What's new in movie news?
Here's a recap of some of the biggest upcoming movies...
Updated November 13, 2007
- Star Trek - Wynona Ryder was cast as Spock's human mom, Amanda. YIKES!
- Justice League - I'm hearing that the cast is all set, and we should see an announcement this week...stay tuned!
Updated October 29, 2007
- Justice League - Lots of new news on the Justice League movie front:
- Rumors that Teresa Palmer has landed the role of Wonder Woman
- Greg Berlanti, a television writer and executive producer who is responsible for shows like "Dirty Sexy Money," "Brothers & Sisters," "Everwood," "Jack and Bobby," and "Dawson's Creek" has been named as the Director for the Green Lantern spinoff, a direct spinoff of the Justice League film
- Director David Dobkin has been named as the director of The Flash, another direct spinoff of the impending Justice League film.
Updated October 18, 2007
FINAL STAR TREK CAST ANNOUNCED
- Chris Pine as James T. Kirk
- Karl Urban as Leanard "Bones" McCoy
- Zachary Quinto (and Leonard Nimoy) as Spock
- Simon Pegg as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
- John Cho as Hikaru Sulu
- Zoe Saldana as Uhura
- Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov
- Eric Bana as the villian, Nero
- The last piece of the puzzle - Who is playing Christopher Pike?
Updated October 11, 2007
- Assuming the writer's strike happens, here's a list of the studio's priorities and shooting start dates for comic book movies:
- Wolverine - November 7, 2007
- Magneto - January 1, 2008
- G.I. Joe - February 8, 2008
- Justice League - February 11, 2008
- Dragon Ball Z - Fall 2008
- Star Trek (reboot) - New casting updates! All of the main cast, except for Captain Kirk, Dr. McCoy and Captain Pike, have been cast!
- "Hot Fuzz" and "Shaun of the Dead" star Simon Pegg is set to play chief engineer 'Scotty'
- Asian-American comedy actor John Cho, best known as Harold in "Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle", is set to play the ship's pilot Hikaru Sulu.
- Shooting begins November 5th
Updated October 10, 2007
- Star Trek (reboot) - Aussie Eric Bana ("Troy," "Munich") has officially signed on to play the villain Nero in the J.J. Abrams-directed reinvention of the "Star Trek" film franchise for Paramount.
Chris Pine ("Princess Diaries 2," "Smokin' Aces," "Just My Luck") is also in discussions to star as Captain Kirk, joining the already cast Zachary Quinto ("Heroes") as a young Spock, Anton Yelchin as Chekov, Zoe Saldana as Uhura and Leonard Nimoy returning to play the older Spock.
- Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins - Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired North American distribution rights to "Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins," putting the project on the fast track to begin production in early 2008. "T3" scribes John Brancato and Michael Ferris penned the screenplay, whilst a director is being finalized (McG is the odds-on favorite).
The producers said it wasn't yet clear whether Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back for his fourth appearance in the franchise, but they've left it open for him to do a cameo.
- Transformers 2 - ComingSoon.net got an interview with Spielberg, and here's what he said about "Transformers 2" and lead actor Shia LaBeouf -
"Spielberg told us they are going to be multiple "Transformers" films that the hot young actor is signed on to do and that there's already a story for the second one, but production depends on the pending writer's strike."
- Thundercats - Video gaming veteran Jerry O'Flaherty will helm Warner Bros. Pictures CG-animated "Thundercats" feature, based on the popular '80s cartoon, comic and toy line.
- Wolverine - Kym Barrett has joined the crew of the much anticipated 'Wolverine' spin-off. Producers are also looking at Queenstown, New Zealand as a possible shooting location.
Updated October 3, 2007
- Sex and the City - For you girls out there, SPOILER ALERT!!!! Highlight this copy to see it: (Spoiler start) There is a photo going around the Internet showing Sarah Jessica Parker on the set of the movie in a wedding dress. Does she finally marry Mr. Big? (Spoiler end)
- Fast and the Furious 4 - Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are in negotiations to reunite for the fourth installment of Universal's "Fast and the Furious" franchise. I say, while you're at it, put Keanu Reeves in there too so that no one has any talent!
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - Over 2000 production stills, a complete production budget breakdown, possibly the script and other sensitive materials from the production office of Indiana Jones have been stolen. Director Steven Spielberg's Universal Studio office was raided by a thief recently who quickly began offering the goods for sale to the highest bidder amongst entertainment websites. The LAPD & FBI also managed to nab the thief yesterday afternoon at The Standard on Sunset in Los Angeles. Now, if they could just catch Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman's murderer...oh wait...right.
Updated September 28, 2007
- Karate Kid (remake) - IGN Movies has been informed by a reliable source that Sony Pictures is developing a remake of The Karate Kid that will be produced by Will Smith's Overbook Entertainment and Jerry Weintraub. Will's 9-year-old son Jaden Christopher Syre Smith ("The Pursuit of Happyness") is apparently attached to star in the remake.
- Justice League - I'm hearing that Jessica Biel has decided to pass on playing Wonder Woman in the film series. So sad...
Updated September 27, 2007
- Justice League - JusticeLeague-On-Film.com is reporting...
- Maxwell Lord is the main villain along with the cyborg OMACs.
- All 7 "founding members" of the JL will be featured - Presumably, that would be Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, The Martian Manhunter and Aquaman.
- JL will feature big "epic" battles between Superman and Batman as well as Superman and Wonder Woman
- The budget for JL is said to be around $160 million.
- Terminator 4 - Penned by Michael Ferris and John D. Brancato ("Terminator 3") and intended to be the first of three new movies, the new one will follow the events of "T3" and be post-apocalyptic. While it's not known whether Nick Stahl and Claire Danes will return, John Connor and Kate Brewster are indeed in the script.
- Transformers 2 -
After weeks of "will he or won't he return?" buzz, Michael Bay will reportedly reprise his directing duties for Paramount and DreamWorks' Transformers 2, which is targeting a tentative June 26, 2009 release.
According to Variety, "Bay has not yet inked a deal to helm the follow-up but is in the final stages of negotiation. With Bay's involvement, [the first film's star, Shia] LaBeouf is expected to return as well."
- Zen in the Art of Slaying Vampires - Russell Mulcahy ("Resident Evil: Extinction," "Highlander") will helm the film for CP Productions and Capitol Films. Based on the first in a three-novel series by Steven-Elliot Altman, the hero is turned into a vampire as he and his lover are attacked in lower Manhattan. She dies, and he struggles to overcome his murderous instincts and thirst for blood through Zen meditation. A struggle for his soul ensues between the bloodsuckers and the zen masters.
- The Fantastic Mr. Fox - Wes Anderson confirms to MTV News that his "Rushmore" leads Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman will reunite for his stop-motion film "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" for 20th Century Fox. "George Clooney is going to be Mr. Fox. Bill Murray has a part. Jason [Schwartzman] is doing a voice. That's our team. It will take a couple years to do the animating . It's like 'Nightmare Before Christmas' or those Christmas specials. These [characters] have fur, so it's not like claymation" says Anderson.
Updated September 26, 2007
- The Day The Earth Stood Still (remake) - The Keanu Reeves-led remake has been delayed from May 9th 2008 to December 12th 2008. Unfortunately, unless "Wolverine" is scheduled for the Summer, Fox won't have one major film coming out next Summer short of Eddie Murphy comedy "Starship Dave". Yikes!
- Mall Cop - Kevin James is set to co-write and star in the Sony Pictures comedy "Mall Cop" says the trades. James will play a mild-mannered security guard who patrols a shopping mall that's taken over by highly organized thieves.
- The Human Factor - Clint Eastwood is looking to direct "The Human Factor," a quickly brewing drama about how the 1995 Rugby World Cup helped heal post-apartheid race relations in South Africa. Morgan Freeman had already signed on to play Nelson Mandela in "The Human Factor," Matt Damon is in preliminary talks to play the captain of the Springboks, and Warner Bros. Pictures is in talks to finance and distribute.
- The Punisher: Warzone - Director Lexi Alexander has updated her website with the latest casting announcements, but added that T.J. Storm ("Conan") will play Maginty in the movie. The actor joins a cast that includes Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Doug Hutchinson, Wayne Knight, Dash Mihok and Colin Salmon.
