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Entertainment One (eOne), FilmDistrict, and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions announced today that together they will be developing the third chapter of the micro-budgeted ‘Insidious’ film franchise which Leigh Whannell has signed on to write. Whannell has written both ‘Insidious’ and ‘Insidious Chapter 2,’ which just had a stellar first weekend release in North America debuting to more than $40 million at the box office making it one of the largest horror genre openings ever and one of the biggest openings for a film released in the month of September. Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions, which produced both ‘Insidious’ and ‘Insidious Chapter 2,’ is producing the next installment along with Oren Peli. Steven Schneider, Brian Kavanaugh Jones, Peter Schlessel, Lia Buman and Xavier Marchand are executive producing.
In a joint statement, Peter Schlessel, FilmDistrict’s CEO, Xavier Marchand, eOne’s President, Film Production, and Steven Bersch, President of SPWA, said, “The release of the first ‘Insidious’ resonated with audiences around the world and quickly became one of the most talked about films in 2011. This weekend moviegoers enjoyed the terrifying continuation of the first film and we are confident they will be excited to see the third chapter of the ‘Insidious’ world. There is nobody better suited to bring audiences the next chapter of this haunting story than Leigh who has brilliantly written both ‘Insidious’ and ‘Insidious Chapter 2.'”
Yahoo! Movies has debuted two new TV spots for the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone-starring action-thriller, ‘Escape Plan’ (formerly titled ‘The Tomb’). Directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Håfström (1408, The Rite), ’Escape Plan’ follows Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone), who is the world’s foremost authority on structural security. He’s analyzed every high security prison and has gained a vast array of survival skills. But all Ray’s ingenuity and knowledge are about to be put to work in the most challenging test he’s ever faced: escaping from the master prison of his own design.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the role of Church, plays a complex inmate with multiple shades of grey. He’s the guy who fights to keep the prisoners from losing their humanity in their darkest hour as they struggle together to stay alive. The two action icons are joined by the likes of Vincent D’Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, Sam Neil, Amy Ryan, Faran Tahir, Matt Gerald, Jim Caviezel and 50 Cent in ‘Escape Plan.’ The film opens on October 18th in the US and November 22nd in the UK.
Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail is reporting that Naomie Harris’ Eve/Moneypenny will be featured in more of the action in the next James Bond film, which starts shooting in 2014. Introduced as Miss Moneypenny in the last Bond movie, ‘Skyfall,’ Harris will appear alongside Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and other cast members yet to be determined in ‘Bond 24′ (it will be given its release title later), which John Logan is writing now.
Director Sam Mendes, Daniel Craig, and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are all reportedly big fans of Naomie’s and don’t want her to be too desk-bound, as other Moneypennys have been. ‘The idea formulating in Bond-land is for Naomie to be much more of a sidekick to James, and for her to get out and harm the bad guys,’ an executive close to the production reportedly told the outlet.
Disney today send word that filming started last week for ‘Into the Woods.’ Rob Marshall (Chicago) directs the film, which is based on the Tony-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics – including an all-new song for the big-screen adaptation. ‘Into the Woods’ is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, ‘Wicked’ producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall. Shooting in studio and on location throughout England, the film is slated for a December 25th, 2014, holiday release.
‘Into the Woods’ is described as a “modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel – all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.”
The good people over at The Guardian have revealed this first trailer for Olivier Dahan’s ‘Grace of Monaco.’ Set for November 29th, the film stars the likes of Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Frank Langella, Paz Vega, Parker Posey, Milo Ventimiglia and Derek Jacobi. The official synopsis for the film is as follows: Grace Kelly, age 33 and having given up her acting career to focus on being a full time princess, uses her political maneuvering behind the scenes to save Monaco while French Leader Charles de Gaulle and Monaco’s Prince Rainier III are at odds over the principality’s standing as a tax haven.
Hugh Jackman Teases A Confrontation With Michael Fassbender’s Magneto In ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’
During a recent chat for ’Prisoners’ with The Daily Beast, Hugh Jackman commented on the upcoming “inbetweenqual” ’X-Men: Days of Future Past’ (it acts as a sequel to both ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and ‘X-Men: First Class’). Asked if we’re going to see his Wolverine throw it down with Michael Fassbender’s Magneto, Jackman said, “It’s fair to say we don’t get on that well. I get sent back to the past and he has no idea who I am, but you can imagine Wolverine has a bit of fun with that.”