Over the summer, we learned that 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong'o would reateam with Brad Pitt's Plan B production banner for an adaptation of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award winning book Americanah, written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The Oscar-winning actress will star in and produce the film along with 2 Productions and Potboiler Productions, and now she's just gained a co-star who has had a hell of a year on the big screen in 2014. Variety reports David Oyelowo, who is getting awards buzz for his turn in Selma, is set to co-star in the story of Nigerian immigrants who face struggles in their love.
Briefly: Just before we weekend, we learned that Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures were shifting their action adventure Skull Island back to March 10th, 2017, and they had also changed the title to Kong: Skull Island. Now Deadline reports the film directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kings of Summer) and starring Tom Hiddleston has just gained a cast member in the form of J.K. Simmons, fresh off endless praise for his stirring turn in this year's Whiplash. No word on who he is playing, but the film has been said to focus on the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island, so he's likely part of the team. Stay tuned for anymore details.
There's so many tidbits of information hitting the web due to the leaked documents and e-mails from the hack of Sony Pictures that it's hard to keep track of it all. Well, over the weekend, one story finally got some traction after being online for a few days before that. While plenty of details are leaking concerning various projects at Sony Pictures, the hack is also creating some potential secrecy issues for other studios as discussions in the e-mails mentions unknown details about projects outside of Sony. The latest revelation is that Warner Bros. and DC Comics may have a director for Aquaman already, and it's not Zack Snyder.
It's official - the next Terrence Malick movie will be arriving next year. The 65th Berlin International Film Festival has announced the first seven films selected as part of their competition programme for 2015. Berlinale, as the fest is known, takes place in Germany in early February right after the Sundance Film Festival (which we'll also be covering). After a successful trip to Berlin last year to see The Grand Budapest Hotel premiere, Berlinale has invited me back for another year and I'm looking forward to returning quite a bit. This first announcement is just a small tease, but it confirms that Malick's Knight of Cups starring Christian Bale and Natalie Portman (see that first look photo) will be premiering at the festival next year.
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!
After Legendary Pictures surprised Comic-Con audiences with the announcement of a new King Kong prequel called Skull Island, the studio hired Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts to get behind the camera and Thor and The Avengers villain Tom Hiddleston to lead the film. The project was announced with a November 4th, 2016 release date, but now Legendary has just revealed that the film has been pushed back to March 10th, 2017. Written by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla), the film is now called Kong: Skull Island and focuses on the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island.
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.
Hot on the heels of the official reveal of a character named Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the sci-fi saga has scared another Po away into 2016. Dreamworks Animation has decided to bump back the release of Kung Fu Panda 3 from December 23rd, 2015 back a few months to March 18th, 2016 That's actually the release date the studio originally set back in 2012, and they ended up recently giving to Boss Baby, which THR says will now be moved back as well). It's not clear if the might of Star Wars: Episode VII has caused the move, or if the trouble DreamWorks Animation has been having (they just delayed B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherwordly Operations as well) is to blame. But that's not the only delay. More below!
When the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was finally released, we got to see plenty of new characters in action, but we still didn't know their names. But finally, Lucasfilm has officially revealed the names of the main characters in Episode VII, and they've done it in a pretty cool way. Today's generation may not remember, but trading cards used to be pretty popular for movies, not just for sports. And so, the names of our main characters have been revealed with Topps trading cards, and they're made with an awesome retro style too. So find out the names of all of our main characters right now. Look below now!
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!