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It's been awhile since we had a juicy Star Wars: Episode VII rumor, and a couple eyebrow-raising bits just popped up on the Internet, so let's explore them shall we? While there are no story details that have surfaced regarding the anticipated sequel to one of the most highly regarded trilogies of all-time, director J.J. Abrams has kept things even more hush-hush then usual, and not even Disney's D23 Expo unveiled any tidbits (SlashFilm's Germain Lussier does a great write-up on Lucasfilm's absence right here). But now two rumors have surfaced regarding the return of two iconic characters. But these characters are dead. Read on!
It's either Batman vs. Superman, or Superman vs. Batman, or one of those two. As we all know thanks to the huge announcement at Comic-Con on Saturday, Zack Snyder's Man of Steel sequel is being prepared as a Batman and Superman movie. Many have been calling it the World's Finest movie, referencing the World's Finest Comics from the 40's, the first ever Superman and Batman (and Robin) team-up. However, in a brief quote from writer David S. Goyer, it sounds like they may actually be pitting the two superheroes against each other. The announcement was brief and included no title or info, so the speculation continues.
It sounds like Marvel is keen on working with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Towards the beginning of the year, there were rumblings that The Dark Knight Rises star was being eyed for a lead role in Guardians of the Galaxy, but he turned down the role and ended up taking a role in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For instead. However, a new rumor has popped up from Latino Review saying that Gordon-Levitt is the top choice to lead Doctor Strange, a film which Kevin Feige has said will be part of Phase Three of Marvel's cinematic universe along with Ant-Man from director Edgar Wright. Could this news be made official at Comic-Con?
In just a few days, our Comic-Con coverage kicks off in San Diego with plenty of big news, surprises and previews of some of the biggest films coming over the next year. Today there's a tease for something going down on the West coast during the convention involving the Predator franchise. By way of the Facebook page for the Nimrod Antal directed spin-off Predators, a new image was posted featuring a fragment of a satellite map of the area in San Diego near the convention center which will be overrun by nerds in the next few days. Presented in the Predator heat vision, the map features a hint at some sort of reveal. More below!
Production is already underway on Marvel's cosmic superhero risk Guardians of the Galaxy, with Slither and Super director James Gunn at the helm. And while we're still waiting for a couple key roles to be cast (like Rocket Raccoon), we might have confirmation on the roles for actors who have already been signed as part of the cast. Benicio del Toro, Lee Pace and Karen Gillan all have roles in the film, and while they have all been pegged for villainous roles in the Phase Two film, their specific characters have not yet been revealed. But if a rumor from Den of Geek is to be believed, we are no longer in the dark. Read on!
Fresh out of the rumor mill comes some big news for the future of the rebooted webcrawler franchise. Currently, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is shooting in New York City, and we already know that the primary bad guys will be Jamie Foxx as Electro and Paul Giamatti as The Rhino. In addition, Chris Cooper has been cast as Norman Osborne, though there's been no indication of any Green Goblin activity just yet. However, Comic Book Movie is reporting a huge new rumor that will make the next film in the series packed full of bad guys. First of all, supposedly the already cast Colm Feore will play The Vulture.
Back in April, Sylvester Stallone himself entertained the idea of bringing Mel Gibson on to direct The Expendables 3. That never came to fruition since Red Hill director Patrick Hughes is behind the sequel now. However, it sounds like Stallone might have locked down Gibson for The Expendables 3 in a different role. Showbiz 411 is reporting that Gibson is being lined up to take the villain role in the action ensemble sequel which just recently confirmed Wesley Snipes, Nicolas Cage and Jackie Chan, not to mention adding Milla Jovovich into the mix as the new bad ass female. Could this be some kind of a comeback for Gibson?
Considering that Sam Mendes was just reported to be taking on James Bond 24, and perhaps even James Bond 25, we're going to take this next casting report with a grain of salt since it still seems way too early to start down that road. However, Yahoo UK isn't one for unfounded gossip, and they have word that the lovely Spanish actress Penélope Cruz is already in talks to play one of the iconic Bond girls in the next 007 sequel starring Daniel Craig. By the time production begins (sometime in 2014), Cruz will actually be 40 years old, making her the oldest actress to play a Bond girl in the long-running spy franchise. More below!
"I love Bond... I love him." I might have landed a pretty big scoop, if a big smile is any kind of confirmation. At the end of the Cannes Film Festival, I was invited to interview Danish writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive), who was there with his divisive new film Only God Forgives. At the end of the interview (being posted soon), I asked him about a project I heard he might be involved in - the next James Bond movie. His reaction is very interesting to watch, as his body language and big smile seem to indicate he might be a top contender, however he doesn't actually say yes at all. View the clip below.
After the swarm of rumors that circulated about who might be behind the camera for Star Wars: Episode VII, before J.J. Abrams was officially announced as director, it sounds like the casting rumors are heating up again. We've already heard plenty of talk about Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford reprising their roles from the original sci-fi saga, but now we have a rumor on a new young cast member for this sequel that will follow Return of the Jedi. Latino Review reports that Abrams' Mission: Impossible III star Jonathan Rhys Meyers is currently in talks for an unknown role in the anticipated sequel. More below!
Another day, another remake. We've been reporting rumors and news and bits of updates about a remake of the lovable monster classic Gremlins for many years. In January we wrote about Warner Bros starting active development on the remake/reboot, however there is a quote from last year that is still relevant: "it can't be remade without Steven [Spielberg's] permission." Well, our friends at Bloody-Disgusting are now reporting that WB is moving forward and they've assigned Seth Grahame-Smith (of the Pride, Prejudice & Zombies novel, plus Dark Shadows, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) to work on developing the film.
Just a little while ago, Kick-Ass 2 and The Call star Morris Chestnut was a little vocal on Twitter and Facebook with implications that he might be up for the lead role in Marvel's potential adaptation of Black Panther. There were rumblings last summer that the adaptation of the comic might be coming sooner than later, but there have been no solid developments on that front yet, so Chestnut's now-deleted comments seemed interesting but uncertain. Now another name has been mentioned for the same role as Latino Review has heard that 42 star Chadwick Boseman is at the top of a short list to take the part. Read on!
We already know that there's a lot riding on Man of Steel for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. In addition to rebooting the Superman franchise, the probability of Justice League actually getting off the ground rests on the shoulders of this new film from Zack Snyder. However, the future of Justice League might rely even more on the talents of the director. Empire recently published an issue examining Man of Steel, and while it does have a direct quote from anyone at Warner Bros. or Snyder himself, they say that if Man of Steel does well enough, then Snyder will be asked to direct the DC Comics superhero ensemble.
So, what would you think if Peter Jackson was directing one of the new Star Wars movies? Because I wouldn't be surprised if Lucasfilm/Disney is trying to make it happen. Hidden in that funky new behind-the-scenes The Desolation of Smaug teaser video released by Peter Jackson yesterday, on April 1st, is what could potentially be a huge movie geek Easter Egg / April Fools joke, or a massive tease at what's to come. Many fans noticed that at one point near the end, around 4:51, Jackson fumbles around his desk for artwork and a Star Wars script briefly falls out. We took a closer look ourselves and it's definitely there. See below!