Updated September 25, 2007
- Justice League - Lots of news...
- Although the likes of Victoria Hill, Silvia Colloca, Ivana Milicevic have all tested for the role of Wonder Woman, trade paper Variety reports that Jessica Biel is already in talks.
- As speculated, the 'Lantern' of this film is John Stewart, whilst The Flash is the youngest member and has a crush on Wonder Woman.
- Batman has a piece of technology he developed called the 'Redeye', that he can use to spy unbeknownst on the other League members. It becomes a catalyst for events when a villain takes control of it, whilst one of the League members will 'go bad'." Sounds like the Brother Eye story from recent comics.
- The Spirt - Sarah Paulson, Dan Lauria, Stana Katic, Johnny Simmons and Louis Lombardi have joined the cast of "Will Eisner's The Spirit" to be helmed by comic auteur Frank Miller. The film noir follows rookie cop Denny Colt (Gabriel Macht) who returns from the dead to fight crime as the Spirit from the shadows of Central City. Samuel L. Jackson will play the villainous Octopus with Eva Mendes and Scarlett Johansson as femme fatales.
- The Dark Knight - There was recently a fatal accident on the set of The Dark Knight. Our most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of that crew member.
- Shazam! - Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is up for one of two roles in the new Captain Marvel movie. Either Captain Marvel himself, or the films villain, Black Adam. Stay tuned for more...
Updated September 24, 2007
- Justice League - Casting and Auditions are underway! I'm hearing rumors that the film may start production as early as February 2008. Let's hope it doesn't suck.
- Here's a note about casting...
Casting directors are looking for 8-9 leads with the following description: "We are looking for Male actors 18-35 years old; Caucasian and Black. The primary focus should be to find Caucasian actors. There is 1 role for the Black Actor (Green Lantern Jon Stewart? Black Lightening?) We are looking for Female actors 20-32 years old; any ethnicity. (Wonder Woman? Hawkgirl?)"
- Also...Moviehole is reporting that Aussie actress Victoria Hill auditioned for the role of Wonder Woman.
- State of Play - Jason Bateman will join Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in the Kevin Macdonald-directed adaptation of the British miniseries "State of Play" for Universal Pictures.
- The Dark Knight - Beatrice Rosen ("Peaceful Warrior") and Joshua Harto ("The Believer") have joined the cast of Warner Bros. and director Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. No word yet on what parts they'll play.
Updated September 21, 2007
- Punisher 2: War Zone -
Joining Ray Stevenson are Dash Mihok as Detective Detective Martin Soap, Colin Salmon as Agent Paul Budiansky and Doug Hutchinson as Loony Bin Jim.
- Justice League - Lots of news...
I've heard rumors that Brandon Routh is being asked by Warner Bros. to be part of the Justice League movie as Superman. However, I doubt it. And now, Tom Welling is NOT going to be in this film.
I'm also hearing that Ryan Gosling is on the short list to play a young Batman in the film...again, total crap. But who knows?
George Miller has been officially announced by Warner Bros. to be directing the project.
- Lost & Found -
Katherine Heigl has optioned film rights to Jacqueline Sheehan's bestselling dramatic novel "Lost & Found" reports Variety.
The story focuses on a widowed psychologist who moves to a remote Maine island and works in an animal hospital after her husband dies.
Whilst Heigl will produce, it's not yet known if she may star.
Updated September 20, 2007
- Superhero - Dimension films has announced the start of principal photography and the ensemble cast for the feature comedy Superhero. Written and directed by Craig Mazin, the ensemble cast includes Drake Bell, Sara Paxton, Christopher McDonald, Leslie Nielsen, Kevin Hart, Marion Ross, Ryan Hansen, Jeffrey Tambor, and Brent Spiner. David Zucker and Robert K. Weiss will serve as producers on Superhero.
- Monsters vs. Aliens - DreamWorks Animation has moved up the 3D CG-animated feature "Monsters vs. Aliens" two months to March 27th 2009 reports the trades. The date change avoids a head-to-head collision with James Cameron's "Avatar" which would have meant the films would be fighting over the growing number of digital 3-D screens.
- Indiana Jones and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - Lucas says "It's just a completely different character, so you're not invested in him in any way. The fact that that character, after the first part of the movie, isn't needed doesn't become a problem. Whereas I think with the scene we had, where [Indy] says goodbye to his dad, everybody was, "Wait a minute! Isn't he coming back?" So in the end, I think it turned out for the best. Sean just retired and he wants to stay retired, and I understand that. [Laughs] I think he just said, "Look, I've done it, I've done it." He was very tempted, you know, and we talked for a long time. But in the end, he just said, "Eh, I'm playing golf."
- Mr. S: My Life With Frank Sinatra - Brett Ratner and Chris Tucker are looking to recapture that "Rush Hour 3" magic on "Mr. S: My Life With Frank Sinatra." The project is based on the book by long-time Sinatra valet George Jacobs, a tell-all about his many years working with The Chairman and the rest of the Rat Pack.
Updated September 18, 2007
- Star Trek (reboot) - Zoe Saldana (Lt. Uhura) will join Zachary Quinto (Spock) and Anton Yelchin (Chekov) in the franchise's new installment. The part of the beautiful African-American communications officer was originated by Nichelle Nichols.
- Transformers IMAX and Transformers 2 - Transformers director Michael Bay has commented on his official message board about the IMAX release and sequel:
"...I just saw the first IMAX print of 'Transformers'. Not depressing - freakin AWESOME! They need to bottle the magic of IMAX because it's the future of cinema. "It comes out next Friday the 21st. I added some extra scenes.
"'Transformers 2', well that's another story. Iching [sic] to work pre-strike (June) so I might jump ship and come back a year or so later cause people at the studio have been dragging for two months. Not sure why. I'll keep you informed."
- Thor - Director Matthew Vaughn spoke about the upcoming film...
"My only concern initially was that it's another fantasy film [after Stardust], but it's different in the sense that it's a superhero film set in the world of fantasy. You've got Thor and Odin and it's set in Asgard - it's not going to be like Lord of the Rings or even Narnia. I think it's important to keep it comic book. We're not doing the Thor of Norse mythology. We're doing the Marvel Thor."
- Sex and the City movie - Jason Lewis and David Eigenberg will reprise their roles as the significant others of Samantha (Kim Cattrall) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) in the "Sex and the City." Lewis and Eigenberg join fellow returning paramours Chris Noth and Evan Handler. Jennifer Hudson as Carrie's assistant is the only new name to surface so far. Production is scheduled to begin in New York within the week, additional cast members should be announced imminently.
- The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - The first official one-sheet of the second CS Lewis book to be made into a movie, Prince Caspian, has finally premiered.
Directed by Andrew Adamson, this time around, the Pevensie siblings (Peter, Lucy, Susan and Edmund) once again return to the magical land of Narnia, only to learn that 1300 years have passed.
Updated September 15, 2007
- Paddington Bear - Warner Bros. is teaming with "Harry Potter" producer David Heyman to adapt British kids classic "Paddington Bear" reports Variety. Hamish McColl ("Mr. Bean's Holiday") is writing the screenplay for a live-action movie based on Michael Bond's series of books for young children about a talking bear who's adopted by a London family when they find him lost at Paddington Station. Are there NO original ideas left in Hollywood?
- $40,000 Man - Terry Zwigoff ("Ghost World," "Bad Santa," "Art School Confidential") will direct the New Line Cinema comedy "The $40,000 Man" reports the trades. The film centers on a legendary astronaut who finds himself horribly injured in a crash and is rebuilt by the government to be a bionic man, but on a measly budget of only $40,000. Fun premise, but wasn't this already made?
- Dali & I: The Surreal Story - Cillian Murphy ("Batman Begins") has signed on to star opposite Al Pacino for the indie film "Dali & I: The Surreal Story," reports Reuters. Set during a 20-year span beginning in the 1960, the Andrew Niccol-directed film centers on the period of the Spanish surrealist's (Pacino) life after he created his most famous masterpieces and embraced his flamboyant eccentricity. During this time, he also befriended and mentored Stan Lauryssens (Murphy), a young art dealer whose memoir "Dali and I" is the basis for the film.
