CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON will play the lead villian in Thor: The Dark World … THE X-MEN FIRST CLASS SEQUEL is now officially X-Men: Days of Future Past … THE PRODUCER OF THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN will shepheard a remake of Jumanji into production … A NUMBER OF ACTORS HAVE BEEN RECENTLY CAST IN THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE: Elizabeth Banks, Jenna Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amanda Plummer are just a few … ADDITIONAL TALENT HAS ALSO BEEN CAST FOR THE ROBOCOP REMAKE: Abbie Cornish, Hugh Laurie, Jackie Earle Haley, Samuel L. Jackson, and Gary Oldman … FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T HEARD, The Hobbit is now three films instead of two, and in select cities, will be released in the new 48 frames per second format. The footage will reportedly be much better than that which garnered a less than enthusiastic response at Cinema Con back in April … PIXAR is now working with director Jon (Iron Man) Favreau on Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Kingdom is reportedly a family film about a family that step into Disneyland expecting a park and get a fully actualized world, courtesty of an alternate dimension. Still in the development stage, the film has no release date as of yet … AND SPEAKING OF PIXAR, director Andrew (John Carter, Finding Nemo) Stanton, is now set to direct the so far untitled sequel to Finding Nemo … BRECK (SAHARA) EISNER will direct a film concerning the famous 1970’s Hasbro toy, Strech Armstrong … NINJA TURTLES, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, is still alive and kicking and has been pushed back from a Christmas of next year release, to May of 2014 — the 30th Anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles …TOM HANKS new web series, Electric City is now up on YouTube and getting a lot of interest. Take a look:
AND DIRECTOR BARRY (MEN IN BLACK) SONNENFELD’S OWN WEB SERIES, DINOSAURS VS. ALIENS also recently made its debut:
SMALLVILLE CREATORS Alfred Gogh and Miles Milar are working on The Machine, starring Vin Diesel. Story is about a human-like machine created for combat by the Pentagon, and later abandoned for 30 some-odd years. A small boy finds and reactivates the machine, and the machine ends up protecting the kid and his family from the U.S. Government, once they realize National Security has been violated … GARY (PLEASANTVILLE) ROSS will helm the Peter Pan prequel Peter and the Starcatchers, based upon Dave Barry and Ridley Pierson’s best selling children’s book … ACTOR ANTHONY (THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU) MACKIE will play ‘Falcon’ in Captain America: Winter Soldier … DOUG (LOOPER) LIMAN will helm an adaptation of Jack Finney’s seminal 1970 S/F novel, Time and Again. Lionsgate will release the film, which will unavoidably share resemblances to the Richard Matheson scripted Somewhere in Time (1980) … JON M. CHU, director of the delayed G.I. Joe: Retaliation will helm another live action version of (the first was in 1987) Masters of the Universe … THE RELEASE OF THE FIRST AVATAR SEQUEL is now set as … sometime in 2015 … FRANK MARSHALL recently distanced himself from the production of that rumored Indiana Jones V, while in the same interview also casting doubt on whether or not it will even get made. Said Marshall, “I say, for me, [Crystal Skull] is the last hurrah. I know that, yes, we talk about it, but there’s no idea, there’s no MacGuffin.” He also added, “Yea, no [George] isn’t [interested]. And he’s obviously passing the baton to my wife, so.” Kathleen Kennedy of Kennedy/Marshall and Amblin’ Entertainment was recently named co-chair and successor to Lucas at his company Lucasfilm, following the sacred cow’s retirement. The legendary Kennedy’s first role as producer on a major feature, was E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial. Indy appears to be in good hands … GALAXY QUEST DIRECTOR DEAN PARISOT will helm the third Bill & Ted film, following Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. Original screenwriters Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson have already penned the script, and actors Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have signed to reprise their roles … THE TRAILER FOR THE FANTASY DRAMA-SLANTED, THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN has been released. Some will like it, some will get diabetes from it.
AND FROM THE MAKERS OF THE MATRIX … CLOUD ATLAS:
… How about that, I buried the lead. IN OTHER NEWS, THE 1980’s SITCOM, ALF, will soon be a live action/CGI feature film … WRITER/DIRECTOR JOSS WHEDON will indeed write and direct Avengers 2 … RUSSELL CROWE is now being discussed for the lead in Warner Bros. three film adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower books … ACCORDING TO DAN AYKROYD, Bill Murray has “officially” passed on Ghostbusters 3. Therefore the film will proceed without him … KYLE NEWMAN, director of Fan Boys, will make Chewie. A non-fiction satire about actor Peter Mayhew’s life in 1977, before and during the shooting of the original Star Wars … HANSEL AND GRETEL WITCH HUNTERS, originally scheduled to open this year (currently being converted to 3D,) and now scheduled to open in January, will reportedly be a graphic, explicit, and very funny R-rated fantasy thriller … MEL STUART, the director of the classic children’s film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, has sadly died. He was mainly a documentary filmmaker and did a massive amount of good work in that field. He was 83 … MORGAN PAUL, familiar to Blade Runner fans as “Holden,” has also died. Paul, who made numerous film and television appearances throughout a career which began in the 1960s, was 67 years old … AND CARLO RAMBALDI has died as well. Rambaldi was known as the mechanical genius who designed the elaborate processes allowing the aliens in Close Encounters, E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial, and ALIEN come to life. He also experimented with a nearly full sized mechanical King Kong for the 1970’s Dino De Laurentis remake. The Oscar Winning Rambaldi was 86 years old, and will be missed by an entire generation who grew up watching his work in film.