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When a sequel to the horror film Sinister was announced over a year ago, director Scott Derrickson and writer C. Robert Cargill were said to be reteaming for the film. And while Derrickson is still attached as a producer and writer, the filmmaker just revealed on Twitter that Ciaran Foy, the director of Citadel (which won the Midnighter Audience Award at SXSW in 2012), will be at the helm of the horror sequel this time. If you haven't seen that spectacular psychological horror thriller, you can watch the trailer right here, and then seek out the film right away. It shows that Foy is perfect to direct Sinister 2 in place of Mr. Derrickson.
For the most part, over the past few years, Chris Pine has taken on big blockbusters like Star Trek, last year's sequel and this year's disappointing Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Now he's sticking with studio films, but looking to get a little more serious with his acting chops. THR has word that Pine is in talks to lead The Finest Hours, a coast guard drama set back in 1952 and based on the non-fiction book of the same name about how two oil tankers were caught in the middle of a nor'easter, a macro-scale storm along the upper East Coast of the US and Atlantic Canada. What happened is unbelievable, and worthy of the big screen.
It's been well over a year since Lincoln hit theaters, and director Steven Spielberg still hasn't figured out his next project. However, at least one more possibility has surfaced as Variety reports the filmmaker is considering reteaming with writer Tony Kushner, the man behind the Best Picture nominated presidential biopic's screenplay and also Spielberg's powerful Munich for another religious drama called The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. As of now Spielberg at least plans to produce the co-production between DreamWorks and The Weinstein Company, and he's considering the project as a directing gig too.
Following a return as Champ Kind last year in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, comedian David Koechner (who can currently be seen in the acclaimed indie thriller Cheap Thrills) is getting into horror comedy mode next. Deadline reveals the frequent guest star on "The Office" and "American Dad!" has landed the role of Scout Leader Rogers in the aptly named Scouts vs. Zombies, about a group of young boy scouts who must defend their town against the undead. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones director Christopher Landon is at the helm, so this should be an interesting blend of horror and comedy.
Since the CBS sitcom "The Crazy Ones" hasn't been a runaway hit, it's time for Robin Williams to go back to the well. Over two years ago, Williams was asked about the possibility of returning for a sequel to the 90s comedy Mrs. Doubtfire, one of the biggest hits of the comedian's career on the big screen. At the time, Williams seemed doubtful saying, "They could never write it." But it's time to dust off the old wig, because THR reports Mrs. Doubtfire 2 is back on the table at Fox 2000 with both Williams and the director Chris Columbus returning for the sequel and Elf screenwriter David Berenbaum working on the screenplay.
So far rising star Jaden Smith, son of box office superstar Will Smith, has only taken on big studio films like After Earth and the remake of The Karate Kid (with a sequel still on the way). Now Deadline reports he's going to really test his acting chops with a lower profile, powerful period drama called The Good Lord Bird, based on the book of the same name by James McBride. The story follows Henry ‘Onion’ Shackleford (Smith), a young slave who links up with radical abolitionist John Brown (Liev Schreiber of Goon and "Ray Donovan") in 1856 Kansas, traveling the nation with his motley crew of freedom fighters. More below!
Perhaps one of the funniest comedic duos of the past 10 years is that of John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell. While they've only teamed up on Step Brothers and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, they've done plenty of random hilarity online and on the small screen. Last fall we heard Ferrell and Reilly would reteam for a film called Devil's Night, but we're not sure when that project will come together. Now Deadline has word that the hilarious actors will reunite on another project called Border Guards, scripted by In the Loop writer Jesse Armstrong, with Step Brothers helmer Adam McKay circling as director.
Just before Thanksgiving last year, we learned that Platinum Dunes decided to try out another reboot of Friday the 13th with Paramount Pictures already staking out a release date on March 13th, 2015, which just so happens to be a Friday. Now the project is rounding up some talent to make it happen, and it gives us some semblance of hope for a horror film that already had a reboot as recent as 2009. Apparently it wasn't good enough to just keep the franchise going from there, and now The Wrap reports David Bruckner, who directed the segment "Amateur Night" in the horror anthology V/H/S is being eyed to direct the new film.
Though Leonardo DiCaprio is attached to a hefty handful of projects, we've been waiting to hear what would be his immediate follow-up to his Oscar nominated performance in The Wolf of Wall Street, and now we have our answer. Deadline has word that Babel director Alejando Gonzalez Inarritu (who won't be taking Birdman with Michael Keaton to Cannes) has landed DiCaprio to star in The Revenant, a new gritty, period thriller set in the 19th century at New Regency that is moving quickly towards production with 20th Century Fox hoping to release the film sometime in the fall of 2015. So what's the story about? Read on!
With Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment holding firm on their Batman vs. Superman release date of May 6th, 2016 to open against Disney and Marvel's Captain America 3, all we can do is wait and see what each of the superhero films do as they move through development and closer to production. Zack Snyder's Man of Steel sequel already has a pretty full cast with Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck as Superman and Batman, not to mention Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, but now we have another name added to the behind-the-scenes roster with Hans Zimmer confirmed to compose the score.
When the comedy Ted hit theaters in 2012, we got a taste of Flash Gordon all over again, albeit in the form of coked up 80s film star Sam Jones. But now it looks like the hero who was given his own sci-fi film and turned into a cult classic (with a catch theme song from Queen) will be given a facelift for an all-new adaptation on the big screen. Over the years, there have been a few attempts to rework Flash Gordon, and now another try is coming together with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, the duo behind the script for Star Trek 3, developing the hopeful project that is currently striking a deal for studio home. More below!
After starring in World War Z, superstar Brad Pitt seems to be interested in a lot of other war projects. After starring in Inglourious Basterds a few years ago, Pitt returns to World War II in David Ayer's tank squad drama Fury, and the actor is also interested in a new untitled project from Eastern Promises writer Steven Knight in the same time period. Now Variety has word that Pitt is looking to venture into modern warfare, in an adaptation of the non-fiction book The Operators, which tells the story of the rise and fall of General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Ask James Cameron Anything. What would you ask, and would he reply? Time to find out. On Saturday, April 12th, filmmaker James Cameron participated in a Reddit AMA, answering quite a few questions from fans. Some of the good, some of them bad, with plenty of fascinating and surprisingly in-depth replies. Unlike some AMA participants, he actually gave a few lengthy, well-written answers to nerdy questions. He covers his thoughts on Prometheus, Terminator and Gravity, to future technology, to Avatar & True Lies sequels, to Arnold, to HFR & 3D, and much more. We've curated a number of worth-reading answers.
Wait - does that sound right? Baz Luhrmann and Kung Fu? Well, this is certainly something interesting to talk about. THR is reporting that Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann is now in talks to direct a big screen reboot, or a re-adaptation, of the 1970s martial arts western TV show Kung Fu, which starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine. Luhrmann most recently brought an extravagant, music-filled adaptation of The Great Gatsby to the big screen last summer, and it sounds like this may be next for him at Legendary Pictures if things come together. It isn't finalized yet, but could be a fun chance for Luhrmann to branch out.