Updated September 12, 2007
- State of Play - Edward Norton is ready to rejoin forces with "Fight Club" co-star Brad Pitt in Universal's adaptation of "State of Play." The original miniseries was scripted by Paul Abbott and directed by David Yates. Matthew Michael Carnahan took the first crack at the American script, which features Pitt as a former political operative who uses his connections to become a reporter. Things get complicated when he begins investigating a murder involving a rising congressman (Norton) and even has an affair with the politician's estranged wife.
- The Simpsons Sequel - Al Jean, executive producer and show runner on " The Simpsons ," has admitted to The New York Post that a "Simpsons Movie " sequel is a long way off. Jean says "We would only do a sequel if we believed it was a movie that had to be made, just like we did with the first one.
- John Rambo - Lionsgate will release Sylvester Stallone's "John Rambo," the fourth in the Rambo series, on January 25th 2008. Set in Thailand, the story follows a group of Christian aid workers who recruit John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) to guide them up the Salween River to deliver medical supplies to the Karen tribe of neighboring Burma (aka Myanmar). When the missionaries fail to return, Rambo is persuaded to take a group of mercenaries back into the war-torn border region to find them.
Updated September 11, 2007
- Sex and The City (movie) - Oscar winner and former American Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson has landed a role in the 'Sex and the City' movie. The film begins shooting next week in New York, and takes places four years after the end of the series.
- Tron (Remake) - Commercial director Joseph Kosinski, who last month signed on to helm the remake of "Logan's Run" for Warner Bros. Pictures, is in final negotiations to develop and direct a remake of 1982 cult classic "Tron" says The Hollywood Reporter.
- Watchmen - Filming has begun for Zack Snyder's comic book adaption, 'Watchmen .' Opening March 6, 2009, the Warner Bros. release stars Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Matthew Goode, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Carla Gugino and Stephen McHattie.
Updated September 10, 2007
Indiana Jones IV - The movie finally has a title
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
- Aliens VS Predator: Requiem - I'm hearing that we'll be seeing the home world of the Predator species in the new film, releasing on Christmas Day 2007. Let's hope it doesn't suck.
- Bond 22 - Some new details have gotten loose about the next installment of the James Bond franchise. Producer Barbara Broccoli says the story "will continue the path of Bond trying to find out who was behind the Le Chiffre operation. That's as much as we're going to say." She does confirm that neither gadget-master Q or secretary Miss Moneypenny will appear - "Certainly, there may come a point where those beloved characters return, but at the moment, they're not in 22."
Writer Paul Haggis adds "I can tell you it starts right where 'Casino' left off. Yes, Bond will be going after the organization that we hinted at.
Updated September 9, 2007
- GI Joe - No longer will G.I. Joe be a U.S. Special Forces soldier, the "Real American Hero" who, in his glory days, single-handedly won World War II. In the politically correct new millennium, G.I. Joe bears no resemblance to the original. Paramount has confirmed that in the movie, the name G.I. Joe will become an acronym for "Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity" — an international, coed task force charged with defeating bad guys. It will no longer stand for government issued, as in issued by the American government. The studio won't elaborate, saying filming hasn't begun and details are still in the works, but the behind-the-scenes rumblings are that the producers have decided to change the nature of G.I. Joe in order to appeal to a wider, more international audience.
- Robotech - According to The Hollywood Reporter, 'Spider-man' star Tobey Maguire may be transitioning from webs to robots in the big-screen adaptation of 'Robotech'. Maguire is angling to star in and produce the film, based on the long-running manga and anime. According to The Hollywood Reporter, 'Spider-man' star Tobey Maguire may be transitioning from webs to robots in the big-screen adaptation of 'Robotech'. Maguire is angling to star in and produce the film, based on the long-running manga and anime.
Updated September 4, 2007
- Batman 3 - Although "The Dark Knight" is still being filmed, Batman On Film.com has found out some interesting rumors about the impending 3rd film in the series, rumored to be called "Shadow of the Bat"
While Two Face will be the main baddie in BATMAN 3, The Joker will return and Catwoman will make her first appearance in a Bat-film since 1992.
WB may be targeting Winter 2009 for Batman 3 , making it a Holiday release.
- Justice League -
Casting directors are now listed at Showfax in New York, Toronto and Vancouver for Warner Bros .' live-action Justice League of America adaptation, which George Miller is expected to direct.
- The Mummy 3:
Tomb of the Dragon Emperor - Plot details from director Rob Cohen:
In the film Jet Li plays a despotic Chinese Emperor in 50 B.C. whose evil is punished by a terrible curse laid on him by a wizardress (Michelle Yeoh): he and his army are turned into to terra cotta for all time; that is, unless he is re-awakened which, of course, is where the O'Connell's come back into it.
The story moves to the year 1946. When we find them, Rick (Brendan Fraser) and Evelyn (Maria Bello) are retired to Oxfordshire, England, having been spies for the British during World War II. They are bored silly and welcome the offer of “one last mission” from the Foreign Office. Their assignment: courier a precious artifact back to the museum in Shanghai, China from which it was stolen.
The film hits cinemas on July 30th next year.
Updated August 31, 2007
- Justice League - Tom Welling's publicist Shea Martin says he will not appear as Superman in the 'Justice League' movie. "This is all pure speculation," Martin said. "I think the rumor started recently on an uninformed website and it's sort of taken on a life of it's own. Absolutely not true!!" I'm just saying, I already said he wasn't going to do it!
- Star Trek (Reboot) - I'm hearing reports that 29-year-old actress Zoë Saldana ("Haven," "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl") has been offered the part of Uhura - the USS Enterprise's communications officer originally played by Nichelle Nichols.
Updated August 30, 2007
- Justice League - I'm hearing some rumors: some good, some ridiculous:
The cast could include Bruce Willis as Lex Luthor and Mel Gibson as Maxwell Lord.
Martian Manhunter will be added to the League.
Previously, The Flash was set to be killed. After word leaked about that, they're changing who dies.
The heroes will be younger, and in the first couple years of their career. This not an origin film though, the League already exists. Manhunter though, will be played older and wiser.
WB is planning to cast very big for the heroes. Names thrown around: Jake Gyllenhaal, Leo DiCaprio, Jessica Biel. Scarlett Johanssen for Talia. As I said several times, Tom Welling isn't going to happen.
The JLA will consist of: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash (Wally West), Green Lantern (Jon Stewart), Aquaman, and Martian Manhunter.
- Shazam! - Stuntman Brandon Molale who has been rumored to be a contender for the lead role in the Captain Marvel movie. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is also up for the role.
- Dune 2 - I'm hearing that there's talk of a new, live-action big budget 'Dune' film. Stay tuned to Popcorn At The Movies.com as things progress.
- Wall Street 2 - "Wall Street" producer Edward R. Pressman has talked about plans for a sequel to the classic 1987 Oliver Stone film entitled "Money Never Sleeps". He said that "the new film will be based in New York, in London, in the United Arab Emirates and in an Asian country. We've pretty well worked out the inter-personal relationships between the characters. We're now talking about the business events.” Notorious BIG biopic - R&B singer Sean Kingston has apparently landed the lead role in the Notorious B.I.G. biopic.
- Supermax - David S Goyer said recently, "We haven't even officially turned in a script for that yet. The idea is that they're mostly sort of third-tier DC villains, but that was part of the fun, that they're relatively obscure. But Icicle is in it from JSA—from my days on writing that. I mean, people will recognize most of them. What we did was present to DC a list of people we wanted, and then they went through it on a case-by-case basis and told us whether we could have them or not."
Updated August 29, 2007
- Justice League - I've heard a couple of rumors lately. I've heard claims that "4 guys" (presumably part of the 'Justice League' production staff) who were thumbing through the 'JLA' graphic novels at Borders, were looking for the book with the White Martians in it. I think its total crap, but who knows?
- Punisher: War Zone - Although originally rumored to be called "Welcome Back, Frank", the second Punisher film will now be called "Punisher: War Zone."
- Lost Boys 2: The Tribe - Haim's manager says problems arose over the weekend in regards to immigration problems Haim may have in traveling in and out of the country. Warner Bros. is currently working to rectify these issues.
