Welcome to Development Hell, the fiery pit into which we fling recent developments in casting, distribution, and everything else that’s new and mildly interesting in the Boschian phantasmagoria of the entertainment industry.
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- Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood continues to serve up a veritable treasure trove of weird casting choices: Today, The Wrap reports that actor Mike Moh has joined the film’s cast, as Tarantino’s version of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. Moh—who’s appeared in the past on shows like Empire and Inhumans—is a devoted follower of Lee’s, filming multiple tribute videos to the late actor and posting them to his social media accounts. Of course, it’s not entirely clear why Quentin Tarantino wants a Bruce Lee for his upcoming film—besides his usual catering to his various cinematic fetishes—but then, there’s not much clear about Once Upon A Time, anyway, which is being presented as a sprawling portrait of L.A. on the eve of the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders.
- The Child’s Play remake is proving itself to be as unkillable as a voodoo-powered children’s toy with Brad Dourif’s voice wedged down its throat; per Slashfilm, the franchise reboot—from director Lars Klevberg, of the still-shuttered horror feature Polaroid—has announced that he’s entered “week 1" of the film. Although, given that there’s no cast set for the movie yet, it’s not clear if that means production, or writing the script, or just quietly praying to the horror movie gods that this is the big, unnecessary horror reboot that will make everyone involved rich, for once.
- Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne will soon be reuniting way up in the sky, with Deadline noting that the Theory Of Everything co-stars have both been cast in The Aeronauts, about a pair of 19th century daredevils aiming to fly higher in a hot air balloon than anybody in history. That sounds suitably terrifying—especially since a) Redmayne and Jones will apparently be doing many of their own stunts, and b), as far as we know, hot air balloons are only held up by magic and so-called “physics,” and not, like, rational forces that us poor earthbound lay-people could ever properly understand.
- There’s another Nine Lives movie in the works, this time with fewer disgraced Hollywood stars in the role of smarmy talking cats. Rather, this’ll be a film adaptation of Ursula K. LeGuin’s celebrated novellette about the societal consequences of cloning. (Weird fact: The story was originally published in Playboy, where it was discovered and widely promoted by then-President Lyndon Johnson. Also, at no point does Christopher Walken appear to teach anybody a mystical lesson about anything.) The film is being directed and co-written by Siri Rodnes. [via Deadline]
- Netflix is, like, such a gearhead these days; the streaming service just renewed its straightforwardly named Fastest Car for a second season, but it’s also adding two new vroom-vroom-based entertainments to its roster. Per Vulture, the two shows are Hyperdrive—an automotive obstacle course that sounds wildly dangerous, but in a fun way—and Car Masters: Rust To Riches, which sounds like any other reality makeover show…except for cars.