Writer-Producer Simon Kinberg Talks Returning Characters & Potential Re-Casting For ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’
UPDATE: Bryan Singer has reportedly closed a deal to direct ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’
Following a stellar response from critics and fans alike and a hefty box office figure of $745,570,770 million, 20th Century Fox and the filmmakers behind ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ are currently hard at work on the film’s follow-up, ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’ During a recent interview with Yahoo! for the home video release of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ series writer and producer Simon Kinberg opened up about the upcoming film and whether we might see some of the new “future” mutants (Kitty Pryde, Bishop, Blink…) return for forthcoming ‘X-Men’ films: “The X-Men film that we’re working on now, as everybody knows is ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ and that really follows the stories of the let’s say ‘First Class’ X-Men. Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, many others of that generation of X-Men. So, in future X-Men films? Perhaps, but in ‘Apocalypse’ it will really be the continuation of the ‘past’ of ‘Days of Future Past.'”
A feature film adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale’s 2013 bestseller, ‘The Thicket,’ is heading to the big screen with Emmy and the Golden Globe-winning ‘Game of Throne’ star Peter Dinklage officially set to lead. Set in tough, turbulent and feral East Texas in the early 20th century, ‘The Thicket’ follows the story of Jack, an innocent young man, who goes on an epic quest to rescue his sister after she has been kidnapped by a violent killer, Cut Throat Bill, and his gang. Jack enlists the help of a crafty bounty hunter named Shorty (Dinklage), a grave-digging alcoholic son of an ex-slave, and a street-smart prostitute. Together they track the girl into the deadly no-man’s land known as The Big Thicket – a place where blood and chaos reign. Expect word on additional casting and further production details shortly.
This new trailer has arrived online for ‘The Crossing,’ the first film in over four years to be directed by John Woo. Set against the upheavals of revolutionary China in 1949, the film is the story of three couples from different backgrounds who make a fateful voyage on a ship fleeing China to Taiwan. The screenplay is by Wang Huiling, who previously co-wrote ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ and who adapted ‘Lust Caution.’
Starring Zhang Ziyi, Tong Dawei, Huang Xiaoming, Song Hye-kyo, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Masami Nagasawa, ‘The Crossing’ will be released in two parts in China, with Part 1 hitting cinemas on December 2nd and Part 2 following in May of 2015. John Woo has racked up numerous credits and accolades in the past years, but has not moved behind the camera since the $80 million historical epic ‘Red Cliff,’ released in two parts in 2008 and 2009 respectively. ‘The Crossing’ will open in the US and UK in 2015, although it’s unknown if it will be released in two parts or an extended edition.
Always one to keep people up to date with his latest projects, Vin Diesel has posted on his hugely popular Facebook account (85+ million likes) these two new images from ‘The Last Witch Hunter.’ Diesel captioned the image with the following, Captioned with “Kaulder state of mind… The Last Witch Hunter. Fall 2015!” The film is currently shooting in Pittsburgh.
Directed by Breck Eisner (The Crazies), Vin Diesel is joined by Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, Julie Engelbrecht and Michael Caine in ‘The Last Witch Hunter.’ The supernatural action flick sees an immortal witch hunter (Diesel) partnering with his natural enemy, a female witch (Leslie), to stop the covens of NYC from unleashing a plague on humanity.
This past weekend, ‘The Maze Runner’ took the top spot at the North American box office with $32.5 million. And while we have to wait until October 10th to see the film in the UK and Ireland, 20th Century Fox have announced that the film’s sequel, ‘The Scorch Trials,’ will hit theaters a year from now, on September 18th, 2015. ‘The Maze Runner’ has received solid reviews from critics, and it also earned a stellar A- CinemaScore from its audience in North America.
Based on James Dashner’s bestselling “Maze Runner” book series, the first film is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) is deposited in a community of young men after his memory is erased. After learning they’re all trapped in a maze, Thomas joins forces with fellow “runners” to not only escape the maze, but solve its riddle and reveal the chilling secret of who brought them there, and why. The likes of Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Jacob Latimore and Ki Hong Lee also star.
It’s certainly an exciting time to be a Matt Damon fan right now: a role in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming ‘Interstellar,’ the lead part in the feature adaptation of Andy Weir’s grippingly detailed and ingenious novel ‘The Martian,’ and a recent report that he’s set to reunite with director Paul Greengrass on a new Jason Bourne movie. Today we hear that Matt Damon is interested in playing the lead in Zhang Yimou’s ‘The Great Wall,’ a passion project of Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull, who conceived it with ‘World War Z’ writer Max Brooks. The script for the film is by Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro, but the most recent draft is by Tony Gilroy, who is familiar to Damon in via the ‘Bourne Identity films. ‘The Great Wall’ reveals the mystery behind why the Great Wall was built, and the secrets hidden beneath its stones.