- Escape to Witch Mountain (remake) - Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is in negotiations to headline Walt Disney Pictures' modern re-imagining of the classic 1975 adventure movie. He's Just Not That Into You - Ben Affleck is in negotiations and Kris Kristofferson is set to join New Line Cinema's ensemble comedy. Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Connelly, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Connolly, Justin Long, Ginnifer Goodwin and Drew Barrymore are already cast. The Ken Kwapis-directed feature has interconnecting story arcs that deal with how men and women often misconstrue the intentions of the opposite sex.
Updated August 27, 2007
- Superman: The Man of Steel - In the Superman sequel currently in pre-production for a 2009 release, it seems that Braniac will finally be making an appearance. The Kryptonian cyborg will be making a pact with Lex Luthor to try and kill the Man of Steel. However, apparently in the cross fire, Jason, the annoying child of Superman and Lois, will be killed off. THANK GOD!
- The Day the Earth Stood Still (remake) - Variety is reporting that Keanu Reeves will star in 20th Century Fox's remake of the classic sci-fi film. The 1951 Robert Wise original starred Michael Rennie as Klaatu, a humanoid alien who arrives on Earth with his indestructible robot Gort. Klaatu's mission is to warn the Earth's leaders that an alien race will annihilate them if they don't make up and play nice.
Updated August 24, 2007
- Justice League - I'm now hearing that the rumored "Justice League" movie, which is being quickly pushed through pre-production, is now going to be motion capture, similar to "The Polar Express" and "Beowulf."
Christian Bale and Brandon Routh have already said they won't do it anyways.
- GI Joe - Stephen Sommers (Director of "The Mummy" and "Van Helsing") is confirmed to be directing the live-action version of the 80's cartoon and toy hit, GI Joe.
- Dallas - Comedy director Betty Thomas ("The Brady Bunch") is in discussions to helm the feature film adaptation of classic 80's TV series "Dallas" reports Variety . John Travolta remains attached to play slimy oil tycoon J.R. Ewing, but names mentioned last year like Luke Wilson and Shirley MacLaine are no longer involved.
- Lust, Caution - The MPAA has awarded Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution," the director's first project since the acclaimed "Brokeback Mountain," the dreaded NC-17 rating. "Lust" follows a young Chinese drama student (Tang Wei) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai during World War II who becomes the center of a plot to seduce and kill a married enemy collaborator (Tony Leung).
- Renaissance Men - Universal Pictures has picked up comedy "Renaissance Men" penned by actors Rainn Wilson an d Matt Ross reports Reuters. Wilson ("The Office") will topline and produce the feature with Jay Roach. The story follows two down-and-out community theater actors who think they've accidentally killed a co-star. In a panic, they go on the lam and hide out in a Renaissance fair.
Updated August 22, 2007
- Transformers 2 - After lashing out at Paramount/Dreamworks because they are discontinuing production on Blue-Ray Disks, Michael Bay (Transformers) has eased his stance on returning to direct the sequel. On this site, he says...
As a director, I'm all about people seeing films in the best quality possible, and I saw and heard firsthand people upset about a corporate decision.
So today I saw 300 on HD-DVD, it rocks!
So I think I might be back on to do Transformers 2!
- The Spirit - Eva Mendes will round out the cast for Frank Miller's "The Spirit," joining Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Gabriel Macht.
Writer-Director Frank MIller named Gabriel Macht (The Good Shepherd, Whiteout) a few weeks ago as the star of the Miller-scripted adaption of the Will Eisner comic book series.
Shooting begins in October for release in 2009.
- The Time Traveler's Wife - Ron Livingston is joining the big-screen adaptation of the best-selling novel "The Time Traveler's Wife," according to The Hollywood Reporter . He joins the already cast Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, who is playing the title role.
Henry De Tamble (Bana) is a librarian of the charismatic and dashing variety working at Chicago's Newberry Library. And even though he has a handle on the Dewey Decimal system, he can control his genes, or one gene in particular, that causes him to be whisked around in time involuntarily. This causes numerous hassles, not the least of which is maintaining his romance with his wife Clare (McAdams), whose age progresses normally while his jumps all over the place.
- OZ - Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures are teaming on "Oz," a revisionist take on the L. Frank Baum's 15-book "Wizard of Oz" novel series reports Variety. Scribe Josh Olson ("A History of Violence") will write and "Spawn" creator Todd McFarlane will produce. McFarlane says "I want to create (an interpretation) that has a 2007 wow factor. You've still got Dorothy trapped in an odd place, but she's much closer to the Ripley from ‘Alien' than a helpless singing girl." They also say the film will be more of a sequel than a remake.
- Untitled 1-18-08/Cloverfield - The J.J. Abrams monster flick (which has no real title yet) is starting to pick up some buzz. Apparently, not only will there be one HUGE monster destroying New York, but there will also be small, raptor-like monsters running around the streets eating people. The smaller monsters grow from scales shed by the big monster.
- Adventureland - "Superbad" director Greg Mottola has signed on to direct his next film based on his own script for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. The film is a period comedy set in the late-80s about a college grad ready to summer in Europe before starting grad school. With his father getting laid off, he's forced to get a job and support himself - at the local amusement park, 'Adventureland.' The film will be based on Mottola's own experiences at Long Island's actual Adventureland, filming will actually take place in Pittsburgh this October.
Updated August 21, 2007
- Star Trek -
Scotty has been cast! James McAvoy, acclaimed for his roles in the British show "Shameless" and hit film "Last King of Scotland," will play Scotty as a young man. It's the first time the Scottish character has been played by a real Scot. The original Scotty, Canadian James Doohan, died aged 84 in 2005. With this new news, Scotty, Chekov and Spock have all been cast.
Also, I've heard that e leven sound stages on the Paramount lot are being u sed for the 85-day shoot beginning in November . In addition, two weeks will be spent shooting in Iceland - Some far-off planet?
- Transformers 2 - Transformers director Michael Bay has responded to Paramount/DreamWorks' decision to become exclusive to HD DVD instead of releasing movies on both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD: Bay said: "I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For them to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks! They were progressive by having two formats. No Transformers 2 for me!"
However, Nelson, Bay's webmaster, says ' Keep in mind that he quit Pearl Harbor about 4 times during pre-production.'
- Powder Blue - Fans rejoice! Jessica Biel will play a stripper in the drama, "Powder Blue." I've heard that she has a "signed a contract that explicitly details the bare minimum fans will see - including shots of her breasts and butt." YAY!
- Defiance - Mark Feuerstein has joined the cast of Paramount Vantage's holocaust drama. Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell and Liev Schreiber star as Jewish brothers in occupied Poland who join the Russian resistance, building a village in a forest to save other Jews.
- Bachelor No. 2 - Jason Biggs and Lizzy Caplan are joining the Dane Cook-Kate Hudson romantic comedy. The story centers on Tank (Cook), a master at seducing - and offending - women who is a professional Bachelor No. 2. When guys get dumped, they hire Tank to take their ex-girlfriends out on the worst date of their lives - an experience so horrible it sends them running gratefully back to their beaus. When Tank's best friend, Dustin (Biggs), is dumped by his new girlfriend (Hudson), Tank naturally offers to help out and soon finds himself torn between his loyalty to Dustin and the desire to be Bachelor No. 1.
- Alien vs. Predator: Requiem - This is the new title to the 'Aliens vs. Predator' sequel.
In the film, the iconic monsters from two of the scariest film franchises ever, wage their most brutal battle yet in an unsuspecting Colorado town.
David Paetkau, John Ortiz, Johnny Lewis, Reiko Aylesworth, Sam Trammell, Shareeka Epps and Steven Pasquale star.
- Lost Boys 2: The Tribe - P.J. Pesce is apparently directing the sequel, which has been rumored in different incarnations for well over a decade. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the plot focuses on siblings who move to Trinidad, California, where Reeser's character is seduced by the leader of a cult of vampire surfers. History suggests that that's never a good thing.
Production began this week, with both Corey Haim and Corey Feldman rumored to be reprising their roles from the original film.
Updated August 19, 2007
- Justice League - Warner Bros. Pictures, although pushing forward (quickly) with a Justice League live-action film, is NOT cancelling or postponing a sequel to Superman Returns. Both films are moving forward and are in script writing phase now.
I'm hearing that the studio
wants "the film to be the launching point for The Flash, Wonder Woman, The Green Lantern and Aquaman as well as rejuvenate Superman.
