Quickie Movie News for August 7, 2007

Star Trek 11: The big buzz around the Internet movie watercooler today is that J.J. Abrams is pursuing Tom Cruise to make a cameo appearance in his Star Trek 11 movie. IGN says this: “According to our source — whose scoops have always panned out in the past — Abrams is wooing his Mission: Impossible III star Tom Cruise to cameo in Star Trek … as Captain Christopher Pike!” I’m not a Trekker (or Trekkie), but I think Pike was the ORIGINAL Enterprise Captain who got killed in the pilot, and was replaced (sort of) by William Shatner’s Captain Kirk. I could be wrong, though. Props to Abrams for willing to associate himself with Tom Cruise, who has been a pariah to Hollywood of late.

The Weinstein Brothers: Depending on how you feel about the way the Weinstein brothers have treated the Asian movie properties they have acquired for U.S. distribution in recent years (re: it ain’t been pretty, kids), then you will either rejoice at this news or recoil in horror. Here it is: The Weinsteins have raised $285 million for their Asian Film Fund, and plan to use it to make Asian movies in English. Up first: A live-action version of Walt Disney Pictures’ animated film “Mulan,” a modern-day remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “The Seven Samurai” and the World War II actioner “Shanghai”.

Fahrenheit 451 Remake: I didn’t know Frank Darabont was even directing a remake of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”, but apparently he is, and he’s looking at Tom Hanks to play Guy Montag, the Fireman who is the lead in the film. The movie, about a future society where books are outlawed and burned, is apparently an American literature classic. I say “apparently” because I’ve never read it, but people keeps telling me it’s great, so it has to be, right? Darabont apparently has written the script as well, and will be heading off to the “451” set as soon as “The Mist” with Thomas Jane wraps.

Shoot’em Up: Here’s yet another reason to catch “Shoot’em Up” (besides the action, Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti as the heavy, I mean) when it hits theaters September 7, 2007:

Monica Bellucci in Shoot