Showing posts from June, 2013

Mary Jane Recast, Green Goblin Revealed For 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'

Consider this a spoiler-filled post, if you will, but it'll eventually be non-news anyway.  Not only has Shailene Woodley been dropped from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as Mary Jane Watson, but she has already been recast.  Welcome aboard, Sarah Gadon.  Rumor(s) has/had it that Gadon won't just be in Amazing Spider-Man 3, but she'll be reshooting Woodley's scenes for 2.

Furthermore, since Norman and Harry Osborn make appearances in this new sequel, and the Green Goblin is a villain we're expecting, we were left wondering who would actually be playing the Goblin.  The answer...Harry.  Dane DeHaan, who is playing Harry, has been spotted on set wearing the Goblin garb.  My guess is that ole Greeny is just making a small cameo at the end of movie, only to be featured as the main baddie in Amazing Spider-Man 3.

Source: Movieweb

Rick Moranis Talks 'Ghostbusters 3', Where Is Lewis Tully?

Now this isn't your typical Ghostbusters 3 non-news story -- well, sort of.  Only this one deals with Rick Moranis aka Lewis Tully.  Seems Moranis has an idea as to where Tully would be at this stage in his life.
"I haven't talked to Danny (Aykroyd) about it," he says. "Somebody he's associated with called me and I said, 'I wouldn't not do it, but it's got to be good.' You know, I'm not interested in doing anything I've already done, and I thought the second one was a disappointment."

"But I guess I'm interested in where that guy is now. I sort of see him as being Bernie Madoff's cellmate in jail. Both of them being so orderly that they race to get up and make their beds." Source: Empire Online

Sequels, The Movies We Love To Hate

I originally published this article on my other column, the Indianapolis Movie Examiner; But since the content is relevant, I thought I'd share it here as well.

Whether it is a sequel, prequel, reboot or a remake, moviegoers and studios alike love a good movie franchise. Usually foreshadowed by a "to be continued..." or a cliffhanger ending, there is no mistake to be made, we love sequels. Now this is in no way a knock on original features or stand-a-lone movies, but there is just something special about revisiting characters and settings that we have already been introduced to in a previous film.

The general consensus on sequels seems to be rather blunt: sequels suck; But they do not have to, and they certainly do not always suck. Now, there are plently of examples of franchises who just do not seem to realize that enough is enough ("American Pie Presents", "Scary Movie" and a giant batch of horror franchises). But every once in awhile a movie seque…

First 'Curse Of Chucky' Stills Are Here

Well, well, well!  We finally have our first official look at Chucky in the upcoming sequel Curse of Chucky.  And I must admit, I'm digging his new look.  I was growing tired of the stitched look; It worked for Bride, but wore out its welcome in Seed.

Curse of Chucky is coming straight-to-video this October, but the production value already seems like an A+.

Evan Goldberg's 'This Is The End' Sequel Ideas

This is the End writer-director Evan Goldberg was recently asked about the possibility of a sequel, even though the (SPOILER ALERT!) film does not lend itself to a sequel.

Here's Goldberg's response:
If you ask me, I’d say there’s a good chance of sequel. If you ask Seth, he’d say no. So, we’ll see. The guys are up for it but we lucked out that they were all available. I honestly don’t know if we could get the guys together.

We actually talked about doing a sequel where it starts at the premiere of This is the End. Seth’s a cokehead in this version, Michael Cera is a calm dude with a boyfriend, Rihanna and The Backstreet Boys are back. We have a lot of ideas: a heaven and hell, for example, and a garden of Eden version where Danny [McBride] is Adam. I can dig it.  Although I'd really like to see a Pineapple Express 2...

Source: Screen Daily

Julianne Moore In Talks To Join Final Two 'Hunger Games' Movies

Julianne Moore is in negotiations to join The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2 as District 13 leader Alma Coin.
Julianne Moore is in early talks to join the third and fourth installments of The Hunger Games films.

