Premiering the new Marvel one-shot short film "All Hail the King" in Los Angeles this week, Marvel President Kevin Feige was asked about the various "Doctor Strange" rumors that have been making the rounds lately.
First up, the short list of four directors that was reported the other day. Feige tells IGN that they are looking, but those names are not correct:
"Well, that article was true, that we're meeting a lot of people now. That article was not true about who we're meeting or what level anybody is. But we'e actively looking….We always look at a wide range of people with a wide range of backgrounds. There's only one criteria: do something that we think is really cool. [Laughs] That's about it."
He was also asked about the casting of the title role, specifically whether a major star would be needed to sell the character. Feige says:
"You know, I would say that we're pretty transparent, right? Doctor Strange would be our — well, depending on when we make it, it could be our 13th, 14th, 15th movie, right? I think if you're looking to track our decision-making and how we've done things, we have a pretty wide track record now where you can sort of see. So, no, a movie star is not required, but that doesn't mean a movie star wouldn't be great. It just depends."
Warner Bros. Pictures has announced an October 23rd 2015 release date for the currently untitled "The Conjuring" sequel.
Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are now confirmed to be returning for the supernatural thriller which Carey and Chad Hayes are returning to write.
No director is yet attached, though the first film's helmer James Wan is expected to return in some capacity on the project.
This is not to be confused with "Annabelle," the upcoming spin-off film based on the haunted doll seen in the first film. That project is currently filming and will get a release this October.
The first film was shot for $20 million and went on to massive success, pulling in $320 million at the worldwide box-office.
Sony is fast-tracking the third instalment in "The Smurfs" franchise, but they're taking a bold step - and going completely animated.
The two previous films were live action/animated hybrids, but the new one will be entirely computer animated. The second film opened last year to a much softer $347.5 million than the $563.7 million haul of the first film.
There's no word on a release date as yet but if it's moving quickly a Summer 2015 bow may be possible.
Anthony Mackie's Falcon character finally gets his own one-sheet for Marvel's upcoming "Captain America: The Winter Soldier". The character is tipped to become a regular in the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward.
The "Sin City" sequel has had a title change and will now go by the official name of "Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For".
Miller co-directed the film with Robert Rodriguez, co-write the screenplay, and created the comics on which the franchise is based. Talking with Collider, Robert Rodriguez says the second film is essentially finished and Miller is already looking forward to a third film:
"Yeah - the second Sin City– I was just here with Frank Miller last night and we were watching it last night. [We] finished the cut, effects are being done, it will come out in August.
He [Miller] watched Part 2 - he watched it last night with me and then at the end he said, he didn't have any comments, he was very happy with it. And he said, now about part three. Started telling me how he's going to do part three. So he's already there on part three."
Josh Boone ("The Fault In Our Stars") is in early talks to direct the film adaptation of Stephen King's epic novel "The Stand" at Warner Bros. and CBS Films.
Boone is just the latest filmmaker to be attached. Scott Cooper, Ben Affleck and David Yates were all attached and the later departed the project which has been struggling to come together.
The novel, first published in 1978 and revised in 1990, is a story of good vs. evil after a virus wipes out most of the American population. The survivors end up fighting the Antichrist-like Randall Flagg.
Jimmy Miller and Roy Lee are still slated to produce.
Boone grew up in a household where King's books were banned, forcing him to rip covers off of Christian books and tape them to King books just so he could slyly read them.
His mother found his cop of "The Stand" and burned it in the fireplace. A then 12-year-old Boone wrote a letter to the author who responded by sending him a box filled with his books and a letter written in the front covers of them - an impressive enough act his parents lifted the ban.
Source: Heat Vision
Warner Brothers has shaken up its release schedule, locking down a bunch of dates for various films in the works.
First up, the Johnny Depp-led "Transcendence" has been pushed back a day and will now open on Friday April 18th rather than the Thursday of that week.
Next, an October 3rd 2014 release has been set for "The Conjuring" spin-off about the creepy doll Annabelle.
Two months later comes Paul Thomas Anderson's next project, the pulpy dark comedy "Inherent Vice" which will open December 12th 2014.
Moving into 2015 and a May 8th release is set for the comedy "Mean Moms" inspired by the author of "Mean Girls".
