One of the big surprises at this past summer’s Comic-Con was Legendary Pictures’ unveiling of ‘Skull Island,’ a new feature by ‘Godzilla’ writer Max Borenstein based on the mythic origins of King Kong, where mutant giant creatures rule. Now we hear that Legendary has adjusted their upcoming schedule, retitling ‘Skull Island’ to ‘Kong: Skull Island’ and moving the release from November 4th, 2016 to March 10th, 2017. Tom Hiddleston is pegged to star and Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) will direct the film.
Skull Island is the name most often used to describe a fictional island first appearing in the 1933 film ‘King Kong’ and later appearing in its sequels, three remakes, and any other King Kong-based media. It is the home of the eponymous King Kong and several other species of creatures, mostly prehistoric and in some cases species that should have been extinct long before the rise of mammalian creatures such as gorillas, along with a primitive society of humans. With the success of ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Pacific Rim,’ Legendary Pictures certainly seem like they have their eyes on reviving the “gigantic monster” genre. And I’d say that it’s a safe bet that this will lead into a ‘King Kong vs. Godzilla’ throw down sometime in the future.
Disney have revealed the logo and first piece of concept art for Jon Favreau’s live-action/CG hybrid adaptation of ‘The Jungle Book.’ The voice cast for the film include Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Christopher Walken as King Louie, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Bill Murray as Baloo, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, and Giancarlo Esposito will voice Akela, the leader of the wolf pack. The film also marks the debut of newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, who will be the only actor to physically appear on screen. Favreau’s version is set for October 9th, 2015.
Following five clips and with the film opening in North America today, three more clips have arrived online today from Chris Rock’s ‘Top Five.’ The comedy film – written by, directed by and starring Rock – sparked a major bidding war in September after premiering at the Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews. In ‘Top Five,’ Rock plays Andre Allen, a successful comedian and movie star whose work was recently ravaged by a New York Times critic. His fiancée (Gabrielle Union) wants him to help her with her reality show while his agent (Kevin Hart) just wants him to make his next blockbuster. Instead, he teams with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) to make a serious documentary about the Haitian revolution. The likes of JB Smoove, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, DMX, Jay Pharoah, Anders Holm and Michael Che co-star. Paramount Pictures will release ‘Top Five’ on January 16th in the UK.
From Walt Disney Pictures comes this collection of clips from ‘Into the Woods.’ Rob Marshall (Chicago) directs the musical fantasy film, which is based on the highly acclaimed Tony Award–winning eponymous Broadway musical by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim. Opening on December 25th in the US and January 9th in the UK, ‘Into the Woods’ is centered on a childless couple, who set out to end a curse placed on them by a vengeful witch.
The key cast for ‘Into the Woods’ is as follows: Meryl Streep as The Witch, Emily Blunt as The Baker’s Wife, James Corden as The Baker, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Cinderella’s Prince, Johnny Depp as The Wolf, Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Tracey Ullman as Jack’s Mother, Christine Baranski as Cinderella’s Stepmother, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Tammy Blanchard and Lucy Punch as Florinda and Lucinda, Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel’s Prince, Annette Crosbie as Little Red Riding Hood’s Grandmother, Joanna Riding as Cinderella’s Mother, Frances de la Tour as the Giant, Richard Glover as the Steward, and Simon Russell Beale as the Baker’s Father.
Legendary Pictures has revealed this new trailer for Michael Mann’s ‘Blackhat’ (which previously went under the title ‘Cyber’). Set within the world of global cybercrime, the film follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom, ‘Blackhat’ opens on January 16th, 2015.
First Trailer For ‘The Divergent Series: Insurgent’ – Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoë Kravitz…
Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment have unveiled this first full-length trailer for the upcoming ‘Divergent’ sequel, ‘The Divergent Series: Insurgent.’ Following the events of the previous installment, Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) tries to figure out the intention behind Erudite’s insurrection as well information the Abnegation are trying to protect. Adding to the existing cast of Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoë Kravitz, Jai Courtney, Ansel Elgort, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, and Kate Winslet, the supporting cast of ‘The Divergent Series: Insurgent’ is filled out with Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Suki Waterhouse, Rosa Salazar, Daniel Dae Kim, Jonny Weston, Emjay Anthony, and Keiynan Lonsdale. The film opens on March 20th, 2015.