March 31, 2013

Paramount Will Make G.I. JOE 3

Variety has confirmed that Paramount Pictures is moving forward with a third G.I. Joe film after the excellent box office of G.I. Joe: Retaliation. It's expected that Dwayne Johnson and director Jon M. Chu could be returning for the second sequel. No word if screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese have been asked to write the next installment. There have been teases from producers that it's possible to see a crossover with Transformers in the future.

March 30, 2013

Robert Redford Confirms Role In CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Is He Playing Alexander Pierce?

LATimes was able to directly ask the legendary Oscar winner actor Robert Redford about joining the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Robert confirmed he'll be in the film and talked a bit about the reasons for agreeing to make it. The rest of cast includes Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Toby Jones and Georges St-Pierre. His character named Pierce will be a higher-up in S.H.I.E.L.D. It's possible he could be a combination of Agent Alexander Pierce and the classic Sgt. Nick Fury.

“I'm doing this film because it's different. It's a new thing for me... I like the idea of stepping into new territory. I'm excited by it. I also think it's a good bunch of people who really know what they're doing.” 

March 28, 2013

Christopher Nolan Wants Matthew McConaughey To Play The Main Character Cooper In INTERSTELLAR?

Deadline reports that Christopher Nolan is very interested in casting Matthew McConaughey as the lead in his wormhole sci-fi adventure film Interstellar. Matthew would play the main role of Cooper. McConaughey started his carare making well received films like Dazed And Confused and A Time To Kill but started chasing paychecks with horrible romantic comedies. His recent string of films such as Mud, Lincoln Lawyer, Killer Joe and Magic Mike have given him a new life in Hollywood. Matthew ended up earning an Independent Spirit Award for the latter. Apparently, there is already Oscar talk for his AIDS drama Dallas Buyer's Guide. The actor went all Christian Bale and lost a crazy amount of weight to play his character. Matthew will also be seen in Martin Scorsese's Wolf of Wall Street alongside Leonardo DiCaprio later this year, which could have also helped get Nolan's attention. The only other actor linked for Interstellar includes Michael Caine. He already teased a role in the film before it was even announced. We won't have to wait long for the film's release as it's coming on November 7th 2014.

Director Jon Chu Gives Update On MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE

While G.I. Joe: Retaliation is about to overshadow the first film with expected big worldwide box office numbers this weekend. It's director Jon Chu should take some pride in the fact a lot of fans are rallying around the more "faithful" film. Next he'll be tackling another 80's toy/cartoon property with a reboot of Masters of The Universe. Chu gives IGN a brief update on the project which has a script from Alex Litvak (Predators) was picked up by Sony when Warner Bros. gave up on it. There is also talk of having Dolph Lundgren (Expendables 1-2, Universal Soldier Movies) who played the original He-Man come back to do a cameo.

“We’re still early but we’re deep in experimenting. This is the most fun phase for me because we get to try everything we’ve ever wanted to try in [Masters of the Universe] and then we get to throw out all the things that don’t work, which is most of it. [This allows us to know] what our tone is, where we’re going to head with it and it’s a very important phase because it shows [us] the direction we’re going to go in the future. So we’re very early, we don’t know a lot yet other than that we’re playing around and having a lot of fun.”

Jon also spoke with ToplessRobot and gave a little bit more about the remake.

"We're going for slightly more serious, and I wouldn't say "serious" as a dark tone you don't necessarily want He-Man to be in, but it's not campy. We're not going campy. It's sort of an origin story of how He-Man came to be, and to me that gives you a lot of opportunity to create real culture in this world. What is Eternia really like, what are the cultures, what are the languages they're speaking, what are Snake Men, what are Beast Men, what are all these things, and how do they exist in this world? So we're taking a real look at creating life on this planet, on this world, that hopefully will translate. And again, we're in a very early designing phase of it, the script is great, but we're still very early at figuring out exactly how theatrical we go, and how real we go, and how dark we can take it." 

Judy Greer Will Play Female Chimp Cornelia In DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Vulture reports that comedic actress Judy Greer (Arrested Development, The Descendants)  has joined the cast of Dawn of The Planet of The Apes. Judy will play female chimp Cornelia (a nudge to Cornelius obviously) via motion capture. Who might end up the love interest to Caesar (Andy Serkis), I assume both will be speaking in full sentences in the film.

