Briefly: Draining what little news there is left out of Hollywood as the holiday weekend approaches, Deadline delivered a sparse update on the development of Independence Day 2. The film has now officially been given a greenlight for production with an eye towards shooting in May. As of now, Will Smith is not involved, and likely won't sign on. But that's fine, because you might remember there's a script written just in case he did come back, and one written as if he didn't. At this point, the film is slated for release on June 24th, 2016, though it seems a shame to miss that July 1st date to match the exact 20th anniversary. Roland Emmerich is closing his deal to direct, and we'll keep you posted as the film progresses.
Now that Universal Pictures has grabbed the Steve Jobs biopic from Sony Pictures, the studio is starting to round up a supporting cast to surround star Michael Fassbender in the film from Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle. Deadline has word that Natalie Portman is now in talks for a role in the film, and while specifics of her character have not been revealed, it's said to be a major role for the Oscar winner. The script from Aaron Sorkin has been said to focus on the launch of three separate Apple products, which will end up spanning 16 years in the life of the technology innovator, but more details have come to light now.
Up until this week, many of the most secretive projects in development at Hollywood have been kept very private, with few details and even less imagery. A few Star Wars tidbits have leaked out, but in regards to Jurassic World, a number of major details were finally revealed in the footage in the first official trailer. It's hardly a teaser trailer, even though it is labeled as that, but it does show quite a few shots of dinosaurs, the full theme park, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and raptors. So what do we know? It's not a story about dinos on the loose, it's actually about genetically-modified hybrid dinosaurs that end up on the loose.
Next fall brings the return of Adam Sandler as Dracula in the animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 2. We have heard anything about the sequel since it was announced back in 2012, but now we have word on some of the returning voice cast, which includes Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James and Steve Buscemi, with Keegan-Michael Key stepping in for Cee-Lo Green this time. But the real news is one of the new cast members, and that's the legendary comedian Mel Brooks, director of the iconic monster comedy spoof Young Frankenstein, lending his voice to the ancient vampire Vlad, the cranky old father of Dracula. And we also have a first look at his character and the rest of the gang too. Look below!
As we wait for Exodus: Gods & Kings to hit theaters next month, many are more interested in director Ridley Scott going back to sci-fi. He's already got The Martian with Matt Damon in the works, set for release next year, but there's also been development on Blade Runner 2. For awhile, it's been understood that Scott was going to direct the follow-up with a script that was originally coming from the first film's writer Hampton Fancher, but may now be coming from Green Lantern scribe Michael Green. However, in an interview with Variety (via The Playlist), Scott says he will produce the film, but not direct this time.
About a week ago, Sony Pictures suddenly dropped development of the Steve Jobs biopic, a project that didn't stick with director David Fincher or star Christian Bale (twice). But at the time the project was dropped, Slumdog Miillionaire director Danny Boyle and acclaimed actor Michael Fassbender were attached to the project. Thankfully, THR reports the two talents are still with the project which has now officially been picked up by Universal Pictures for about $30 million. Not bad for an Aaron Sorkin scripted drama about one of the most well-known innovators of our time. Stay tuned to for any updates.
Briefly: After entering talks to direct Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment's female superhero blockbuster Wonder Woman, we finally have confirmation from THR that Michelle MacLaren has signed on to direct the film. She will also develop the project with the film's writers, who haven't been revealed yet, with Zack Snyder producing. MacLaren was on a shortlist of female directors for the job, which the studio specifically wanted for this particular property for obvious reasons, and we're just glad to see her get this kind of opportunity. Other names in the running included The Babadook director Jennifer Kent and "Homeland" director and co-executive producer Lesli Linka. Stay tuned for more information!
There were certainly plenty of fans who were disappointed when it was revealed that The Expendables 3 was going to be rated PG-13 in order to get some of the younger demographics into the theaters. However, the film wasn't exactly a smashing success, and now producer and star Sylvester Stallone is blaming that on the lack of an R-rating. Speaking with Crave Online, Stallone was asked if he regretted the reduction of violence in order to get that more teen friendly rating, and he said, "Absolutely unequivocally yes. I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone’s part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I’m quite certain it won’t happen again.” Read on!
Though Tom Hardy was rumored to be in the running to play the title villain in the next installment of the X-Men franchise, the role has gone to one of the cast members of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which will unleash a teaser trailer this weekend). Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has signed Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year) to play the villain Apocalypse in the aptly titled X-Men: Apocalypse, already slated for release on May 27th, 2016. This comes just after learning that Fox is also eyeing actors and actresses to play the roles of young Cyclops and Jean Grey for the sequel set in the 80s.
Ever since Marvel Studios created their cinematic universe, every other studio in Hollywood has been trying to build big franchises with the opportunity for similar crossover opportunities to build a shared universe on the big screen. However, those paying close attention to developing projects have already begun to grow tiresome of studios desperately trying to mimic Marvel's model. Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment is one thing since their comic book universe makes sense in that capacity, but there are plenty of other examples that just sound pointless. Now Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn volunteered his opinion on this growing trend, and he's got a smart perspective on things. More below!
Hot on the heels of news when the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer will arrive, a new rumor has popped up about the first spin-off that will come one year after Episode VII hits theaters. We already know the film will be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards with a script from Book of Eli scribe Gary Whitta. Now SlashFilm has learned from a variety of sources that the first Star Wars spin-off will focus on one of the most important plot points in the saga's history. However. this is something that we've never seen played out or discussed in detail on the big screen: the heist to obtain the plans to the original Death Star.
After Thanksgiving on Thursday, you'll probably be recovering from stuffing your face with turkey and pumpkin pie, and hopefully excited after the Jurassic World trailer premieres during NBC Thursday Night Football. However, if you're not already planning on heading out into the world to get insane bargains on stuff you don't need, you may want to specifically go out of your way to hit up one of only nine Regal Theater locations around the country, because that's where the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will premiere, but only from November 28th-November 30th. Read more details below!
At one time, Smashed and The Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt was going to adapt Matthew Quick's young adult novel Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. However, the project has switched hands and ended up in a surprising place as THR has learned that Channing Tatum will make his directorial debut with the film that follows the title character, a young man who heads out on his birthday with a gun in his backpack and a plan to kill his former best friend. However, he won't be alone because his producing partner Reid Carolin will co-direct the adaptation in addition to producing the film with Tatum as well.
For years now, Amy Adams has been more than a little interested in getting a biopic about iconic rock star Janis Joplin off the ground. Reports have been circling since 2010 when Fernando Meirelles (City Of God) was going to direct, and a couple years ago Lee Daniels boarded the film, back when it was being called Get It While You Can. However, now the film scripted by Ron & Theresa Terry is untitled and has a new director. Deadline reports it will be Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean-March Vallee behind the camera, fresh off his buzzed work on Wild starring Reese Witherspoon, another likely Oscar contender. Read on!