The Highlander Remake Wants This A-List Actor To Co-Star

RamirezThe Highlander remake is one of those projects that’s been bouncing around development hell for ages now, occasionally bobbing to the surface with some new rumors but always seeming like a terrible idea. Ryan Reynolds came and went as the prospective lead, and a dude named Cedric Nicolas-Troyan was set to make his feature debut as director of the film. Well, now the Highlander reboot reportedly has a very big fish in its sites: actor Tom Cruise.

The Wrap reports that Summit Entertainment — the folks behind the Twilight movies, among other things — are currently “courting” Tom Cruise for their long-gestating Highlander revamp. They don’t want him for the lead, but rather for the “Sean Connery mentor role.” If your Highlander memories are a little rusty, Connery played Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez in the original film, an Egyptian pretending to be a Spaniard who wielded a katana and spoke with a Scottish accent. He took the recently undead-ed Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) under his wing and explained the truth about the immortals who have been living among mortal man for centuries, forever battling each other to claim “the prize” — in the end, there can be only one. So, if Cruise does sign on for Highlander, I wonder if he’ll fare better than Connery’s Ramirez and actually make it to the end credits with his head still attached.


Philip K. Dick’s Daughter Is Bringing This Creepy Short Story To The Big Screen

Philip K DickPhilip K. Dick is, obviously, a sci-fi icon, and his work has become favorite genre films like Blade Runner, Total Recall, and Minority Report, among others. One of his most beloved books, The Man in the High Castle is being turned into a series by Amazon, but there’s another Dick adaptation in the works that sounds intriguing, and even has members of his family on board.

Dick’s daughter, Isa Dick Hackett, is on board to produce an adaptation of her father’s short story “The Crawlers.” To be honest, I’m not familiar with this particular story, but the description over at the Wrap sounds promising as hell, not to mention a wee bit crazy.


The First Star Wars: The Force Awakens Footage Will Probably Be Seen Here

swtitle-630x420-578x3851 (1)We’re at that crossroads when the rumor mill takes a brief pause from churning out different descriptions of what the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer might show audiences, and it’s now squarely focused on when we’ll get our first look at J.J. Abrams‘ new blockbuster. The latest clue buzzing around is that the (assumedly epic) teaser will be front-loaded onto Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies when it’s released on December 17. One giant film to introduce another? That sounds very Hollywood.

We’re not treating this as straight gospel, of course, as the news comes to us from the website StarWars7News.com, not the most prestigious of journalism outlets. Their biggest piece of data comes from a tweet from someone named Reece Steel, who claims to have spoken with the film’s first assistant director Tommy Gormley, who turned him onto the Tolkien adaptation as the way to go to find the teaser. Here’s a shot of the tweet, which was later deleted, along with Reece Steel’s entire account. Conspiracy?


Nineteen Eighty-Four Is Being Remade With This Supreme Director

nineteen eighty fourThe words I’m writing now will probably be on the Internet for a long time, which means the NSA and any other governmental surveillance agencies wouldn’t have to look very hard to find out what I think. But what if Big Brother started looking into every part of my life? I might not have to wait long to figure it out, as Sony Pictures is gearing up to bring the world of George Orwell’s dystopian classic Nineteen Eighty-Four to modern audiences with a brand new feature. Cue the echoing groans of disgust.

Before you grumble yourself to sleep, know that there is a silver lining, as the studio is currently courting Oscar-nominated director Paul Greengrass to helm this ambitious project. With his early career spent on acclaimed films like Bloody Sunday and The Theory of Flight, the U.K.-born filmmaker found breakout success with The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. He also created the tense and depressing 9/11 drama United 93, and was most recently responsible for pitting Tom Hanks against Somali pirates in Captain Phillips. The guy knows how to pull high-octane thrills out of serious situations, which is exactly what Nineteen Eighty-Four needs in order to win over audiences these days.


Ridley Scott Promises Fresh New Aliens In Prometheus 2, Details Here

prometheusTalking about Prometheus 2 a while back, director Ridley Scott indicated that, though set in the same universe as his 1979 classic Alien, the new film will not feature the iconic xenomorphs. While we were disappointed to hear that we won’t be seeing one of the most terrifying creatures in cinema history, that doesn’t mean there won’t be all kinds of nasty beasts to contend with, and Scott has some big, terrifying changes in mind.

A while back, talking about the various drafts of the scripts, Scott said that, “there’s only so much snarling you can do,” and that he intends to introduce something new and “interesting.” He left it at that for the time, but recently, speaking to The Australian, he had more specific things to add to the conversation:


It’s Hip To Be Square—If You’re This New Water Bottle

squareSince GFR first covered the Coolest Cooler, the invention that won Kickstarter, as well as an environmentally friendly water bottle redesign, it makes sense that we round out the trifecta with another cool crowd funded idea: the square water bottle.

Sure, it looks cool, but what’s wrong with the conventional round shape of a water bottle? If you’re wondering that, you’ve probably never brought a bottle of water on an airplane (purchased or filled up in the airport, rather than brought through security, of course). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lost my water bottle because I left it in my bag and it rolled out, disappearing under the feet of the folks behind me. The square design solves that problem. If they’d only invent square chapstick for the same reason, I’d be seriously impressed and delighted. And in case you’re wondering, the square design doesn’t impede shoving the water bottle into a cup holder.