By Katey Rich
There's one thing you can count on when a movie makes over $200 million on a budget of peanuts: There will be a sequel. At least the planned 300 follow-up seems unique, in that it's taken over a year for the production company to admit they're doing it; maybe that means they're not just in it for a quick buck? Variety reports that Frank Miller is writing a graphic novel that will be a followup to his original 300, though it may wind up a prequel or spinoff or some other sort of continuation. Zack Snyder has said he will again direct if he likes what Miller comes up with. And, as is usually the case, if the price is right.
When Ellen Page announced a whole flurry of projects following her breakout role in Juno, I was concerned that my favorite of the bunch, Whip It!, would get shoved aside in favor of something bigger. But happily, Drew Barrymore's directorial debut is scheduled to get off the ground later this summer, with Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig and Juliette Lewis all joining the cast, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As befits a movie set in the world of roller derby, character names include Malice in Wonderland and Dinah Might. How can you not be excited about this??
Killing people is all the rage these days, didn't you hear? Matthew Fox will be giving James McAvoy and his Wanted company a run for their money when he stars in Billy Smoke, a--you guessed it--comic book adaptation about a hit man who has a change of heart and decides to rid the world of all assassins. Variety reports that the movie is based on a comic book series that comes out next year.
And finally, the first trailer for Quantum of Solace is up on Moviefone! But we've got it embedded right here. If you thought James Bond was fearsome when he was just doing his royal duty, just wait until you see him out for revenge!