We just got word that Wes Ball's adaptation of the young adult novel The Maze Runner will heading to IMAX theaters the same day it hits standard theaters on September 19th. But the film will also be the first to try out a new projection system that could make the big screen experience even more immersive. THR has word that digital cinema maker Barco and their new Escape projection configuration will debut to the public with a little help from The Maze Runner. The film will be the first feature that has been specifically modified to project extra elements on two other screens to the left and right of the center screen. Read on!
Fans of the comedy MacGruber have been jerked around a bit when it comes to the potential of a sequel. Writer and director Jorma Taccone said that he was developing the script for MacGruber 2 with star Will Forte, but then the latter dashed those dreams and said that it was far from being a real project. However, sometime later, Forte changed his tune completely and said they would do whatever it takes to get it made. And since the "Saturday Night Live" veteran has been busy doing press for his turn in Life of Crime, that means it's time to get an update on the hero making life-saving devices out of household materials.
Now that The Avengers have assembled on the big screen, everyone is very familiar with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye. But those aren't even the original Avengers, and they're not going to always be the superheroes who assemble to save the world. As Marvel continues to broaden their cinematic universe, they're introducing new characters who will replace the original team eventually. But the question is just who will step up to join the team? Doctor Strange and Ant-Man are on the way, but that's only two people. Well, a new rumor says we might find out next year who else might enter the superhero assembly mix by way of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Read on!
Director Tom McCarthy has already rounded up an impressive ensemble cast for Spotlight, his drama that tells the story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe journalists who exposed the Catholic Church's decades-long cover-up of child molestation in Massachusetts. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci are all already on board the film, and now THR has word that Almost Famous star Billy Crudup (who just took a role in the Stanford Prison Experiment) is taking a role in the film as Eric MacLeish, a high-powered member of the Boston legal establishment. Read more below!
Having worked with The Rolling Stones on a few documentaries, not to mention putting plenty of classic rock tunes in his films, director Martin Scorsese is no stranger to the music scene. And now it sounds like he might finally bring his love for rock to the big screen in a non-documentary film. A report from Billboard (via The Film Stage) talking about plans for the 40th anniversary of the first album of iconic punk rock band The Ramones briefly mentions that Scorsese is attached to direct a feature film. While this could easily be another documentary film that Scorsese could direct, the wording in the article seems to indicate otherwise.
Though the last film in the series just arrived in 2012, it appears Lakeshore Entertainment believes it's time to reboot the Underworld franchise. THR reports screenwriter Cory Goodman has been hired to write the script for the reboot of the horror action franchise that kicked off 11 years ago. The series has followed Kate Beckinsale as Selene, a dangerous vampire warrior, entrenched in a war between the vampire and werewolf races. Although she is aligned with the vampires, she falls in love with Michael, a werewolf who longs for the war to end. And the battle between vampires and werewolves has spanned four total films.
Briefly: We now have a date for the latest from John Hillcoat (seen above), director of The Proposition, The Road and Lawless. Titled Triple Nine, the ensemble crime drama from a script by Matt Cook is about a group of corrupt police officers who are blackmailed into pulling off a seemingly impossible heist. They plot the murder of a rookie cop in order to orchestrate a "999", code for "officer down", to pull off the heist around town. The impressive cast includes: Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Gal Gadot, Norman Reedus, Teresa Palmer, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Clifton Collins Jr. Triple Nine will hit theaters starting September 11th, 2015 over a year from now. We'll be watching for updates.
Warner Bros. Pictures' attempt to revive the medieval tale of King Arthur is already set for July 22nd, 2016, but so far the only cast member revealed for the film has been Idris Elba in a supporting role as a Merlin-eseque character who trains and mentors Arthur. Now there will be a bit of a reunion in store as Deadline reports Elba's Pacific Rim co-star Charlie Hunnam has landed the title role in the film that will kick-off a six-film franchise plotted by Joby Harold, who is also writing the first script. With Pacific Rim (plus a forthcoming sequel) and this franchise in store, Hunnam doesn't need Fifty Shades of Grey after all.
If you watched the trailer for Ridley Scott's latest film Exodus: Gods and Kings and found yourself annoyed by the whitewashed lead cast of the Biblical epic that takes place in Egypt, you're not the only one. There's been quite the outcry against the casting of Australian actor Joel Edgerton as Pharaoh Ramses II and British actor Christian Bale as Moses, and that's only been made worse since it's been revealed that a slew of black actors are playing servants, thieves and lower class civilians. And now, Ridley Scott himself has addressed the controversy, but hasn't really defended against the concerns being raised. Read more below!
Briefly: If you feel like Halloween is lacking in the horror department this year, don't worry, Lionsgate has your back. For the 10th anniversary of the original Saw, the horror film that spawned a drawn out franchise, Lionsgate is sending the first film back to theaters on Halloween for just one week only. Since the movie has been out for 10 years, there might be new horror fans who are old enough to partake in the franchise now and have never seen any of the films. Saw returns on October 31st with some special screenings on Thursday, October 30th as well. So feel free to go see James Wan and Leigh Whannel's original horror film that launched their big empire that has come to life in Insidious and The Conjuring.
If you haven't taken the time to seek out the impressive indie comedy In a World, directed by and starring "Children's Hospital" regular Lake Bell, then you should try to rectify that as soon as you can. In the meantime, THR reports Bell has lined up her sophomore directing effort in the form of an adaptation of Claire Messud's 2007 novel The Emperor's Children. Imagine Entertainment is producing the film with a script coming from Noah Baumbach, writer/director of Frances Ha and Greenberg, who was previously attached to direct the story of the lives of three friends near their thirties, barely making their way in NYC.
Way back in 2010, Warner Bros. was developing a live-action/CGI hyrbid spin-off of their iconic "Looney Tunes" cartoon short franchise. The film was said to focus on the fictional ACME Corporation, the company responsible for making a lot of the crazy (and often times faulty) products that pop up in "Looney Tunes" cartoons from time to time. Originally Kevin & Dan Hageman were hired to write the script after coming up with an idea similar to the Amblin Entertainment movies of the 1980s, but now X-Men: First Class and Thor writing duo Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz will be tackling the script. But that's not all.
There have been some commenters saying that we don't talk about DC Comics films enough, so here's a provocative rumor that should get the masses talking. HitFix has heard from several different sources that Warner Bros. is making a big push to keep humor out of their forthcoming DC Comics adaptations that have been scheduled to hit theaters through 2020. Drew McWeeney (who isn't prone to just posting any ole rumor) says he keeps hearing a "no jokes" kind of mandate for these films in the DC Comics cinematic universe, and Badass Digest has also echoed those sentiments. But that seems more than a little extreme.
Gifted young actress Chloe Grace Moretz has been making the publicity rounds for her latest tearjerking drama If I Stay, and that means she's been fielding questions about projects other than the current one she's promoting. And considering most of the general population knows he as the foul-mouthed, ass-kicking Hit-Girl from Kick-Ass and last year's underwhelming sequel, she was inevitably asked about Kick-Ass 3. However, rather than being hopeful about the possibility of another film in the R-rated comic book franchise, she pretty much shot down any hopes fans might have of seeing her suit up again. More below!