News From Hollywood
— BREAK DOWN With M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs seemingly unstoppable at the box office, the director says he still can’t quite shake the idea of a sequel to 2000’s Unbreakable, which grossed close to $100 million but had as many detractors as fans. ”I keep struggling with whether to do it or not,” he says. ”It’s hard because I feel a little upset that it split audiences, [but] I’d love to see what that guy’s life is like now,” he adds, referring to Bruce Willis’ character. ”How does he orchestrate his life so that he doesn’t touch people? And then [his] wife doesn’t know, but [his] kid knows that dad’s a superhero — that’s so f — -ing fun! I’d love to do that.”
— BOOST UP Morgan Freeman, who will begin filming George Armitage’s adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s The Big Bounce this fall, has attached himself to The Booster, a heist film written by Sheldon Turner and adapted from Eugene Izzi’s 1989 novel about two legendary thieves who come out of retirement to rob Chicago’s Sears Tower. Both Jan De Bont (Speed) and Mimi Leder (Deep Impact) had previously expressed interest in directing the Intermedia project, but Die Hard’s John McTiernan (who recently remade Rollerball) has won the gig. Freeman will be playing the older thief; Vin Diesel, who we hear is circling a Conan the Barbarian remake, is being courted to take on the role of his younger partner. Turner also has a project at Sony called 52 Blocks, a fight movie in the vein of an urban Karate Kid, to which Wesley Snipes is loosely attached.
— ONE LAST SNIPE In more Wesley news, the star is talking about teaming up in the future with Penelope Cruz; he’s also hoping to get a little action in Blade III: Says the night crawler, ”Blade needs a love interest.” Isn’t he a bit long in the tooth for that?