20th Century Fox send word that Roland Emmerich’s ‘Independence Day 2′ has been pushed back by nearly a year. Previously set to hit the cinemas on July 3rd, 2015, the sci-fi action sequel will now arrive on the big screen from July 1st, 2016. At this moment in time, it is still unknown whether or not Will Smith is planning on reprising his role as Captain Steven Hiller for the sequel. Emmerich recently revealed that scripts have been written both with and without Hiller in them.
Additionally, Roland Emmerich confirmed that a number of the original film’s characters appear in the script(s) by Dean Devlin and himself. The 1996 original also starred Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Randy Quaid, Mary McDonnell, Brent Spiner, James Duval and Vivica A. Fox. In September, Michael B. Jordan was rumored for a leading role in the film.
Alexander Payne’s (The Descendants, Sideways) ‘Nebraska’ centers on an aging alcoholic father (Bruce Dern) who decides to take a road trip from Montana to Nebraska to collect what he believes to be a million dollar Publisher’s Clearing House prize. His estranged son (Will Forte) reluctantly agrees to accompany his father in order to keep him out of trouble. Paramount Pictures is priming the film for an awards-season run with a rollout starting November 15th in the US. Opening on December 6th in the UK, Stacy Keach, Bob Odenkirk and Devin Ratray co-star.
Alexander Payne seems fascinated by human behavior. How was the experience of working with him, in helping you bring to life this character?
Will Forte: Working with Alexander Payne was an amazing experience for me. From a technical point of view, everything he does is magnificent. But he also taught me that it’s about more than that. It’s about building an inclusive, family atmosphere and about treating people in a way that gives them a wonderful, exciting environment to work in. The way he works, you can’t imagine why anyone does it any other way. He’s very nurturing; his whole team is. He really helped me to get out of my head playing David. And it was a beautiful script, I just felt such a strong connection to this character – but I didn’t think when I first read it that I had any chance to play it (laughs). I was happily mistaken.
According to THR, Warner Bros. Pictures is in negotiations to bring the video game ‘Temple Run’ to the big screen with ‘Harry Potter’ producer David Heyman onboard to produce. ‘Temple Run’ is a 2011 game developed and published by Imangi Studios that spawned a sequel earlier this year as well as numerous spin-offs. The game, which is typically played on mobile devices like the Android, has become a mammoth best-selling app.
The story would center on an explorer who, having stolen an idol from a temple, is chased by demonic forces. The studio will next look to attach a writer to adapt. David Heyman has a longstanding relationship with the studio, having produced the eight ‘Harry Potter’ films as well as the studio’s box-office hit and awards-season contender ‘Gravity.’ Sources say Heyman is also in talks with Warner Bros. Pictures to produce J.K. Rowling’s next franchise for the studio, ‘Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them.’
With the release of ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ closing in, Lionsgate has revealed this new clip from the film. ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ sees Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth reprising their roles of Katniss, Peeta and Gale, with Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Willow Shields, Toby Jones and Woody Harrelson also returning to their respective roles. The likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Lynn Cohen, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Maria Howell, E. Roger Mitchell, Alan Ritchson, Bruno Gunn, Meta Golding, Sam Claflin and Amanda Plummer join the “Hunger Games” film series for this sequel.
Sony Pictures has set loose this first TV spot for David O. Russell’s ‘American Hustle.’ The film opens in New York and Los Angeles on December 13th before going wide on December 18th in the US. Written by Eric Singer and O. Russell, and starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Alessandro Nivola, Louis CK, Michael Pena, Jack Huston, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, the drama is based on the true story of a notorious financial con artist (Christian Bale) and his mistress/partner in crime (Amy Adams), who were forced to work with an out of control federal agent (Bradley Cooper) to turn the tables on other con artists, mobsters, and politicians. At the epicenter of the entire tale is the passionate and volatile leader of the New Jersey state assembly (Jeremy Renner) who is also the local hero and mayor of impoverished Camden. ‘American Hustle’ is set for December 20th in the UK.
A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock the States, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down.
UK Poster For Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years A Slave’ – Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Benedict Cumberbatch…
Picturehouse has unveiled this UK quad poster for Steve McQueen’s (Hunger, Shame) sublime ‘12 Years a Slave.’ Out now in the US, the historical drama, featuring a script by McQueen and John Ridley, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, Alfre Woodard, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ruth Negga, Adepero Oduye, Paul Giamatti, Garret Dillahunt, Sarah Paulson, Scoot McNairy, Dwight Henry, Chris Chalk, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Michael Kenneth Williams. ’12 Years A Slave’ opens on January 24th in the UK.
Based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northrup, ‘12 Years a Slave’ tells of Northrup’s tragic kidnapping in Washington DC in 1841 where, despite being born a free man, he was forced into slavery at a Louisiana cotton plantation. The official synopsis for ‘Twelve Years A Slave’ can be read below. Hans Zimmer is providing the score for the film.