Quickies: The Hobbit, Beverly Hills Cop 4, Madagascar 2, and The Boston Stranger

It’s not that there are a lot of movie news today, it’s just that there are a lot of really lame movie news today that doesn’t deserve a full post for themselves. So, here they all are, squeezed into one big post. First up is Christopher Lee, who tells Empire> magazine that he’s willing to come back as Saruman for the “Hobbit” movies, currently under the direction of one Guillermo Del Toro over there in New Zealand. That is, if Guillermo wants him back. read

Meanwhile, Brian De Palma, coming off the sting that was the unmitigated called “Redacted”, will be directing a big screen version of “The Boston Stranglers” for producer Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Motion Pictures. The movie will be written by Alan Rosen from Susan Kelly’s nonfiction book “The Boston Stranglers: The Public Conviction of Albert DeSalvo and the True Story of Eleven Shocking Murders.” read

Fanboys hate Brett Ratner, and if what Ratner told MTV is true, then they’re going to hate him even more. According to Ratner, his plans for “Beverly Hills Cop 4” is to make it kid-friendly. Or as he puts it: “10-year-old kids, 12-year-old kids don’t really know the old ‘Beverly Hills Cop.’ So it’s an opportunity to make it new for kids… The same way it felt for me watching ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ when I was a kid, that’s what I want to do for kids today.” Yeah, good luck with shaking the “hack” tag there, Brett. read

And finally, Cinematical has gotten the poster for “Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa”: