Bradford's Hollywood: November 24 2012

by Listener Archive / 24 November, 2012
Saturday Night Live; Transformers; and Star Wars.
Kristen Wiig

Former Saturday Night Live cast mates Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are teaming up to make a comedy drama called The Skeleton Twins. It’s about estranged twins Maggie and Milo who coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and confront how their lives went wrong. For Maggie, that means re-examining her marriage to Lance (Luke Wilson), while her gay brother Milo revisits his old flame Rich, a former teacher with a past he’d rather keep quiet. As the twins’ reunion reinvigorates them both, they realise the key to fixing their lives may lie in fixing their relationship with each other. The film will be the second feature directed by Craig Johnson, who co-wrote the story with Mark Heyman (Black Swan). Shooting starts in New York later this month. Wiig recently finished work on Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and is filming Hateship, Friendship with Guy Pearce. Hader will next be seen in The To Do List, which was written and directed by his wife, Maggie Carey, and stars Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) as an inexperienced young woman who makes a list of things she wants to do before she starts university.

  • After the mega-moneymaking horror that was Transformers: Dark of the Moon, director Michael Bay has confirmed there will be a fourth flick in the franchise. None of the previous three films’ human actors will be returning but Oscar-nominated actor Mark Wahlberg will be taking over the lead from Shia LaBeouf. The film will begin four years after the battle in Chicago that ended Dark of the Moon and Bay says the story will go in a new direction. Wahlberg has finished making action comedy Pain and Gain with Bay, about a pair of bodybuilders in Florida caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. Dwayne Johnson co-stars, as do Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris and Wiig’s Bridesmaids colleague Rebel Wilson.

  • In news of another unnecessary sequel, a 50-page treatment for the new Star Wars movie has been penned by Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt. Disney, which recently bought Lucasfilm, says Episode VII will be out in 2015, followed by two more Star Wars movies. The studio will start hunting for a director soon. Arndt won an Oscar for writing Little Miss Sunshine, was nominated for his work on Toy Story 3 and wrote the screenplay for the forthcoming Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire.
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