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Earlier this year, X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner was talking about landing Channing Tatum to play the Cajun, kinetically charged mutant Gambit in his own spin-off film. Then the actor was confirmed to take the role in May, and we've just been waiting to see how it all plays out. Well, Deadline has more details with official word that Tatum is officially attached to the film at 20th Century Fox and the script will be written by RoboCop remake scribe Josh Zetumer, based on a treatment from Marvel Comics writer Chris Claremont, the man who created the cool character with Jim Lee back in 1990. More below!
This week we just saw two teaser trailers for Ex Machina, the directorial debut of Dredd and 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland. And with the film poised to hit theaters in 2015, Garland is already lining up his next directing job. Variety reports Paramount Pictures has set Garland to direct Annihilation, an adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer's thriller novel of the same name, which the filmmaker will also adapt for the big screen himself. Annihilation, the first book in what is called The Southern Reach trilogy, was published in March and followed by Authority in May and Acceptance just last month. So what is the story all about?
Since it sounds like a sequel to the remake of Evil Dead isn't coming anytime soon (even though the film turned out to be a solid remake), director Fede Alvarez and producer Sam Raimi are teaming up for a new thriller. THR has word that Raimi and Alvarez are collaborating on A Man in the Dark, which the latter also co-wrote with Rodo Sayagues (the two got noticed for their awesome short Panic Attack! before co-writing Evil Dead). The film will focus on a group of three teenagers who are skilled in the execution of perfect home robberies. And when they set their sights on one final target, it seems like an easy enough job.
Earlier this month, Fast & Furious franchise star Gal Gadot was said to be circling a role in Paramount and MGM's remake of Ben-Hur. However, according to THR, it turns out the actress' previous commitment to become Wonder Woman in the imminently expanding DC Comcs cinematic universe will keep her from finalizing a deal due to scheduling not working out. In fact, it sounds like Gadot will be rather busy as the Amazonian superheroine because Bleeding Cool has learned that Warner Bros. has their sights set on making a Wonder Woman trilogy, and they even have rough details on the setting of each film. Read on!
If Seth Rogen teaming up with Christian Bale for Danny Boyle's forthcoming biopic about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs wasn't weird enough, another peculiar collaboration is happening, this time in the world of comedy. Variety reports Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana will star in a remake of the French comedy Special Correspondents, the story of a struggling New York-based radio journalist (Bana) whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. So he decides to fake front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in Manhattan. So basically a funnier Wag the Dog.
The offerings on the big screen for Halloween this weekend are pretty weak with the only straight-up horror film in wide release being last weekend's holdover of Ouija. But if you're looking for a fun, thrilling, crazy ride, you should definitely check out Nightcrawler with Jake Gyllenhaal. However, it seems appropriate as All Hallow's Eve approaches that we get news of a holiday centric horror anthology in the works. Following in the footsteps of films like V/H/S and The ABCs of Death, Epic Pictures Group is working on a new collection of horror shorts called Tales of Halloween, with 10 segments from 11 directors. More below!
For anyone who had a bet going that Christian Bale would never star in a movie with Seth Rogen, the game is over. We already know that Christian Bale has been confirmed to play Steve Jobs in a biopic set up at Sony Pictures with Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle at the helm with a script from Aaron Sorkin. Now the rest of the cast is starting to fill out around Bale as Variety reports none other than Seth Rogen will Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, the once right hand man to Jobs and designer of both the Apple I and Apple II computers in the late 1970s. This is a role far different than we've ever seen from Rogen. Read on!
No, just because Michael Bay has been at the helm of every single overlong explosion-laden film in the Transformers franchise, that doesn't mean he's making a 13-hour movie. Instead, THR reports 13 Hours is surprisingly a political drama focusing on the September 11th, 2012 terrorist attack against the U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound in Benghazi. You've likely heard all the controversy surrounding the event on various cable news networks, but this would focus on on six members of a security team that valiantly fought to defend the many Americans stationed there, and Michael Bay is now in talks to direct.
After taking on some young adult sci-fi with Ender's Game last year, Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld is getting her own young romance too. Deadline has word that Steinfeld will star in The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight, an adaptation of Jennifer E. Smith's young adult novel of the same name. The film will see Steinfeld as a young twentysomething who has having a pretty terrible day waiting in an airport for a flight to London to attend her father's second wedding. But while she waits, she meets a young British guy, and of course sparks fly when they're seated next to each other on the plane.
After making his directorial debut with the thoroughly enjoyable Bad Words last year, Deadline reports Jason Bateman has just lined up his sophomore directing effort with a comedy called IPO Man. Bateman will again also take the lead role in the film set up at Fox Searchlight and based on a Wired article by Joshua Davis called "Meet The Man Who Sold His Fate To Investors At $1 A Share." In case you haven't guessed, the film follows a man who turned himself into a public offering. However, what started out as a seemingly genius way to make money became a disaster as the shareholders wanted more control than he expected.
After blasting away countless bad guys in John Wick, it seems like Keanu Reeves is on the verge of a fun comeback. Now the actor is set to reteam with the action thriller's producer, Stephen Hamel (who is also working on Reeves' gestating sci-fi romance Passengers), for a sci-fi thriller called Replicas. The project is on sale at the American Film Market with Lotus Entertainment and Bonaventura Pictures (ran by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who worked on The Matrix trilogy and Constantine) behind the film that will be directed by Tanya Wexler (Hysteria) with a script from Chad St. Johnson. So what's this new project about?
Marvel Studios doesn't usually like to announce things more than two or three years away, but the recent onslaught of news from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment provoked the studio into making a big spectacle and announcing their entire slate for Phase Three of their cinematic universe, which will begin with Ant-Man in 2015 following The Avengers: Age of Ultron. And besides the revelation of Black Panther, Inhumans and Captain Marvel, the comic book studio also announced the titles for Captain America 3 and Thor 3, sequels that we've been expecting and anticipating. But what do the titles tell us? Read on!
After the credits scene following The Avengers in 2012 revealed the titan Thanos as the puppeteer behind the mischievous plans of Loki (Tom Hiddleston), comic book fans were immediately excited about the potential of seeing a storyline play out on the big screen featuring the artifact known as The Infinity Gauntlet. Their hopes were confirmed in the credits scene for Thor: The Dark World when the presence of the Infinity Stones (or gems) was revealed, which ended up leading to another one being shown in Guardians of the Galaxy. And now we know where that all is leading as Marvel Studios has announced The Avengers: Infinity War, arriving in two parts in the summers of 2018 and 2019. This is crazy!
We just learned that Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael Key, the comedy duo better known as Key & Peele, would finally team up together on the big screen for Keanu, the story of a group of friends who must enter the criminal underworld to retrieve a kidnapped cat. However, each of the guys have projects of their own that they do without each other all the time. Most of those projects have been small roles in various comedies over the past few years, but now Peele has his sights set on getting behind the camera and switching genres. Speaking to Playboy (via Badass Digest), Peele revealed a desire to take a stab at horror.