A few posters to share:
- The first official The Equalizer poster after Steve spied this banner at CinemaCon. Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo, and Marton Csokas star in the feature adaptation of the 1980s series.
- Warner Bros. unveiled a new Godzilla poster in advance of WonderCon this weekend. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, and Bryan Cranston star in the Godzilla reboot.
- The first Leprechaun: Origins poster teases the revival of the horror villain starring WWE wrester Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl.
Check out the posters after the break.
There is just one article in the Collider archives on Outcast. The casting announcement revealed Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen play two 12th century European crusaders who travel to China to find redemption. Producer Jeremy Bolt (Pompeii) has bigger plans for the feature than we anticipated. You see, Outcast is a co-production with China’s Yunnan Film Group, and China is an increasingly important international market. Bolt is confident enough in the property to promise Outcast 2: “Outcast has been acclaimed by buyers, and we are determined to make a sequel.” Backing up, Bolt also announced the Outcast release schedule [via Variety]: “We are planning a worldwide release, including the US and China, in September and October this year.”
Outcast is the directorial debut of stunt coordinator Nick Powell (Resident Evil: Retribution). It sounds like the perfect Nicolas Cage vehicle at this stage in his career. Yifei Liu, Fernando Chien, Andy On, and Byron Lawson also star.
With $219 million, Mrs. Doubtfire ranks second on the 1993 domestic box office charts, just behind Jurassic Park. That was Robin Williams‘ peak as a box office draw, so he was in no rush to make a sequel. Fox started developing a Mrs. Doutbfire sequel in 2001, but Williams reportedly rejected the script in 2006, and the project has remained dormant since. The actor noted in a recent interview, “They kept trying and it doesn’t work… because at the end of the first one they reveal who [Mrs. Doubtfire] is.” David Berenbaum (Elf) must have found a way to make it work, because The Wrap reports Fox 2000 has revived Mrs. Doubtfire 2 with a script by Berenbaum. Williams is on board and Chris Columbus will return to direct.
In the original Mrs. Doubtfire, Williams played a recently divorced actor who whipped up a disguise as a Scottish nanny to spend more time with his kids. The report does not specify where Mrs. Doubtfire 2 will pick up. More after the jump.
So you own the Han Solo in carbonite desk. It’s cool, but it’s starting to feel a little too small, and it’s entirely too practical. You’d like a Han in carbonite that’s truly life-size, one that takes up a massive amount of space with no secondary purpose. Great news! You can now own a life-size figure of Han in carbonite for just $7000 (some assembly required).
Click here to pre-order on the Sideshow Collectibles website. Product summary and images after the break.
Universal has released a new Neighbors clip. Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne play a married couple who move next to a noisy fraternity (led by Zac Efron) with their newborn baby. The clip sees Rogen and Byrne argue with a dean at the college (Lisa Kudrow) about the frat’s behavior. Neighbors got great reviews out of SXSW, so it’s no surprise that the clip is funny, wringing every last drop out of a riff on headlines.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, and Ike Barinholtz also star in the comedy. Nicholas Stoller (Get Him to the Greek) directed the May 9 release. Watch the Neighbors clip after the jump.
Casting across the live-action/animation spectrum:
- Chloe Grace Moretz is in final negotiations to star in Sony’s adaptation of Rick Yancey‘s young adult novel The 5th Wave.
- Salma Hayek joins Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Edward Norton, and David Krumholtz in the voice cast for the R-rated cartoon Sausage Party.
- Thomas Lennon joins Danny Glover, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan, Lucas Till, and Holt McCallany in the live-action/animation hybrid Monster Trucks.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
We learned this week that much of the Star Wars: Episode VII cast is set. However, we are not privy to that information, so we subsist on rumors. There is now speculation that Maisie Richardson-Sellers is up for a key role as part of an extended casting search in London. Star Wars: Episode VII would be the first feature credit for Richardson-Sellers, an Oxford-trained actress. Heat Vision suggests the role of “a young black or mixed-race woman who may be a descendent of Jedi Knight Ben Kenobi” is a good fit. But Disney declined to comment and sources say Richardson-Sellers has not yet been offered the role.
