Over two years ago, Halloween 3D was meant to be the next installment in the horror remake franchise that had been directed by Rob Zombie. But Dimension Films pulled it from their future release calendar, and the film was left hanging in the balance. My Bloody Valentine and Drive Angry filmmakers Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier were supposed to write the script, but after the film was pulled from the release calendar, there were rumblings that Platinum Dunes was going to take a crack at Michael Myers. Thankfully, that's not the case, and there's a new attempt to keep the slasher alive in Halloween: The Next Chapter.
El Jefe is back! More Cubanos for everybody! Open Road Films has announced a re-release of the beloved summer indie comedy Chef, written, directed by and starring Jon Favreau. If you haven't already seen the film (or even if you have already!) they're offering you another chance to catch this up on the big screen. Although I would say this is probably best eaten while preparing you're own feast of a meal, because all it will make you want is the best food you can possibly eat during and after. We already raved about Chef when in our Sound Off but I'm always happy to keep highlighting it, especially during re-release. SlashFilm's Peter Sciretta listed it as one of the best films of the summer. We recommend seeing it whenever you get a chance.
After saving the world from giant robots earlier this summer, but not saving movie-goers from making themselves more stupid, Transformers: Age of Extinction star Mark Wahlberg will remain a little more grounded with his next project. Deadline has word that Wahlberg is currently in talks to star in Deepwater Horizon, the drama about the headline-making oil rig of the same name which exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in a catastrophic oil spill, the likes of which haven't been seen since the Exxon Valdez oil spill incident back in 1989. Wahlberg will play the second manager in command on the oil rig in the story about what happened in the 48 hours leading up to the explosion and what followed immediately after.
In a team-up that you otherwise might have thought would never happen, Kevin Smith and Johnny Depp are making a movie together. Yoga Hosers is being described by Smith himself as a comic book movie, which we first heard about earlier this summer, but without the pesky source material. Depp is starring in the film along with his daughter Lily-Rose Depp, who will lead the story alongside Smith's own teenage daughter Harley Quinn Smith (named after the Batman character). Production begins this week on the action adventure which is actually a spin-off of Smith's forthcoming horror flick Tusk, and the two teenage girl characters appear in the film as convenience store clerks, which is a little more than fortuitous.
While it seems like Disney's new live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book is ahead of the curve with a fall 2015 release date and a fully assembled cast that includes Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley and Bill Murray, the competing adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic is marching onward. Earlier this month, the studio dated Jungle Book: Origins for release in October of 2016, and now they have their first cast member as THR reports Benedict Cumberbatch will voice the tiger Shere Khan, the man-eating villain of the film directed by Andy Serkis.
Before Comic-Con, action star Dwayne Johnson was teasing some kind of role based on a DC Comics property that hadn't yet been brought to the big screen. Johnson offered the hint that his character has "the power of Superman," which immediately led to fans guessing that Shazam would be the role. However, it sounds like Johnson has his choice of what DC Comics character he'll bring to life. Speaking with The Associated Press, Johnson is having trouble between playing Shazam or his arch nemesis, anti-hero Black Adam, one of the former wrestler's favorite characters from the world of DC Comics. Maybe fans will help?
In case you didn't know, after working on The Hangover trilogy together, Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips have formed their own production label at Warner Bros., and they're not wasting anytime lining up projects for the big screen. Deadline reports the studio has acquired Don Pendleton's book series featuring recurring anti-terrorist operative Mack Bolan and will develop the film as a vehicle for Cooper to lead and Phillips to potentially direct as well. Avatar sequel writer Shane Salerno, who had the rights to the series from Pendleton's estate, will produce the film with the duo, in addition to writing the script. More below!
While director Edgar Wright is busy preparing projects like his original Baby Driver and an adaptation of Grasshopper Jungle, his collaborator Simon Pegg has Mission: Impossible 5 on his plate and Star Trek 3 with a new director after that. But that doesn't mean the two won't get back together for another film. In fact, Wright and Pegg are hoping to make another three films over the next decade. First, Pegg spoke with BBC 6 Music (via Digital Spy) and confirmed development of a new original film that he's working on with Wright, “Edgar and I were having a conversation the other day about it, and it has a title and everything. We’re kind of into a creative cycle now.” But how soon might it come together? More below!
After being shortlisted for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 last year, and ultimately losing the job to Kon-Tiki duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, director Fredrik Bond has lined up his next project. THR has learned that Bond is in talks to be at the helm of London Has Fallen, the sequel to one of the two White House thrillers from 2013. Olympus Has Fallen doesn't need a sequel, but that's not stopping Millennium Films from making it, complete with the return of principal cast members Gerard Butler (doing his best John McClane), Aaron Eckhart as the U.S. President and Morgan Freeman as Speaker of the House.
After rocking the young adult world with a the heart-wrenching romance of The Fault in Our Stars, director Josh Boone might be heading into vampire territory. The Wrap has word that Boone is currently in early talks to write and direct Lestat, an adaptation of a couple books in Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles book series that was recently picked up by Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci. The character was played by Tom Cruise in Interview with the Vampire, but this won't be a remake of that film, and will instead adapt both the books The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned.
This past summer, we got word from director Paul W.S. Anderson that the next Resident Evil would be the final film in the franchise. The sequel has been going by the working title Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and was originally slated for release next month, but ended up getting pushed back until they got the script right. No new release date was set, and it wasn't clear when production was going to begin, but now an update from Milla Jovovich lets fans know that they'll be waiting a little while longer for the sequel. It would be coming sooner, but Jovovich has revealed she and Anderson are having another baby.
At one time, there were rumblings that Jeremy Renner might take over the Mission: Impossible franchise from Tom Cruise as the latter superstar seemed to be fading from box office glory. But Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol proved to be a big success, and Cruise is still very much on board to star in Mission: Impossible 5 from director Christopher McQuarrie, and Renner will be back in a supporting role along with the return of Simon Pegg. Now one more franchise star is back as McQuarrie himself took to Twitter to welcome back Ving Rhames to the production, reprising his role as IMF agent Luther Stickell. Read on!
It's been a long road for Marvel's adaptation of their comic book Ant-Man. For over 10 years Shaun of the Dead writer and director Edgar Wright had developed the film for Marvel with Attack the Block writer and director Joe Cornish helping him out. Wright was officially attached to direct the film in 2006, and spent the years since getting the film together, adapting as Marvel began to build their cinematic universe beginning with Iron Man and leading up to The Avengers. The universe continues to grow with films like Guardians of the Galaxy, and sadly things at Marvel got too complicated for Wright as he and the studio disagreed over the direction of the film, and he dropped out. But Marvel decide to march onward. Read on!
Following the tragic death of Robin Williams last week, we reported on four more films that would have performances from the late actor. However, it appears that one of those roles may not be completed as initially thought. The Telegraph has learned Williams' voice role in Absolutely Anything, the film that stars Simon Pegg as a teacher who experiences a series of mishaps after discovering he has magical powers given to him by a group of aliens, voiced by Monty Python veterans John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle & Michael Palin. Williams was voicing a talking pet named Dennis the Dog. Read on!