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Briefly: Because a studio just can't refuse to do a sequel to a horror film that made even a little bit of money at the box office, Universal Pictures has announced that Ouija 2 will arrive on October 21st, 2016. The Blumhouse Pictures project was announced yesterday, though there are no details on where the new franchise will go story wise. Platinum Dunes will be back to produce again with Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard (Oculus) scripting the sequel. There's also no word on whether any of the cast members from the first film, such as Olivia Cooke and Douglas Smith, will be back in any capacity. Stay tuned for more soon.
While we wait to see if Channing Tatum really ends up starring in a spin-off of the forthcoming Ghostbusters reboot with Chris Pratt, the 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike star has become attached to another project, and this one has been gestating for awhile too. The Wrap reports Tatum is attached to lead a big screen adaptation of Joe Haldeman's classic sci-fi novel The Forever War, a project that was picked up by Ridley Scott a few years ago. However, the rights have lapsed, and that's put Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures in a bidding war to pick up the project that has a script from Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts.
Now that director James Wan has Furious 7 under his belt as a huge blockbuster success, he's one of the most sought after directors working right now. Wan is reportedly wanted to direct Aquaman for DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures, but there's a chance that Universal could bring him back for Furious 8 as well. Now there's one more project that wants Wan behind the camera as THR reports Sony wants the filmmaker to direct Robotech, their big screen adaptation of the revered anime. The studio picked up the property back in March with the intention of moving quickly toward a future global franchise.
Right around the time that Kingsman: The Secret Service was heading to theaters, director Matthew Vaughn was already talking about ideas for the sequel. However, the film had not yet proven to be a box office success. Thankfully, audiences turned out to see the fun spy adventure and just this past weekend, the film crossed $400 million worldwide. And The Wrap reports that was enough for Fox to officially start developing a sequel to the film that starred Colin Firth and newcomer Taron Egerton. However, at this time, it's not clear if Vaughn will be back in the director's chair since he has a lot on his plate for the future.
Following the trend of Harry Potter, The Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games, we already know that The Divergent Series: Allegiant will be split into two films. Allegiant - Part 1 will arrive on March 18th, 2016 and Allegiant - Part 2 will arrive on March 24th, 2017. That meas the entire franchise will have been release in just four years. That would be more impressive if the films had a little more substance (they're not terrible, just underwhelming), but young adult sci-fi is all the rage right now. Anyway, the finale might up the ante as THR reports Dumb & Dumber and "The Newsroom" star Jeff Daniels has joined.
After bringing comedy to the White House Correspondents' Dinner last week, "Saturday Night Live" cast member Cecily Strong is getting ready to start a feature film career as well. The comedienne has a role in the indie comedy The Bronze, but now she's lined up her first studio feature film comedy as Deadline reports Strong is taking a role in Michelle Darnell, the next comedy led by The Heat and Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy. As of now there's no indication as to what role Strong has in the film, but her presence is enough to have some hope that this comedy actually turns out better than McCarthy's Tammy.
Sony Pictures seems to have a lot of big plans in the works for the future of their franchises. There's a big plan in the works for a whole cinematic universe to follow the all-female Ghostbusters reboot from Paul Feig, with another film having Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt strapping on proton packs. And there's also been chatter about the 21 Jump Street franchise meshing with the world of Men in Black. Now another rumor has surfaced revealing hopes to expand the 21 Jump Street brand even further, and it's not unlike Sony's plan for more Ghostbusters, because there may be a female centric spin-off in the works now.
Even though Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 has been confirmed to bring back Megan Fox as April O'Neil, Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick and William Fichtner as Eric Saks, it looks like one part of the original cast won't be back. Variety has learned that Paramount is hiring The Wolverine star Brian Tee to play the villain Shredder instead of bringing back Tohoru Masamune, who played the villain in the first film. Considering Shredder was more of an action presence than a defined character in the first film, it makes sense that producers would get someone who has some more experience with acting and action this time.
We have another! Just a few weeks before the 2015 Cannes Film Festival starts, where Quebecois filmmaker Xavier Dolan will be sitting on the Jury, Seville Pictures has announced a few details about another new Dolan film. Dolan will be directing Only The End Of The World, or officially Just La Fin Du Monde, with production starting in May. He's got quite the cast, too: Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, Nathalie Baye, and Gaspard Ulliel. Now that is an impressive set of actors, a step up from his past few films but hopefully it'll turn out just as good (don't forget Dolan's Mommy was my #1 film of 2014).
After bringing some flare to indie thrillers and horror with The Guest and You're Next, director Adam Wingard has just been lined up to take on a studio project. THR reports the filmmaker has just signed on to direct an adaptation of the Japanese horror manga Death Note. Previously, directors like Shane Black and Gus Van Sant were linked to the project, but neither of them stuck with the adaptation. With Wingard signed, it sounds like he might finally be the one to make it happen along with producers Roy Lee and Dan Lin (The LEGO Movie), as well as Jason Hoffs (Edge of Tomorrow) and "Heroes" series star Masi Oka.
After being pursued by a terrifying entity in this year's indie horror hit It Follows, actress Maika Monroe will have to deal with aliens this time. Director Roland Emmerich again took to Twitter today to announce that the actress has landed a role in Independence Day 2. Monroe is one among a few new additions to the sequel who were not part of the original 1996 sci-fi blockbuster. Other new cast members include Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Jessie Usher, Charlote Gainsbourg, Travis Tope and Joey King. However, at this time, we really don't know what roles these new actors will be playing in the sequel.
Earlier this month, Zac Efron and Adam DeVine landed quite the spectacular companion for their forthcoming comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates set up at 20th Century Fox. Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick took the role of one of the wedding dates that the titular dudes find after placing an ad online. But since there's two hard-partying, immature brothers in the title, they need two dates. And today, Variety brings word on that second date with "Parks & Recreation" star Aubrey Plaza playing one of the two women who Mike and Dave surprisingly find out might get wilder and crazier than they do. Read on!
If you were looking forward to seeing Christian Bale leading the adaptation of John D. MacDonald's mystery adventure novel The Deep Blue Goodbye, then we have some bad news. According to THR, Bale recently tore his ACL, which will prevent him from filming the adaptation due to how much physical exertion would have been required for the film, including an action sequence that would've taken place on boats. So for now, 20th Century Fox has put the project on hold, with some sources saying it could be postponed instead of scrapped completely, but the future fate of the film isn't clear at this time. Read on!
We're bound to be getting plenty of Marvel updates this week with the arrival of The Avengers: Age of Ultron hitting theaters beginning at 7pm on Thursday, April 30th. And today, we already have one update about the next film from Marvel Studios slated to go into production in May. Captain America: Civil War will have Iron Man (Tony Stark) and Captain America (Chris Evans) coming to blows, but there will still be a villain in play. We've known for awhile that Daniel Bruhl will play that villain, but there's been some confusion as to who he will actually play. Now we have confirmation from the actor himself. Read on!