The film version of HBO's "Entourage" has secured a release date of June 12th 2015, going head-to-head with "Jurassic World".
The Nancy Meyers-directed comedy "The Intern" has been slated for September 25th 2015.
Finally there's the "He's Just Not That Into You" follow-up "How To Be Single" which has been set for February 12th 2016.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
Entourage: The Movie
Liam Neeson has taken time out of his "Non-Stop" promo tour to film a cameo in the "Entourage" movie.
Neeson likely plays himself in the movie and was seen in Los Angeles shooting a scene with Jeremy Piven's Ari Gold character. [Source: The Wrap]
Testament of Youth
Emily Watson and Dominic West are in discussions to join the film adaptation of Vera Brittain's memoir "Testament of Youth" for BBC Films and Heyday Films. Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Kit Harrington and Alexandra Roach also star.
Alicia Vikander plays a young woman who overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. She volunteers as a nurse and travels to France in order to help during the first World War. Watson and West will play her parents. [Source: The Daily Mail]
The Place That Hits The Sun
Barkhad Abdi ("Captain Phillips") is in talks to star in Jim O'Hanlon's historical drama "The Place That Hits The Sun" for Ferndale Films.
The story follows famous South African marathoner Willie Mtolo, a Zulu warrior, who competed in the 1992 New York Marathon and befriended Ray de Vries, a Caucasian South African bar owner. [Source: THR]
Jordi Molla ("Riddick," "Miami Vice") is set to star as a villain in the Vince Vaughn-led indie feature "Term Life" at Universal Pictures. Vaughn plays a man on the run from a ruthless Mexican cartel who takes out a life insurance policy on himself to benefit his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld).
Molla will portray a cartel member who blames Vaughn’s character for the death of his only son (William Levy). Bill Paxton also stars. [Source: Variety]
Paramount is in final negotiations to acquire domestic distribution rights to the long gestating MLK-themed feature "Selma".
The story deals with Martin Luther King‘s 1965 landmark voting rights campaign regarded as the peak of the civil rights movement.
Ava DuVernay penned a re-write of the script which caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey who has boarded the project as producer. Filming aims to begin as soon as possible.
Winfrey's attachment pushes this further along than two other MLK films in development including Paul Greengrass' "Memphis" and Oliver Stone's now rejected biopic.
Sean Faris is set to co-star in the upcoming spin-off series "Supernatural: Tribes". Faris plays Julian Durant, the werewolf son of a wealthy family of lycanthropes who has no love for the shapeshifting Hayden family.
The story revolves around various mafia-esque monster families that run the underbelly of Chicago and are being tracked by a newly minted hunter who is trying to stop them and rid Chicago of anything or anyone supernatural. [Source: The Live Feed]
How to Get Away With Murder
Viola Davis is set to star in ABC's new Shonda Rhimes-produced, suspense-driven legal thriller pilot "How to Get Away With Murder".
The story centers on ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor (Davis) who become entangled in a murder plot that could rock their entire university and change the course of their lives. [Source: The Live Feed]
Ashley Judd will star in NBC's provocative Texas church drama "Salvation" which aims to explore themes of faith, family and corruption.
Judd plays Jennifer Strickland, a mother who has to defend her children, church and religious beliefs after her mega-church pastor husband dies under mysterious circumstances. [Source: The Live Feed]
Rashida Jones' real-life parents Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton are set to play her on-screen parents in the Steve Carell-directed TBS single-camera comedy pilot "Tribeca".
The series is described as a satirical look at a police procedural. Alfred Molina will play the recurring role of Dr. Edelweiss, a solemn and serious handwriting expert who also has a penchant for toys. [Source: Deadline]
6 Miranda Drive
"Wolf Creek" writer/director Greg Mclean will pen and direct the microbudget thriller "6 Miranda Drive" for Blumhouse. Filming begins in March in Los Angeles.
Kevin Bacon is set and Radha Mitchell is in negotiations to star in this story of a family that unwittingly brings a fear-feeding supernatural force with them when they return from a Grand Canyon vacation. [Source: THR]
Ruben Fleischer ("Gangster Squad," "Zombieland") is in negotiations to direct "Overnight" for Disney Pictures.