J.J. Abrams is gearing up for principal photography in May (preliminary filming is already underway), so all will be revealed soon enough. Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015. More after the jump.
On the heels of the first trailer, Paramount has released a Hercules clip with new footage. Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) and his army walk into a trap set by ferocious, painted warriors. Hercules puts on his lion head, declares he is not afraid, and then . . . the clip cuts away.
John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, Rufus Sewell, Robert Maillet, and Irina Shayk also star. Brett Ratner directed the July 25 release. Check out our interview with Johnson here and watch the Hercules clip after the jump.
A few casting notices to report:
- Nicole Kidman will reportedly join the cast of Genius, which centers on the relationship between author Thomas Wolfe (Michael Fassbender) and his editor Max Perkins (Colin Firth).
- Adrien Brody will star opposite Salma Hayek and Shoreh Aghdashl in the thriller The Septembers of Shiraz, set during the Islamic revolution in Iran.
- Mark Rylance is in negotiations to play the Mad Hatter’s father in the Alice in Wonderland sequel.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
Marvel has released the first Guardians of the Galaxy clip. The clip introduces us to Chris Pratt as Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord), borrowing a few notes from Indiana Jones as he steals a floating orb from its pedestal. Perhaps the orb is one of the Infinity Stones?
Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro co-star in the August 1 release, written and directed by James Gunn (Super). Watch the first Guardians of the Galaxy clip after the jump.
A few posters to share tonight:
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 IMAX poster will be handed out to those attending the first Thursday night IMAX screening.
- 22 Jump Street - Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum return for the sequel about the undercover cops transferring from high school to college.
- God’s Pocket - Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, and Christina Hendricks star in John Slattery‘s feature directorial debut.
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - As a bonus, we have motion posters for the Hobbit sequel as it gets released on Blu-ray.
Check out the posters after the jump.
David Lowery signed on last year to co-write Pete’s Dragon for Disney with his writing partner Toby Halbrooks. It was a curious announcement in two respects. First, Lowery is jumping from the crime drama Ain’t Them Bodies Saints to a re-imagining of the 1977 family-friendly musical. Second, Disney signed the writer/director only to write, not direct. The first item remains in play, but The Wrap reports Lowery is now in negotiations to direct Pete’s Dragon as well and could take precedence over his other projects.
The new Pete’s Dragon will not be a musical, but should borrow some elements from the original, which centered on a young orphan who flees his abusive parents and befriends a dragon that often turns invisible. Watch the trailer after the jump.
A few years ago, The Goonies director Richard Donner said a sequel was unlikely to come together, but held out hope for a Broadway musical. Fun as a Goonies musical may have been, that didn’t pan out. However, Donner has changed his tune on a Goonies sequel. Donner, the director behind Superman and Superman II, was asked if would ever make another comic book movie. His surprising response:
“If you call Goonies a comic book. We’re doing a sequel.”
He added that “hopefully all” of the stars will return. More after the jump.
After his short film based on the video game Portal went viral, director Dan Trachtenberg has been attached to several projects including Crime of the Century and Y: The Last Man. Nothing has come to fruition yet, so Valencia is poised to be Trachtenberg’s feature directorial debut after closing a deal with Bad Robot and Insurge Pictures (a Paramount division for low-budget projects). The Wrap provides the synopsis for the Dan Casey script:
“The majority of the movie takes place in an underground cellar, home to a teenage girl and a caretaker. The girl woke up in the cellar after a car accident, at which point her eerie companion tells her a nuclear attack has devastated society. The girl still hopes to escape.”
Paramount greenlit the $5 million production for a fall start date. Check out Trachtenberg’s Portal: No Escape after the jump.
Director Jon M. Chu and producers Jason Blum and Scooter Braun recently announced they were making a Jem and the Holograms movie and even asked for fan submissions to help cast the picture. It turns out they were further along in the process than I ever would have guessed.
Earlier today we caught up with Blum to talk about the horror flick Oculus, and towards the end of the interview we asked about Jem. Blum says the movie will be PG and start shooting in just three weeks. The producer also explained why this cartoon adaptation fits his business model when he’s usually associated with horror fare. Check out everything Blum had to say about Jem and the Holograms after the jump.