PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 5 now has not one, but TWO directors. Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki) have been hired to helm the Jerry Bruckheimer production, slated to begin shooting in January. The script was rewritten by Jeff (Tower Heist) Nathanson … ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER recently gave updates on Terminator 5, Triplets (sequel to the 1988 film Twins,) and The Legend of Conan: “We’re writing it (Terminator) now. There are three projects being written that involve me. One is Terminator 5, the other is a Conan movie that Universal is doing and there’s the sequel to Twins, which is called Triplets. We’ll all look quite different in that. The third triplet is Eddie Murphy, so figure that one out.” … AND SOME SAD NEWS: UNIVERSAL PICTURES have pushed back Jurassic Park 4, indefinitely. The film, set to be directed by Colin (Safety Not Guaranteed) Treverrow, was scheduled for a June, 2014 release date, and was preparing to begin production. The official statement from the studio seems to indicate that the film is merely being postponed, however inside sources are claiming that this version of a proposed fourth Jurassic Park installment, is no longer being considered, and that the studio is starting from scratch. Again. In any case, here’s the statement: “In coordination with filmmakers, Universal has decided to release Jurassic Park 4 at a later date giving the studio and filmmakers adequate time to bring audiences the best possible version of the fourth installment in Universal’s beloved franchise. We could not be more excited about the vision that Colin Trevorrow has created for this film, and we look forward to watching as he and the producers create another great chapter in this franchise’s storied history.” …IN MARVEL MOVIE NEWS, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently commented on which projects the company is moving forward with into feature film production. Number one, is Ant-Man, directed by Edgar (Shaun of the Dead) Wright, scheduled for release in November of 2015. Said character uses a special suit to allow him to shrink in size and command insects and other creatures. Number two on the list, is Dr. Strange, a former surgeon who becomes a sorcerer, and protects New York City from the supernatural. Commenting on Strange, Feige said, “There’s a whole supernatural/magic alternate dimension going on in the Marvel comics that we haven’t ever touched on. So I think that’s exciting.” Number three, is a stand alone Hulk film …FIRST UP, THOUGH, IS JAMES (SLITHER) GUNN’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Key roles in the film will be played by Chris (Wanted) Pratt, Zoe (Avatar) Saldana, John C. (Wreck It Ralph) Reilly, pro wrestler Dave Bautista, Michael (The Walking Dead) Rooker, Ophelia Lovibond, and Lee (The Hobbit) Pace. Actress Saldana had this to say about the film: “It feels unique, but it doesn’t feel like it hasn’t been done before. I love the levity in the script and I like the casting of it. I’ve been a fan of Chris Pratt and I think that his gifted, natural comedic timing might come in handy to play someone like Star-Lord.” Regarding her costume, Saldana had this to say: “I’m in the process right now of the evolution of conceiving Gamora’s look. It’s exciting! We’re trying to work out comfort also, because you know that I definitely want to be involved in the stunt-doing of my character.” Shooting begins in late June, in London for a August 1, 2014 release date. X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST IS BEING SHOT IN 3D. As confirmed by director Bryan Singer on Twitter, “Shooting native 3D and Simul-cam. Looks like friggin’ mission control.” The film, based on a storyline appearing in Uncanny X-Men #141 and 142, back in 1981, features a cast including Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Daniel Cudmore, Adan Canto, and Fan Bingbing. The film is scheduled to be released in theaters on July 18th, 2014. AND IN MARVEL TV NEWS, an intriguing new trailer popped up recently for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