Set inside a toy store, the story follows a father and son winning the chance to spend the night inside a new FAO type store. Their sleepover is interrupted when thieves break in. [Source: Variety]
Malcolm D. Lee ("The Best Man Holiday")_ has signed on to direct "Girls Trip" for Universal. Filming is slated to begin this summer. Story details are being kept under wraps. [Source: THR]
Filmmaker Robert Schwentke ("RED," "Flightplan") is set to write and helm the German WWII period drama "Hauptmann".
The true story tale follows a German private who steals a uniform off a dead Luftwaffe captain. He collects a group of dispersed soldiers about him and makes his way through Europe as the war comes to a close. [Source: THR]
Syfy's U.S. version of the Brit cult hit "Being Human" is officially coming to an end when the current fourth season wraps. Syfy confirmed the news in a press release.
Series star Sam Witwer also tweeted: "This entire season was, from inception, designed to be the last one. All stories are tied up. This was how we wanted to go :)". [Source: Syfy]
Michelle Harrison ("Emily Owens, MD") will play Barry Allen's mother Nora in the upcoming DC Comics series adaptation "Flash" at The CW.
Owens' role is said to be a recurring one in the new "Arrow" spin-off series starring Grant Gustin as The Flash. [Source: Deadline]
The Good Witch
Hallmark Channel is turning its TV movie franchise "The Good Witch" into an original scripted series which the network has given an order for ten episodes of.
Catherine Bell will reprise her role of raven-haired enchantress Cassie Nightingale from the six TV movies in the series to have aired thus far. A seventh airs in October ahead of the series premiere in the first quarter of 2015. [Source: Deadline]
A&E has announced plans for "Bates Motel: After Hours," a half-hour live studio audience talkshow series akin to AMC's "Talking Bad" and "Talking Dead". The first episode airs Monday, March 3rd at 11PM US-ET/PT.
The show plans to bring the "Bates Motel" community to life as fans interact with the show's stars and creators sharing behind-the-scenes analysis and exclusive content. [Source: A&E]
Andrew Garfield ("The Amazing Spider-Man") is in negotiations and Daniel Bruhl ("Rush") is in talks to star alongside Helen Mirren in Simon Curtis' "The Woman In Gold" at The Weinstein Company, Origin Pictures and BBC Films.
Mirren plays Maria Altmann, a woman who joined forces with lawyer Randol Schoenberg (Garfield) to take legal action against the Austrian government to recover art works that once belonged to her family but were stolen by the Nazis.
One of the paintings was Gustav Klimt's The Lady In Gold, a portait of Altmann's aunt. Bruhl would play an Austrian official.
Source: The Daily Mail
Following on from the Comic Con trailer and the first teaser, Warner Brothers have now released the first full trailer for their upcoming reboot of the "Godzilla" franchise. Check it out below:
Filmmaker Bryan Singer has released another Instagram video tease for "X-Men: Days of Future Past" with seven seconds of new footage from the film. Does this mean a new trailer drop is imminent?
DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg has suggested that a fifth film in the "Shrek" franchise may be on the way.
In an interview scheduled to air Tuesday on the Fox Business Network, Katzenberg says: "We like to let them have a little bit of time to rest, but I think you can be confident that we’ll have another chapter in the Shrek series. We’re not finished, and more importantly, neither is he."
The previous four films grossed $2.9 billion worldwide. The comments come hot on the heels of an announcement on Monday that
DreamWorks Animation and Merlin Entertainments are teaming to launch the theme-park attraction in London to open in the Summer of 2015.
"Due Date" and "Made of Honor" scribe Adam Sztykiel has been hired to pen a sequel to last year's comedy hit "We're the Millers" for New Line.
Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Will Poulter and Emma Roberts are all expected to reprise their roles in the follow-up, though no deals are yet set.
The first film was produced for nearly $40 million and scored huge business, taking in $150 million in the U.S. alone and a further $120 million overseas - doubly impressive when you consider American comedies rarely score that kind of traction overseas.
Filmmaker Cary Fukunaga has scored a bunch of praise for his work directing all episodes of HBO's currently airing and highly acclaimed "True Detective" series.