The actress would play District 13 leader Alma Coin in the two-part adaptation of Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Cameron Diaz Joins 'Annie', Sandra Bullock Walks

Sandra Bullock has passed on the role of Miss Hannigan in the upcoming Will Smith and Jay Z-produced remake of Annie.  In steps Cameron Diaz to fill the void.
I’ve learned that Sony’s Columbia Pictures just concluded the negotiations with Cameron Diaz today for the updated moppet movie musical starting production in the fall for a Christmas 2014 release. Sandra Bullock had been in talks for the role in Annie but pulled out recently. Beasts Of The Southern Wild‘s Quvenzhane Wallis, who became the youngest actress ever to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination, is on board to play the iconic orphan, and Best Actor Oscar winner for Ray, Jamie Foxx, as Daddy Warbucks in the classic comic strip-turned-musical being produced by Will Smith and Jay-Z and directed by Will Gluck. I think Diaz is an inspired choice to play the mean lady who runs the orphanage after the actress strutted her nasty in Sony’s Bad Teacher and a few other choice roles. Source: Deadline

'Knight Rider' Movie Grabs Comedy Scribe

A feature film adaptation of the hit '80s TV show Knight Rider is inching closer and closer.  Brad Copeland has been hired to pen the screenplay for the project.  And although the two TV incarnations of the show took a more serious tone, it might do this reboot some good to go the comedy route (see 21 Jump Street).
A film version of the popular '80s TV show is gaining momentum, with the Weinstein Co., which owns feature rights, bringing on filmmaker Brad Copeland to write a draft of the script, according to a person familiar with the production who was not authorized to talk about it publicly. Source: LA Times

'Taken 3' Is A Go, Liam Neeson Gets Paid

Did you like Taken?  Taken 2?  Well Taken 3 is on the way.  Oh, and Liam Neeson is getting a pretty fat paycheck for his participation -- $20M.
Get ready for a third installment of Taken, the franchise launched by EuropaCorp’s Luc Besson and released by 20th Century Fox. I’m told that Liam Neeson is closing a deal in the vicinity of $20 million to reprise his role as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent who used his brutal skills after his daughter was kidnapped in France to be sold into sex slavery. Neeson was a reluctant participant in the first sequel but got paid in the $15 million neighborhood. Now I hear he’s getting another raise, and that EuropaCorp is planning to start production in February. Source: Deadline

Kind Of Epic Show: Man Of Steel: Part 1

Happy Fathers Day! Today we bring You a special interview with Jeffrey Brown the creator of "Vader and Son" and " Vaders Little Girl" As Well as the first half of our Man of Steel Review.

Confirmed, William Fichtner Is The Shredder In 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

Just as it was speculated, William Fichtner confirmed that he is, in fact, playing the Shredder in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot coming from Michael Bay and company.
What are you doing in "Ninja Turtles"?

I play Shredder. It is cool. It's one of those things that came along where I thought, "Really? Let me think about this for a minute." [Laughs] Then I was like, "Yeah, OK, this sounds like a journey." I'm very glad that it worked out, I'm really glad that I'm doing it. Source: Huffpost TV Canada

'Independence Day 2' Coming July 2015

Consider this your official confirmation that the movie is happening -- Independence Day 2 has a set release date of July 3, 2015.  No word on whether Will Smith will return, but director Rolan Emmerich will be back in the director's chair.

Source: Box Office Mojo

MGM Partners With Fox 2000 For 'Poltergeist' Reboot

The Sam Raimi-produced Poltergeist reboot will be financed by MGM and Fox 2000.
MGM is partnering with Fox 2000 to co-finance and distribute the horror film Poltergeist.

The redo of the 1982 classic will be marketed and distributed worldwide by 20th Century Fox, with some international territories as well as international television distribution being handled by MGM. Fox will also handle home entertainment and domestic television. Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Mary Jane Will NOT Be In 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'

This comes as shock, considering The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is nearly complete.  But it appears that Shailene Woodley's Mary Jane will not be in the sequel.  And according to some whispers, it's not necessarily because the character doesn't fit, but rather Woodley's poor portrayal of the character and lack of chemistry with Andrew Garfield.

