JURASSIC PARK 4 is officially a go for Universal Pictures, and will be released on June 13th, 2014. In related news, Spielberg recently shut down production on Robopocalypse, citing his choice to completely start fresh with the material and make it more personal in order to keep the budget down. Rumors were immediately circling that he “could” be preparing to direct JP4 himself, but sources have confirmed that this is not the plan. The search is still ongiong for an A-list name to helm Jurassic Park 4 … IN FURTHER RELATED NEWS, director Christopher (Dark Knight Rises) Nolan has taken over Steven Spielberg’s once coveted project, Interstellar. Which makes perfect sense given that Jonathan Nolan (Christopher’s brother) wrote the script. The film, to be co-produced by Paramount and Warner Bros., concerns a hard science-fiction look at astronauts travelling through a worm hole (ala Contact.) Theoretical Physicist Kip Thorne cooked up the plot and is overseeing the film’s scientific accuracy … IN STAR WARS SEQUEL NEWS, legendary poster artist Drew Struzan has been offered work on the upcoming films … Rumors circled yet again that director Zak Snyder had been offered the director’s chair for the much-anticipated film. Snyder’s representatives debunked this gossip for a second time, only to see the story changed to include a Star Wars spinoff, and they promptly debunked that as well … IN MARVEL NEWS, actor Toby Jones will reprise his role as Arnim Zola in Captain America: Winter Soldier. But actress Hayley Atwell will not unfortunately be returning to reprise her role as Peggy Carter. The film opens in theaters on April 4th, 2014 … AS FOR THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, it was recently confirmed that actor Dane (Chronicle) DeHaan will not only play young Harry Osborne (son of Norman) in the film, but will additionally take on the role of the Green Goblin. Apparently sidestepping the character’s origin in the comics … HUGH JACKMAN recently commented on the general nature of the cast for the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past: “Every other actor who’s ever put on a superhero uniform will be in it…” GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY will shoot at Shepperton Studios in England this summer. The studio is reportedly looking to hire Jim Carey and Adam Sandler for prospective roles in the film … MARK MILLAR, a popular comic book, TV, and film writer, and now creative consultant for 20th Century Fox, has commented on the new Fantastic Four reboot: “From what I’ve seen and from talking to him (director Josh Trank) – he and I have had dinner a couple of times and we talk quite regularly as well – he’s contemporising it. I think he’s just making it work for the screen – he’s a great storyteller.” He added, “Chronicle, if you think about it, was similar to Fantastic Four in that it was a bunch of people who were transformed into something more than human – that turned out almost his calling card to come and do something like Fantastic Four. What I wasn’t expecting actually was just how funny and likeable he could make this as well as getting the more awesome moments on-screen – I use awesome in the traditional British sense and not the California sense awesome, you know? The Ridley Scott moments, and the Fantastic Four really are jaw-dropping in the same way you feel when you saw Alien for the first time. There’s some moments in this – not to be specific – that are actually gonna be phenomenal on-screen and stuff you haven’t seen in a superhero movie before.” The film is due in theaters on March 6th, 2015. … IN DC UNIVERSE NEWS, Russell Crowe has commented on his role as Jor El in Man of Steel: “It’s very complicated, it’s really complex. I don’t think anybody has really tried to get into the psychology of what it must be like to be Superman and what people would really respond like in a modern society if somebody like that just popped up. I think Zack Snyder was given a great deal of responsibility because when it comes to comic book heroes and superhero films the top of the food chain is Superman.”
“I think the biggest indicator for me of how it’s looking is that the financier of the film has sent me gushing emails, he just loves it. He added, “I’m really looking forward to seeing it, it’s a massive undertaking. It takes you on the ground to Krypton, it takes you to a planet where the sun is four times larger than ours and you get to experience that stuff and if you’ve seen the trailers you realize that this Superman is not just floating through the air held up by a wire, this Superman is super sonic. I’m really looking forward to the way that people will respond to it.” Man of Steel arrives in theaters on June 14th, and has been rated PG-13 for “intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language.”. GUILLERMO DEL TORO has confirmed he is developing an ensemble film, populated by various DC Comics characters, including: Swamp Thing, The Demon, John (Hellblazer) Constantine, Deadman, The Spectre, and the father/daughter pair of Zatara and Zatanna.
