Daybreakers, opening Friday, presents a future world where vampires outnumber humans. Of course, if you've turned on the TV or walked into a bookstore lately, you may already feel like you live in that world.
From the Twilight books and movies to the Vampire Diaries, and True Blood to the new Daybreakers, vampires are everywhere. The film's producer has a few ideas about why.
Per the Hollywood Reporter, the U.K. Film Council is developing a feature adaptation of Peter Pan in Scarlet, the officially sanctioned sequel to the J.M. Barrie classic.... Willem Dafoe is a Nazi officer whose life is saved by Jewish circus clown Jeff Goldblum in the World War II Holocaust drama Adam Resurrected.... Warner Bros. and producer Jerry Weintraub are developing a new revisiting of the Tarzan tale. Guillermo del Toro is in talks to direct.... Miramax is bringing the Pulitzer-winning Broadway drama Doubt to the big screen.... Per Variety, Julia Ormond is Lindsay Lohan's mother in I Know Who Killed Me.... Dimension Films is turning the comic book Madman into a live-action feature, to be penned by creator Michael Allred and director George Huang (Swimming with Sharks).
Daryl Hannah, Roy Scheider, Eric Roberts and Sean Young have been cast in Dark Honeymoon, an indie about a man who discovers horrible things about his new bride. Like, she doesn't really enjoy Smallville.... Per Variety, Woody Harrelson will fill the title role in The Walker, playing an escort to high-society dames. The cast includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Lauren Bacall, Lily Tomlin and
Eric Roberts Willem Dafoe.
Surprisingly — or not? — the American Family Association, which has smote irreverent series dating back to Charlie's Angels, is taking issue with the new NBC drama The Book of Daniel (premiering Jan. 6), in which Aidan Quinn plays a clergyman with a colorful clan and who, by the way, occasionally chats with Jesus (played by Garrett Dillahunt). AFA biggwig Rev. Donald Wildmon slams Quinn's character for being a "drug-addicted Episcopal priest whose wife depends heavily on her midday martinis," takes issue with (shocker alert) the show's portrayal of homosexuals, and pegs the drop-ins by Jesus as "very unconventional." Wildmon's obviously a Willem Dafoe loyalist.
In last summer's Spider-Man, James Franco played Harry, the troubled son of wealthy industrialist Nathan Osbourne aka the Green Goblin aka Willem Dafoe. Harry's back — and nastier than before — in Spider-Man 2. But die-hard fans of the Spidey comic books are scratching their heads. Isn't the Osbourne heir supposed to avenge his late, insane father by following in Gobby's footsteps? On that scary flying sled, we mean.
"There's some confusion," Franco says. "There's a Hobgoblin in the comics who isn't Harry Osbourne. The second Green Goblin is Harry Osbourne. And there's been a setup since the first film for my character [to be evil]. But we had the Green Goblin in the first film, and I really don't think it's smart to repeat that."
So whatever they have Franco doing in Spider-Man 3, he says, "It's gonna be different. I don't think I'll fly."
The 26-year-old Franco — a Golden Globe winner for TNT's 2