So MJ is being scrapped until the third film -- and the role is likely to be recast.
Shailene Woodley’s role as Mary Jane has been bumped from the second installment of The Amazing Spider-Man (due out in 2014) to the third (due out in 2016). “Of course I’m bummed,” she tells EW in an exclusive statement. “But I am a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason. MJ only appeared in a few scenes and I wouldn’t trade the experience of working with Andrew and Emma for three days on set for the world. Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand the need for holding off on introducing MJ until the next film.” And ho…

New Promo Art For 'Jurassic Park 4' Revealed

At Licensing Expo 2013 in Las Vegas there is a giant banner hanging for Jurassic Park 4, with a release year of 2015 slapped on it.  This is actually good news since the film was recently delayed.  We've also learned that the film will be shot in 3D -- no post production conversion.


New Poster And Trailer For 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'

Not only did we get a new poster for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, but we also got a spankin' new trailer!

The highly anticipated sequel will finally hit theaters December 20, 2013.

'Prometheus 2' Taps Jack Paglen To Pen Screenplay

Things are beginning to roll for Prometheus 2 -- screenwriter Jack Paglen has been hired to write the script for the much-anticipated sequel.
Just days after the one-year anniversary of Ridley Scott's "Prometheus," 20th Century Fox and Scott Free are turning to relative newcomer Jack Paglen ("Transcendence") to write the highly-anticipated sequel "Prometheus 2," TheWrap has learned. Now, will we finally get the official Alien tie-in?

Source: TheWrap

'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For' Pushed Back To August 2014

Now this is a bummer.  The highly anticipated sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has been pushed from October 4, 2013 to August 22, 2014.  There hasn't been any official explanation for the move, but one can only assume that Robert Rodriguez has a pretty full plate right now -- it's well known that Rodriguez likes to be a major contributor in the post-production process of his films and he has Machete Kills hitting in September.

Hopefully it'll be worth the wait.  I don't believe there are any problems except for the director just trying to find the time.  All's well.  Hurry up and get here NEXT August!

We're Finally Getting A Complete 'Friday The 13th' Blu-ray Boxset!

Finally!  Now that rights to the Friday the 13th franchise are back with Paramount, we're going to be getting a complete (all 12 films!) blu-ray boxset!  No more piecing one together (original 8-movie DVD set with the 4 New Line releases).

Of course, the boxset will include:

-Friday the 13th 
-Friday the 13th Part 2
-Friday the 13th Part 3 3D
-Friday the 13h: The Final Chapter
-Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning
-Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
-Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
-Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
-Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
-Jason X
-Freddy vs. Jason
-Friday the 13th (2009)
“On September 13th, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will provide plenty of blood-curdling thrills when Friday The 13th: The Complete Collection debuts on Blu-ray. For the first time, all twelve Friday the 13th films will be packaged together, (with seven of them making Blu-ray debuts) as a result of a strategic distribution alliance between Paramount and Warner an…

'Buffy' Writer To Tackle 'Tomb Raider' Reboot

Marti Noxon, best know for her work on the hit TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has been tapped to pen the screenplay for the Tomb Raider reboot for MGM.

The original series starred Angeline Jolie in the title role -- no word on who the next Lara Croft will be.
MGM is moving closer in getting its “Tomb Raider” off the ground, bringing in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” alum Marti Noxon to pen the script.

Story is still being worked out but will likely follow archaeologist Lara Croft as she sets off on one of her international adventures. Source: Variety

Graphic Novel Review: Mark Siegel’s 'Sailor Twain'

Sequel Buzz is in the business of reporting on sequels be they direct, prequels, page to screen or any other kind of adaptation. File this story under the spiritual sequels. A haunting tale that could have been ripped straight out of the pages of Washington Irving and which takes place in part in Tarrytown and other locations on the Hudson River Valley where Ichabod Crane and Rip Van Winkle would feel right at home.

Images of a crowded New York commute summon up fervid visions of panic and road rage rather than romance. Author Mark Siegel changes that with his graphic novel Sailor Twain, set when the industrial revolution was just revving up and the brackish waters of the Hudson River were as crowded with sailboats and steamships as Gotham’s modern thoroughfares are with cars. Mark was kind enough to talk with me over the phone about the setting and inspiration for Sailor Twain.

