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Film & TV news from the past week

Film & TV news from the past week

We’re all busy people and even the most ardent film and TV fan occasionally misses out on some breaking development or another. As such, here’s a quick rundown of all the relevant news from the past week to replenish your stores for conversation.

  • Looper director Rian Johnson has been confirmed as directing Star Wars: Episode VIII and will also write a treatment for Episode IX. Johnson has not yet commented on his new assignment.
  • JoBlo reports that comic-book villain Darren Cross, CEO of Cross Technological Enterprises, will be the primary antagonist in Marvel’s Ant-Man. The character will presumably be played by either Patrick Wilson or Corey Stoll.
  • Ron Pearlman has announced his commitment to starring in Hellboy 3. The 64 year-old has described Guillermo Del Toro’s plans for the film as “epic and so well deserved by the fans”.
  • Latino Review has claimed that the next standalone Batman film – tentatively titled The Batman – is due for release in 2019 after Batman v. Superman and Justice League. Lead actor Ben Affleck is speculated to also be directing.
  • The release of Bourne 5 has been pushed back to July 15th, 2016, following rumors that Matt Damon will return to the franchise. It is presumed he will appear alongside Bourne Legacy’s Jeremy Renner.
  • Batman News has reported that Jesse Eisenberg is not going bald-headed to portray Batman v. Superman’s Lex Luthor but rather will feature long blonde hair more in-keeping with Luthor’s new characterization as a “twenty-something guy that pounds energy drinks all day.”
  • Prometheus cowriter John Spaihts has been brought onboard to redraft the script for Marvel’s Doctor Strange, which recently gained a director in the form of Scott Derrickson.
  • Avengers actor Mark Ruffalo has stated that Marvel is “now entertaining the idea” of a standalone Hulk movie, though he admits, “there’s still nothing definitive, not even a skeletal version.”
  • Colin Firth will no longer be voicing the marmalade-loving bear in the upcoming Paddington, describing the split as a “conscious uncoupling”. The film is still set for release in the UK on November 28th, 2014.
  • Warner Bros. is planning a reboot of their popular live-action Scooby-Doo franchise. The original duology starred Matthew Lilliard, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Linda Cardellini as the crime-solving team and grossed more than half a billion dollars.
  • Steve Martin has Tweeted to deny his involvement in the rumored Father of the Bride 3, claiming he hasn’t “seen a script or been offered a role.”
  • Kevin Smith has supported Deadline founder Nikki Finke’s claims of a seven-movie lineup for DC with standalones for Shazam, Sandman, Wonder Woman, and a Flash/Green Lantern team-up, as well as Batman v. Superman and Justice League, which have already been confirmed.
  • Steven Spielberg’s upcoming adaptation of Roald Dahl’s BFG is now set for release on July 1st, 2015.
  • Harrison Ford has broken his leg on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, though his injury should not delay filming. His scenes as Han Solo have been pushed back until after he recovers.
  • Paul W.S. Anderson has confirmed that upcoming sixth Resident Evil movie – subtitled The Final Chapter – will indeed be the last installment in the franchise.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse will apparently pick up in 1983, ten years after the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past.
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has been pushed back to May 2017, as Sony tries to determine how to revitalize the series after its recent predecessor underperformed at the box office.
  • Captain America 2 baddie and jujitsu black belt Frank Grillo has been cast in the American remake of Gareth Edward’s “fanboy favourite” The Raid. He promises the film is “really gonna keep a lot of what made the first raid so great”.
  • According to Hitflix, Game of Thrones and Conan star Jason Momoa will reportedly be appearing as Aquaman in Batman v. Superman.
  • Steven Moffat has claimed that Sherlock’s three episode per season format means “it can go on for a very long time”, though it remains to be seen if Benedict Cumberbatch’s and Martin Freeman’s schedules will allow for this.
  • Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul has been delayed till early 2016, but on the plus side, has already been commissioned for a second season.
  • Sherlock’s Louise Brealey has joined the cast of the third season of Ripper Street playing one of the first women doctors.
  • Paul McGann has revealed the production has begun on the sequel to The Five(ish) Doctors, a short film created to celebrate Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary the previous year, which starred former Doctors Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and McGann himself, as well as cameos from David Tennant, Steven Moffat, Russell T. Davies, Peter Jackson and Sir Ian McKellen.
  • Jack Coleman AKA Noah Bennett AKA HRG has become the first of the original series cast to join Heroes: Reborn.
  • Tom Hiddleston will play country singer Hank Williams’ in Marc Abraham’s biopic I Saw the Light.
  • Stephen Sondheim has reported that Rob Marshall’s adaptation of his fairytale musical Into the Woods has undergone major revisions, including the removal of fan-favourite song “Any Moment.”
  • Sinister cowriters C. Robert Cargill and Scott Derrickson have been hired to write an adaptation of classic TV show The Outer Limits.
  • Straight off the back of Clint Eastwood’s WillS mtihAmerican Sniper, Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller have already reunited for John Wells’ culinary drama Chef.
  • Legendary Pictures will produce a film based on Capcom’s zombie videogame franchise Dead Rising.
  • Jared Leto is taking over Will Smith’s role in Brilliance as an FBI Agent charged with tracking down super-powered individuals.
  • Ken Jeong has joined Steve Carrell’s International Incident as the leader of five UN delegates who head out on an impromptu road trip.
  • Short Term 12’s Keith Davis has joined Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis film, Miles Ahead, as a trumpet player involved in the theft of one of Mile’s recordings.
  • Tomorrow Never Dies director Roger Spottiswoode will direct Hyperbaric, a thriller about drug-smuggling submarine.
  • John Leguziamo has joined Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s new comedy, The Nest, written by SNL graduate Paula Pell.
  • Fast & Furious 7 director James Wan is directing his graphic novel Malignant Man for 20th Century Fox.
  • Anna Kendricks has signed on to Dreamworks animated picture Trolls, based on the iconic, brightly-colored Troll dolls.
  • John Cusack and Adrian Brody will star alongside Jackie Chan in Daniel Lee’s historical adventure Dragon Blade, which will see Roman legionnaires face off against Chinese warriors amidst the sands of the Gobi desert.
  • Anna Karenina’s Alicia Vikander has joined Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans, about Einar Weignar, the first man to undergo a sex change.
  • Fresh Meat actor Osy Ikhile has joined David Yates’ live-action Tarzan alongside Stellen Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, and Christoph Waltz.
  • Keanu Reeves will replace Daniel Craig in Courteney Hunt’s courtroom drama The Whole Truth.
  • Australian actress Teresa Palmer may join Luke Bracey and Edgar Ramirez in Ericson Core’s Point Break remake.
  • Director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal are developing a movie based on the experiences of newly released American POW Bowie Bergdahl.
  • Emilia Clarke has signed onto Eric D. Howell’s adaptation of Silvio Raffo’s psychological thriller Voice From The Stone.
  • Alfred Gough and Miles Miller’s screenplay based on Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea has been bought by Sony.
  • Almost Famous director Cameron Crowe is planning a TV series called Roadies with J. J. Abrams’ production company.
  • Breakout British sci-fi series Utopia will be returning for a second season this July on Channel 4.

 

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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, (www.ofallthefilmblogs.blogspot.com). You can follow him on Twitter @robertmwallis.

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