IN 007 MOVIE NEWS, while Christopher Nolan was reportedly approached to helm the next Bond film, Skyfall director Sam Mendes will himself return to helm both the follow-up, Bond 24, as well as Bond 25. Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G .Wilson have announced that they will wait for Mendes, who has prior commitments … THE ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY & MOBIUS COLLABORATION, The Incal may make its way to theaters. Seems Nicolas (Drive) Winding is working with Jodorowsky on a treatment of the early 80’s graphic novel serial. The story, set in in a dystopian future and focusing on factions fighting for control of the Incal crystal, is reportedly where much of Jodorowsky’s ideas for his aborted version of Dune wound up after that project collapsed in the 1970’s …AND IN GAME TO MOVIE NEWS, WARCRAFT, based upon the highly successful video game World of Warcraft, is reportedly still on track to begin shooting early next year, with Duncan (Moon) Jones at the helm … ON THE TRANSFORMERS 4 FRONT, rumors are circling that the Dinobots and Grimlock, and possibly Galvatron may appear in the new film, along with several other classic characters. Director Michael Bay has been mum on the plot of the new film, but has commented that the story involves the, “Chase from Hell.” Transformers 4 is scheduled for release next year, on June 27th. IN THE MEANTIME, HERE ARE THE NEW DESIGNS FOR BOTH BUMBLEBEE & OPTIMUS PRIME, AND A NEW TRANSFORMER: HOUND:
AN INTERNATIONAL TRAILER for the film About Time, evidences a dead cross between the type of humor and pathos evident in writer/director Richard Curtis’ previous effort Love Actually, paired with a unique science fiction premise:
IN DC COMICS MOVIE NEWS, Christopher Nolan has reportedly exited development on the Justice League film. This has revised Warner Bros. schedule for the film to a February 2014 start. Although this would appear to be a blow, Henry (Man of Steel) Cavill has nonetheless signed to reprise his role of Superman in Justice League, and Warner Bros. is reportedly planning to announce a major comic book movie initiative (ala Marvel’s 3rd Phase,) which will launch several DC Comics characters into theaters, over the next five years … AND SURPRISINGLY, GREEN LANTERN 2 really “is” being slated for production, with Joseph (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion) Kosinski helming. Comic book guru Geoff Johns, screenwriter David S. (Batman Begins) Goyer and director Zack (Watchmen, Man of Steel) Snyder are reportedly a part of the creative team developing the Green Lantern sequel project … AND SPEAKING OF GREEN LANTERN, that initial outing’s co-writer, Michael Green will re-draft Hampton Fancher’s follow up to Blade Runner. Green, who also worked on both Smallville and Heroes, as well as Steven Spielberg’s aborted Robopocalypse, and a proposed reboot of The Flash, has been brought in to make changes requested by both the director and producers. In addition to the forthcoming Blade Runner sequel, the producers are hoping to develop a prequel, along with an “interactive television production.” Ridley Scott is still on board to direct, and both he and actor Harrison Ford have expressed an interest in bringing back Ford’s character Rick Dekard in a limited, brief cameo … DIRECTOR RIAN (LOOPER) JOHNSON is being courted to reboot Batman, now that Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale have left the franchise … GREMLINS REMAKE ANYONE ? Well like it or not, here they come. Warner Bros. have hired producers Seth (Dark Shadows) Graham-Smith and David Katzenberg as producers on the project. The duo are currently shepherding Beetlejuice 2 into production for director Tim Burton. Reportedly the project will go into production as soon as original Gremlins producer Steven Spielberg signs off on it … THERE’S A NEW TRAILER FOR EUROPA REPORT that makes the “found footage” feature look much more compelling. The film is described as a unique blend of documentary, alternative history and science fiction thriller, following a contemporary mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, to investigate the possible existence of alien life within our solar system. Developed in close collaboration with NASA, JPL, SpaceX and other leaders in the scientific community, the film imagines the next step in manned space exploration and is based on recent scientific discoveries and theories. Have a look:
IN MOVIE SCORING NEWS — CARTER BURWELL WILL NOT SCORE THOR: THE DARK WORLD for Marvel. Although the studio actually listed his name as composer (even on the teaser poster,) Burwell has been released from the project in what Marvel describes as creative differences. Burwell would have followed up on music compositions made by Patrick Doyle in the initial film in the series. Burwell is currently scoring the WikiLeaks inspired film, The Fifth Estate for director Bill (Gods and Monsters) Condon … HOWEVER, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES “will” be scored by Michael (Star Trek) Giacchino. Matt (Cloverfield) Reeves is directing the sequel to the 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes, … HANS (MAN OF STEEL) ZIMMER WILL SCORE INTERSTELLAR for director Christopher Nolan. The film, formerly slated to be directed by Steven Spielberg, is scheduled for release on November 7, 2014 … AND ENDER’S GAME will be scored by Steve (Transformers) Jablonsky. That film opens November 1st. … AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST … DRUMROLL, PLEASE … COMPOSER JOHN WILLIAMS has agreed to score Star Wars Episode VII. Said Williams, “We’ve certainly talked about that, and I’m happy and willing to do it. J.J. Abrams, who will be the director, seems excited about the idea. I have to say that J.J. is a much younger man than I, but I will try to keep up with him as much as I can. We now have the benefit of all this computer simulation and technical work that wasn’t even possible 20 or 25 years ago. I don’t know how hands-on George Lucas will be — I suspect he will be to some degree — but I can only imagine how excited he must be, to have a director like J.J. have all these tools at his fingertips to produce something even more adventurous technologically. I can’t wait to see what he will do with it.” … IN ADDITIONAL STAR WARS NEWS, veteran costume designer Michael (Blade Runner, Star Trek Into Darkness) Kaplan has signed on for Star Wars Episode VII, under the direction of J.J. Abrams. Said Kaplan, “I am very excited to be working on Star Wars. I’m so looking forward to collaborating, once again, with JJ.” … AND IN STILL OTHER EPISODE VII NEWS, Lucasfilm has announced that the film will anchor production in the UK. Earlier in the year, representatives from Lucasfilm met with officials in London to establish an agreement to produce the new film(s) in the UK, utilizing the various, and quite famous studio facilities there. Producer and President of Lucasfilm, Kathleen (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial) Kennedy offered the following comment: “We’ve devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of ‘Star Wars’ as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I’m thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that. Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, ‘Empire of the Sun’ and recently ‘War Horse’, it’s very exciting to be heading back.” The Irish Film Board later announced that they were also talking to Lucasfilm about the production shooting various exteriors for the film in their Country, as well. The film is still on-target for a summer of 2015 scheduled release … ALSO ANTHONY DANIELS, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS C3PO recently stated for the record that he will return if and when asked … NOW FOR A BIT OF STAR WARS FRIVOLITY. Director J.J. Abrams stopped by Jimmy Kimmel’s late night show — and following up on Harrison Ford’s appearance from last month, participated in some healthy ribbing. Watch for two key surprise cameo’s in the audience:
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, IN A BIT OF STAR WARS NOSTALGIA NEWS, the sandy, cotton drill Levi’s jeans Mark Hamill wore in the initial Star Wars film recently went up for auction. The pants, measuring 29-inches in the waist and 37 inches in length with two six-inch slits up each side, were customized by the famous London costumier Bermans & Nathans. Per Mark Hamill himself, ‘‘By the way, those pants I wore (in Star Wars) were just bleached Levi’s with the tag still in them.” And true to Hamill’s comment, the levis still bear the original tag sewn to the inseam reading: ”Bermans & Nathans / 40 Camden St., / London N.W. 1.” And ”Mark Hamill / 10490 Luke / Star Wars” is printed in type beneath it. Nate D. Sanders Auctions estimated their value at somewhere between $70,000 and $100,000, but the jeans only sold for $36,100.
A NEW BANNER FOR GORE VERBINSKI’S LONE RANGER promises epic scale. Let’s hope the story is intact.THE WORLD’S END, that drinking buddy comedy with a Sci-Fi twist from the makers of Shaun of the Dead, has a new trailer: