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After flirting with Tom Hiddleston for the lead role in MGM & Paramount's remake of the classic epic Ben-Hur, Deadline reports the studios have instead picked up "Boardwalk Empire" star Jack Huston to take the title role in the film directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). Leading up to his casting, Huston actually could have ended up playing Messala, the close friend of Judah Ben-Hur who becomes his nemesis, but the director decided Huston was better suited for the lead role. Now the search is still on to find an actor to play Messala, but that announcement shouldn't be too far behind.
Following the death of Harold Ramis, the script for Ghostbusters 3 was meant to be rewritten to compensate for his absence on-screen. But sometime after, it sounded like the original plan for just another sequel having the old team of Ghostbusters passing the torch on to a new generation might be abandoned in favor of a reboot that would follow an all-female cast, with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig behind the camera. However, that new approach could be part of a bigger plan Dan Aykroyd says is coming together behind the scenes to give the world of Ghostbusters the Marvel universe style treatment. More below!
While we still don't know who will end up taking the title role in Marvel's Phase Three film Doctor Strange, with Joaquin Phoenix being the last actor linked to the role, that doesn't mean the comic book studio isn't getting production in order. And Screen Daily reports Marvel is currently working out their schedule with Pinewood-Shepperton Studios across the pond (where Star Wars: Episode VII is filming now) to shoot the film starting around May 2015, lining the film up for release on July 8th, 2016. The date has yet to be confirmed but since it's Marvel's most immediate project following next summer's release of Ant-Man and this is the next date in their long list of reservations, it just makes sense logically. More below!
We already know Tom Hiddleston is bringing county western singer Hank Williams to life in the biopic I Saw the Light, and we've even seen him belt out one of his trademark tunes at a music festival in Michigan. But there's another, odd indie movie developing with ties to the singer as well. The film is called I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, and The Wrap reports Thor star Chris Hemsworth will star in and produce it, based on Steve Earle's novel of the same name. The story follows Toby “Doc” Ebersole, haunted by the ghost of Hank Williams after being involved in the country singer's mysterious death back in 1953.
At Comic-Con this past summer, Legendary Pictures made a surprise announcement regarding development of an action adventure called Skull Island, a film that was said to explore the "cinematic origins" of King Kong. Since then, we've heard that Attack the Block director Joe Cornish was being courted to be at the helm, and 2005's King Kong director Peter Jackson suggested that Guillermo del Toro should direct the film. But instead, a press release from Legendary has announced that Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts will be at the helm of the film, and Thor franchise star Tom Hiddleston is in talks to lead.
It's a shame that Ben Kingsley never got in on the Harry Potter franchise while the films were still being made, but the actor will get to work with Daniel Radcliffe on another project from across the pond anyway. THR has word from Goldcrest Films, a British production banner, that Kingsley has joined the cast of Brooklyn Bridge, a new drama from Emma and Infamous director Douglas McGrath. The film sees Radcliffe playing smart but inexperienced civil engineer Washington Roebling, the man who oversaw the creation of the Brooklyn Bridge, designed by his father, in the second half of the 19th century. More below!
It might be hard to believe, but Universal Pictures has managed to convince director Paul Greengrass and The Bourne Identity franchise star Matt Damon back together for the fourth film in the series following secret government organization Jason Bourne. This will be the third time Greengrass and Damon have worked on the Bourne series together (Doug Liman directed the first film in 2002), and we never really thought the studio could success in getting the duo back together after they couldn't figure out a way to continue the story of Jason Bourne after The Bourne Ultimatum when the character learned about his past.
This year, co-writer and director Mike Flanagan delivered one of the better and more captivating original horror films in recent memory with Oculus, a truly mind-bending little flick. And his reward is getting sucked into the Hollywood remake machine as Deadline reports Sony Pictures has hired Flanagan to write and produce a remake of the 1997 teen slasher hit I Know What You Did Last Summer. Flanagan is co-writing with his Oculus writing partner Jeff Howard, based on the 1973 book by Lois Duncan. The studio is looking to fast-track the film through development and have it in theaters by 2016. More below!
After New Line's reboot of the comedy classic National Lampoon's Vacation gained a superhero in Chris Hemsworth and a cameo appearance by Charlie Day (reteaming with his Horrible Bosses writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, directing this time), the supporting cast continue to fill out. THR reports Leslie Mann (This is 40, The Other Woman) is now in talks to play Audrey Griswold, brother of Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) who is all grown up and taking his own family on the kind of road trip that his parents (Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo) took the family on when they were just kids. More below!
With the release of their thriller The Guest just a couple days away, The Wrap reports filmmaking team Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard are nearing a deal to write and direct the developing remake of Kim Jee-Woon's South Korean film I Saw the Devil from 2010. In fact, it seems to be a done deal because Barrett has already started writing the script and Wingard is already preparing to round up a cast. As we reported late last year, Dredd and The Grey producer Adi Shankar is producing the remake, and he's joined by Keith & Jessica Calder from Snoot Entertainment, the company behind The Guest and You're Next.
Following word from writer, director and actor Justin Theroux ("The Leftovers") that Zoolander 2 was still a possibility, one of the other stars of the original film has echoed his sentiments. Will Ferrell had a brief chat with JoBlo and was asked about the comedy sequel and whether or not his wild, fashion icon character and villain Mugatu would return. Way back in 2009, Ben Stiller didn't mention him as one of the returning characters, but changed his mind in 2010, and Ferrell says, "We are actually supposed to do a read-through of a sequel script soon, and Mugatu is a part of it." But that's all that was said for the time being. Read on!
Over the past few years, both Rooney Mara and Dane DeHaan have become quite the impressive young actors, with the former making waves in The Social Network, Ain't Them Bodies Saints and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the latter breaking through with Chronicle and expanding with Kill Your Darlings, Life After Beth and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Now the two will team up in a completely different genre for both of them as THR reports DeHaan and Mara will star in a 1920s set musical called Ziggy, which will be directed by Australian filmmaker Diesel Schwarze, a protégé of Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann.
Towards the end of last month, it was revealed that Lakeshore Entertainment intended to reboot the Underworld franchise. However, that's only half true as more details have emerged in a report from THR. Instead of rebooting the series completely, instead it will merely continue by following a new lead character. Theo James, who played David, the vampire ally of Selene (Kate Beckinsale) who came into play when she united with her daughter and sought out the hybrid Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman) in Underworld: Awakening, will take the lead this time. So instead of being a reboot, this is basically a sequel or spin-off.
Just after news surfaced that Morgan Freeman would be playing a civil rights lawyer in Ted 2, the actor has also landed a role in Paramount Pictures and MGM's gestating new take on Ben-Hur. Like the original film, it's the story of Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, the son of a Roman tax collector, who grew up best friends before the Roman Empire rose to power. But this version is more faithful to the book as it also ties in with the tale of Jesus Christ, with whom Ben-Hur has several encounters, moving him to become a believer in the Messiah, which culminates in Christ being sentenced to death. So who will Freeman play?