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After news surfaced that Oscar-winning Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón was in deep talks to direct the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we have a rumor that makes that possibility seem a little less likely. Schmoes Know has learned that Warner Bros. has also made an offer for Cuarón to direct their gestating prequel to The Shining called The Overlook Hotel. The project has been simmering since the summer of 2012 and over a year ago, ormer "The Walking Dead" showrunner, writer and producer Glen Mazzara was brought on to write the script. Could Cuaron be the man for the job now?
Any hopes of a Lethal Weapon 5 pretty much died six years ago when it was reported that Mel Gibson turned the sequel down. At the end of the day, he and Danny Glover were probably really getting too old for this shit (especially the latter, since Gibson is still having fun in The Expendables 3 this year). But that doesn't mean Warner Bros. isn't beyond rebooting the Lethal Weapon franchise, and we heard the studio was interested in doing as much back in 2011. Now the latest word on the street comes from The Tracking Board saying that they want Chris Hemsworth to lead a reboot with Justin Lin directing. More below!
Now that we have the cast mostly locked down for Star Wars: Episode VII, it was only a matter of time before everyone moved on and the rumors about the sci-fi sequel's title began to swirl. We've already heard that Disney may already have plans to reveal the title at Comic-Con this summer (will they bring the cast?), but the first rumor out of the gate since the official reveal of the cast comes from AICN, who claims to have two separate sources revealing that the working title for Episode VII is The Ancient Fear. But that means this could just be a decoy title, or something meant as a placeholder until the real title is officially decided.
Just after revealing a return to voice grunts, roars and other sounds from The Hulk that don't involve real dialogue in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, iconic bodybuilder and TV star Lou Ferrigno has more potential news for fans of the not-so-jolly green giant. While doing an interview with a radio station in Minnesota (via Latino Review), Ferrigno said, "Now because [Hulk] saved the day [in the first Avengers] they’re making another solo Hulk movie after the second Avengers comes out.” While it would stand to reason that a spot for Hulk in Phase Three would be perfect, would Ferrigno be the best source for info?
Following yesterday's barrage of potential casting updates for Star Wars: Episode VII, one more tidbit has surfaced following a dinner that director J.J. Abrams had with some curious attendees before the table read for the sci-fi sequel happens today. The List (via Jedi News) reports Abrams had a dinner last night at a London restaurant called 34 where Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Peter Mayhew were all in attendance, along with previously reported villain player Adam Driver. But one other surprising guest at the dinner was King Kong, Lord of the Rings and Rise of the Planet of the Apes mocap star Andy Serkis.
After landing the role of Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik's Blonde, it looks like Jessica Chastain might head into blockbuster action territory after that. If a rumor from Schmoes Know is accurate (and they've been on the money lately with certain reports), then Chastain is currently being sought for the female lead in Mission: Impossible 5 the next sequel of the Tom Cruise led action franchise at Paramount Pictures which is already slated for release on Christmas Day next year. That likely means that Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol female lead Paula Patton won't be back, but the series has never reused any females from the previous films, making Ethan Hunt a less sexually driven James Bond of sorts.
Towards the end of this year, we'll get the final chapter in Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic book with The Hobbit: There and Back Again. But some might remember that the adaptation was originally only going to be two films, and when it was expanded to three, the title of what would have been the second film was merely applied to the third. Now it sounds like the conclusion to the fantasy epic might get a title change. TheOneRing.net has learned that New Line Cinema has registered both the new titles The Hobbit: Into the Fire and The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. More below!
Just last December, producer Frank Marshall seemed to hint at developing a new Indiana Jones film at Lucasfilm's new studio home at Disney when he posted to Twitter, "A bit strange sitting in the Indiana Jones office in the Lucasfilm office on the Disney lot, but I'm sure I'll get used to it." It was pure speculation, but since Disney snagged the rights to the iconic adventure franchise the previous week, and Harrison Ford said another film following Dr. Jones wasn't out of the question, it didn't seem out of the ordinary. But a new rumor seems to indicate that Disney wants to take the character in a different direction. Read on!
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.