“For me that time period and that moment, New York’s Gilded Age as they call it, it’s a fascinating time b…

The Last Voyage Of Ray Harryhausen

At Sequel Buzz we don't often cover sequels that are five decades in the making. And no that isn't a joke at the expense of the longsuffering post production team on Sinbad The Fifth Voyage, its the context for this article honoring the late great Ray Harryhausen by profiling the team working to bring his special fx legacy to life on the silver screen once again.

Ray Harryhausen unleashed much more than the Kraken in the visual effects industry. He unleashed wonder and inspiration. Ancient legends like Titans or the mythical foes of Jason and Sinbad miraculously burst onto screens breathing new life into the Hollywood Epic and making audiences believe anything was possible with movie magic.

One filmmaker inspired by that magic is Shahin Sean Solimon. Shahin stars in a new spiritual sequel to Harryhausen’s films Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage. Shahin and his company Giant Flik Films take the helm on the ambitious production utilizing a complex combination of digital effects and tech…

'Friday The 13th' Sequel Could Be Right Around The Corner

According to Derek Mears, the man who played Jason Voorhees in the 2009 Friday the 13th redo, seems confident that a sequel will see the light of day sooner rather than later -- he's even okay with it if he's not a part of it (which is blasphemy, because Mears ruled!).
“I spoke to Brad Fuller and he said that the rights are, as everyone knows, over at Paramount and they’re pushing hard. They’re going we want [a new Friday The 13th movie] as fast as possible.”

“…I know they [Platinum Dunes] like me.” He continues, “…look, even if I’m not a part of the series, as a fan I just want to see more.” Source: Bloody Disgusting

Paramount To Acquire 'Terminator' Distribution Rights

Paramount is looking to gain the distribution rights to theTerminator franchise.  What does this mean?  It means that we may finally be getting a Terminator 5.  Although, I truly hope it doesn't follow Terminator Salvation and disregards T3: Rise of the Machines.  I'm looking for this to be a reboot/sequel.
Paramount Pictures is in negotiations to acquire distribution rights to the next "Terminator" movie that is being produced by Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures and David Ellison's Skydance Productions, an individual with knowledge of the project has told TheWrap. Source: TheWrap

New '300: Rise Of An Empire' Poster Rolls In

A new, better, poster for 300: Rise of an Empire has been released.

300: Rise of an Empire hits March 7, 2014.

'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Poster Is Here

The poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has it the net.  If the poster isn't enough, the trailer hits before Man of Steel -- but will probably be available online just before.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theaters December 13.

Kind Of Epic Show: Now You See Me, After Earth

One movie has magic and the other one doesn't, we look at the films Now You See Me and After Earth, and I couldn't think of a good title.

Buzz'd: Christina Ricci To Play Lizzie Borden

I've been waiting for this for a long time.  Everyone knows the legend.  Everyone's heard the story.  Now, everyone will SEE it!  Christina Ricci will be playing the infamous Lizzie Borden in a Lifetime movie, chronicling the trial -- and acquittal -- of Borden.

Lizzie Borden had an axe
She gave her mother 40 whacks,
When she saw what she had done
she gave her father 41.
Long before Amanda Knox, Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias, there was another young American woman on a trial for murder that became a media spectacle. I’ve learned exclusively that Christina Ricci has been tapped to play Lizzie Borden in a Lifetime original movie about the woman tried and acquitted in the 1892 ax murders of her father and stepmother. Directed by Nick Gomez and produced by Sony Pictures Television, the movie tells the story of Fall River, Mass., resident Borden, who finds herself on trial for the brutal murder with a hatchet-type weapon of her father, Andrew Jackson Borden, and his second wife, Abby D…

Jason Blum Talks 'The Town That Dreaded Sundown' Reboot

Jason Blum, who has been producing some quality horror movies as of late (Paranormal Activity, Sinister, The Purge), opened up a little about an exciting remake that he and Ryan Murphy are producing-- The Town That Dreaded Sundown.

What's interesting is that Collider's Christina Radish's wording of her question -- "acknowledges that the previous film existed?" -- and that has me a bit intrigued, as that would no longer classify this as a remake, but rather a sequel/reboot (ala Evil Dead and Texas Chainsaw 3D).
What prompted you to remake The Town That Dreaded Sundown, and how did you decide on a version that acknowledges that the previous film existed?

