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Lee Daniels has confirmed that Mike Epps will be playing the legendary comedian Richard Pryor in his as-yet-untitled Pryor biopic. Marking Daniels’ follow-up to ‘The Butler,’ The Weinstein Company will fully finance the Richard Pryor project. Nick Cannon had been rumored for the gig recently, yet Epps reportedly blew everyone away with his audition. Additionally, Marlon Wayans was set to star in a previous incarnation, and he was part of the recent screen tests that also included Michael B. Jordan.
‘The Maze Runner’ Coming To IMAX – Starring Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen…
The IMAX Corporation and Twentieth Century Fox send word that the studio’s adaptation of the epic sci-fi best-selling novel ‘The Maze Runner’ will be digitally re-mastered into the IMAX format and released across all domestic IMAX theaters for a one-week engagement on September 19th. The film also will be released in select international territories starting September 11th.
The story centers on a teenage boy who wakes up in a strange community remembering only his first name. 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. The story follows his and his fellow prisoners’ struggle to unlock the secrets of the maze that surrounds this mysterious community. Starring Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Ki Hong Lee, ‘The Maze Runner’ is set to hit cinemas and IMAX on October 10th in the UK and from September 19th in the US.
Discussing progress on the sequels to ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Prometheus,’ Ridley Scott revealed that both projects are further along than might be expected. “Blade Runner 2 is written and is damn good,” says Scott. “Of course it involves Harrison, who is a survivor after all these years – despite the accident. So yes, that will happen.” Scott added that the plan is for him to direct the film, and that he hopes to begin work on ‘Blade Runner 2′ when he’s wrapped his adaptation of ‘The Martian’ – which stars Matt Damon and is set for a November 2015 release.
On the topic of directing ‘Prometheus 2,’ it sounds like scheduling could be an issue. “That’s the problem,” he admits. “I’ve got a lot of ducks in a row. But they’re all written.” Perhaps this means he would hand over the directors reigns to someone else for the film? At any rate, I’m pretty sure we’ll hear more about both of these projects shortly, especially as Riley Scott begins the promotional rounds on his upcoming Christian Bale-starring ‘Exodus: Gods an Kings’ shortly.
From 20th Century Fox comes this extended TV spot for David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl.’ Starring the likes of Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit and Carrie Coon, the film is an adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel that has sold 2 million copies. ‘Gone Girl,’ Flynn’s third novel, is a dark and suspenseful story that kicks off with the five-year anniversary of a married couple. Flynn wrote the screenplay for the film, which has been penciled in for a October 3rd release. ‘Gone Girl’ is described as follows.
Keith Stanfield, who showed off his MCing abilities in the fantastic ‘Short Term 12,’ has been cast as a young Snoop Dogg in ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ the upcoming biopic that chronicles the creation of N.W.A.. Set for released on August 14th, 2015 and led by O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, ‘Straight Outta Compton’ is being directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, Set It Off, The Italian Job). Additional cast members include Aldis Hodge as MC Ren, Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella, Sheldon A. Smith as Warren G, Carra Patterson as Tomica Woods, and Paul Giamatti as the group’s manager, Jerry Heller.
‘Big Hero 6’ follows a brilliant robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion — a robot named Baymax — Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city.
Featuring the voices of Ryan Potter (Hiro), TJ Miller (Fred), Jamie Chung (Go Go Tomago), Maya Rudolph (Aunt Cass), Scott Adsit (Baymax), Damon Wayans Jr (Wasabi), Genesis Rodriguez (Honey Lemon), Daniel Henney (Tadashi Hamada), James Cromwell (Professor Robert Callaghan) and Alan Tudyk (Alistair Krei), ‘Big Hero 6′ is inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name and is set to hit cinemas on November 7th in the US and January 30th in the UK.