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After helping Disney bring The Muppets back to the big screen a few years ago, Jason Segel is going to help Warner Bros. keep building on their expanding roster of films inspired by The LEGO Movie. There's already a full-fledged sequel on the way in 2018, not to mention spin-offs for Ninjago in 2016 and LEGO Batman in 2017 and now THR reports the studio is developing a new spin-off called The Billion Brick Race. Segel will co-write the script with Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce, and the two will also make their debut as co-directors on the spin-off film that will be produced by the LEGO Movie universe brain trust of Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Dan Lin and Roy Lee. So what's this new one going to be about? Read on!
Another day, another mutant adding to the extensive line-up in X-Men: Apocalypse. Even though Jennifer Lawrence seems to be departing the X-Men franchise after this forthcoming sequel, it sounds like there will be plenty other mutants to help carry the franchise without the presence of one of its biggest stars. Director Bryan Singer made another post to Instagram today to announce that newcomer Lana Condor would be taking the role of Jubilation Lee, better known as Jubilee. The character has appeared ever so briefly in the original X-Men franchise but has never been a staple of the X-Men team. Could that change?
Last year, we heard that Warner Bros. wanted Christopher Nolan to be at the helm of their adaptation of the acclaimed sci-fi novel Ready Player One. But coincidentally enough, it will be the director who was once supposed to be at the helm of Interstellar behind the camera for the anticipated project. Deadline has learned that none other than iconic filmmaker Steven Spielberg is set to direct the film based on the novel of the same name by Ernie Cline that follows a teenager on an elaborate digital treasure hunt in 2044 to win the fortune left behind in the will of the creator of his favorite virtual reality game, Oasis. This is awesome!
Before Anna Kendrick was the wonderful sensation she is today, she starred in a little indie called Rocket Science. Even then, Kendrick showed tons of potential in the role of a fast-talking, intimidating debate competitor, and it's no surprise that she's one of the most popular and talented actresses working today. Well, Deadline reports she's reteaming with Rocket Science director Jeffrey Blitz for a new comedy called Table 19. The film follows a group of total strangers forced to sit together as the misfits at a destination wedding. Surely hilarity, and maybe romance will ensure, especially when you hear who else is starring.
As of now, we still know very little about Star Trek 3 when it comes to the story. What we do know so far is that Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana and Anton Yelchin will all be back on the Enterprise, with Pegg pulling double duty as co-writer of the script with Doug Jung. Getting behind the camera this time is Justin Lin of the Fast & Furious franchise, which has certainly raised some eyebrows. And now it's time for the supporting cast to get filled out, including the new villain for the sequel, and Variety has word that Pacific Rim and Thor: The Dark Wold star Idris Elba is in talks for the key role.
Last fall, both Jamie Foxx and Benicio del Toro had joined Harmony Korine's next film, a revenge tale called The Trap. However, it looks like only one of those actors has stuck with the project as THR reports Focus Features is now picking up the US rights to the film, but with some changes to the cast. Idris Elba will be stepping up to take the role meant for Jamie Foxx, which is that of a gangster rap artist with a friend (del Toro) who took the fall for a robbery the two committed years ago. But now that friend is out of jail and looking for revenge. Honestly, you had me at Idirs Elba as a gangster rapper, but there's a great cast here.
A remake of the 1954 musical A Star is Born (which itself was a remake of the 1937 film of the same name) has been percolating since 2011. Last we heard, Clint Eastwood was going to direct the film and Beyonce was still attached to the female lead role in the project situated at Warner Bros. Pictures. But back in 2011, the chart-topping singer got pregnant, and that delayed the film for the time being. But it's been years since that happened, so it's time to get the project back on track. However, it looks like the director will actually be Eastwood's recent American Sniper star Bradley Cooper, aiming to make his debut behind the camera.
Next month we'll see how Daniel Espinosa fares with his latest thriller Child 44 starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace (watch the trailer right here). But the director of Safe House is already looking ahead to his next project, and it's going to take him into the realm of sci-fi. The Wrap reports that Espinosa is in talks to be at the helm of Morningstar, a secretive sci-fi flick set up at Warner Bros. Pictures. Details are being kept under tight wraps, but the script from David Birke is said to have the potential for some world-building (which means potential franchise) and has a story in "the tradition of a Cold War thriller."
Director Kenneth Branagh has already brought several of William Shakespeare's classic plays, such as Hamlet, Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing, to the big screen. But now it looks like he's going to let a cinema master turn one of his own stage productions of another Shakespeare tragedy into a film instead. Branagh recently appeared on BBC Radio's Kermode and Mayo's Film Review (via The Playlist) and revealed that his stage production of Macbeth is being developed to become a feature film directed by none other than Martin Scorsese. It doesn't sound like it's a done deal yet, but there's definitely been talks. Read on!
The last we heard anything about a sequel to Broken Lizard's cult classic comedy Super Troopers, the script was finished, and a studio was willing to distribute, but the money still needed to be raised to actually make the film. And here we are, nearly a year later, and it's time for fans to help make it happen. Broken Lizard just started an Indiegogo campaign to raise some money for the sequel, or the film won't get made. Fox Searchlight will distribute the film, but it's up to Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske to get the cash, and they made a video to convince you to help.
Last week, writer and director Kevin Smith confirmed that he's going to make Mallrats 2, and even explained why he felt compelled to do it after 20 years. And now he's starting to firm up the returning cast from the 1995 comedy, and easily the most important part of the original ensemble was that of Jason Lee. Thankfully, Smith has just confirmed on Twitter that Lee will absolutely be back as Brodie Bruce, though we still don't know where we'll find his character 20 years later. At the end of the first Mallrats, he went on to host "The Tonight Show," and then in Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back he was running a comic book shop.
After joining the Navy in Peter Berg's action adaptation of the board game Battleship, it looks like Liam Neeson is getting back in uniform again (kind of). The Wrap reports the Taken and Run All Night star is being eye to lead Narco Sub, a drug-trafficking thriller that was once going to be directed by the late Tony Scott before his tragic death in 2012. Since then, filmmakers like Doug Liman and Antoine Fuqua have flirted with the project, but none of them have stuck with it. And now it will be "Game of Thrones" helmer Brian Kirk directing the film for 20th Century Fox and producers Ridley Scott and Simon Kinberg.
Following the addition of Nymphomaniac star Charlotte Gainsbourg last week, the blockbuster sequel Independence Day 2 has just landed another actress, but this one should be more familiar to fans of the original 1996 alien invasion hit. Vivica A. Fox will be back as Jasmine Dubrow, the stripper who was also the girlfriend of Will Smith and one of the few survivors who made it out of New York City. You may remember that she also had a son, played by Dylan Bagley in the original film, and that's the role Jessie Usher is playing with the kid all grown up. But don't hope that Smith is back, because it's not happening.
Last year, Luc Besson brought us the action thriller Lucy, and director Steven Quale delivered the silly Into the Storm. Now the two are teaming up, for better or worse, for a new action thriller called The Lake. Besson will produce through his Europa Corp. production banner, and the project is said to be one of the most expensive projects they've taken on to date. Now Deadline reports J.K. Simmons, fresh off his Oscar win for Whiplash, has joined the supporting cast of the film which follows a group of Navy SEALs who attempt to solve an age-old mystery involving a treasure underneath a lake in war-torn Serbia. Sounds cool.