Bruckheimer on ‘Treasure,’ ‘Pirates’ and ‘G-Force’
Superproducer Jerry Bruckheimer tells us that he's not sure when the next "National Treasure" will go into production, but he does know "We've got a really good story for that now. We're working on it.
"And we're working on another 'Pirates,'" he adds, referring to the much-talked-about fourth "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie. "Hopefully we'll start that next year. We've got a lot of good stuff coming up."
Right now, the Friday (7/24)-opening "G-Force" is at the top of Bruckheimer's agenda. The live action/animation romp features the voices of Penelope Cruz, Tracy Morgan, Sam Rockwell and Nic Cage — as a super spy unit consisting of three guinea pigs and a mole, respectively. Jon Favreau and Steve Buscemi also voice rodents in the flick. Did the stars say yes because it was Jerry calling? "No," he insists with a laugh. "It's always the material. If they like the material, they'll say OK. We worked so hard on the script; that's always the hardest part."
MEANWHILE: We caught up with Bruckheimer at the film's Hollywood premiere the other day — as he was taking in the wild, movie-inspired games, the people-sized obstacle course and other activities at "The G-Force Experience" attraction that will be opening along with the film, across the street from the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood.
Also among the notable names on hand were Jon Voight — who told us he considers it "great news" that another "National Treasure" is in the works — and Bill Nighy, who, of course, is Davy Jones to "Pirates" movie fans. "I'm pleased to hear they're doing another one. I don't know if I'm in it. I hope I am," says Nighy.
Nighy is in "G-Force" as the appliance-manufacturing bad guy. "This is the first guinea pig movie the world has ever known. We're pioneers here in the guinea pig world," he declares. The witty British thespian admits he wondered about the idea of guinea pig heroes, but "as soon as you read the script you realized it's absolutely top class, and everything worked."
As far as his role, Nighy confesses that he has had "half an eye on world domination" for a while. "I do have an inner fascist I access for certain roles, so I know what it's like to want to control everything."
This week, he jets back to the U.K. to join the company currently shooting "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows," playing Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour. After that, says the actor who delights in mixing up big-budget popcorn flicks and sophisticated fare, "I'm going to promote a movie called 'Glorious 39,'" a conspiracy thriller with Julie Christie, set in 1939. And, "I'm also going to promote a film called 'Wild Target,' which is a remake of a French film, with myself and Emily Blunt." He reports, "I play a middle-aged lonely assassin, a hit man who has never had a girlfriend or any feelings in that area, and everything is proceeding quite happily, and he kills people quite successfully, until he's required to kill Emily Blunt. And he can't pull the trigger, and he doesn't understand why. We know why: because she's too cute. But it takes him the whole movie to work that one out."
RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME: Melissa Peterman has had some cool opportunities the last few years having starred on "Reba" for six seasons and most recently hosting CMT's "The Singing Bee." The comedic actress says she owes it all to talent and a little bit of luck. "When I came to L.A., I did one showcase with industry people there, and I can point back to almost every job I've gotten from that one night of getting in front of the right people," Peterman tells us. "You can be wonderfully talented, but if you never get seen by the right person, your talent doesn't matter. You'll be the most talented person that nobody knows about."
CHOP TALK: With Seth Rogen all set to play The Green Hornet, the question becomes, who will play his trusty, martial artist sidekick manservant, Kato. A casting call has gone out for prospects, with producers indicating a willingness to consider knowns and unknowns of any Asian ethnicity, as long as they have martial arts experience.
With reports by Emily Feimster.
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