Just last week it was reported that 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment have tapped ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ director Matt Reeves to helm the third installment of the franchise. Today, Fox has announced that the film will open on July 29th, 2016. On the third film Reeves will write the script with Mark Bomback, one of the writers who scripted the sequel. Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa were the scribes who resurrected the franchise with ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes,’ the Ruper Wyatt-directed film that grossed $482 million worldwide in 2011. The directing deal is said to be done and the writer deals are being worked out right now.
Deadline bring word that Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart) is negotiating to rewrite and direct ‘Black Mass,’ the long-gestating drama about the Boston crime kingpin-turned-fugitive Whitey Bulger. Apparently talks have rekindled for Johnny Depp to possibly play Bulger in the film. You’ll recall he was nearly set last year, but talks reportedly fell apart. The film’s title comes from the 2001 Dick Lehr/Gerald O’Neill New York Times bestseller ‘Black Mass: The True Story Of An Unholy Alliance Between The FBI And The Irish Mob.’ The script was written by Mark Mallouk, and the movie got the third act it needed when Bulger was captured in California in summer 2011, after he spent a decade on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list.
Whitey Bulger had rised to the top of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List when he disappeared for a decade before he could be put behind bars. Many felt he could never have gotten that far without the help of John Connolly, an FBI agent and childhood pal of Bulger and his brother William, the former president of the Massachusetts Senate. Joel Edgerton had been in talks to play the FBI pal. Connolly was tasked with bringing down the Italian mob, and he was aided by Bulger, who burnished his own position as Boston crime kingpin by getting rid of the competition for his Winter Hill gang. Connolly was lauded for his work before things went south for him. He eventually was convicted of racketeering and obstruction of justice for aiding Bulger, who is currently in a Massachusetts state prison for second-degree murder.
Long expected to return, 20th Century Fox has today confirmed that James Cameron has set Sam Worthington and Zoë Saldana to reprise their ‘Avatar’ roles in the three sequels scheduled to begin production later this year. In the 2009 original, Worthington’s Jake Sully was a wounded former Marine confined to a wheelchair. His bravery and destiny help define a world he didn¹t even know existed. As Jake’s relationship deepened with Saldana’s Neytiri, a fearless and beautiful Na’vi huntress, he learned to respect the Na’vi way and finally took his place among them.
James Cameron commented, “Jake Sully is rare combination of passion, strength, street smarts and soul, which requires a lot from an actor. Sam brought to the role a combination of sensitivity, vulnerability and strength. Zoë captured every aspect of the character I envisioned, bringing to Neytiri a mix of delicacy, fierceness and incredible physicality. I am beyond pleased they’ll be returning with us to Pandora.”
First Clip & Poster For David Wain’s ‘They Came Together’ Features Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Teyonah Parris…
BuzzFeed has debuted this first clip and poster for David Wain new film, ‘They Came Together.’ Set to make its world premiere at Sundance on January 24th, the rom-com send-up stars Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Michael Ian Black, Christopher Meloni, Ken Marino, Max Greenfield, Cobie Smulders, Teyonah Parris, Ed Helms, Melanie Lynsky, Michael Shannon, Jason Mantzoukas, and Michaela Watkins. Expect a confirmed release date for ‘They Came Together’ shortly.
Here’s David Wain’s statement on the film: After having already made world-changing cinematic statements on adolescence (Wet Hot American Summer), religion (The Ten), service (Role Models), and community (Wanderlust), I teamed up with Michael Showalter to take on a topic that (to our knowledge) has yet been seen in the movies: ROMANCE — particularly heterosexual romance between two white people.
The Wrap are reporting that Michael Pena, who can currently be seen in David O. Russell’s ‘American Hustle,’ has been offered an unknown role in Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man.’ Edgar Wright is directing the superhero movie from a script he co-wrote with Joe Cornish, while Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd are set to star as Hank Pym and Scott Lang, respectively.
Created by Stan Lee in 1962, Hank Pym is a biochemist who discovers subatomic particles that allow him to shrink to insect size (and later, grow, into Giant-Man), as well as control ants. Scott Lang, a reformed thief and electronics expert, comes along years later and uses Pym’s technology to inhabit the superhero character. Disney will release ‘Ant-Man’ on July 31st, 2015.
Brilliant Poster For The Horror-Comedy ‘Cooties’ – Starring Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson….
SpectreVision and Glacier Films have set loose this awesome poster – by Jay Shaw of Kingdom of Nonsense - for their upcoming horror comedy ‘Cooties.’ Starring Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson, Jack McBrayer, Jorgé Garcia, Nasim Pedrad, and Leigh Whannel, the film is directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott. ‘Cooties’ was co-written by Leigh Whannell (co-creator and writer of the ‘Saw’ and ‘Insidious’ franchises), and Ian Brennan (co-creator/executive producer of ‘Glee’). Look out for the film later this year.
In ‘Cooties,’ a mysterious virus hits a small Illinois town affecting only the prepubescent population, transforming them into violent, feral little monsters. The virus centralizes in the town’s elementary school, and quickly the infected students have the teaching staff under siege, acting out deadly revenge fantasies with an eerie sense of childlike glee. Finally, the teachers band together, led by a hapless substitute who grew up in the town, realizing they must do the unthinkable if they hope to survive.