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This week’s developments from Film-Land

This week’s developments from Film-Land

Welcome to our handy-dandy first installment of Developments from Film-Land; our essential quick-fix of the hottest cinematic stories you may have missed this week.


  • Sony have cancelled the release of Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy The Interview following the threat of a 9/11-scale terrorist attack from hacker/terrorist group Guardians of Peace, who are believed to originate in North Korea and have targeted the film due to its negative portrayal of “supreme leader” Kim Jong-un. After a week of fascinating and hilarious leaked emails, things seem to have got dark quickly.
  • The first on-set image has been released from Steven Spielberg’s as-yet untitled Cold War thriller.
  • According to MTV, Mark Wahlberg has apparently committed to doing “a couple more” Transformers sequels and seems positive that Michael Bay will likely return to direct.
  • Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has released a teaser photo of the film’s star, Chris Pratt, and an apparent ally: a velociraptor. We sense a buddy comedy in the offing.
  • Talking with CNN, Evangeline Lilly has revealed more about her character in long-awaited Marvel installment Ant-Man.
  • Jim Carrey may star in mysterious new comedy Deep Cover, which is being written by Bad Santa 2 scribe Johnny Rosenthal.
  • Having previously considered both Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch, Neil Gaiman now thinks Tom Hiddleston would be a good pick to play the lead role of Morpheus in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s upcoming adaptation of Gaiman’s graphic novel series Sandman.
  • A first clip has been released from former Python Terry Jones’ new film, Absolutely Anything, featuring Simon Pegg and the vocal talents of the late departed Robin Williams.

  • Talking with Variety, Peter Jackson has expressed a willingness to make more films set in Middle Earth in as little as “two or three years”.
  • Multiple Oscar nominee and How to Get Away with Murder lead Viola Davis has been cast in Suicide Squad as the super-villain team’s handler Amanda Waller.
  • ScreenRant ruminates on possible plot developments in Avengers: Age of Ultron based on new Lego set for the film.
  • And here’s a roundup of all the latest rumors/theories for Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  • It Follows, the new horror from The Myth of the American Sleepover’s John David Mitchell, has received its first trailer.
  • Orlando Bloom is in talks to return to the role of Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which may feature him bonding with his son after his time as Davy Jones and/or a reboot of the franchise.
  • Here’s a scary new clip from The Woman In Black: Angel of Death, which is due out in the new year.

  • According to Deadline, Paramount’s shortlist of directors for Star Trek 3 consists of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Rupert Wyatt, The Imitation Game’s Morten Tyldum, Safe House’s Daniel Espinosa, the Fast & Furious franchise’s Justin Lin, and Source Code’s Duncan Jones. Only Jones has so far issued a denial of his involvement.
  • Variety reports that Disney CEO Bob Iger says the studio would love to make another Indiana Jones movie but that they’re “pacing” themselves to focus on Star Wars. Thank God.
  • Here’s the first trailer for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which once again stars Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, as well as newcomer Richard Gere.
  • Rio Bravo, Rosemary’s Baby, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Saving Private Ryan, and The Big Lebowski are among those films to be added to America’s National Film Registry this year and, as “culturally, historically or aesthetically” works, preserved as part of the Library of Congress.
  • Promo pics have been released for upcoming Adam Sandler comedy Pixels, which sees him, Kevin James, and Peter Dinklage team up to take on alien invaders attacking Earth in the form of some familiar arcade enemies.
  • The former J.J. Jamieson – and current Golden Globe nominee – J.K. Simmons will appear alongside Tom Hiddleston in the recent retitled King Kong spinoff Kong: Skull Island, which is to be directed by The Kings of Summer’s Jordan Vogt-Roberts and is due out in March 2017.
  • On December 15th, 2014, Oscar-nominated director Lone Scherfig became the first woman to give the annual David Lean Lecture at BAFTA. A recording, transcript, and write-up of the event are available here.
  • A suitably obscure first trailer has been released for Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, which is set to star Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, and Cate Blanchett, among others.

  • Christina Hendricks has signed on to play a production manager in Cameron Crowe/Winnie Holzman’s new TV comedy Roadies. Luke Wilson, Imogen Poots, Keisha Castle-Hughes and Rafe Spall round out the rest of the cast. Almost Famous: The Series, anyone?
  • Ten-year-old newcomer Ruby Barnhill has been cast as Sophie in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming adaptation of the beloved Roald Dahl children’s book, The BFG. Mark Rylance stars as the eponymous ogre and the film is due out in the UK on July 22nd, 2016.
  • According to an online survey reader at Dread Central, wiccan horror The Craft may be due for a reboot.
  • Here’s an extended version of a recent trailer for Disney’s live-action Cinderella, which is directed by Kenneth Brannagh, stars Lilly James in the title role, and is due out in the UK on March 27th, 2015.
  • Currently nominated for a Golden Globe for civil rights drama Selma, David Oyelewo will co-star alongside 12 Years Oscar winner Lupitta Nyong’o in Americanah, adapted from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel of the same name, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 2013.
  • Hot Toys have published images of Iron Man’s new Mark XLIII armor from Avengers: Age of Ultron on their Facebook page.
  • Yahoo! Movies has an exclusive interview with Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.
  • Here’s some concept art from Disney’s live-action Jungle Book – directed by Jon Favreau – courtesy of Empire Online.


Rob Wallis is a graduate of the London Film School and a recent member of the Online Film Critics Society. He also keeps a rarely updated, bare-bones blog, Of All the Film Blogs, ( You can follow him on Twitter @robertmwallis.

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