Sunday, September 21, 2014

Matt Damon May Scale "The Great Wall"

Deadline reports that Matt Damon is keen on a role in the supernatural meets historical epic "The Great Wall".


"Blood Diamond" and "The Last Samurai" director Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz wrote the script, from a story by Thomas Tull and Max Brooks, which looks at the mystery behind the construction of the Great Wall of China. The story follows a group of British warriors traveling through 15th Century China and come upon the hurried construction As night falls, the warriors realize that the haste in building the wall isn’t just to keep out the Mongols. There is something inhuman and more dangerous. 

Zwick was due to call action--he left in the fall of 2012 after the film was delayed. The basic concept remains intact. Tony Gilroy wrote the most recent script following work by Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro. ("House of Flying Daggers," "Raise the Red Lantern") is set to direct the film now.

Zwick, Tull, Herskovitz, Jon Jashni, Alex Gartner and Charles Roven were going to produce.

Henry Cavill Alexander Skarsgård Zhang Ziyi and Benjamin Walker were poised to star in the film along with other Chinese talent before it was postponed back in June 2012 due to climate and financial issues.

Damon previously was slated to work with Yimou on 2011's "The Flowers of War" in a role that eventually went to .

It's not known if or how this news will impact Yimou's film adaptation of author Robert Ludlum's novel "The Parsifal Mosaic"

Bryan Bertino Keeps Quite Busy

Variety reports that Screen Gems has purchased Mike Scannell’s spec script for the horror-thriller “Scarecrow”.


Set at a remote lake house, the story revolves around a mother and her two young daughters who must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare conceived by a psychopath.

Bryan Bertino, who directed 2008’s “The Strangers,” and Adrienne Biddle are producing the pic.

Bertino wrote and directed “Mockingbird,” which he also produced with Biddle. That film will be released Oct. 6th.

Bertino is currently in pre-production on “There Are Monsters” he is directing that film using his own script. He is also developing supernatural horror movie “February

Saturday, September 20, 2014

DC Comics Films: Aquaman RUMORS

Rumors started a while back that reportedly confirmed that Jason Momoa has been cast as Aquaman for both  Zack Snyder's upcoming superhero team-up film called "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Justice League". In response Momoa posted a photo via Instagram that seemed like a response to the chatter that could go either way (though most likely it's a denial) - The pic sees him  holding a pitchfork like a trident, but he's also holding up his middle finger.

And then last month we found out that 300 scribe Kurt Johnstad and "Gangster Squad" writer Will Beall have been hired to pen separate scripts for a solo "Aquaman" movie which Momoa would seemingly star in. The studio wants to then combine them getting the best version from the two works. There's no release date at present for the solo film.

Variety says Momoa's a lock. Nothing is confirmed.


Schmoes Know has some new details about the character. According to their sources: "He's going to look like a surfer essentially with tribal tattoos and all that jazz." Momoa has a tribal forearm tattoo which probably not be covered up in the movie.

They also have a bit of information that claims that this incarnation ties back to the oil rig collapse scene in "Man Of Steel":

"You remember that scene in Man of Steel when after Supes saves the men on the oil rig and collapses into the water, he wakes up at some point and sees whales above him? Well apparently all those rumors that they may have been sent from Aquaman are right. Apparently, Aquaman sent the whales to save Supes and make sure he was okay, which makes sense considering we never actually see how Supes gets back to shore in the film. He sees the whales and then it cuts to him walking on land, which could mean they were saving the swim back for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."

It's all speculative at this point.
 
Momoa has been linked to Warner Bros' upcoming DC Entertainment plans for a long time but he's been suggested for numerous other roles like Doomsday or Metallo alien hero Martian Manhunter who also happens to like Oreo Cookies. The imposing actor has been asked about the talk several times but has always denied that he's up for a role.

The DOJ release was delayed a full 10 months for a number of reasons. As a result, the original release date of July 17th 2015 was no longer. The studio then targeted a May 6th 2016 release. They quickly inserted the fantasy Pan into that original slot. The sequel was to go head to head with "Captain America 3" ...Nobody thought that the comic book pics would ultimately share the date--Sure enough DOJ blinked--and will now open on March 25th 2016.


Created in the 1940s, Aquaman a founding member of the Justice League who can control the sea and is the king of Atlantis. Alan Ritchson played the character in several episodes of Smallville while Justin Hartley played the seven seas hero in a 2006 TV pilot that never aired.

"Deadpool" Movie: Rob Liefeld Speaks

I am really excited by the news that the long gestating X-Men film series spin-off comic book flick "Deadpool" is finally getting going at Fox.


Ryan Reynolds is still attached to star reprising the role he played in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine for the film that Tim Miller is due to direct at some point using a script penned by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick ("Zombieland"). X-Men  producer Lauren Shuler Donner is doing her thing here as well.

