Another year is in the can, and we've seen some exciting new projects get picked up and some other promising films fall by the wayside. But what we're really sick of is so many super geekily awesome flicks spending ages languishing in production hell. So here's your New Year's resolution, Hollywood: Get these 11 films through the production process by the end of 2011 so we can have them in theaters by 2012. No more excuses and no more horsing around!
"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"
Pretty much every young actress in Hollywood has been rumored to be attached to "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." First it was Natalie Portman, then it was Scarlett Johansson, and now it apparently might be Anne Hathaway. Enough is enough! Now that director Mike White is on board, nail down your Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy, and let us see some classic Jane Austen characters deal with the zombie apocalypse!
First "Gravity" had Angelina Jolie, then it had Robert Downey Jr., then it lost Jolie AND Downey and gained Sandra Bullock and George Clooney instead. Now that director Alfonso Cuaron has his leading lady and man, we think he should start filming immediately so that neither of them has a chance to back out.
"Snow White and the Huntsman"
Here's another one that's been juggling too many actors recently. Let's start with the Huntsman: First Tom Hardy was interested, then Johnny Depp, and now Michael Fassbender is looking at the role. And let's not even get started on the casting of Snow White, since Universal isn't sure whether they're going to go for an unknown or big name actress. At least Charlize Theron is still set as the evil queen Ravenna, though we're starting to worry that she's going to drop "Snow White and The Huntsman" since it's taking so long to get through production.
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" has such an all-star pedigree and awesome premise, we aren't sure why Hollywood actors aren't jumping all over this film. It's been placed on the Black List of screenplays this year, which automatically gives it a seal of approval, but we must admit that we were a little disappointed that Daniel Day-Lewis took another Lincoln project over this one. Still, there are plenty of other options, and Eric Bana is allegedly interested in the lead. Considering "Wanted"'s Timur Bekmambetov is still at the helm and the film has a June 22, 2012, release date, we're hoping that a casting announcement is made pretty soon.
"Oz: The Great and Powerful"
At least "Oz: The Great and Powerful" is in a relatively good state. It has Sam Raimi promising that this is going to be the next film that he makes, while Robert Downey Jr. (wow he's been in and out of a lot of movies on this list) is set for the title role of the Wizard of Oz. There are still the roles of three witches that need to be cast (Glinda, Evanora and Theodora), but that's the least of our worries. We just want filming to be finished before Downey gets torn away from this film by one of the many other projects he's attached to.
"Jack the Giant-Killer"
This is yet another film that's so close yet so far away from nailing down it's leading man. It had long been rumored that Aaron Johnson would play the title character in "Jack the Giant-Killer," but recently that opened up to him and two other actors battling out for the lead role. Similarly, there are three actresses being looked at for the female lead, but we think that must be down to two now that Lily Collins has been tapped as the lead in the "Mortal Instruments" franchise. Bryan Singer said that this would be his next film way back in September 2009, but considering it was supposed to start filming over the summer, things aren't looking so hot for "Jack."
Johnny Depp bought the rights for "Dark Shadows" back in 2007, and fans have been waiting and waiting and waiting since then for he and Tim Burton to get their acts together and film the project. In 2008, Burton promised they'd start filming in summer 2009, and in summer 2009 Burton promised cameras would roll in 2010, but this year has come and gone and no footage has been filmed. Depp did confirm to MTV last year that things were "very active" and, with "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" author Seth Grahame-Smith penning the script, it seems like wheels might actually be turning. But hey, we'll believe it when we see it.
"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"
"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is a film that hasn't languished in production hell for too long, but with the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks fast approaching, we think that it's about time this film his the screen. Director Stephen Daldry has been attached to the film since April, and just recently he found his main character, Oskar Schell, in the form of "Teen Jeopardy!" winner Thomas Horn. So it sounds like the film might be heading under the lens soon. But with busy actors Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks also attached to the film as Oskar's parents, we're worried that they might either bow out or delay filming if shooting doesn't get under way soon.
Untitled Will Ferrell/Zach Galifianakis Comedy
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis's untitled political comedy satirizing the 2008 presidential election was only announced this month, but we have a feeling that this is a film that could be delayed and pushed back for years before it finally hits theaters. Unfortunately that wouldn't work out too well because the film is supposed to be released to coincide with the 2012 presidential elections. The film has a director (Jay Roach) and two screenwriters (Chris Henchy and Shawn Harwell), so give this movie a title and get it in front of cameras before Ferrell, Galifianakis and the 2008 drama become completely irrelevant.
It was, but then it didn't, and then it was, but then it didn't again. Then Ivan Reitman came on board, and it was still pushed back and things really weren't looking so good. Now Reitman is guaranteeing a Christmas 2012 release date and Dan Aykroyd is throwing out potential new cast members left and right. Well, that would be nice if he actually told the cast members that they were cast. Someone get their act together on this movie, please.
Don't even get us started. Either get this movie made or drop it for good. And by that we mean: Get this movie made now!
What in-development movies do you definitely want to see filmed by the end of 2011?