Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Matt Damon, are you there?

Now that my big night at the Oscars is over it's time to get back to basics. Deadline is back to business and I've been reading about a lot of upcoming projects that could be pretty cool. One of those is The Osterman Weekend based on the Robert Ludlum book. It's the second time around for this one; the first time was Sam Peckinpah's 1983 version. The original starred Rutger Hauer, John Hurt, Craig T. Nelson, Dennis Hopper, and Burt Lancaster among others. Hmm. Rutger Hauer.
The new script is by Simon Kinberg and Jesse Wigutow. Kinber is the writer behind Mr. & Mrs. Smith, x-Men: The Last Stand and Sherlock Holmes. According to FilmStalker in a 2010 article, Kinberg was originally- back in 2007 that is -  going to direct as well but now it looks like the movie will finally get made and it's going to be Brian Kirk sitting in the director's chair. Kirk is chiefly a television director with credits that include Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Dexter, The Tudors, Great Expectations and the new series Luck which stars Dustin Hoffman. He's doing this one for LionsGate/Summit and Captivate so it looks like this one is intended for the big screen.
Deadline reports "The Osterman Weekend is classic Ludlum, mixing conspiracy, murder and a man on the run. On the eve of an annual weekend getaway with friends, John Tanner is visited by a reporter who tells him his friends aren’t who he thinks they are. When the reporter turns up dead, Tanner gets caught in downward spiral of doubt and paranoia and, ultimately, a desperate fight to stay alive long enough to figure out who he can trust and who’s out to kill him."
So what do you think? Yet another remake of a 1980's movie. Is it necessary? I'm thinking Rutger Hauer and thinking yes. If he was in it, please yes! Then I took a peek looking for reviews of the original; I found some really rotten ones on Rotten Tomatoes - granted they were based on the dvd release vs the big screen.
Perhaps a gander at the original trailer will give us a clue? I'm right! I'm right! This movie could be amazing with the right cast especially in the principal role of John Tanner played here by Rutger Hauer. So, please cast anybody but Rutger Hauer and it will be a better movie than the original.
Heavens!  I'm actually excited by this one and am starting to consider casting possiblities. It could be fun to bring Clooney, Damon, and Pitt together again. Add Ryan Gosling in the mix. Michael Fassbender too. Giametti and Philip Seymour Hoffman. I don't really care what parts these major players play, ha ha, I just think they would be amazing together! But how about Matt Damon for John Tanner? Any casting ideas?

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