Newsarama asked Deadpool writer and creator Rob Liefeld for his reaction to the good news. He says:

"I am absolutely beyond thrilled that Deadpool has been officially announced!. I'm thrilled for Tim Miller, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and Ryan Reynolds as well as all the guys at Blur Studios! This is a tremendous achievement for them! Rhett and Paul wrote a brilliant, and I don't throw that word around loosely, a brilliant script! Audiences are going to go on the ride of their collective lives with this film as they envisioned it! Tim Miller is a genius, he is brilliant as everyone who witnessed the leaked footage witnessed! There is so much more to come! Deadpool fans will freak out when they see all that Tim and the boys have in store for them! This is a huge triumph for all the fans that supported my work on New Mutant, X-Force over the years! The fans deserve this amazing gift from film makers who have proven they have what the fans desire! Very exciting! I know where Me and a gazillion fans will be on February 12th, 2016!"

Friday, September 19, 2014

Amber Heard Goes Big In "Magic Mike Xxl"

The Wrap reports that Amber Heard has joined the upcoming sequel "Magic Mike Xxl". Details are unknown about Heard’s character.


Steven Soderbergh's longtime assistant director Gregory Jacobs ("Criminal," "Wind Chill") is taking over the helm of the film. Jacobs served as both assistant director and producer on the first "Magic Mike," while Soderbergh will stay on as an executive producer director of photography, camera operator and film editor for the sequel. Star star Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin penned the script for the second film.

Tatum told GQ that the sequel sees Mike and some of the others heading out on a road trip tour of stripper conventions. 

Tatum,Matt Bomer Joe Manganiello and comedian Gabriel Iglesias are the only confirmed returnees at the moment. It's not known if Alex Pettyfer or any of the others will be back. Matthew McConaughey is NOT reprising his role as Dallas.

Andie MacDowell and Jada Pinkett Smith co-star

"Oz" Author Getting Biopic

New Line Cinema has acquired Josh Golden's spec script "Road to Oz" which chronicles the early days of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"author L. Frank Baum reports THR


Baum was a prolific writer who wrote that famed book and its thirteen sequels. He also wrote over two dozen other books.

Golden's script has been nominated for the Nicholl Fellowship award The winner will be announced next month.

The plan is to lock down a director ASAP.

Nellie Bellflower, who produced the Peter Pan author J. M. Barrie biopic "Finding Neverland," and Beau Flynn will produce the project.

DC V Marvel: Which Way Works Best?

The debate over Marvel's shared universe vs.DC Entertainment's separate universes approach to their heroes continues after comments made by DC Cinematic Universe guru Geoff Johns to Variety.



Johns says creating a connected multimedia universe is limiting and restrictive in terms of storytelling:

"We want to give freedom to creators, so that they can take their passion and [and make] the best show, the best film, the best game without having to tie it into other things.... Yes, it's got to be adapted and expanded, whether it goes from TV to comics or comics to film, but the DNA of it is always true."

The producers of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" have admitted having to link the program  to the  Marvel Cinematic Univers limits the TV show in some ways, especially in the first season. On the other hand, being a smaller piece in a larger canvas "gives it much more weight" according to executive producer Jed Whedon.

The first season of "S.H.I.E.L.D." suffered some critical backlash and quickly dropped in the ratings, though creatively it hit its stride  in its back half when it tied into the larger film universe.

On the flip side The CW's "Arrow" is coming off a great second season, and new DC-based shows "Gotham," "Constantine" and "The Flash" are considered the hottest new shows of the Fall.

Marvel could gain some ground though with the debut of "Agent Carter" and "Daredevil" next year.

"Godzilla" Writer Returns For Sequel

Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures have inked  a deal with "Godzilla" reboot scribe Max Borenstein to write the screenplay for Godzilla 2 says Deadline.


Gareth Edwards is back as the director on the follow-up which has been set for a June 8th 2018 release.
 
Borenstein also wrote the King Kong reboot "Skull Island" with  "Thor" star Tom Hiddleston that has "The Kings of Summer" director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is directing.

Since these flicks are under the same banner with the same writer, it is highly probable that we'll see some giant monster crossover down the line.

Borenstein is also involved in the upcoming "Minority Report" TV series being developed.

Patrick Fugit Courts "Queen of Earth"

Patrick Fugit is joining the indie psychological thriller "Queen of Earth" says The Hollywood Reporter.


The story centers on two childhood female friends (played by Elisabeth Moss and Katherine Waterston) who meet up for a weekend at a beach house. They become aware of how disconnected from each other they are, allowing their suspicions to bleed into reality.

Fugit will play a local man and friends with one of the female leads

Alex Ross Perry is directing the film using his own screenplay.

Drinking Buddies director-writer-producer Joe Swanberg is producing here.

Filming is currently underway in New York.

Fugit and Moss worked together on the pic Listen Up Philip.

Anthony Mackie Nabs "Our Brand Is Crisis" Role

Captain America: The Winter Soldier” star Anthony Mackie has joined the political comedy "Our Brand Is Crisis" says The Hollywood Reporter.


Peter Straughan ("The Men Who Stare at Goats") wrote the adapted script based on Rachel Boynton's 2005 documentary that focused on the use of American political campaign strategies in Bolivia by President Bill Clinton's former consultants James Carville and Stan Greenberg.

Sandra Bullock will play 'Calamity' Jane Bodine, a retired American political consultant who quotes famous people to hammer home her talking points.

Billy Bob Thornton and Scoot McNairy also star in the pic.

David Gordon Green's calling action here.

Bullock's "Gravity" co-star George Clooney is set to produce the film with his pal Grant Heslov.

Production begins this Fall.

Paul Reiser, Others, Join "Game Brain"

Paul Reiser has signed on to join the sports drama "Game Brain" says The Hollywood Reporter.


Based upon the article in GQ the story revolves around pro football players who suffer concussions and the serious long term effects that have been revealed over the past few years. The topic has been making news of late with ex-NFL players coming forward to talk about how they have damaged their health due to concussions.

Think Michael Mann's "The Insider" but for professional sports rather than the tobacco industry.

Will Smith would play a neuropathologist who discovers the devastating side effects after repeated concussions.

Reiser will play the chair of the NFL medical committee, who attempts to stop Smith's character from releasing his study to the public and league.

Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks and Gugu Mbatha-Raw also recently signed on.

Peter Landesman will write and direct the film.

Giannina Facio and Ridley Scott will produce.

Deadpool Movie Dated And More.....

Fox has announced a February 12th 2016 release date for the long gestating X-Men film series spin-off movie of the Marvel hero "Deadpool".


Ryan Reynolds has long been attached to reprise the role which he previously played in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine". Then, more than a year ago, Blur Studios, Reynolds and director Tim Miller  essentially do a proof of concept reel - footage that the comic's creator Rob Liefeld talked about last year.

Then last July someone's cell phone recording of the footage leaked online. Cease and desist orders were swift  but the clip was out there - in fact some say that the leak may have been deliberate to generate interest and measure reaction.

 The studio has shuffled around more of its release schedule.

The film adaptation of the acclaimed  Ubisoft "Assassin's Creed" video game series.has been taken off the schedule. Originally due out on August 7th 2015, it has been pulled from the calendar.

The reason for the delay is due to everything from script re-writes to scheduling issues involving star Michael Fassbender who plays dual roles.

Josh Trank's "Fantastic Four" reboot has been pushed back several weeks and will take over the 'Creed' slot. Originally set for June 19th next year, it will now open August 7th - taking the same early August weekend slot that proved a success for Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy".

Fox has also announced a June 19th 2015 release date for the upcoming film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars author John Green's book "Paper Towns

Box-Office Preview:Running The Numbers

The film adaptation of author James Dashner's bestselling 2009 book "The Maze Runne" (reviews) ls here.


The young adult dystopian story follows Thomas (Teen Wolf series co-star and NJ native Dylan O'Brien) who awakens with no memory and finds that he is among a community of boys trapped inside an enormous maze. He soon learns they are part of a mysterious test, and finds it is his destiny to join the ‘maze runners’ and lead them to freedom.

 Fox already has enough confidence in their young adult film adaptation of The Maze Runner that they're moving ahead with a sequel--"The Scorch Trials".


The action thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones (reviews) is based on the novel by author Lawrence Block, the story follows ex-NYPD officer (Liam Neeson) turned private investigator Matthew Scudder who is hired to find the kidnapped wife of a drug dealer. He soon finds out the perpetrators have done this before, resulting in several murders.

Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens Boyd Holbrook ("The Host") and Ruth Wilson also star.

This Is Where I Leave You (reviews) is based on Jonathan Tropper's novel, the story centers on a father who dies and requests that his highly dysfunctional and non-religious family sit Shiva for seven days.


Judd Altman (Jason Bateman), big brother Paul (Corey Stoll), sister Wendy (Tina Fey), baby bro Phillip (Adam Driver), and busty matriarch Hillary (Jane Fonda)- come together.

Rose Byrne, Timothy Olyphant, Connie Britton, Kathryn Hahn, Dax Shepard, and Ben Schwartz also star.

Pamela McClintock of THR:

Thanks to keen interest among young moviegoers, The Maze Runner should easily shoot to the top of the North American box office with a debut of $30 million or more. Younger males in particular will play a crucial role if they turn out in force, since they are making fewer trips to the multiplex, unlike their female counterparts.

Maze Runner, marking the first YA film adaptation largely anchored by teen boys, hopes to launch a new franchise for 20th Century Fox, which spent $34 million to make the dystopian thriller. Dylan O'Brien (Teen Wolf) Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario and Will Poulter star in the movie, which will play in more than 3,500 locations, including Imax theaters.

The story follows O'Brien's character as he wakes up with no memory inside the center of a giant maze, an area known as The Glade, surrounded by other teen boys who likewise have lost their memories. Threatening them all are vicious creatures known as Grievers. The boys look for a way out of the maze, but it isn't until a mysterious girl arrives that they have a fighting chance. According to prerelease tracking, younger females are most interesting in seeing Maze Runner, followed by younger males.

Wes Ball directed from an adapted script by Noah Oppenheim.

The weekend's other two new nationwide offerings, Liam Neeson's action film A Walk Among the Tombstones and director Shawn Levy's This Is Where I Leave You, are looking at much more modest opens and will cater to an older crowd.

From Cross Creek Pictures, Tombstones is expected to open in the mid teens. That's lower than Neeson's other recent action outings, including this year's Non-Stop, which debuted to $28.9 million, although most of those titles were rated PG-13, versus an R for Tombstones (insiders also note Tombstones' darker tone).

The movie is based on Lawrence Block's best-selling mystery novels, and stars Neeson as an ex-New York City cop named Matt Scudder who now works as an unlicensed private investigator and is hired by a drug dealer to find the dealer's kidnapped wife.

Universal is distributing Walk Among Tombstones in the U.S., while Entertainment One has Canada. Older males, as expected, are most interested in seeing the film, but their wives or girlfriends could try to convince them to see This Is Where I Leave You instead.

This Is Where I Leave You is a marked departure for Levy, who generally sticks to big commercial fare. The dramedy cost a modest $20 million to make but certainly doesn't lack star power, boasting a cast led by Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne and Jane Fonda.

From Warner Bros. and based on Jonathan Tropper's novel, This Is Where I Leave You follows four siblings who reunite at their family home to sit shivah for their dead father (Tropper wrote the adapted screenplay). The movie made its world premiere earlier this month at the Toronto Film Festival, and is projected to open in the low to mid teens.

Several other Toronto titles debut this weekend, albeit in more limited runs, including Kevin Smith's Tusk, which A24 rolls out in roughly 500 theaters, and Relativity Media's British comedy Hector and the Search for Happiness, which debuts in New York and Los Angeles.

Other new specialty offerings include Mia Wasikowska's Tracks, from The Weinstein Co., and Amplify's The Zero Theorem, directed by Terry Gilliam.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

"London Has Fallen" Loses Director Fredrik Bond

Heat Vision reports that Fredrik Bond ("Charlie Countryman") has dropped out of calling action "London Has Fallen," the upcoming sequel to last year's surprise hit "Olympus Has Fallen"--Just six weeks before filming was to begin.


A studio spokesman states that the split was amicable and due to creative differences. The company hopes to have a new director by early next week.

The story deals with a plot to strike at London during the funeral of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Only the President of the United States, his secret service head and an English MI6 agent can save the day.

Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman are set to reprise their roles, while Angela Bassett and Melissa Leo and Radha Mitchell also star.

Christian Gudegast (A Man Apart, Sequestro) wrote the most recent draft of the script after Katrin Benedikt and Creighton Rothenberger returned to write the first draft of the screenplay.

Butler, Alan Siegel, Mark Gill, Matthew O'Toole, and Danny Lerner will produce.

Avi Lerner's going to executive produce the pic.

'London' is slated to begin a four week partial shoot at the end of October with actors Freeman,  Eckhart, Bassett and Leo. Production will resume in February and run through April.

Butler won't be a part of the October filming due to his current commitments to shooting the sci-fi tale "Geostorm".

Seth Rogen, Adam McKay Team For Comedy

THR has it that Seth Rogen attached to star in an as yet untitled comedy.


Plot details remain under wraps. The pitch comes from actor-writer Ben Schwartz.

Adam McKay is attached to direct and Schwartz will co-star here as well.

Rogen, Evan Goldberg James Weaver  Gary Sanchez Will Ferrell, McKay and Kevin Messick will produce the pic. Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake are executive producers

"Magic Mike Xxl" Gets Andie And Jada

Variety and Deadline.report that Andie MacDowell and Jada Pinkett Smith have both joined the upcoming sequel "Magic Mike Xxl".



Steven Soderbergh's longtime assistant director Gregory Jacobs ("Criminal," "Wind Chill") is taking over the helm of the film. Jacobs served as both assistant director and producer on the first "Magic Mike," while Soderbergh will stay on as an executive producer director of photography, camera operator and film editor for the sequel. Star star Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin penned the script for the second film.

Tatum,Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello are the only confirmed returnees at the moment. It's not known if Alex Pettyfer or any of the others will be back. Matthew McConaughey is NOT reprising his role as Dallas.

Tatum told GQ that the sequel sees Mike and some of the others heading out on a road trip tour of stripper conventions. 

Pinkett-Smith is in talks to play a nightclub owner in the stripper flick--The role was originally written to be played by a man. MacDowell's role was not disclosed.

"Mike 2" hits  July 1st 2015.