Production would begin as soon as the first quarter of 2008, to avoid the pending writer's strike, in time for a Summer 2009 theatrical release. We'll see...let's just hope it doesn't suck.
- Legally Blondes - Yes, they're going forward with a 3rd film in the successful chick-flick Legally Blonde series.
Savage Steve Holland ("Better Off Dead...," TV's "Unfabulous") is set to direct.
- Don Ready -
"Entourage" star Jeremy Piven has told MTV News that he has signed on to a new Will Ferrell-produced comedy.
- Entourage: The Movie - There's talk of a big screen version of HBO's Entourage in the works, now that the series is coming to an end. More than likely, this won't happen until the Sex and The City film comes out - and HBO can decide if its worth it.
- The Dark Knight - Lots of new images of the new Batman film have come out, including this one here. Check out this great shot of Heath Ledger as THE JOKER!!!
Updated August 17, 2007
- Transformers (IMAX) - That's right boys and girls. Big F'n Robots are getting even bigger. With additional footage not seen in theatres, Michael Bay's Transformers is coming to The IMAX screen on Septemer 21st!
- The Spirit - Hottie
Scarlett Johansson is joining the cast of Will Eisner's The Spirit, directed by Frank Miller.
Johansson is in final talks to play a dangerous beauty named Silk N. Floss.
- Doctor Strange -
Marvel Studios is reportedly developing a live action "Doctor Strange" film and is presently pitching it to potential directors.
'Strange' follows Stephen Strange, a brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon whose career was cut short when a car accident resulted in nerve damage to his hands.
Hoping for a miracle, a despondent Strange traveled to the Himalayas to seek the counsel of the Ancient One, a Tibetan sorcerer.
Though the world at large believes he is no more than an eccentric occult authority, Dr. Strange has inherited from his mentor the mantle of Earth's Sorcerer Supreme.
- Fantastic Voyage -
Director Roland Emmerich is readying a remake of the 1966 sci-fi pic "Fantastic Voyage" for 20th Century Fox says Variety.
"Voyage" is about a scientist who is dying of a blood clot. His only chance for survival is for five scientist colleagues to be miniaturized in a ship, and injected into his bloodstream.
Updated August 15, 2007
- G.I. Joe - Mark Wahlberg is still the first choice to play Duke in the "G.I. Joe" film adaptation, now comes word that "Transporter" star Jason Statham may join the cast as the Joe's British counterpart, 'Action Man.' Skip Woods script was apparently written with Wahlberg and Statham specifically in mind and they are the first choice for Duke and Action Man. Elements of Woods' script and another one are being used for the new final draft. Meanwhile it's been revealed at Latino Review that "The Mummy" helmer Stephen Sommers will not be directing the project after he apparently demanded too much money for the gig.
- Youth in Revolt - "Superbad" star Michael Cera will stay in the teen movie fold with the comedy "Youth in Revolt." The project is based on C.D. Payne's novel and will be scripted by Gustin Nash. According to the industry trades, the film will be based on Payne's original self-published 1993 book about a cynical and sex-obsessed 14-year-old. Payne wrote three sequels.
- Punisher 2: Welcome Back Frank - The following roles are being cast for "The Punisher 2: Welcome Back Frank": The remaining lead characters include the main villain Billy Russo/Jigsaw, LBJ/Looney Bin Jim (Jigsaw's brother), Nicky Donatelli (undercover FBI agent serving as Jigsaw's right hand man), his wife Angela Donatelli, FBI agent Luke MacDonald, Det. Martin Soap, and Microchip (The Punisher's armorer).
Updated August 14, 2007
- The Dark Knight - Sen. Patrick Leahy, Vermont's senior senator, has landed a speaking role in the newest Batman movie. Leahy is apparently a big comic book enthusiast, and actually served as an extra in the 1997 Batman installment: Batman and Robin. The senator told the station he can't reveal the exact details of his role in the upcoming movie, but he did say he has landed a scene with its two stars, Christian Bale and Heath Ledger.
- James Bond 22 - The Times Online reports that the traditional horse race of Palio di Siena will serve as the backdrop of the last major action sequence in the next James Bond film.
- Porky's (remake) - Slashfilm reports that Howard Stern's remake of the raunchy 1982 cult teen comedy "Porky's" is "ready to go." "Porky's" was originally supposed to film in the Summer of 2003, but the project fell into development hell. Stern says a director has not yet been hired, but the reasons for the delay were that "We got two scripts that were developed simultaneously kind of... We're going to combo them now because there's funny jokes in both and you have to figure out which is better for the movie. And I obsess on shit too because you want it to be good."
- Thor - I've heard a rumor that Marvel Studios wants wrestler Triple H ("Blade: Trinity") to play the god of thunder Thor in the film adaptation of the famed comic. This has caused a big riff with director Matthew Vaughn ("Stardust") who "is dead set against it." However with the disappointing opening of "Stardust" and the looming strike, he may not have much choice. Other talk has yielded a far more interesting possibility - Kevin McKidd (HBO's "Rome," "Kingdom of Heaven," "Hannibal Rising"). Of course that will also depend upon the failure/success of NBC's "Journeyman" which he's the lead star in.
- Heroes (TV) - I generally don't report on TV news, but this one was too good. With George Takei (Star Trek) coming on last season, Executive Tim Kring has found another Trekker to bring on in a short-term role. Nichelle Nichols (Lt Uhura) will be joining the cast as "Nana," the New Orleans-based grandmother of Monica (the new hero being played by The Nine's Dana Davis).
- Star Trek -
Some new information that came out was that Nimoy will be shooting his part starting in December — a month after principal photography begins — and is scheduled for more work in February and March of 2008. Nimoy's role as the older Spock is "not gigantic," but, "it's more than a cameo." Nimoy also talked about the challenge of trying to recapture the character and trying to examine where Spock has been and how he's evolved in the intervening years since we last saw him (which was in TNG 's "Unification"). Bill Shatner is currently NOT part of the new film...but things change.
Updated August 13, 2007
Indiana Jones 4 - We're hearing that there are six possible titles for the fourth feature in the Indiana Jones franchise:
- "Indiana Jones and the City of Gods"
- "Indiana Jones and the Destroyer of Worlds"
- "Indiana Jones and the Fourth Corner of the Earth"
- "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
- "Indiana Jones and the Lost City of Gold"
- "Indiana Jones and the Quest for the Covenant"
- What Happens in Vegas... - Former "Daily Show" correspondent Rob Corddry and "Surface" star Lake Bell are in final negotiations to star alongside Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher in the Tom Vaughn-helmed comedy "What Happens in Vegas ... " for 20th Century Fox
- The Hobbit - The Los Angeles Times reports that New Line's Bob Shaye is in talks with filmmaker Peter Jackson's representatives to potentially work something out in regards to his involvement in the "Lord of the Rings" prequel adaptation of "The Hobbit". Shaye says "Yes, that's a fair statement. Notwithstanding our personal quarrels, I really respect and admire Peter and would love for him to be creatively involved in some way with THE HOBBIT." The result is one of the juiciest rumors in a while. IESB reports that although Jackson won't be back to direct, a source of theirs is telling them that Sam Raimi is looking to direct with Peter Jackson attached to produce. Raimi has previously said he would not take on the project without Jackson's blessing and is apparently leaning towards it as his next project rather than the "Clash of the Titans" remake.
- Conan - Millennium Films has acquired the rights to make a new series of films based on Robert E. Howard's mythical conqueror Conan the Barbarian. Millennium is in production on the Al Pacino-Robert De Niro starrer Righteous Kill and the Sylvester Stallone starrer John Rambo, but the Conan movie will be the most ambitious project it has mounted. The new version will be more faithful to Howard's original creation than were the Schwarzenegger films.
Updated August 11, 2007
- The Dark Knight - At Wizard World in Chicago today, The Dark Knight panel had a new teaster trailer that had all of the following:
- The new Batsuit
- The Joker
- Harvey Dent - and then...a glimpse of TWO FACE!
- The Batmobile
- The Batpod (motorcycle)
- For more...click here...
- G.I. Joe - I'm hearing that Stephen Sommers had signed on to direct the live action version of the popular 80's cartoon. He's best known for directing The Mummy and Van Helsing. God save us...
- Sex and The City - Mr. Big is going to be back in the movie. I'm a guy. I don't care.
