February 25, 2009
Newsbites: The people living in forests edition!
1. It turns out the rumours were correct: Cate Blanchett really will play Maid Marian in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood movie. The film, which stars Russell Crowe and was called Nottingham before it went through some extensive rewrites, "has evolved into a 'Gladiator' version of the Robin Hood legend. . . . Crowe plays Robin of Loxley in an origin story of Robin Hood that hews close to historical facts of the period. Abandoned as a child, he finds community with the common people of Nottingham. Robin's abandonment and trust issues hamper his ability to fall in love. He meets his match in Marian, a strong, independent woman." -- Variety, Hollywood Reporter
2. Eric Brevig -- whose last film, Journey to the Center of the Earth, was Walden Media's biggest hit outside of the Narnia franchise -- is going to direct the live-action version of Yogi Bear. -- Hollywood Reporter
3. Canadian actor Bronson Pelletier has reportedly been cast in the werewolf-heavy Twilight sequel New Moon. Meanwhile, series star Kristen Stewart is facing a backlash over suggestions that she regards Twilight as not a "great movie", but "just one that makes a lot of money." -- MTV Movies Blog (x2)