Toby Kebbell Is "Ben-Hur" Redux Baddie

Variety has it that Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) is in talks to join the new "Ben-Hur" film adaptation as the villainous Messala.


 Keith Clarke ("The Way Back") wrote the initial adapted script before John Ridley took over.

The story is based on the bestselling 1880 book by Civil War General Lew Wallace. The property was adapted for big screen once before as William Wyler's 1959 film starring Charlton Heston.Wallace's novel is in the public domain.

"Boardwalk Empire" and "American Hustle" cohort Jack Huston is playing the lead. The epic drama follows a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him. Kebbell will play that best friend, who was portrayed by Stephen Boyd in the cinema classic.

Morgan Freeman will play Ildarin, the man who teaches the slave Ben-Hur to become a champion-caliber chariot racer.

MGM is said to be keen on Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted," "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter") vision which explores the original story's themes of revenge and redemption. Paramount will co-distribute the remake

Sean Daniel and Joni Levin will produce the film.

Production begins in Europe early next year.

Astrid Berges-Frisbey Hearts Hunnam's "King Arthur"

 Deadjine reports that “I Origins” actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey is in talks to play Guinevere in director Guy Ritchie's "Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur" for Warner Bros.


The film is the first in a proposed 3-movie fantasy re-telling of the King Arthur legend--with Sons of Anarchy and Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam in the title role.

In the classic tale, Guinevere is the young lover of King Arthur before she later betrays him for the knight Lancelot. Ritchie’s film is expected to focus on Arthur’s earliest days.

"Fifty Shades of Grey" and "The Fall" star Jamie Dornan was previously suggested as a potential candidate a few weeks ago, but his commitment to the steamy sex franchise may have blocked him from doing the role There's bit of irony here considering Dornan replaced Hunnam in the lead role in Grey after he suddenly left the film

Fellow"Pacific Rim" star Idris Elba would portray Bedivere, who serves as the right hand man to Arthur's father, and is tasked with teaching Arthur how to lead an army.

 Joby Harold penned the script for the first part.

 Akiva Goldsman, Lionel Wigram Harold and Tory Tunnell will produce.

Ritchie and Wigram developed a version that fell apart when David Dobkin's "Arthur & Lancelot" got much closer to production. Ultimately that project never came to be either due to budget issues.

The film is currently slated for a July 22nd 2016 release.

Ryan Reynolds On "Deadpool" Movie

Since test footage leaked back in July for the long gestating X-Men film series spin-off comic book flick "Deadpool" there's been no word about on the project--despite an overwhelmingly positive response to the footage.


Ryan Reynolds is still attached to star reprising the role he played in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine for the film that Tim Miller is due to direct at some point using a script penned by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick ("Zombieland"). X-Men  producer Lauren Shuler Donner is doing her thing here as well.

Reynolds tells Niagara Falls Review:

"The movie has been in a state of limbo for a while. There was such an overpowering reaction to the footage, you sort of feel like, 'Oh, so we weren't crazy for our reasons for loving this character, for loving this role.' It's interesting to see the power of the Internet. It's awe-inspiring, actually. And it's neat that Twitter and Facebook and Instagram can move mountains when used in the right way."

Fox have yet to say anything official regarding the film yet, but creator Rob Liefeld has reportedly found a way to make the film PG-13 without compromising Deadpool's harder edge.

"Doctor Strange" Shoots In The UK

Negotiations are reportedly underway to film Marvel's long gestating Doctor Strange movie at  Pinewood Studio in England next year reports Screen Daily.

The trade says that the has already begun preparations--a crew is being assembled that would move into the lgebdary space by either the end of this year or very early in 2015. Production would begin in May.

 Now part of the studio's phase three or four plans--Created in 1963 in the comics by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko --Doctor Strange tells the story of an arrogant surgeon who is injured in a car accident and goes on to become the Sorcerer Supreme of the universe. Using his magical powers Strange protects the earth from attacks from other realms.

The recently hired Scott Derrickson was first reported in contention for the director job earlier this year, along with names like Jonathan Levine ("Warm Bodies") and Mark Andrews ("Brave").

"Kung Fu Panda" scribes Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger were said to be poised to pen a recent screenplay draft. Back in January 2012, Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer-the writing duo behind the recent remake of Conan the Barbarian had their work seemingly approved by the studio. Just yesterday we learned that Jon Spaihts, best known for writing the early and more "Alien"-inspired drafts of Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" is in talks to rewrite the script. The tone of the film will be similar to that of "Iron Man".


Actor/writer Justin Theroux ("Mulholland Drive," "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle"), Viggo Mortensen and Joel Edgerton were mentioned for the lead as well. "Inception" and "The Dark Knight Rises" star Joseph Gordon-Levitt was the last actor in the mix before Johnny Depp's name was mentioned

Depp is said to have had a meeting "to discuss taking on the role of Dr. Strange." His strong ties to Disney, Marvel's owners, makes him an ideal candidate

On the heels of the director potentials Bleeding Cool reported that: "According to one pretty solid Marvel-adjacent source, Mads Mikkelsen apparently is, or has been, somewhere in the mix for the film's early casting discussions."