- Voltron: Defender of the Universe -
20th Century Fox-based production company New Regency has partnered with the Mark Gordon Company to adapt Voltron: Defender of the Universe into a possible franchise.
- Thor - Matthew Vaughn, best known for producing
the Guy Ritchie-directed films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch , is attached to direct Thor, based on the Marvel Comics hero.
Thor is a blonde-tressed, hammer-wielding hero who's sent to Earth to protect mankind. You guys seen "Adventures in Babysitting"? He's THAT guy!
- The Punisher 2 - The working title is Punisher 2:
Welcome Back Frank.
Updated August 9. 2007
- The Pink Panther 2 - Andy Garcia, John Cleese, Alfred Molina and Aishwarya Rai are joining the Sony Pictures/MGM's sequel "The Pink Panther 2." Steve Martin, Jean Reno and Emily Mortimer will reprise their roles reports Variety. Cleese will play chief inspector Dreyfus in the pic, taking over the role from Kevin Kline in the first. Garcia, Molina and Rai have signed on as detectives and experts who join forces with Clouseau to catch the thief who has been stealing artifacts around the world.
- NowhereLand - Thomas Haden Church (Spider-Man 3) has signed on to star opposite Eddie Murphy in the Paramount Pictures comedy. The project centers on a struggling businessman (Murphy) who tries to resolve his problems at work -- such as his ruthless office rival (Church) -- by consulting his 6-year-old daughter and her imaginary world, NowhereLand.
Updated August 8, 2007
- Star Trek - Anton Yelchin ("Alpha Dog," "Hearts in Atlantis," "TV's Huff") is in negotiations to play Pavel Checkov in Paramount Pictures' rebooting of the "Star Trek" film franchise under the helm of J.J. Abrams. Yelchin, who himself was born in Russia's St. Petersburg, will play the famed Russian-born navigator of the USS Enterprise under the command of James T. Kirk.
- Super Max - Kevin Smith may be directing a Super Hero film after all. After bowing out of The Green Hornet, he said he wasn't ready to do a "visual" movie like that. But, I'm now hearing he's in negotiations to do Super Max. Scribe David Goyer (Batman Begins, Blade) sold Warner Bros a movie based on the DC comics character, Green Arrow, who would be wrongly convicted and incarcerated in a super maxim security prison for out-of-control heroes and super villains.
- Jonny Quest - Classic 1960's Hanna-Barbera sci-fi adventure series "Jonny Quest" will be revived as a potential feature film franchise by Warner Bros. Pictures reports the trades. Dan Mazeau ("Land of Lost Things") has been hired to pen the screenplay for the project which will be produced by Adrian Askarieh and Daniel Alter ("Hitman").
- Watchmen - Carla Gugino (Sin City) has joined the cast of Watchmen, the Warner Bros. adaptation of the DC Comics limited series. She joins Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Matthew Goode, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Malin Akerman in the Warner Bros. movie, which is set in an alternate America that has passed a law banning costumed crime fighters. When one is murdered, the remaining members set out to solve the mystery. Gugino will play Sally Jupiter, a burlesque dancer-turned-costumed heroine and sex symbol the Silk Spectre who is part of the Minutemen, a group of heroes who preceded the Watchmen. Zack Snyder (300) will direct the film, which is set to start shooting in the fall in Vancouver.
Updated August 7, 2007
- Star Trek - I'm hearing that J.J. Abrams is trying to get his Mission Impossible III star, Tom Cruise, to do a cameo in the upcoming Star Trek reboot as Captain Christopher Pike. Pike was James T. Kirk's predecessor as captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise and Mr. Spock's first commanding officer. Jeffrey Hunter portrayed him in the unaired TV pilot, "The Cage." In the original story, Pike eventually is injured and becomes wheelchair bound - and mute. I don't want Cruise in this film, but if he gets injured THAT bad, it might be fun to watch ;) Just kidding...I REALLY hope this doesn't happen.
- The Dark Knight - London effects house Cinesite ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Hot Fuzz") are apparently handling the computer generated effects for Two Face in the next Batman film - and probably the one after that too. Harvey Dent becomes "Two Face" when his half his face is melted by acid thrown on it. His facial deformity will probably be a combination of both make-up and computer animation. I just hope it looks believable.
- Monopoly - Director Ridley Scott says that he's involved with a movie based on the board game Monopoly. Really people? Are we TOTALLY out of ideas?
- The Six Wives of Henry Lefay - Tim Allen and Elisha Cuthbert have signed on to star in the indie family dramedy. The non-linear story has Allen playing a flashy salesman who is presumed dead after he goes missing during a skydiving expedition. When his daughter (Cuthbert) returns home to arrange his funeral, she discovers that his current wife and her five predecessors are fighting over who gets to bury him. Paz Vega, Andie MacDowell, Kelli Garner and S. Epatha Merkerson will also star.
- Appaloosa - Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen and Renee Zellweger will headline New Line's Western drama "Appaloosa" reports Variety. The story is adapted from Robert B. Parker's novel of the same name, centered on a pair of friends hired to protect a lawless town suffering at the hands of a renegade rancher. The arrival of an attractive widow disrupts their plans.
- Marvel Entertainment recently announced all of the upcoming movies they're currently working on...hopefully they won't suck as bad as Spider-Man 3:
- Wolverine - Director Gavin Hood
- Punisher 2 - Director Lexi Alexander, lead actor Ray Stevenson
- Iron Man - Completed principal photography: May 2, 2008 release
- The Incredible Hulk - Commenced principal photography; June 13, 2008 release
- Ant-Man - Writer s Edward Wright, Joe Cornish and director Edgar Wright
- Captain America - Writer David Self
- Nick Fury - Writer Andrew Marlowe
- Thor - Writer Mark Protosevich
- The Avengers - Writer Zak Pen
- Transformers - Transformers is still raking in the money with foreign totals at $296 million, nearly matching the domestic total. Transformers, which has exceeded Paramount's expectations offshore, should become the 48th pic to hit the $300 million international mark in a few days. It will be the fifth summer tentpole -- but first non-sequel -- to cross that milestone this summer after Spider-Man 3, "At World's End," "Order of the Phoenix," and Shrek the Third. Can anyone say SEQUEL COMING SOON?!??!?!
Updated August 6, 2007
- Warcraft - A movie based on the massively popular online game "World of Warcraft" is moving ahead. Producer Thomas Tull ("300") confirmed that a 2009 release date is on the cards and a budget of over $100 million is to be committed to the PG-13 rated project. Set approximately a year before the start of World of Warcraft, the film interweaves the story of various races, lands and a new hero into a two and a half hour feature told from the Alliance perspective. The film will be live action with "CG environments and effects". More importantly this will not be an 'adventure' or 'quest' movie, rather a 'war' movie. There is no director as yet.
- Clash of the Titans - Sam Raimi (Spider-Man) is being rumored as the main candidate to direct the "Clash of the Titans" remake reports IESB.Net. Legendary Pictures first announced back in 2004 plans to remake the famed 80's action epic about the classic Greek myth of Perseus. Things didn't get moving until April this year when acclaimed scribe Lawrence Kasdan was hired to pen the script. According to the site, the offer is now out to Raimi and no one else as yet.
- Get Smart - Bill Murray is tipped to be the 'celebrity cameo' as Agent 13 in the "Get Smart" movie.
- Fahrenheit 451 - Tom Hanks is rumored to be playing fireman Guy Montag in Frank Darabont's planned adaptation of the Ray Bradbury classic "Fahrenheit 451".
- The Man of Steel - Scribe Michael Doughtery tells Blue Tights that the "Superman" sequel will contain two villains.
- Highlander: The Source - Its been confirmed that the fifth "Highlander" film, "Highlander: The Source", will not go theatrical - instead will premiere on the Sci Fi Channel September 15th (9 pm & 1 am) and September 20th at 9 pm.
- Fantastic Four 3 - Asked what she'd like to see in 'Fantastic Four 3', the sexy 26-year-old actress Jessica Alba said she doesn't want new powers or gadgets. She wants to be a mom. "[I'd like to see] little Franklin running around," she told MTV News. The son of Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman, Franklin Richards is one of the most powerful heroes in the “Marvel” galaxy, an Omega-Level mutant able to manipulate reality itself. Unlike most mutants, Franklin develops his powers early due to the cosmic radiation passed on from his parents.
