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It's been 11 years since The Matrix Revolutions mostly disappointed us with an unsatisfying and predictable end to what began as a revolutionary sci-fi action flick. The Wachowski siblings changed the action genre, making bullet time the hot new trend, and slow-motion action all the rage, and the script was original, mind-blowing, and totally worthy of the patented Keanu Reeves, "Whoa." However, Warner Bros. hasn't gotten anything worthwhile in box office terms from the filmmaking team with both Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas bombing hard. So what's next? How about jacking back into The Matrix for a new trilogy?
It may yet happen. Don't give up all hope! Last summer we reported news that there might be a positive spin on the once-thought-dead sequel to Dredd, the rebooted comic book series starring Karl Urban as Judge Dredd from writer/producer Alex Garland. Now we have another early 2014 update that things are brewing and "discussions" are happening. A report from the Las Vegas Star Trek this week includes a quick mention of the Dredd sequel, and that Karl Urban says that "conversations are taking place between the studio, the director and writer". Sounds great to me, let's keep pushing for this and make it happen, sooner than later.
While we can pretty much assume that everyone under the sun has had a meeting or audition for Star Wars: Episode VII, production on the film is supposed to begin in May, so there have to be some key decisions regarding cast that just haven't been revealed. If a new rumor from AICN is to be believed, we might have a young actor who already has a role, and it could be a lead. Supposedly two different sources say that Jack Reynor, who will next be seen as one of the leads in Transformers: Age of Extinction (watch the Super Bowl tease here), has already landed a role in the film. However, they don't know what role yet.
For those who didn't know, The Weinstein Company is planning a big screen adaptation of Knight Rider, the 80s TV show which featured a high-tech modern crime fighter (played by David Hasselhoff) assisted by an advanced, artificially intelligent and nearly indestructible talking car called KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand), a heavily modified Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. The feature film version had Wild Hogs and Yogi Bear writer Brad Copeland involved as of last summer, and now there's a rumor about who might be lined up to play our hero Knight and voice his trusty talking car, and it sounds like it could be really fun. Read on!
As we learned a year ago from Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige, the plan is for Doctor Strange to be a Phase Three title along with Edgar Wright's Ant-Man (which just added Michael Douglas as Hank Pym). While last summer brought news that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was wanted to lead the film (he was also sought for Ant-Man before Paul Rudd took the role), the Don Jon director has Sandman set up as his own comic book adaptation to lead and direct. Now Latino Review has word that Marvel has met with Johnny Depp about leading the film, and the rumor doesn't sound all that crazy considering his relationship with Disney.
With the gestating Batman vs. Superman bringing on Gal Gadot as female superhero Wonder Woman, joining Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman, we know there's going to be a handful of superheroes in Zack Snyder's comic book sequel. There's even been rumors of The Flash and Green Lantern popping up at some point, and now we might have a more immediate reason for cramming in all these heroes. Latino Review is reporting that Warner Bros. wants to follow-up Batman vs. Superman with Justice League, and supposedly the studio wants to move very quickly by shooting the films back-to-back.
With the hiring of Simon Kinberg to shepherd Marvel comic book adaptations at 20th Century Fox, it's been presumed that a shared universe would eventually cause a meeting of Fantastic Four and the X-Men, but a new rumor has more specific (though unsurprising) information about how these two superhero ensembles will meet. A financial advice website called The Motley Fool (via io9) has word that Fox is primed to pump up shareholders by adapting the 1987 four-issue run of Fantastic Four vs. X-Men, a story arc which sees the teams at odds with each other due to a sinister secret regarding the Fantastic Four's origin.
Yesterday was a big day for comic book movies. Not only did the villain-packed trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 debut, but director Bryan Singer and 20th Century Fox announced an immediate sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past with the title X-Men: Apocalypse. The film has a release date of May 27th, 2016, and considering the title, we know that the film will finally introduce the iconic comic book villain Apocalypse, believed to be the original mutant born thousands of years ago, who would become one of the most diabolical villains to ever challenge the X-Men. Now everyone is wondering just what happens in X-Men: Days of Future Past that will lead to this sequel, and we have the answer. SPOILER WARNING!
Back in February of 2012, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace returned to theaters converted to 3D, and Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith were supposed to arrive in a hurry this past September and October. However, following Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm last fall, they decided to postpone the release of the films in 3D saying the studio wanted to "focus only on rebooting the franchise with three new Star Wars films." We weren't sure when the prequels or even the original trilogy would come back to theaters in 3D, but now it sounds like there might be a plan to release them yet again. But when?
For awhile there had been discussion and hopes of turning Neil Gaiman's comic Sandman into a series, with the author hoping it would end up at HBO. However, it sounds like some moves are being made to potentially bring the iconic comic book from the author of Coraline and American Gods to the big screen instead. Badass Digest has learned that Man of Steel and The Dark Knight trilogy writer David Goyer just recently pitched a big screen version of Sandman to Warner Bros. and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is involved in some capacity, though it's not clear if he'd take the lead or be involved just as a producer or something.
Here's your daily dose of a big grain of salt as two new rumors regarding Ghostbusters 3 have popped up on two different days. The first rumor seemed so sketchy that we decided to throw it to the side, but when the second details surfaced, we thought there might be something here. First of all, Schmoes Know, has been all about casting rumors lately from Batman vs. Superman, but they also correctly reported the return of Tim Burton and Michael Keaton to Beetlejuice 2. Now they're saying that offers are out to Jonah Hill and Emma Stone for characters named Jeremy and Anna, but no details on their roles were known at the time.
For those who don't know, Warner Bros. and Yahoo! Movies are having a special online fan event to hype the release of Man of Steel on Blu-Ray and DVD next Tuesday. Set to begin Saturday at 9am PST, the event will feature Zack Snyder, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams discussing what the future holds for the Last Son of Krypton, and answer fans questions live on the air. However, the event's host, writer/director Kevin Smith, recently talked about the even on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast (via ComingSoon), and he revealed there might Batman vs. Superman treats in store. More on that and other rumors below!
For the most part, Jason Schwartzman has been relegated to quirky Wes Anderson films like Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom and The Darjeeling Limited. But the actor has also appeared in bigger films like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Funny People, not to mention turns on TV in "Parks & Recreation" and "Bored to Death." Now there's a rumor going around that Schwartzman is in talks for a role in Universal's Jurassic World. He would join young stars Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins in pivotal roles in the sequel, and maybe even Josh Brolin, the last person being eyed for a role. We also have confirmation of another cast member.
This rumor has been gestating for months now, but it sounds like it might finally be official. Just yesterday we heard from Samuel L. Jackson himself that Elizabeth Olsen was confirmed to join The Avengers: Age of Ultron as Scarlet Witch, and Deadline followed up saying her deal was nearly closed, and it was unlikely that it wouldn't come through. Now we have word on the female superhero's brother Quicksilver, as Latino Review reports Aaron Taylor-Johnson has closed his deal to play the speedy hero in the sequel form director Joss Whedon. It's a big step up from his more grounded exploits as Mark Millar's hero Kick-Ass.