Tom Cruise Gets Mortal, Aaron Eckhart is Frankenstein, Olivia Wilde Joins Rush, Netflix Kills Qwikster
Tom Cruise is Ready for Mortal Combat. Tom Cruise is in talks to star in director Doug Liman’s upcoming Battle Los Angeles meets Groundhog Day -style sci-fi war pic We Mortals Are for Warner Bros.. Based on the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill, the story centers on a recently enlisted soldier’s fight to reclaim Earth from alien invaders. When the recruit is killed in the line of duty, he finds himself living the same day over and over again. Cruise will next been seen in Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol followed by New Line’s musical Rock of Ages.
‘It’s Alive’ Aaron Eckhart is Frankenstein. Aaron Eckhart will star in the modern-day thriller I, Frankenstein, based on the graphic novel by Underworld co-creator Kevin Grevioux. Eckhart will play Frankenstein’s creature Adam Frankenstein in this latest incarnation of Mary Shelley’s classic horror tale. Living in a dark, gothic metropolis, ADAM finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. Lionsgate will distribute the film in the United States, Lakeshore will handle international sales and E1/Hopscotch will distribute in Australia. U.S. release is slated for February 22, 2013.
Olivia Wilde Feels The Rush. Olivia Wilde is the latest actor to join director Ron Howard’s Formula One drama Rush, about the rivalry between drivers Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) and James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth). Wilde will play 1970s supermodel Suzy Miller, Hunt’s love-interest. Her next, In Time, which co-stars Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, will be released in theaters Oct. 28. Wilde has wrapped roles in three other films including the dramatic thriller The Words, with Bradley Cooper, Weinstein Co. comedy Butter and the DreamWorks drama Welcome to People.
Netflix: Are Queue Not Entertained? Just three weeks after Netflix made a bold and financially jeopardizing decision to split DVD and streaming plans, the company has done an about-face. Netflix has abandoned plans to separate its less profitable DVD-by-Mail service to a new division called Qwikster. In a statement on the official Netflix Blog, CEO Reed Hastings writes “It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs. This means no change: one website, one account, one password… in other words, no Qwikster.”