Updated August 4, 2007
- Will Eisner's The Spirit - Writer-Director Frank MIller has named Gabriel Macht (The Good Shepherd, Whiteout) to star in the Miller-scripted adaption of the Will Eisner comic book series. Shooting begins in October for release in 2009. (see picture, right)
- Grand Theft Auto IV (Video game) - Publisher Take Two Interactive has postponed the release of the fourth video game in the popular series. Originally set up for October 2007, its not scheduled for March or April 2008.
Updated August 2, 2007
- Justice League - Looks like the cast of the new Justice League film will feature Superman, Batman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, the Green Lantern and possibly Aquaman. Some sources claim that the 'Justice League' film is more of a priority for Warner Bros than the sequel to 'Superman Returns,' so don't be surprised if you see Brandon Routh in 'Justice League' first.
And here's a last bit of news - the biggest rumor is that one of the heroes will die in the film! My money is on Flash (since Barry Allen died and Wally West took over the Scarlet Speedster's mantle).
Both George Miller (Mad Max, Babe, Happy Feet) and McG (once attached to Superman Returns) are rumored to direct.
- Bond 22 - MTV spoke to actress Rose Byrne, who says Australian actress and friend, Abbie Cornish, has landed the female lead in the next Bond adventure.
- Shrek 4 - May 21, 2010 is going to be the release of the green ogre's fourth adventure. "Shrek the Third" grossed more than $717 million worldwide.
- The Lost Adventures of Stone Perlmutter, Jr . - Jack Black will take the lead in "The Lost Adventures of Stone Perlmutter, Jr.," a comedy set up at Universal. A wannabe Indiana Jones, Perlmutter goes in search of targets including the Abominable Snowman, El Dorado and Jesus' tomb. The faux doc footage will date back to 1979, which should allow for lots of funny hair and music. Black will get to "Adventures" after starring in "The Year One" for director Harold Ramis and producer Judd Apatow.
Updated August 1, 2007
- The Punisher 2 - A new press release from Lionsgate Films says that The Punisher 2 will be directed by Lexi Alexander, will star Ray Stevenson and will start shooting in Montreal this October.
- Snow White - Francis Lawrence (" Constantine," "I Am Legend") will direct Disney Pictures new live-action, re-imagination of the classic fairy tale . The fantasy adventure centers on a British girl raised in 19th century Hong Kong. When she realizes her destiny is to conquer an evil force, she must prepare to fight by being trained by seven Shaolin monks. A 2008 start of shooting in China is planned, with Yuen Woon-ping as the fight choreographer.
- Sex and the City Movie - Apparently, Kim Cattrall still isn't happy with her role, which has postponed the film even more. Although it seemed like everyone was happy and ready to go, Cattrall is reportedly not happy with the fact that she has less screen time than Sarah Jessica Parker, so she's throwing a temper tantrum. Shooting was supposed to begin in September, but now...who knows?
- Friday the 13th (remake) - First announced in January 2006, the project fell into development hell as time went on and Platinum Dunes (Michael Bay's production company) released a series of failed remakes (Hitcher, Amityville) and prequels (TCM: The Beginning). Now, Variety is reporting that the film will be ready for a 2009 release.
- Jack and the Beanstalk - Katey Sagal, Wallace Shawn, Gilbert Gottfried and Chevy Chase are starring with Christopher Lloyd in the live-action fairy tale feature. James Earl Jones is in negotiations to voice the role of the Giant. Sagal will play the concerned mother of Jack (Colin Ford), Shawn will play the pawnbroker who sells Jack his magic beans and Gottfried will play a goose that lays golden eggs. The film recently began production in Los Angeles.
- Heartbreaker (Jenna Jameson biopic) - Despite circulating reports, Scarlett Johansson will not portray porn star Jenna Jameson in the film adaptation of her autobiography. Damn it!
- Batman 3 - Batman-on-Film.com is reporting that the working title for the third Batman film, after The Dark Knight, is Shadow of The Bat. LOVE IT!
- Hellboy 2: The Golden Army - The teaser poster is up here. And I STILL don't care.
Updated July 31, 2007
- Vince Vaughn - He's currently setting up three different films with Universal Pictures...here's a quick rundown:
Male Doula, scripted by Dana Fox ("What Happens in Vegas...") is being called a "high-concept comedy"
Untitled comedy, written by Jon Favreau, about couples that attend a retreat to reinvigorate their marriages.
Realtors - a satire about the cutthroat chase for commissions by rival realtors in the residential housing market
- Spider-Man 4 - According to Empire Online Magazine, Sam Raimi said he MIGHT return for a fourth Spider-Man. Raimi says "I want to help contribute to the production. I don't know if I'll just be a producer on it but if I can work with the writer in such a way so that directing would be right for me, I don't know. We've had our first meeting on Spider-Man 4 and we're looking for the writer." Let's just hope it doesn't suck like the last one. Check out my review here...
- Shine a Light - Just announced - The Rolling Stones concert film directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese, will be released to IMAX theatres.
- Night At The Museum 2 - Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant confirmed exclusively to Dark Horizons.com that they have just started writing Fox's " Night at the Museum 2." Already signed from the original, that grossed over $500 million worldwide at the box-office, are Ben Stiller and Robin Williams.
- The Informant - Director Steven Soderbergh's tale of a whistleblower at a Fortune 500 company has finall begun shooting with Matt Damon starring. In "Informant," Damon plays Mark Whitacre - a former Division President with Archer Daniels Midland who turned FBI informant whilst simultaneously defrauding the company out of $9 million.
- The Proposal - Ryan Reynolds is in final negotiations to star opposite Sandra Bullock in romantic comedy "The Proposal" for Touchstone Pictures
Updated July 28, 2007
- Indiana Jones 4 - They've officially filmed about 25 days of shooting, and guess what? Karen Allen is returning to the series as
Check out this photo!
Updated July 27, 2007
Comic-Con is this week in San Diego, so there's LOTS happening!
- Star Trek - Well, the first of the cast has been announced! Zackary Quinto (Syler on TV's 'Heroes') has been cast to play a young Spock! And yes, Leonard Nimoy is returning as Spock as well! Check out this photo!
And don't forget to check out the Popcorn Article, Star Trek: The Reboot...where we chose Zachary as Spock!
Although the rest of the cast has not been announced, we're sure to hear more soon as convention season heats up! Stay tuned for announcements about Kirk and Co!
- The Dark Knight (Batman Begins sequel) - There's lots going on here on the marketing front. The trailer is up, and the marketing campaign is in full swing...and its freaking me out! Call this number NOW! 1-800- 395-9646 to hear The Joker's first victim!
Check out this site for more creepy shit - and the trailer! www.whysoserious.com
For more on The Dark Knight, check out our buddies at Batman-On-Film!!!
- Iron Man - The new site has been updated! Click here!
- Teen Titans - Since the days that Batman's protege, Robin, first appeared, teenage herous have come together to battle crime and learn from each other as The Teen Titans! After years of being just sidekicks, they are FINALLY coming to the big screen. At Comic Con this week, Screenwriter Mark Verheiden talked about his new movie - "It's not light and frothy," he says. "It's not silly. I want to play the characters so they feel real to us, not like people we can't understand. And I think Nightwing is a great character for that." Hopefully, he can pull that off!
- Incredible Hulk - With a restart on its way, the new site has launched! Check it out here
- Watchmen - MOVIE TO WATCH. If you're a comic geek (like I am, duh), this is the one to watch. I'm not going to ruin this with lots of my own opinion, but needless to say, this WILL be the evolution in comic-book movies!
Updated July 24, 2007
- Jonah Hex - Warner Bros. Pictures is bringing the DC Comics gunslinger, Jonah Hex, to the big screen. Its one of those "in development hell" scenarios where a studio has been trying to get it off the ground for years. Hex, known for having the right side of his face disfigured, was an old-west gunslinger and part-time bounty hunter. The filmmakers are not making a standard Western, but plan to develop the character with some of the supernatural overtones in the hopes of creating a franchise. Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor ("Crank") will adapt the story and will probably direct.
- Iron Man - According to Avi Arad, Samuel L. Jackson and Hilary Swank will be making cameo appearances in Iron Man. The movie will premiere on May 2.
