Director Fredrik Bond (Charlie Countryman) has departed ‘London Has Fallen,’ the sequel of the 2013 box office hit ‘Olympus Has Fallen,’ due to creative differences. THR add that this “may be a result of the movie’s accelerated schedule and Bond only coming aboard in August. One insider said prep time was a factor.” The studio is already hard at work looking for a replacement and expects to announce a new helmer within the next 72 hours.
Gerard Butler will return for the sequel written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt and Christian Gudegast. The sequel begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the Western world. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. Only three people have any hope of stopping it: the President of the United States, his formidable secret service head (Butler), and an English MI-6 agent who rightly trusts no one. Aaron Eckhart returns as the U.S. president and Morgan Freeman is reprising his role as the U.S. House of Representatives.
The first trailer has arrived online for Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes,’ which is set for a December 25th release in the US and a December 26th bow in the UK. Starring Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman and Terence Stamp, the film is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane’s were actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions.
After being recently seen on the big screen as Koba in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,’ and having just wrapped ‘Fantastic Four’ – in which he plays the evil Doctor Doom, it looks as if Toby Kebbell is in line to play another antagonistic role. According to Variety, Kebbell – one of my favorite young actors working today – is in early talks to play Messala in Timur Bekmambetov’s new adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel ‘Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ,’ which in its time outsold every book but ‘The Bible’ until it was eclipsed by ‘Gone With The Wind.’ Next up for Kebbell is ‘Buddha’s Little Finger,’ Duncan Jones’ ‘Warcraft,’ the aforementioned ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot, and Juan Antonio Bayona’s adaptation of ‘A Monster Calls.’
A few months back, test footage “leaked” online for the long-in-development ‘Deadpool’ movie to much acclaim. Yet, since that footage hit the web, we hadn’t heard of any developments about the perpetually on/off project…. that is, until now, as 20th Century Fox have just penciled it in for a February 12th, 2016 release date – three months before ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’ Ryan Reynolds is expected to star as Deadpool with director Tim Miller at the helm. The script is by Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland) – if they’re still using that draft?
Astrid Berges-Frisbey To Play Guinevere In Guy Ritchie’s ‘King Arthur’ Film; Joins Charlie Hunnam & Idris Elba
With ‘Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur’ set for a July 22nd, 2016 release, Warner Bros. Pictures and director/producer Guy Ritchie have reportedly set Astrid Berges-Frisbey (I Origins, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) to play Guinevere in the film. ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and ‘Pacific Rim’ star Charlie Hunnam is playing the title role of King Arthur in the film, and Idris Elba is set to play a Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur. The project is said to be a re-imagining of Arthurian legend, with the primary influence being Thomas Mallory’s “Le Morte d’Arthur,” published in 1485.
Gary Sanchez Productions, Point Grey Pictures and Good Universe send word that they’ve pre-emptively purchased an untitled comedy pitch from actor and Emmy Award-winning writer Ben Schwartz which Adam McKay is attached to direct and Seth Rogen is attached to star in. Schwartz will also co-star in the film. Point Grey principals Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver will produce alongside Gary Sanchez’s Will Ferrell, McKay and Kevin Messick. Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake will executive produce with Erin Westerman overseeing for the company. Robyn Wholey will Co-Produce.
“Evan and Seth have been doing amazing things and we’re so excited to work with them. Ben, not so much. Most of my problems with him are personal ones, but I have to give it up… he did come up with a great idea,” said Adam McKay. “Every two thousand years the planets of our galaxy align in a perfect line that funnels the cosmic energies of the universe to flow into one perfect comedic collaboration. The time is now. This is that project. Nothing will ever be the same,” said Seth Rogen with Evan Goldberg adding, “McKay and Schwartz are reeeeeeal smart, well-endowed guys and we couldn’t be more excited to be working with them.”