The War continues. Paramount has signed a deal with Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona, best known as just J.A. Bayona, to direct the World War Z sequel in development. After thwarting bad buzz to earn an impressive $540 million at the global box office, Paramount and Skydance Prods. are already moving forward on a sequel to the
zombie action movie based on Max Brooks' bestselling novel of the same name. Bayona last directed The Impossible, which got one Oscar nomination, and broke out with the 2007 horror film The Orphanage. Few details have been revealed about a sequel, but at least they found a good director.
Just last week, we learned that Disney gained the rights to Indiana Jones from Paramount Pictures, making their ownership of Lucasfilm complete. Disney picked up "distribution and marketing rights to future films, in addition to retaining its current ownership rights," which means the House of Mouse can now make Indiana Jones sequels, reboots, etc. at their leisure, just like their continuance Star Wars saga starting with Episode VII with director J.J. Abrams. Now a tweet from Indiana Jones producer Frank Marshall seems to indicate that Disney is moving swiftly to get a new Indiana Jones movie off the ground.
After hearing in October that Skyfall and Cloud Atlas star Ben Whishaw was the hopeful to take the lead role in a biopic about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, it's official. Deadline has word that Whishaw has signed on to play the lead singer of the iconic classic rock band in a film from British actor turned director Dexter Fletcher, fresh off the musical adaptation Sunshine on Leith with featured music from the music group The Proclaimers. As of now the plan is to shoot the film next year, whether or not Sony Pictures is ready to pull the trigger on the film produced by Graham King (The Town) and his own GK Films banner.
Just the thought of not having any more films from Martin Scorsese is a real bummer. But at 71 years old, the iconic director of such films as GoodFellas, The Departed, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver and this month's The Wolf of Wall Street is tired, and it sounds like he sees the end of his career coming sooner than later. Speaking at the Marrakech Film Festival (via The Playlist), Scorsese explained that he has the desire to make more films, but it's not likely he'll go much longer. Scorsese says, "Yes, I have the desire to make many films, but as of now I’m 71 and there’s only a couple more left if I get to make them." Uh-oh.
While the recently debuted trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 clearly sets up a big picture that has been rumored to lead to a gathering of The Sinister Six in The Amazing Spider-Man 4, there's one integral part that isn't yet confirmed for the sequel already slated to arrive in 2018. While speaking with Yahoo UK recently, rebooted Peter Parker player Andrew Garfield revealed that he's not yet signed for a fourth film as the webslinger. Garfield says, "I’m under contract for another one after this. As far as a fourth one? That's not anything to do with me." So Sony decided to slate a sequel for 2018 without confirming their lead actor.
Add one more cast member to the growing roster of Batman vs. Superman. Just last week we learned that Fast & Furious actress Gal Gadot was taking the role of Diana Prince (aka Wonder Woman) in the ever-expanding DC Entertainment adaptation at Warner Bros., and now one more cast member has entered the mix. THR has word that former "Game of Thrones" and Conan the Barbarian reboot star Jason Momoa has landed an unknown role in the sequel pitting Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck against each other as the Man of Steel and The Dark Knight. Could Momoa be playing an unknown villain, or another hero?
At the beginning of the year, it seemed unlikely that Christopher McQuarrie's directorial debut Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise, would become a film franchise in the same vein as the book series from Lee Child. However, the film ended up grossing over $218 million worldwide, and that's enough for Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions to move forward with a sequel. Though there are 16 other books that could be turned into films, Deadline says the sequel will use this year's new book Never Go Back for the sequel, but a writer still needs to be rounded up. And what about the director? More below!
Time for the premieres! Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with only 38 days until Sundance 2013 kicks off on January 16th, Sundance has officially announced more of their line-up following the In-Competition selection and Midnight & Spotlight last week, mainly the coveted Premieres category, 28 narrative features and docs, at the world's greatest, snowiest film festival in January. Finally this is where The Raid 2 shows up, I was expecting it in the Midnight line-up, but it's a big bad premiere. A few other gems like A Most Wanted Man and Nick Offerman's one-man show on here, too. Full lists below.
Briefly: Following last week's debut of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer, we have the unsurprising news that the film will be hitting IMAX 3D screens next summer. The film will hit screens internationally starting on April 16th, 2014 and then theaters in the United States on May 2nd, 2014. But that's not all. Columbia Pictures just announced that Spidey has been named the “Official Super Hero of Times Square 2014," and while it's mostly just publicity bullshit, the webslinging superhero will be on top of the Times Square Ball Drop on New Year's Eve in New York City. In addition, there will be footage from the film showing on the screens in Times Square. Spidey is a New York native after all, so it just makes perfect sense.
While Ron Howard and Imagine Entertainment have been trying to get their unprecedented film and television adaptation of The Dark Tower off the ground, it sounds a blockbuster property might try out a similar formula before that happens. We know that the reboot of Terminator will arrive on July 1st, 2015 with Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor at the helm. Now Production Weekly might have word on a title as the tease of their recent issue on Twitter included the title Terminator: Genesis. That could be the title of the new film, however, the list also includes TV series, and this might reference a newly ordered Terminator adaptation for the small screen, which is said to set up the rebooted film universe. Read on!
This month, Peter Berg's military thriller Lone Survivor hits theaters, and awards expert Joey Magidson has discussed the possibility of the film entering the Oscar race this season. Now that the film is on the verge of release, Berg is likely gearing up for a new project. However, for those hoping the Friday Night Lights TV series might head to the big screen, the filmmaker told Collider, "There’s not gonna be a movie. We talked about it, some people thought it was a good idea, some didn’t; I’ve come to believe it’s probably not a good idea and I seriously doubt it’s gonna happen.” But another one of his films might get revived.
"You wanted to help? Well, this is your chance." With the first trailer for Gareth Edwards' new Godzilla movie due out tomorrow (Tuesday), viral marketing has kicked in for the monster movie. Late on Sunday the @GodzillaMovie account tweeted the link to a Chinese news article on Mtime referencing photos of the "world's largest sinkhole" and details that link to a viral site/company called M.U.T.O. The tag they used when linking was: "Who Are M.U.T.O.?" Good question. They seem a bit similar to Pacific Rim's PPDC (Pan Pacific Defense Corps) or something designed to track down these monsters. We'll have to wait and find out.
Whether Paramount Pictures wasn't pleased with some of the critical and fan reactions following Star Trek Into Darkness, or the studio is simply looking at a fresh approach to the Star Trek reboot franchise, there will be some new writers on the scene for Star Trek 3. THR has word that relatively unknown writing duo J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay haven been hired to script the film which J.J. Abrams will not direct, due to his schedule on Star Wars: Episode VII. However, they won't be alone, since Roberto Orci will work with them on the sequel. But this time Orci's writing/producing partner Alex Kurtzman isn't on board. Read on!
Briefly: Last week, X-Men fans were hit the shocking but incredible news that 20th Century Fox was releasing X-Men: Apocalypse to theaters in May of 2016. The film will be a direct sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past, and it sounds like it might also feature cast members from the original X-Men franchise and X-Men: First Class again. In addition, for anyone interested in spoiling the credits bumper that reveals Apocalypse we've got the exclusive scoop right here. But what we've been wondering is whether Bryan Singer will actually direct the sequel or just produce this time. Now Vulture has learned that Singer will definitely direct the film as his next project. Sounds good to us as long as Days of Future Past is up to snuff.