Deadline had Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch hovering over the pic recently--The main issue for both actors is scheduling..They already have various commitments elsewhere. Both of them starred together in 2011's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," remake and the 2007 telemovie "Stuart: A Life Backwards" Badass Digest reported that recent Oscar winner Jared Leto is (or was) being eyed to play the lead. This Is Infamous had it that "Boardwalk Empire" and "American Hustle" cohort Jack Huston.was the latest potential to play the Sorcerer Supreme. but he just landed the lead in the new "Ben-Hur" film adaptation.

A while ago The Wrap had Joaquin Phoenix is in talks for the lead. According to Collider Phoenix and agency reps say the deal hasn't been finalised yet, and there's still a few last details to work out. Phoenix could still walk away, the multi-picture commitment likely being the sticking point, but for now it seems as if the studio has him in mind and we'll know either way in the next few weeks whether Phoenix will sign on the dotted line.

Edgar Ramirez has been mentioned as well---possibly playing bad guy Baron Mordo.

There's no specific release date for "Doctor Strange," yet it will likely take one of the slots that the studio has staked out-recently. it's expected July 8th 2016 will be targeted.

Star Trek 3 Shooting By Spring 2015...

During an appearance on the "Today" show,  actor Zachary Quinto said that filming on Star Trek 3 will happen soon.


Quinto told the morning show: "I think it's on the horizon. Things are rumbling, so I have a feeling that we will be in production sometime in the next six months."

Roberto Orci co-wrote and produced J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" '09 and "Star Trek Into Darkness" with longtime partner Alex Kurtzman is tipped to helm. Abrams commitments to the Star Wars: Episode VII kept him from coming back. Names like "Attack the Block" filmmaker Joe Cornish, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" director Rupert Wyatt and G.I. Joe: Retaliation" director Jon M. Chu were in the mix to call action.

Kurtzman meanwhile is turning his attention towards the Spider-Man film series at Sony Pictures.

"Thor" and "X-Men: First Class" writers and "Fringe" producers Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz were eyed to script the sequel but opted not to do it.

Now J.D. Payne, Patrick McKay and Orci are co-writing the next film. Orci confirmed the first draft of the screenplay was completed last month and will be closer in tone to the original 1960s show than the previously two films.

Chris Pine, Quinto Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin and John Cho are all expected to return to the Final Frontier in their respective roles as Kirk Spock Uhura Dr. McCoy Scotty Chekov and Sulu.

Abrams Bryan Burke and David Ellison will produce the film

Skydance is reportedly behind Orci directing the film, but Paramount wasn't so sure at first.

The sequel is going to move forward quickly to make a 2016 bow coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the "Star Trek" franchise. Filming on the next "Star Trek" hopes to begin in the Spring with pre-production aiming to start at the end of this year or in very early 2015.

Orci will also be working with former partner Kurtzman on Universal Pictures' reboot of their Classic Monsters Cinematic Universe.

Kate Mara Tags "The Martian"

Deadline reports that "The Fantastic Four" star Kate Mara has been offered an unknown role in "The Martian".


The project is based on a 2012 novel by author Andy Weir, which chronicles an astronaut (Matt Damon) who becomes stranded on Mars and tries to find a way back to Earth.

While it may sound similar to last year's Oscar blockbuster Gravity, the story is said to be much different, described as a cross between Apollo 13 and Cast Away.

Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig are hovering (the trades can't decide if they are in the movie not) over  the film.“Halt and Catch Fire” star Mackenzie Davis is in final negotiations to take a“small but crucial role”.

Drew Goddard was in talks to write and direct this pic, but Fox didn't want to wait for his schedule to clear, now that he is committed to directing Sony Pictures' Spidey film series villain spin off "The Sinister Six" and  Netflix's Daredevil TV Series he has left the pic. His script remains behind.

Ridley Scott is set to call action.

Scott, Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood will produce the pic.

There's no word on yet when production would start. But a November 2015 release date being targeted.

"Meadowland" Adds Three More

THR reports that John Leguizamo, Nick Sandow and Merritt Wever have joined the psychological thriller "Meadowland".


Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson play a New York City couple who are dealing with the crisis of their son's disappearance. Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3, Insidious, Revolutionary Road) will play Adam, a special-needs child who often gets in trouble at school, where Sarah (Wilde) is a teacher.

Elisabeth Moss Giovanni Ribisi, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Mark Feuerstein, Kevin Corrigan and Juno Temple also star.

Reed Morano, the cinematographer on Kill Your Darlings and The Skeleton Twins, will make her directorial debut on the film using a a script by Chris Rossi.

 Wilde is producing with Matt Tauber, and Jennifer Levine is the executive producer.

