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After rocking the young adult world with a the heart-wrenching romance of The Fault in Our Stars, director Josh Boone might be heading into vampire territory. The Wrap has word that Boone is currently in early talks to write and direct Lestat, an adaptation of a couple books in Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles book series that was recently picked up by Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci. The character was played by Tom Cruise in Interview with the Vampire, but this won't be a remake of that film, and will instead adapt both the books The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned.
This past summer, we got word from director Paul W.S. Anderson that the next Resident Evil would be the final film in the franchise. The sequel has been going by the working title Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and was originally slated for release next month, but ended up getting pushed back until they got the script right. No new release date was set, and it wasn't clear when production was going to begin, but now an update from Milla Jovovich lets fans know that they'll be waiting a little while longer for the sequel. It would be coming sooner, but Jovovich has revealed she and Anderson are having another baby.
At one time, there were rumblings that Jeremy Renner might take over the Mission: Impossible franchise from Tom Cruise as the latter superstar seemed to be fading from box office glory. But Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol proved to be a big success, and Cruise is still very much on board to star in Mission: Impossible 5 from director Christopher McQuarrie, and Renner will be back in a supporting role along with the return of Simon Pegg. Now one more franchise star is back as McQuarrie himself took to Twitter to welcome back Ving Rhames to the production, reprising his role as IMF agent Luther Stickell. Read on!
You might remember back in 2012 that Sylvester Stallone confirmed that international action superstar Jackie Chan would have a role in The Expendables 3. However, when you look at the crowded poster and trailers, you'll notice that Chan didn't end up in the film, and there's no surprise cameo either. So what happened? Well, Stallone recently explained at a press conference the scheduling didn't work out. Stallone explained, "He's so loved in China, there's so much demand, that he literally couldn't cut those 3 days loose. We'll get him next time though, he's a good friend." And that means The Expendables 4 is in the works.
Nearly two years ago, we heard about Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Tom Hardy teaming up to produce an animal trafficking drama, in the same vein as Steven Soderbergh's Traffic, that takes a dramatic from look at everything from the ground war on poachers in the African savanna to how animal material ends up in the fancy fashion houses of Paris. There's been no news since then, but now Deadline reports Mission: Impossible 5 writer Will Staples will script another untitled film set up at Warner Bros. about the same topic with Hardy, DiCaprio and Maguire still possibly taking roles in an ensemble cast.
Over two years ago, just after Journey 2: The Mysterious Island hit theaters, Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson were set to return in a third film, with director Brad Peyton and writers Mark and Brian Gunn all back in the same capacity as well. However, it sounds like the direction of the franchise has changed a bit as New Line has just hired Chad & Cary Hayes, the writers behind The Conjuring, to script not just Journey 3, but also Journey 4, both of which Johnson is already attached to lead. As for Hutcherson, THR says the actor isn't attached yet, but as the only star of both the previous films, he's expected to return.
Briefly: Following a tease of Godzilla 2 at Comic-Con, revealing that Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah will all pop up in the sequel to this year's blockbuster monster remake, Legendary & Warner Bros. have finally pegged a release date for the return of The King of Monsters. Godzilla 2 will hit theaters on June 8th, 2018, meaning that director Gareth Edwards will be moving straight from his Star Wars spin-off, slated to arrive on December 16th, 2016, back to the franchise reboot he helped kickstart. It's going to be quite the whirlwind of work for Edwards over the next four years, and we hope Edwards can handle the pressure.
The classic cartoon Popeye is getting the big screen animated feature film treatment with Sony Pictures bringing the sailorman to theaters sometime in 2016, but it looks like he's not the only retro cartoon character getting a movie deal. Simon Cowell and his Syco Entertainment have announced a team-up with animation house Animal Logic Entertainment to bring Betty Boop, the first animated female star who debuted all the way back in 1930, appearing in over 100 cartoons, many of them her own animated shorts on the big screen, not to mention popping up in the live-action/animated hybrid Who Framed Roger Rabbit?.
Development on Bad Boys 3 at Sony Pictures has been dragging along since as far back as 2009. The studio hired The Town scribe Peter Craig five years ago to write the script, but as recently as this past winter, they decided to commission a new script from Safe House writer David Guggenheim. But since then, we haven't heard anything about the project coming to fruition, which is just par for the course. However, Martin Lawrence appeared on "Conan" last night where he was asked about the sequel by Conan O'Brien, and thankfully the star had some good news, giving us hope that he will reteam with Will Smith again.
Shortly after the latest installment of Texas Chainsaw Massacre arrived in theaters in 2013, there were already rumblings about a sequel percolating from Millennium Films. However, the news might have been a bit premature since the holders of the rights to Leatherface and his creepy Sawyer family hadn't yet figured out how to proceed with the franchise. But now it appears plans are coming together for a follow-up, but rather than being a sequel to Texas Chainsaw 3D, the film is called Leatherface and will take place before the original 1974 classic horror film, following the teenage years of the chainsaw-wielding killer in the 70s.
Briefly: After just announcing a new feature film version of Power Rangers earlier this summer, Lionsgate has dated the film to hit theaters on July 22nd, 2016. All we know so far is that X-Men: First Class and Thor writers Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz will script the film that will be executive produced by Star Trek and Transformers franchise writer and producer Roberto Orci. Somehow the film will keep the mythology of all the original TV series and films intact, likely by simply following a new group of ordinary high school kids who find themselves infused with extraterrestrial powers and must harness those powers as a team to save the world. We really don't know what to expect from this one. Stay tuned for more.
An animated short film called Henchmen: Ill Suited will premiere this week at the computer graphics and animation convention, SIGGRAPH 2014, in Vancouver. And now Deadline reports Adam McKay, Will Ferrell & Chris Henchy will act as creative collaborators and executive producers on a feature film version, simply called Henchmen, from Bron Studios. The original film follows a lowly janitor working in the bad guy museum of Supervillain City ends up inside a somewhat out-of-control super-powered space suit, and causes all kinds of mayhem. However, the feature length version will change things a bit. Read on!
This past spring, Citadel director Ciaron Foy stepped up to direct Sinister 2, the sequel to the 2012 horror film from director Scott Derrickson (who is moving into Marvel territory next). Now the film has begun production in Chicago according to a press release from Focus Features, who has dated the film for release on August 21st, 2015. In addition, some of the cast has finally been revealed with Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight's Tale) leading the film as a protective mother with twin sons (Robert & Dartanian Sloan) who find themselves in a rural house marked for death. But there's one character from the first film returning.
Earlier this month, we got word that Super 8 star Elle Fanning was going to lead A Storm in the Stars, a period romance from Wadjda director Haifaa Al-Mansour that will follow he passionate love affair between dangerously charismatic poet Percy Shelley and 17-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft, who hadn't yet taken the surname of her lover and gone on to become the iconic author of horror classic Frankenstein. And because Hollywood likes things in pairs, there's another project about Mary Shelley in the works as Deadline reports on a film called Mary Shelley's Monster, which will star "Game of Thrones" regular Sophie Turner.