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Now before you get all confused, let's just reiterate the fact that Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is working on a reboot of Ghosbusters with The Heat writer Katie Dippold, and it will have an all-female cast of paranormal investigators this time. So how is it possible that these three male stars could end up busting ghosts? Well, there's two very different prospects here. First of all, Sony Pictures wants Ryan Gosling to take a role in their developing Sinister Six (though who knows if that will even get off the ground), but the Crazy Stupid Love and Gangster Squad star has expressed interest in the Ghostbusters reboot instead.
Now that Marvel Studios has officially confirmed "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch as the title mystical hero in Doctor Strange, the focus has shifted to the supporting roles. So far nobody else has been cast in the film that will be directed by Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us from Evil) and written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), though there have been rumblings (and potentially confused details) about Daniel Bruhl's character from Captain America: Civil War potentially crossing over into Doctor Strange. But a new rumor pegs Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy & Ken Watanabe on a shortlist for a supporting role. More below!
It's unfortunate that the Super Mario Bros. movie from 1993 is one of those movies you just want to forget, but it was just so terrible that it's impossible to burn from your memory. However, it sounds like fans of everyone's favorite coin-collecting plumbers may have a different big screen iteration to look forward to, and it might come from a pretty unlikely place. BuzzFeed has learned that Spider-Man franchise producer Avi Arad is in pursuit of the rights to Nintendo's most iconic video game character, and e-mails uncovered in the leak at Sony Pictures reveal that he's talked to studio chief Amy Pascal about an animated movie.
After learning that Marvel Studios had discussed with Sony Pictures the possibility of using Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, fans were disheartened to hear that negotiations had fallen through. However, that reportedly doesn't mean that Marvel still won't get Spider-Man back in their house. Latino Review has word that a deal could still be reached depending on the outcome of the "Spidey Summit" that we learned is going to happen in January to discuss the uncertain future of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise. And it happens, Marvel will ignore the reboot and leave Andrew Garfield out too.
Believe it or not, Aronofsky's Noah got an award nomination this morning. It didn't land a nod in any of the major categories, but it did receive a nomination for Best Song for Patti Smith's "Mercy Is." That's probably the biggest honor the film will receive (perhaps it could get an Oscar nomination in the same category), but that film is in the past for director Darren Aronofsky now, and the filmmaker behind The Fountain and Black Swan is lining up new projects. He's already working on an adaptation of the MaddAddam trilogy at HBO, but Tracking Board reports his company Protozoa is adapting the book The Good Nurse. Read on!
It's been 13 years since actress turned filmmaker Penny Marshall got behind the camera for Riding in Cars with Boys starring Drew Barrymore, but now she's poised to make a return to directing. Deadline reports Marshall is set to direct Effa, a biopic about Effa Manley, the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The film will follow the woman who rose in the ranks of the Negro National League in the 1930s and ’40s as a co-owner and business manager of the Newark Eagles, a team that would go on to win the 1946 Negro World Series. Sounds like it would make a solid double feature to go with last year's 42.
Just before last weekend, we learned that Star Trek reboot franchise producer and writer Roberto Orci would no longer make his directorial debut on the Paramount Pictures sequel Star Trek 3. The studio is currently trying to wrangle a new director with names like Edgar Wright on a shortlist of potential replacements, but Trekkies have a different idea as to who they'd like to see get behind the camera. Komo News (via Empire) spoke with Jonathan Frakes about a Twitter trend using the hashtag #BringInRiker to get the star and director of various Star Trek series episodes and film's the vacant position. More below!
Now that we know Columbia Pictures is actively developing a reboot of Ghostbusters from director Paul Feig and his The Heat writer Katie Dippold with an eye towards an all-female cast, there's no doubt that pretty much every actress in Hollywood probably wants in on that gig. Therefore, we're not surprised to hear from an interview on "Today" with Rebel Wilson that she has met with her Bridesmaids director about potentially starring in the film. Matt Lauer asked about the prospect and the Pitch Perfect star said, “I have had a meeting. But who knows? They will have to look at the script when it’s finished... I’d do that for free."
After directing Saving Mr. Banks last year, The Blind Side helmer John Lee Hancock hasn't yet found a follow-up film for his next project, but one more project has been added to his small, potential future slate. THR has word that Hancock is currently in talks to direct The Founder, a film focusing on Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, who founded the fast food empire that pretty much everyone in the world knows as McDonald's. The script comes from Robert Siegel (Big Fan) and focuses on the rise of the fast food chain that began all the way back in the 1950s and would go on to become a billion dollar corporation. Read on!
Hot on the heels of news that Marvel was trying to work with Sony Pictures to get Spider-Man to appear in Captain America: Civil War, it sounds like the troubled, hacked movie studio has some crossover plans of their own, but outside of the comic book universe. The Wall Street Journal has word on some more info coming from e-mails that have been leaked online from the studio's head honcho Amy Pascal, and they reveal a discussion with Jonah Hill that pitches a crossover for 23 Jump Street to enter the universe of Men in Black. Hill's response was pretty favorable calling the idea "clean and rad and powerful.” Read on!
Just after hearing that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 would be directed by David Green of Earth to Echo, instead of bringing the first film's director Jonathan Liebesman back, new details on the sequel have emerged that should get longtime fans of the characters excited, or at least hopeful. Omelete (via Collider) has confirmed with producer Andrew Form that villains Rocksteady and Bebop will finally make it to the big screen. That explains why that leaked concept art we featured earlier this year was taken down by Paramount Pictures, since they still might use those designs. And they won't be the only new/old characters.
There's a good chance you've heard about the fact that Sony Pictures was hit by hackers, and the fallout from that invasion has resulted in tons of documents being leaked online. Business e-mails, contact information for directors and actors, cost analyses, focus group testing, anything and everything that has gone into development of projects at the studio, it's all slowly being leaked online. And some of the leaks have resulted in interesting information giving an unfortunate glimpse into the inner-workings of a major motion picture studio. The latest comes in the form of a potential collaboration with Marvel Studios.
Right now, the final season of "The Newsroom" is airing on HBO with just one episode left in the season (which has been stirring up some controversy for this past Sunday's episode). And now it looks like one of Aaron Sorkin's stars from the show may head over to the Steve Jobs biopic that he scripted and is now set up at Universal Pictures after being shut down at Sony Pictures. The Wrap reports Jeff Daniels is currently being eyed to play former Apple CEO John Sculley in the film from Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle. He doesn't have an offer yet, but he's Boyle's top choice for the role, so this should easily be finalized.
Considering the fact that Sony Pictures is dealing with the fallout of a massive hack of their entire technological infrastructure, resulting in leaked documents covering everything from budgets to focus group testing and more, it's amazing that anything is staying secret over there. But Deadline reports that a secret sci-fi project is in development from producer J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot production banner. The film will mark the directorial debut of Chris Alender, who has made waves due to his short film Eye of the Storm. Supposedly Sony won out in a bidding war thanks to their aggressive production plan. More below!