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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.
Well, this is interesting. There are a series of CCTV found footage videos going around that might (or might not) be linked to Marc Webb's sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and its villain Electro. Found on the site ap7am, the videos are from an Indian news station showing what appears to be footage of a "rikshwala" driver being saved from being smashed by a truck by an "alien". Upon closer inspection of the footage, the "alien" is really an electrified man traveling as fast as lightning. After saving the person, he then walks away wearing a black hoodie similar to the one in the set photo above. Is this some eerie, freaky viral for Electro?
There's still no official news coming from Disney or Bad Robot regarding Star Wars: Episode VII, but thankfully, EW recently sat down with director J.J. Abrams to discuss his company's forthcoming Fox sci-fi series "Almost Human" starring Star Trek franchise star Karl Urban. He didn't divulge any plot details or any secrets of the first part of a new trilogy, but he did talk about his approach to the films as far as style goes. When asked what film from the saga best exemplifies his sequel, Abrams says, "Impossible for me to say because it’s going to be an evolving thing. I would say we are working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible." That sounds like a good start to me. Read on!
Once again, with this news not coming from the official channels at Disney, we're going to take them with a grain of salt. But since the House of Mouse is being very mum on the development of the eagerly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, these rumors give us some food for thought. First up is that The Lovely Bones and The Host star Saoirse Ronan has read for one of the female leads in the role. Keep in mind that tons of people have been reading for these roles, but it's interesting to note that Ronan turned down a role as Scarlet Witch in Marvel's sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which also happens to call Disney home.
While we wait patiently to hear whether or not Arnold Schwarzenegger will really be back for the gestating Terminator reboot at Paramount Pictures (which just pushed the summer 2015 release date back a few days), it sounds like the actor might get back into blockbuster franchise mode with another project. Latino Review is reporting that the revived action star may reteam with his Terminator and True Lies director James Cameron for a role as a bad guy human general in Avatar 2. Remember that the sequel is the first of three sequels following the 2009 record-smashing and Best Picture nominated Avatar in 2009.
Before anyone gets carried away, keep in mind that this is a huge rumor coming from Film Chronicles, an untested source for trusted information. After playing Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness for director J.J. Abrams, it sounds like the "Sherlock" actor Benedict Cumberbatch might shack up with the filmmaker again in another sci-fi role, in another huge sci-fi franchise. Supposedly the actor is waiting in the wings for an announcement from Disney and Lucasfilm that he will have a role in Star Wars: Episode VII. Of course, since we don't know anything about the plot, we're not sure what character he would be. Read on!
At the beginning of the month, we learned that Universal Pictures had hired Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes, Invictus) to script a sequel to The Bourne Legacy, the follow-up that takes place in the universe of The Bourne Identity franchise. It was assumed that the sequel would just follow Jeremy Renner as the Operation Outcome agent Aaron Cross who was targeted for termination. Now Twitch has word that Universal is keen on bringing Matt Damon as Jason Bourne into the expanded universe, which is what producer Frank Marshall already wanted to do last summer. But that's not all Universal wants. Read on!
Back in May of 2013, we learned that Kick-Ass and "American Horror Story" star Evan Peters had landed the role of Quicksilver, a character with superhuman speed who happens to be the son of Magneto and the twin brother of Scarlet Witch, in the forthcoming sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past. However, both Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch can also be used in Marvel's gestating sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and director Joss Whedon has confirmed their involvement in the superhero ensemble in some form. When Whedon was talking about the two characters, he said that Saoirse Ronan was in his head while crafting the character, but Bleeding Cool has said the actress already passed on the role. More below!