B.J. Novak Confirmed For Role In AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

Director Marc Webb has tweeted a set photo including Office and Inglourious Basterds actor B.J. Novak. Which likely confirms that he'll have some sort of roll in Amazing Spider-Man 2. His role isn't mentioned but he might be linked to Oscorp.

Webb also revealed recently that this Oscorp security person seen above is played by  Cal McCrystal.

March 27, 2013

MGM Will Help GK FIlms Make The TOMB RAIDER Reboot, Will Olivia Wilde Or Camilla Luddington Play Lara Croft With Mark Fergus Directing?

Deadline reports that MGM has purchased the film rights to GK Films' Tomb Raider reboot. The film has been in development for a couple of years now with a script from Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Iron Man, Children of Men, Akira). The new film will have more in common with the recent game which reboots the entire franchise in a more grounded world. CinePop had reported on a rumor that Olivia Wilde (Tron Legacy) had been linked for the role of Lara Croft and screenwriter Mark Fergus (First Snow) for the director's chair. However, that was back in 2011 things could have chanced since then.

It's possible the studio could look to actress Camilla Luddington (Californication) who did all the voice and motion capture for new the game. The rebooted origin from the game will be the basis for the new films. She could develop into a franchise star such as Chris Hemsworth was for Thor. Since the Lara Croft/Tomb Raider brand might be big enough to sell the film without a massively well known actress in role.

Matthew Vaughn's THE SECRET SERVICE Coming November 2014

Deadline reports that Fox has won a battle with Universal for the rights to distribute Matthew Vaughn's (Kick-Ass, Layer) next comic book film The Secret Service. The comic from Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) focuses on a veteran secret agent who leads a young street hooligan protege into the shadowy business.Vaughn and writing partner Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, X-Men First Class) have taken on the film's script.No word on casting besides the iconic Mark Hamill filming a cameo.

UPDATE: Fox has set the release date for November 14th 2014 and will begin production this August.

Kate Mara Joins Wally Pfister's TRANSCENDENCE Starring Johnny Depp And Rebecca Hall

Another Iron Man actor has joined the cast of Transcendence as Deadline reports Kate Mara (Iron Man 2, House of Cards) has landed a role in the sci-fi epic. The cast is led by Johnny Depp along with Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3, The Town, The Prestige) and Paul Bettany (Iron Man 1-3, Avengers). The former two along with Mara have had roles in the Iron Man franchise.

RUMOR: Fox Burned After Damon Lindleof's Exit Of The PROMETHEUS Sequel, After Convincing The Studio To Make A Trilogy?

BloodyDisgusting is reporting that 20th Century Fox and director Ridley Scott are upset over the exit of screenwriter Damon Lindelof. The writer came in for rewrites and sold the studio on the idea of a trilogy before jumping ship after the release of Prometheus. Instead of Ridley's original two-part Alien prequel the film went into a massively different direction. The studio is looking to keep things moving and are looking for writers who can develop two more films. They are apparently taking pitches from potential writers. It's first time we've ever heard about Fox's plans for an actual Prometheus trilogy. Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are seemingly locked in for future films.

Ridley is currently finishing up his drug crime thriller The Counselor and has a few other projects in development including a Blade Runner sequel. It's possible if they're able to come together with a new writer that is able to put together a script soon it could go into production. Jon Spaihts who wrote the original script isn't mentioned and seems like he's being kept from moving forward with the new films. BD points to an old interview with Jon via Empire that first revealed his plans for multiple films.

“I did have a plan for multiple films and the conversations I had with Ridley was about a new franchise, from the beginning. We talked about a possible trilogy, or a duology, but more often as a trilogy. And I did have pretty broad notions as to how we were going to get from this world to the original Alien – the baton pass, closing the circle, if you will. So yes, I did have plans for two other films. I came up with an even more twisted sequence than the Medpod, but I cannot tell you what happens… 

“My vision of the trilogy would have involved the arrival of the Yutani Company and a couple of other major plays around the Engineers themselves: the revelation of an additional grand Engineer design, and the possibility of seeking an Engineer homeworld. That shot of the ship flying at the end offers a lot of creative ways to play with this. But it feels like it brackets you into the search for the Engineer homeworld and home civilisation. That’s an interesting challenge.”

