dennis Quaid). Marshal says he begins work on the project in Europe this July.
Jurassic Park IV
It’s still quite a long way away – “We just have to see if they can come up with a story. We don’t have a story.”
Marshall also is looking into an adaption of the New Yorker article “The Last of the Metrozoids” about art historian Kirk Vanedoe and his decision to coach a football team before he died of cancer shortly afterwards, and a film adaptation of Warren St. John’s book “Outcasts United” about immigrants on a soccer team in Georgia.
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