With Disney and Marvel having set three mystery projects for May 6th, 2016, July 8th, 2016 and May 5th, 2017, fans have long speculated what these “Phase 3″ films will focus on. While the three dates could very well feature a sequel for an ongoing property – we do know third installments of Captain America and Thor are in the works, the likes of Doctor Strange and Black Panther have previously been rumored to be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the near future.
Today, the folks over at JoBlo send word that they’ve heard the mystery Marvel film pegged for release on May 6th, 2016 is in fact ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2,’ with an animated series based on the comics set to debut on Disney XD in Fall 2015. The outlet add, “Shocked by this? Don’t be. Those that have seen the Comic Con footage of the film can attest to how badass the flick looks and I’m pretty sure Marvel knows it as well. You certainly wouldn’t bank a sequel and an animated series on something that was less than a sure thing. I suppose there’s potential for the film to bomb, but with everyone rallying behind what James Gunn and the cast/crew have done with next summer’s debut, it seems like a slam dunk. Personally, I think it looks fantastic and that’s just from seeing the tossed together SDCC stuff. I can only imagine what the finished product will look like and that gets me all kind of excited.” The first film to kick off “Phase 3″ is Edgar Wright’s ‘Ant-Man, which opens on July 17th, 2015.
IFC Films send word that they’re acquiring North American rights to Peter Sattler’s directorial debut film ‘Camp X-Ray.’ The film, with a screenplay by Sattler, stars Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi and Lane Garrison, and was produced by Gina Kwon, and executive produced by Emmy Ellison, Lindsay Williams, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, David Gordon Green and Sophia Lin. It made its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section.
In the film, a young woman (Stewart) joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small town roots, but ends up as a rookie guard at Guantanamo Bay. Her mission is far from black and white, as she is surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive male squadmates. When she strikes up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees (‘A Separation’ star Payman Maadi), both of their worlds are forever shifted. Written and directed by Peter Sattler, IFC add, “‘Camp X-Ray’ is a deeply human story of two people, on opposite sides of a war, trapped and struggling to find a way to live together.”
Today we get our first look at Al Pacino in David Gordon Green upcoming film, ‘Manglehorn.’ From a script from Paul Logan, the film also stars Holly Hunter, Chris Messina, and Harmony Korine. ‘Manglehorn’ follows an eccentric man (Pacino) who tries to come to terms with a past event that cost him the love of his life.
The full synopsis for the movie reads as follows: “AJ Manglehorn is an aging, ordinary guy in a small town. He nurses his sick cat, squeezes out a conversation with the local bank teller every Friday, and eats at the same place every day. But there is more to Manglehorn than meets the eye: he’s an ex-con who, 40 years ago, gave up the woman of his dreams for a big ‘job.’ He now obsesses daily over the choices he made. After a dramatic effort to start over, Manglehorn faces a terrifying moment and is unmasked as a guy with a very, very dark past.” The above image was released as WestEnd Films is handling international sales for ‘Manglehorn’ at the European Film Market in Berlin starting this week.
StudioCanal and Film4 announced today the start of principal photography on See-Saw Films’ production of ‘Macbeth.’ The adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic will shoot for seven weeks in Scotland and England. Directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown), ‘Macbeth’ features a stellar cast lead by Academy-Award nominee Michael Fassbender and Academy-Award winner Marion Cotillard. The film also stars Paddy Considine, David Thewlis, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor and Elizabeth Debicki. Cotillard will play the scheming Lady Macbeth opposite Fassbender as the iconic eponymous antihero.
The synopsis is as follows: ‘Macbeth’ is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a truthful reimagining of what wartime must have really been like for one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war torn 11th Century Scotland.
At this point it seems that approximately 1823798 actors have been linked to ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ in some capacity. And while there’s been no official casting announcements to date, the likes of Michael Fassender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jesse Plemons, Adam Driver, Hugo Weaving, Michael B. Jordan, Jack O’Connell, Alex Pettyfer, Zac Efron, Saoirse Ronan and Sullivan Stapleton have all had their names connected with the film via various casting rumors over the last year or so. Additionally, it has long been expected that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher will be reprising their iconic roles from the original trilogy.
Today you can throw a new name into the mix, as Gary Oldman, one of my favorite actors of all-time, has revealed to Sky Movies that that the team behind ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ have shown interest in getting him on board. Oldman admits that “they’ve called”, but doesn’t show any indication that he’s had official discussions. Check out the exchange below. With filming set to commence in the Spring, expect official word on casting soon.
The first image has been unveiled from the set of Russell Crowe’s feature directional debut, ‘The Water Diviner,’ which is shooting in Australia before moving on to Turkey. The film is set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Australian farmer Connor (Crowe) travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman (Olga Kurylenko) who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding on to hope, and with the help of a Turkish officer, Connor embarks on a journey across the country to find the truth about the fate of his sons.
The supporting cast includes Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz, Jai Courtney, Steve Bastoni, Isabel Lucas, Ryan Corr, Dan Wyllie, Damon Herriman, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michael Dorman, Megan Gale, and Dylan Georgiades. The screenplay is by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios. Cinematography is by Andrew Lesnie.