Gibson Joins 'Machete Kills,' Kurtzman and Orci to Pen 'Spider-Man 2,' 'Uncharted' Feature Films and More

Logo for Disney short film Paperman
Photo: Walt Disney Pictures

Just above is the logo for Disney's new animated short film Paperman via the film's official Facebook page, which I first mentioned back in February and is likely to play in front of Wreck-It Ralph on November 2. Along with that we get the following plot description:

Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with Paperman. Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him. Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Paperman pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction.

I'm curious to see how this one works out. [source]

Mel Gibson is set to play a supporting role in Machete Kills, the Robert Rodriguez-directed sequel that will bring Danny Trejo back as the blade-wielding former Federale title character as he is drafted by the U.S. government to track an arms dealer through Mexico before he can launch a rocket. [source]

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Transformers, Star Trek) have been hired to rewrite the script for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. James Vanderbilt wrote the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man, which hits theaters on July 3 and also wrote the original draft for the sequel, which has already been dated for May 2, 2014.

In other Spider-Man news, Bridesmaids helmer Paul Feig says he penned one of the high school scenes in The Amazing Spider-Man. [source]

Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) is attached to star in an adaptation of gossip columnist Jeanette Walls's The Glass Castle: A Memoir at Lionsgate. Marti Noxon is attached to write the screenplay. [source]

Remember that bad idea for a movie based on the Stretch Armstrong toy? Well, Relativity has set Dean Georgaris (The Manchurian Candidate, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life) to pen the screenplay with the film already set to hit theaters on April 11, 2014. [source]

Finally, if you're a fan of the "Uncharted" video games, someone has pieced together the game play for Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception into three feature length films. The first comes in at a manageable hour and 53 minutes, while the second is just shy of three hours and the third a whopping three hours and 16 minutes.

I've embed all three directly below. [source]

  • Ooze33

    Oh wow, those Uncharted movies are pretty fantastic. Being a nitpicky, I wish the person had uploaded them in HD, but ah well.

  • Jeff

    And the list of 'meh' films Robert Rodriquez makes instead of Sin City 2 grows larger.

    Thanks for posting the Uncharted videos those were pretty cool and reminded me why I enjoyed the first 2 games so much, not so much the 3rd.

    • Yaz

      You do know he's shooting Sin City 2 right after Machete 2 wraps filming, right?

      • Jeff

        Yeah I know, I'd still much rather he get onto that first however. Rather then a sequel to a spinoff from a joke trailer from a film that was a novelty in the first place.

        But hey, it's his business he can do whatever he wants, i'm glad he's finally getting arond to SC2 i'm just surprised we've had to wait like 7-8 years for it.