BLUM: Ryan Murphy found the movie, brought it to me and said, “I wanna do it.” I didn’t find it. He brought it to me. I think he is an amazing, creative force, especially with horror. I think he thinks about horror in a really unique way. So, he pitched it to me and I really wanted to work with him. I didn’t…

A Clip From 'Hatchet III' Surfaces

Here's an exclusive clip from Hatchet III to wet your whistle while we wait for release (via STYD).
Hatchet III continues the tale of Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder). As a search and recovery team heads into the haunted swamp to pick up the pieces and carnage left behind from the first two films, Marybeth (Danielle Harris) hunts down the true secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left the ghost of Victor Crowley haunting and terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades.

Penelope Cruz To Become Oldest Bond Girl In 'Bond 24'

Penelope Cruz has just become the oldest Bond girl at the age of 40, ousting Honor Blackman who was 39 when she played Pussy Galore in 1962's Goldfinger, for Bond 24.
A source close to the production of the £100 million film, likely to be directed by Sam Mendes after his success with 'Skyfall', said: ‘"The producers have tried to get Penelope before, but she has never been available because of other commitments. The discussions have been going on for some time and they are working out the contract details now."

Cruz will take the title of oldest Bond girl from British actress Honor Blackman, who was 39 when she appeared in 1962’s 'Goldfinger' as Pussy Galore. Source: Yahoo! Movies UK

Zach Lipovsky To Direct 'Leprechaun' Reboot

Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett's On the Lot winner Zach Lipovsky has been chosen to direct Leprechaun, a reboot of the 1993 cult classic of the same name starring Warwick Davis and Jennifer Aniston.  This time around, the Lep will be played by the WWE's Hornswoggle.
Lionsgate and WWE Studios have set visual-effects veteran Zach Lipovsky to direct "Leprechaun," the long-awaited reboot of the successful horror franchise that launched the career of Jennifer Aniston. Also worth noting, the title of this reboot seems to have changed, as it was originally titled Leprechaun: Origins when development first began.

Source: The Wrap

Michael Green To Rewrite 'Blade Runner 2' Screenplay

Screenwriter Michael Green is in talks to rewrite the Blade Runner 2 screenplay, according to a press release from the studio.  The first draft was penned by original writer Hampton Fancher.
LOS ANGELES, CA, MAY 31, 2013, 3:30 pm, EST—Writer Michael Green is in negotiations to do a rewrite of Alcon Entertainment’s “Blade Runner” sequel penned by Hampton Fancher (“Blade Runner,” “The Minus Man,” “The Mighty Quinn”) and to be directed by Ridley Scott. Fancher’s original story/screenplay is set some years after the first film concluded.

Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce with Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, along with Ridley Scott. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.

Green recently completed rewrites on “Robopocalypse” and Warners Bros “Gods and Kings.”

Alcon and Yorkin previously announced that they are partnering to produce “Blade Runner” theatrical sequels and…

'Hatchet' Trilogy As One Film, Adam Green Teases

This news is a few days old now, but it's still worth sharing, nonetheless.  Hatchet creator Adam Green intends to release the trilogy as one big epic film.  But before you get too excited, this could still be a couple (few?) years out.  Still very interesting and intriguing, though!
Keeping details sparse, Green told the packed theater he plans to one day release the complete Hatchet trilogy as a single, epic feature film. He added the new cut would also include new sequences which were left out of the previous films, including at least one additional death scene intended for the original. My only gripe would be that there are two actresses who have portrayed the lead character Marybeth -- Tamara Feldman (Hatchet) and Danielle Harris (Hatchet II, Hatchet III).  It's also worth noting that Harris was the runnerup to play Marybeth in the first movie.  So however they decide to merge this, I'll still watch it.

Source: Under The Gun Review

'Expendables 3' Wants Chan, Snipes, Cage And Jovovich

Things are getting exciting.  Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, Nicolas Cage and Milla Jovovich are all in "advanced negotiations" to join The Expendables 3.
Production of the action movie is due to begin in August and the studio is in “advanced negotiations” with Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, Nic Cage and Milla Jovovich, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts this morning. Source: Deadline