Principal photography is underway in New York City

"Magic Mike Xxl" Loses Matthew McConaughey


Matthew McConaughey is NOT reprising his role as Dallas in the upcoming sequel "Magic Mike Xxl".

Steven Soderbergh's longtime assistant director Gregory Jacobs ("Criminal," "Wind Chill") is taking over the helm of the film. Jacobs served as both assistant director and producer on the first "Magic Mike," while Soderbergh will stay on as an executive producer director of photography, camera operator and film editor for the sequel. Star star Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin penned the script for the second film.

Tatum told GQ that the sequel sees Mike and some of the others heading out on a road trip tour of stripper conventions. 

Jacobs tells The Playlist that the sequel will be "very different". He adds:

"What am I allowed to say? … It's road trip movie and put it this way, it's different enough that once you see it you'll understand why we made a sequel. No one will be accusing us of making the same movie twice."

Tatum,Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello are the only confirmed returnees at the moment. It's not known if Alex Pettyfer or any of the others will be back, but new cast members will definitely be in the mix.

Second unit photography has begun ahead of the principal shoot which will kick off in a couple of weeks.

Soderbergh as director of photography and editor on the film makes for a unique collaboration, to that Jacobs says:

"I wish I could get a good DP… I think it's going to be really fun. I mean, I'm on set every day when we're shooting [Steven's projects] as it is. We're constantly suggesting stuff to each other. It's really intimate and collaborative and it always has been. So I think it'll be a lot of fun. We already shot some second unit stuff which was a total blast. I think it's going to be a good time."

"Mike 2" hits  July 1st 2015.

Liam Neeson May "Tell No One"

Liam Neeson is being courted to star in the new film adaptation of author Harlan Coben's novel  Tell No One says Deadline.


The story follows a pediatrician out on a lake with his wife when she suddenly vanishes and he is attacked. She turns up dead and is declared the victim of a serial killer. Years later, more bodies turn up and the doctor becomes the prime suspect, while at the same time he is given evidence that his wife wasn’t dead at all and has gone into hiding for something related to the work she did.

The project stalled following the departure of Ben Affleck who was slated to direct. With Jane Got A Gun and Warrior helmer Gavin O'Connor taking over, development has resumed using the existing adapted script by Chris Terrio ("Argo"). He will reportedly have to do more work on it before Neeson will officially sign. It will happen, but is probably gonna be a little while off before it happens.

Frank Marshall is producing the film.

The story was first brought to the screen in the 2006" hit French film directed by Guillaume Canet starring François Cluzet and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Matt Smith Has "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" Role

Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith has joined the cast of the the long in the works adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies  says Heat Vision.


The film's story is taken from Seth Grahame-Smith's book using Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice that puts bloodthirsty flesh-eating zombies into the action. The tome now tells the timeless story of a woman's quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers.

Smith will play Mr. Collins, a man on the lookout for a wife  and proposes to heroine Liz Bennett (Lily James). Liz pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class brood, instead she wants to help defend the countryside against a zombie plague.

Douglas Booth, Sam Riley, Jack Huston and Bella Heathcote.also star in the film.

Burr Steers is directing the film using a script he wrote with David O. Russell.

Brian Oliver, Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Tyler Thompson and Marc Butan will produce with production slated to begin soon.

Portman was to play the lead as well as produce the film but left back in 2010. Then Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson Mia Wasikowska Mila Kunis, Emma Stone, Rooney Mara, Lily Collins and Olivia Wilde were all being considered for the role at one point. And then Blake Lively and Dominic Cooper were attached to play the leads before it crumbled

Craig Gillespie was the director on the film before he left in the Fall of 2011--Russell and Mike White were previously attached to helm too but soon left the pic; Russell, Gillespie Grahame-Smith and Marti Noxon have all drafted the script at points along the way.

Batman v Superman-DOJ: Cool Batmobile Shots & Video

Autoblog has posted a bunch of new pics of the Batmobile on the Detroit set of  Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman/Batman team-up film called "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". The full gallery has over two dozen sweet looking images.



There's also some set videos of the car in action on Youtube as well.

DOJ will see the return of Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Ben Affleck will play Bruce Wayne/Batman amid lots of fallout--while Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane are set to reprise their roles as Lois Lane, Perry White and Martha Kent. "Fast Five" star Gal Gadot's playing Wonder Woman.

How big Gadot's role as WW is, is unknown at this point. Godot beat out Olga Kurylenko and Elodie Yung for the role. Thor: The Dark World" actress is Jaimie Alexander was also linked.

Some time ago there was noise that the production was seeking is a love interest for the Dark Knight in the film. The Type? A woman in their late 20s of any ethnicity. Adding that she be tall and "possess physicality".

The notice DID NOT give a name for the character, which led to speculation that it was anyone from Vicki Vale to Wonder Woman. A leaked casting call had fanboys thinking that the Amazon warrior was in the pic.