I have a couple of writers in mind that could tackle this franchise. One writer I could see jump into this world is Drew Goddard. He recently took on the role of director with Cabin In The Woods but like Damon has ties to the complex series Lost. Drew also wrote sci-fi films Cloverfield and adapted Robocaplyse or Steven Spielberg. Scott Z. Burns is another solid screenwriter who could develop a solid story. He's written sci-fi scripts for 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Dawn of The Planet of The Apes (another Fox production), Side Effects and Contagion. Not to mention spy flicks The Bourne Ultimatum and the original script for The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Images From The New WOLVERINE Trailers


March 26, 2013

Nicola Peltz Confirmed For Female Lead Of TRANSFORMERS 4, Will Play Mark Wahlberg's Daughter

Michael Bay has officially announced via Twitter that Nicola Peltz (Avatar: The Last Airbender) will play the female lead of Transformers 4. Nicola will be actor Jack Reynor's love interest and the daughter of Mark Wahlberg's character.

Tom Hardy And Jason Statham In The Mix To Play Snake Plissken In ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK Reboot?

NYDailyNews is reporting that actors Tom Hardy (Max Mad, Dark Knight Rises) and Jason Statham (Hummingbird, Expendables) are currently in the mix for the role of Snake in Escape From New York. A reboot of the classic cult film which is being produced Joel Silver and is expected to reveal the origins of Snake.

Hardy is currently shooting Animal Rescue and is expected to shoot the thriller Child 44 next. He also recently wrapped on Mad Max: Fury Road and lined up a starring role in Splinter Cell. Jason Statham may have a role in Fast And Furious 7 and is expected to reprise a supporting role in Expendables 3. Tom is easily the go to actor since he was previously in the mix for the film when it was still with producer Neal Mortiz. Considering he's already been apart of the reboot of Mad Max the studio could believe he could do the same for Snake. Statham hasn't really had a franchise role since The Transporter and Crank.

Screen Images From New WOLVERINE Footage, Confirms Yakuza

More Teaser Footage From THE WOLVERINE Trailer

Another Stylish Poster For THE WOLVERINE

March 25, 2013

Georges St-Pierre To Play Villain Batroc The Leaper In CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

LatinoReview is reporting yet another inspiring casting choice by Marvel as the studio has cast Canadian MMA fighter Georges St-Pierre in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. GSP will play Marvel villain Batroc The Leaper, a French mercenary with exceptional fighting skills. I assume Batroc will be on the same villain squad as Crossbones (Frank Grillo) and The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). This addition begs the question, will we end up seeing a female baddie in the film?

Japanese Jaeger Coyote Tango Graces New PACIFIC RIM Poster

Noel Fisher In The Mix For FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot?

Ex-Variety journalist Jeff Snider dropped a bit of tidbit of information concerning Noel Fisher's recent casting in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He hints that Noel might also be in the mix for a role in Fox's Fantastic Four reboot. Which is looking to shoot sometime later this year with director Josh Trank and new producer Matthew Vaughn ready to go.

Unknowns Cast As Leo, Don And Mikey In TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TUTRLES, Master Splinter And Shredder Still To Be Announced

Deadline reports that casting for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot is clearly almost complete as Paramount announces three unknowns have been cast as the rest of the turtles. They include Jeremy Howard (Accepted, Galaxy Quest) as Donatello, Pete Ploszek (Parks & Rec, Shameless) as Leonardo and Noel Fisher (Twilight Saga) as Michaelangelo. Megan Fox has been placed in the human role of reporter April O'Neil while Alan Ritchson (Smallville, Hunger Games: Catchingfire) will play Ralphael. The actors playing the turtles will be doing motion capture performances for the characters. Shredder and Master Splinter are still to be announced. No word if Krang or Casey Jones will still be apart of the film after the recent rewrites. Production will begin in April with a slated release date of June 6th 2014.

Vine Footage For THE WOLVERINE Trailer Teases Silver Samurai And Jean Grey

Director James Mangold has just posted teaser footage for the trailer of The Wolverine on Vine. The brief snapshots of footage give hints to Silver Samurai and a cameo from Jean Grey.

ENDER'S GAME Finally Has A Poster

More Viral Kaiju Images From PACIFIC RIM

Second THE WOLVERINE Poster Teases Ninjas

Enterprise Crew On The Empire Cover, Plus Spock And Uhura Rocking Klingon Weapons