Will he back? Sort of. Fukunaga will stay on with the anthology series, but in an executive producer capacity only. How much further he will be involved in the show's second season remains to be seen.
Fukunaga has also sold an untitled pitch to 20th Century Fox which Nicole Riegel will pen. That project has a "contemporary wartime context".
The "Jane Eyre" and "Sin Nombre" director also has "Beasts of No Nation," "Noble Assassin" and a two-film adaptation of Stephen King's "It" on his schedule.
Following on from the "Guardians of the Galaxy" trailer reveal last week, the film's director James Gunn has talked some more about that wacky Marvel sci-fi feature hitting in August.
Specifically he touched upon the two CG characters starting with Bradley Cooper's Rocket Raccoon. He tells Pointless Podcast:
"Rocket is a result of countless and cruel, illegal genetic experiments, where he's been turned--from an innocent little creature, where he has an IQ of three, and he becomes this thing that's completely alone; this gnarled little beast... he's pretty sad."
There's also the walking tree Groot who can only say one line and is voiced by Vin Diesel. Talking about Diesel's performance, Gunn says:
"All of the 'I am Groots' that were earlier voices didn't sound very good at all, they sounded like sh#t. It just didn't work. Then Vin Diesel came in and, in one day, lied down all these 'I am Groot' tracks, and he's a perfectionist. He made me explain to him exactly what (Groot) was saying (before each delivery)."
Another topic is Thanos, the cosmic villain glimpsed in the mid-credits in "The Avengers". 'Guardians' includes several links to the character from his daughter Nebula (Karen Gillan) to The Collector (Benicio del Toro) who is collecting the various stones of the Infinity Gauntlet. Asked about adapting the 'Infinity Gauntlet' limited series from the comics, Gunn tells Pointless Podcast:
"Here's the thing, truthfully the Marvel Cinematic Universe takes out of both the 616 and Ultimate Marvel Comics universe, and then they recreate some elements themselves. What Thanos wants in the comics is not necessarily what Thanos wants in the movies; we don't know yet."
Finally, Gunn says filming on the movie was much more pleasant than his previous films "Slither" and "Super" as they had enough time to do some great shots of which he's proud:
"There's one shot that I'm thinking of; the characters are imprisoned early on in the movie and there's this overhead shot of Peter Quill and he's sleeping on the floor in what we call the Locked Up Abroad shot.
It's Quill surrounded on the floor with all these different aliens, disgusting, they're all sleeping, packed together like sardines. It was just a really beautiful shot and we have it overhead completely with the camera slightly revolving as he's sitting there wide awake and all these gross aliens are asleep around him.
I was able to take time and compose the shot in the same way you would design a painting, and changing little guys. It wasn't like it took an extraordinary time to do it, but we took some time at doing and that was something that I'd had really never been able to do in my entire career."
More rumors out of the Lucasfilm camp this week, this time dealing with two bits of "Star Wars" casting talk, a follow-up to that "Indiana Jones 5" report the other week, and some talk of potential story directions for 'Episode VII'.
All the information today comes from Market Saw who vouch for their source and claim they've been using them for years. None of this is confirmed so take it for what it is. Here's their report:
"[Cast so far includes] Ian McDiarmid, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Warwick Davies, Benedict Cumberbatch and Gary Oldman. I believe Cumberbatch and Oldman were pursued for the same role, but I don't know how that will work out with the script changes, but I'm told they are both involved.
Regarding Harrison Ford, two more Indiana Jones features are in the negotiation stages as per Ford's contract clause on Star Wars, which is the primary reason he didn't 'publicly' or 'privately' commit, or so I'm told.
Many Star Wars pre-production issues, an 'inadequate' central story which nobody would stamp off on, a problematic initial release date and an 'indecisive' director (J.J. Abrams) with the hardest gig in the industry. It's not going to be a cakewalk, but it will be a product shipping with the majority of its original parts.
Ultimately it's about twins, and which will take a path towards darkness and which will follow in their fathers footsteps, or at least that is what it used to be, that may come later as I think changes are being undertaken to bring the original cast into the forefront of the story leading to ramifications that lead up to the next generation of Skywalkers."