Marvel and Sony made it clear that they will be bringing a high school, teenage Peter Parker first into the Marvel Cinematic Universe via the 2016 big screen film "Captain America: Civil War" and then on a new, standalone "Spider-Man" movie in 2017.
There has been a list of names reported over the course of months who are rooted to play the said role. Recent news, however, indicates that there are now two finalists vying to be the person behind the red and blue mask.
Birth Movies Death claimed 18-year-old "Ender's Game" actor, Asa Butterfield, as a possible pick, while the other contender is British actor Tom Holland, who recently starred with Chris Helmsworth in "In the Heart of the Sea." more >>
Unlike the fate of most live action adaptations of anime/manga series, "Ghost In A Shell" seems to be faring better in terms of development. It has now gone past the stage of early development as the film recently signed on a lead star and more recently, Walt Disney Pictures has announced the film's release date. According to a Deadline report, Disney announced that the movie will be released on March 31, 2017, two weeks ahead of its original release date of April 14.
The new release date will pit the movie against Sony Picture's animated reboot of "The Smurfs," the report said.
The "Ghost In A Shell" live action movie will be in 3D and will star '"The Avengers" Scarlett Johansson who stars as Black Widow. The lead role was earlier offered to Margot Robbie, who had to drop out because of her role as "Harley Quinn" in another movie, "Suicide Squad." Johansson is seen by most reviewers as the best actress for the role, according to several reports. more >>
After James Cameron's announcement earlier this year that there will be a delay in the production of his "Avatar" sequels, comes another revelation that may mean that a fifth sequel is possible.
"Avatar's" music composer, James Horner, was recently interviewed by Hey U Guys and reported in Slash Film, and he revealed that the film's creator James Cameron is working on not just three scripts but four scripts for the "Avatar" sequels.
Horner was quoted as saying, "Right now Jim has four sequels, script wise. And he's trying to make it into three. And that is where, I think, his effort is going right now. To keep it to three sequels. Because he's got so much going on how do you keep it from expanding into a fifth movie, total. And he'll get that sorted out." more >>
As part of Sony's bid to build successful franchises, the studio is expanding the universe of one of its newer franchises, "21 Jump Street." It recently announced that the studio is working on a female-driven version of the action-comedy film as well as a possible crossover of the original "21 Jump Street" cast in an upcoming "Men In Black" movie.
The female driven "Jump Street" already has signed on writers Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs of TV comedy "Broad City," to work on the script. This recent move, according to a report in The Guardian, is similar to Sony's plans for the "Ghostbusters" franchise.
Aside from the female spinoff however, the studio has big plans for a sequel to "22 Jump Street." The film's stars Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are said to be working together on the next film. Lord, who co-directed the first two films with Miller, said in the report that they are working around the "fake sequels" that were already hinted at the end of "22 Jump Street" and will introduce something new. He also mentioned that Rodney Rothman is working on the sequel's script and has "a really outrageous idea for what to do." more >>
Josh Trank recently announced that he is no longer directing the upcoming 2nd spinoff movie of "Star Wars," as originally planned. In his announcement, the director did not give any specific reason for his departure. He merely expressed his thanks for the opportunity given to him.
According to a report in Cinema Blend however, there is more behind this recent piece of news. The report says that it was Walt Disney Pictures who made the decision to let go of Trank because of various reasons.
Trank recently finished work on "The Fantastic Four" reboot, which is showing in theaters in a few months. The report cites insider information about the way he worked on the said film that reportedly "turned off" Lucasfilm and Disney, after they heard about it. more >>
The American adaptation to the big screen of manga serial "Death Note" just got its director. Adam Wingard, known for movies such as "The Guest" and "You're Next," has signed on as the film's director. Previously rumored directors include Shane Black and Gus Van Sant.
"Death Note" according to a report in Cinema Blend, is one of two manga adaptations for the big screen, the other one being "Akira." While Akira is experiencing its own set of problems, "Death Note" is said to be faring better because of this recent piece of news.
Wingard's experience in horror flicks is said to bode well for the upcoming film, given the manga series' "dark sensibilities." The story follows a high school student, Light, who discovers a book that can be used to kill anyone using any means. Instead of using the book for evil, he instead uses it to rid the world of evil, one death at a time. His actions however do not go unnoticed, as a police detective is keeping track of him and his antics. more >>