A love interest for Bats suggests that he will have a larger part in the film than expected.

Rumors started that reportedly confirmed that Jason Momoa has been cast as Aquaman for both DOJ and "Justice League".  In response Momoa posted a new photo via Instagram that seemed like a response to the chatter that could go either way (though most likely it's a denial) - The pic sees him  holding a pitchfork like a trident, but he's also holding up his middle finger.

Momoa has been linked to Warner Bros' upcoming DC Entertainment plans for a long time but he's been suggested for numerous other roles like Doomsday or Metallo alien hero Martian Manhunter who also happens to like Oreo Cookies. The imposing actor has been asked about the talk several times but has always denied that he's up for a role.

 Ray Fisher is playing the role of Cyborg in the film. Jeremy Irons has been cast as Wayne's butler Alfred Pennyworth. Jesse Eisenberg is playing Lex Luthor

There were reports that suggested that the chatter about former "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston was playing Lex in the upcoming movie were true were denied by the actor. In fact he and fellow early frontrunner Mark Strong were never offered the role. Tom Hanks was internally discussed but an offer was never made.

Instead, they stuck with a next generation' mandate. We were told that Joaquin Phoenix came up as a contender for Lex. The trade says that he passed.

Latino Review reports that four secondary villains are making an appearance in DOJ: Victor Zsasz Morgan Edge Amanda Waller and David Cain.

According to their sources, the serial killer Zsasz will fight with Affleck's Batman in an early Gotham City-set scene. Edge will be the slimy public relations head of LexCorp who goes toe to toe with Lois Lane on a TV talk show. Cain will meet with Luthor's bodyguard Mercy to set up an assassination. There's also another baddie  that is yet to be cast . In this incarnation Waller's a stern, intimidating senator who sees Superman as a threat and comes up with a counter measure to stop him.

Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey and Tao Okamoto ("The Wolverine") have joined the cast. Specifics about their new characters are being kept under wraps. Australian actor Mulvey ("Zero Dark Thirty) has  been rumored for the role of an (unnamed) villain in the film for quite some time now....Scoot McNairy ("Argo," "The Rover") has joined the film. Nobody at the studio will confirm the news or reveal what the role is.

 Spanish site El Multicine which claims that "Looper"and "Edge Of Tomorrow" actress Emily Blunt is close to inking a deal for an unspecified role.

Batman on Film also suggests that the character of Commissioner Jim Gordon is in the film, however there's no word on potential casting or confirmation at this time. The character is front and center in Fox Broadcasting's fantastic looking new Fall TV Series prequel Gotham starring  , , and

More rumors ran recently that Girls co-star Adam Driver was the frontrunner to play the character of Dick Grayson, the post-Robin Nightwing incarnation in the film. The original story mentioned that two other actors are in the mix for the role. Less than 24 hours later "Gossip Girl" and "Easy A" star Penn Badgley and "The Perks of Being A Wallflower" and "We Need To Talk About Kevin" star Ezra Miller were said to be in mix for the part. Driver denied any such talk...With good reason since he was really up for Lex. He turned it down due to scheduling conflicts. Denzel Washington was also among a list potentials for Lex generated by Thinkmcflythink as were Idris Elba and.

Singer Justin Bieber uploaded a photo on his Instagram account showing him holding up what appeared to be a personalized script for the film with the hashtag "#Robin" but it turned out to be a prop for a Funny or Die skit.

The speedster The Flash is said to be in the script.

Meantime: The star of The CW's popular Arrow TV series Stephen Amell posted a "Justice League" comic image on his official Facebook page.  We already know that Flash (Grant Gustin) showed up there for a few eps before getting his own show this Fall (Watch an extended trailer). Could more of DC Entertainment's "Justice League" be coming to "Arrow"? The answer is yes...For now the DC Cinematic Universe will NOT co-exist with the TV heroics...There are rumors about where the films might go as well as the  TV side of things...

"Man Of Steel" writer David S. Goyer was back on the keyboard but now--THR reports that  Chris Terrio, who won an Oscar for writing Affleck's “Argo,” has been hired to write the latest draft of the MOS 2 script. 

Goyer is in the midst of developing several projects including an adaptation of author Neil Gaiman's  popular comic book series Sandman, which he’ll produce with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven return to executive produce the multi-hero film.

Sources say the new movie is going for the tone of the relationship and fight seen in Frank Miller’s 1980s ground-breaking mini-series The Dark Knight Returns.

The DOJ release was delayed a full 10 months for a number of reasons. As a result, the original release date of July 17th 2015 was no longer. The studio then targeted a May 6th 2016 release. They quickly inserted the fantasy Pan into that original slot. The sequel was to go head to head with "Captain America 3" ...Nobody thought that the comic book pics would ultimately share the date--Sure enough DOJ blinked--and will now open on March 25th 2016.

Once DOJ is completed  Snyder will helm the long planned Justice League movie penned by "Argo" scribe Terrio