Said del Toro: “I’m working on it. I’m writing the outline and we’re already in talks with a writer. A very, very good writer. People are probably going to be happy with who we have chosen. He accepted. I’ve been courting this writer, who I think is the perfect guy for this job. We’re doing it. Hopefully it will happen.” … WARNER BROS. is said to be getting closer to making another Gremlins film. Whether it be a sequel, ala Gremlins 3, or a reboot titled simply, Gremlins, is at this time unknown. The stumbling block appears to be making the deal with Executive Producer Steven Spielberg … WARNER BROS. will also produce an adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey set in space … MGM is making a sequel to Hot Tub Time Machine (don’t shoot the messenger) … JEFF (RUSH HOUR 2, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN) NATHANSON will write Pirates of the Caribbean 5 for Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney … RON HOWARD is mulling over a live action film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2008 children’s book, The Graveyard Book. The story follows a boy raised by ghosts in a cemetery after his family is murdered. Reaching puberty, his family’s killer, “The Man Jack,” comes after him … BILL “THE PRESIDENT” PULLMAN has confirmed that the production of Independence Day 2 and 3 will move forward without actor Will Smith … FRANK (SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION) DARABONT is writing the Godzilla reboot. Darabont had this to say on his take on the iconic character: “What I found very interesting about Godzilla is that he started off definitely as a metaphor for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And some of the atom bomb testing we were doing in the South Pacific in the subsequent years. The giant terrifying force of nature that comes and stomps the s–t out of your city, that was Godzilla… What we’re trying to do with the new movie is not have it camp, not have it be campy. We’re kind of taking a cool new look at it. But with a lot of tradition in the first film. We want this to be a terrifying force of nature. And what was really cool, for me, is there was a very compelling human drama that I got to weave into it. It’s not that cliched, thinly disguised romance or bromance, or whatever. It’s different, it’s a different set of circumstances than you’re used to seeing.” … DAMON LINDELOF will not be writing the sequel to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. Said Lindelof: “The thing about Prometheus was it was a rewrite. Jon Spaihts wrote a script and I rewrote it. And still it was a year of my life that I spent on Prometheus, kind of all in. The idea of building a sequel to it—from the ground up this time—with Ridley is tremendously exciting. But at the same time, I was like, ‘Well that’s probably going to be two years of my life.’ I can’t do what J.J. [Abrams] does. I don’t have the capability. I’m usually very single-minded creatively. I can only be working on one thing at a time. So I said to him, ‘I really don’t think I could start working on this movie until I do this other stuff. And I don’t know when the other stuff is going to be done.’ And he was like, ‘Well, okay, it’s not like I asked you anyways.’ He and I are on excellent terms and it was a dream come true to work with him. But much to the delight of all the fanboys, I don’t see myself being involved in Prometheus-er.” … ARNOLD SCHWARZENNEGER has confirmed that The Legend of Conan will shoot in New Zealand later this year … SCHWARZENEGGER has also confirmed that he will be involved in Terminator 5 … THE MICHAEL BAY PRODUCED Ninja Turtles (a new film adaptation of “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) is back on schedule. The film, to be directed by Jonathan Liebesman, has become a big controversy in the fan-boy world due mainly to two specific changes made to the property. 1. the turtles are now of alien origin. 2. the title of the film has been changed to Ninja Turtles, due to the fact that the turtles are no longer teenagers, nor mutants. Ninja Turtles opens in theaters on May 16th, 2014 … DIRECTOR JOSEPH KOSINSKI has chosen another new wave band/punk band to score one of his films (the last was Daft Punk, who scored Tron Legacy.) The band M83 is scoring the Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller, Oblivion. Here’s a sample of the band scoring the film:
IN HOME VIDEO, two cult favorites will soon bow on blu-ray for the first time. Both Shout Factory releases. A company that has been getting a lot of kudos for their home video packages of late. First up, the 1983 Science Fiction Time Travel/Western — Timerider. Produced, co-written, and scored by Michael Nesmith of “The Monkees” fame, this film has long been a popular sci-fi cult flick. Special features on this blu-ray are only trailers, but the print has reportedly been cleaned up, and the sound re-processed for digital surround. Timerider arrives on March 19th. And the 1985 sci-fi thriller, Lifeforce.
Based upon the novel Space Vampires by Colin Wilson, adapted by Dan (Alien) O’Bannon and Don (Arachnophobia) Jakoby, and directed by Tobe (Poltergeist) Hooper, Lifeforce has been denounced far and wide as one of the worst sci-fi films ever made. Popularly known for eliciting some of the biggest, unintentional laughs in movie history, this attempted homage to the bygone days of Hammer science fiction films, nonetheless still has its fans. The Blu-ray/DVD package will include the theatrical cut (DVD only) as well as International version of the film, audio commentary by the film’s director (Tobe Hooper,) a retrospective documentary, an original featurette, trailers — and reversible cover art featuring both new art, and the film’s original marketing campaign. Lifeforce will land on shelves on April, 30th.