- X-Men spin-offs - Warner Bros has purchased WolverineOrigins.com and MagnetoOrigins.com...could these be the titles of the super-hero spin-offs?
- Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince - I'm hearing that
Naomi Watts (21 GRAMS) has signed on to the next Harry Potter film as
Draco Malfoy's mother, Narcissa Malfoy. I'm also hearing that
Joseph Fiennes has joined the cast as well. More coming soon!
Updated July 22, 2007
- Punisher 2 - With Thomas Jane dropping out of the comic book movie sequel, it looks like Ray Stevenson has been tapped to play the part. Previously starring in HBO's "Rome," he'll be starring in Screen Gems' horror actioner 'Outpost.'
- Smallville (TV) - Although I don't report on TV often on here, I couldn't resist this one. Here's the first shot of Canadian actress Laura Vandervoort, who will play the roll of Kara, Clark's cousin, on Smallville! HOT!
- The Green Hornet - With Seth Rogan (Knocked Up, 40 Year Old Virgin) set to star as the title character, I'm hearing rumors that 'Kung Fu Hustle' director and actor Stephen Chow is being tapped to play his sidekick, Kato!
- Iron Man - Here's a new image from the new comic book film, IRON MAN!
Updated July 21, 2007
- Wolverine (X-Men series spin-off) - Gavin Hood has been tapped to direct the spin-off, staring Hugh Jackman as the adamantium wielding superhero. Production is slated to start this November, with a 2008 release. The story will follow Logan as he emerges from a barbaric experiment as an indestructible mutant with retractable razor-sharp claws.
- The Green Hornet - Seth Rogan (Knocked Up, 40 Year Old Virgin) is finalizing a deal to write, and likely star in, Columbia's big screen adaptation. He's going to executive produce, along with co-writer and frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg. Somewhat of a strange choice to play a 'Bruce Wayne' type roll, but it looks like they're going towards the comedy route on this one. We'll see, but I'm not convinced he can pull it off.
- Transformers 2 - Martin Levy, a marketing executive at Dreamworks (which co-produced the movie with Paramount), says: "It's a very logical thing to think that we can look forward to another one." Autobots...transform and roll out!
- Fantastic Four 3 and Silver Surfer - Apparently, both a 3rd Fantastic Four and a Silver Surfer spin-off is being planned at Fox. They've both been "moved to the forefront" of discussions and prepping. Is that REALLY necessary?!
- He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - Producer Joel Silver has several projects in the works and says "We're working on that now."
Updated July 17, 2007
- The X-Files Movie 2: David Duchovny, while being interviewed at the Television Critics Association press tour, says that the sequel to the 1998 film is on its way...and coming soon. He says that production could start this fall, and that Gillian Anderson is on board as well! Get ready fellow geeks...because the truth is out there!
Updated July 14, 2007
- The Dark Knight (Batman Begins sequel): There's a chance that the trailer for the next Batman film will premiere in front of The Simpson's Movie, as well as at the Warner Bros. panel at Comic-Con in San Diego on July 27th. As soon as its posted, we'll have it up for you. Check back soon!
- Superman: The Man of Steel: Kevin Spacey has officially signed on to play Lex Luthor in the upcoming sequel.
- James Bond 22 and 23: Although there's no final script ready for the next James Bond film (#22), its being reported that Sony is aiming for a 2010 release for the 23rd film!
- Green Hornet: Sony pictures is also looking at Summer 2009 release of The Green Hornet. The film is a comic book adaption that had originally launched the TV career of Bruce Lee, who played Hornet's valet, Kato, in the 1960's TV show.
Updated July 12, 2007
- The Dark Knight (Batman Begins sequel): SuperHeroHype.com is reporting several promotional tie-ins being prepped for next year's Dark Knight marketing campaign.
I'll report more as we get closer to next summer's release of The Dark Knight.
- A direct-to-video anime-style series that takes place in the time period between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight , and further explores the Batman legend.
- Multi-platform video game inspired by The Dark Knight.
- Extensive consumer products range to support both the new film and classic Batman brand.
- DC Comics will publish an extensive range of material surrounding The Dark Knight including a comic book adaptation of the film, coffee table books, children's activity books and more!
- The Dark is Rising: Based on the novel by Susan Cooper, this movie will be the first of her many Dark is Rising books. Could this be the next Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter? Only time will tell, but it looks to be a hell of a franchise...
Updated July 10, 2007
- Spider-Man 4: The Hollywood Reporter reports... At some point within the next two weeks, producer Laura Ziskin and the top brass of Sony Pictures Entertainment will sit down together for the first time since "Spider-Man 3" opened May 4 to discuss the franchise's future.
It's a crucial meeting, all the more so because director Sam Raimi will be there. And Raimi, who has sent contradictory messages about his future plans, might at last indicate whether he'll helm the next installment.
"It would be great to have everybody back," Ziskin says. "But no one is going to sign on the dotted line until we have a script. These are the questions being discussed now. The one thing we have answered definitively is: There will be more 'Spider-Man' movies. We just haven't answered what shape they will come in and (Sony) hasn't given us a release date."
- Wolverine: Fox is putting together this spin-off of the X-Men franchise now, starring Hugh Jackman as the superhero. They're also scripting Magneto, a spin-off of the same franchise, with a young boy who lives through World War II as he discovers his powers. No word yet on whether or not Ian McKellen will be involved.
- Superman: The Man of Steel (Superman Returns sequel): Although they're working on a script, Warner Bros has said that when they move forward, it has to be lest costly than the original. Although profitable (barely), it is not considered a success.
Updated July 8, 2007
- THE DARK KNIGHT (Batman Begins sequel) - Currently in production. For more info on the new theatrical adventures of The Batman, check out Batman On Film.com. Batman on Film is THE site for news on The Batman. Check them out!
- TRANSFORMERS 2 - Could it happen? After the MONSTER of a box office it racked up, its pretty much certain that they'll do another movie. Could we see the return of Megatron? More autobots? Remember...Starscream did get away, and there's a piece of the All Spark left. For two reviews of the first movie, TRANSFORMERS, click here!
- STAR TREK XI - The newest film, with Lost's JJ Abrams at the helm, is still in the script and pre-production stage. Paramount is aiming on a December 2008 release...but wouldn't that mean they need to go into production soon? Its rumored that its a prequel to the original Star Trek, with a young James T Kirk and Spock meeting for the first time. Its even rumored that William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy could do a small cameo. With a restart of the franchise, could it come back even larger? Don't forget, Star Trek: The Next Generation was a re-start, and it was one of the biggest success in Television Syndication history.
- INDIANA JONES 4 - Harrison Ford is back and currently filming around the world. The man in the fedora looks pretty good, as the first photo of Ford in the costume recently hit the news. Shia LaBeouf is in the movie, most likely as his son (man is his career moving quickly!). Cate Blanchett plays Indy's love interest. Now, no matter what, EVERYONE will go see this movie. But can it be as good as good as the original or The Last Crusade? Only time will tell, but I have faith in Lucas, Spielberg and Ford.
- THE MAN OF STEEL (Superman Returns sequel) - The Big Blue Boyscout will return, eventually (Currently scheduled to start filming in Summer 2008). Although the first movie wasn't great, it still made some money and re-established Superman as the world's greatest hero. Bryan Singer is back on to direct, and he's waiting on the script. They're probably about 2 years away still (at least), but there are rumors of changing this into a Justice League movie. An ensemble cast could work, but they have to be careful. X-Men worked because they were a team from the get-go. Justice League is a group of individual heroes that band together from time-to-time. Could you really see Christian Bale's Batman with Brandon Routh's Superman in the same movie? Mix that in with the Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Flash, Martian Manhunter and others - and you COULD have a massive disaster.
- SUPERMAN: DOOMSDAY - Although this site will be dedicated to films, I'll throw in info about upcoming DVDs to check out. If you're a comic book fan, this is going to be huge. Check out the trailer below:
- HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY - Currently in production in
Budapest, Hungary. The original cast returns for the sequel, but does anyone care? I don't...
- IRON MAN - Robert Downey, Jr. becomes Tony Stark, a former alcoholic who builds a metal suit to combat crime. NOT a huge stretch for Downey, but the movie looks to be coming along nicely...