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Point Break Remake is Moving Forward
In 2007, we learned that Peter Iliff (“Point Break” writer) was planning to write and direct a $20-$30 million sequel to “Point Break,” the 1991 film that was directed by Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and starred Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze.
Then came word in 2008 that filming was about to begin with “Speed” director Jan de Bont in the helmers chair. That didn’t happen, but the film kept moving forward. The following year, Australian actor Damian Walshe-Howling (Ned Kelly, Macbeth) revealed that he was cast as the villain in “Point Break: Indo.” A few months later, the project was dead.
And now comes word that a follow-up is being discussed again, despite the fact that Swayze has passed away and Reeves is not interested in reprising his role. Twitch website claims that the studio has decided to develop a remake rather than a sequel. There is currently no director or actors on board, but there’s a script by Kurt Wimmer (Salt, Total Recall).
Not much is known about the story except that it will focus on surfing and skiing, rather than surfing and sky diving as the original did.
ShiaLaBeouf Replaced by Jason Statham in “Transformers 4”?
It was just reported that Steven Spielberg and director Michael Bay are in talks with Hasbro and Paramount Pictures to develop a fourth “Transformers” instalment. And now, a few more details have been uncovered.
Variety has learned that the plan is to make “Transformers 4” and “Transformers 5,” and shoot them back-to-back. Ehren Kruger, writer of the last two instalments, has the storyline already mapped out and is currently talking to writers.
On the casting side, Shia La Beouf will not return, but sources close to production have mentioned Jason Statham as a possible replacement. And while Bay will likely end up directing again, nothing is set in stone. He will, however, executive produce.
William Monahan on “The Departed” Sequel
Collider caught up with “The Departed” writer William Monahan, to discuss the possibility of the rumoured prequel and sequel to the Oscar-winning film. Monahan revealed that he’s got the entire story for a follow-up in his head.
“My idea actually is to set the film before, during and after the action of the first film, which I think would be extraordinary,” he explained. “Essentially, in the middle section of the thing you’d see actions that take place during the original ‘Departed,’ but aren’t on screen in the original ‘Departed.’ There would be off-screen things that occur at that point in the story. But it would work seamlessly as a movie of its own.”
Regarding whether Monahan thinks the film will ever happen, he stated: “No. I think Warner Bros would have liked to see a synopsis of it. I don’t do synopses and I don’t pitch. Personally, I don’t know if it’s ever going to happen.”
“Zombieland” TV Series in the Works
With the success of “The Walking Dead” TV series, Sony Pictures Television has decided to develop its own zombie show. But unlike AMC’s hit, the new show will be a half-hour comedy based on “Zombieland.”
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote the original film and were working on the sequel for next year, will return to pen and produce the TV series, which is set to go into development for the 2012-2013 season.
“Zombieland,” starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin, hit theaters back in 2009 and grossed $102 million globally on a $23 million budget.
“Real Steel” Beats “Footloose” and “The Thing” at Box Office
Hugh Jackman’s “Real Steel” remained in first place at the domestic box office this weekend, grossing over $16 million for a worldwide total of $108 million. Since the $80 million is considered a hit, sequel talks are already underway.
“Footloose” remake had to settle for second place with $16.1 million on a $24 million budget. It has a 72% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes and will likely earn its budget back by next week.
“The Thing” prequel landed in third place with $8.7 million, which is less than the $10 million Universal Pictures was hoping to get. The new movie has a lousy 33% fresh rating and will struggle to make back its $35 million budget.
The other wide release of the weekend was “The Big Year” comedy, which brought together Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black. Unfortunately the plot about identifying species of birds didn’t attract audiences, causing the film to debut in ninth place. It grossed $3.3 million and has a 40% fresh rating. “It’s a quality film with a quality cast and a quality filmmaker, but we missed,” said 20th Century Fox.
Hugh Jackman Wants to Play James Bond
We recently heard that Idris Elba (Thor) would love to play James Bond after Daniel Craig decides not to return to reprise the role. And now comes word that Hugh Jackman is also interested in portraying the secret agent.
According to Jackman, he had the chance to play Bond when “Casino Royale” was casting the lead. He explained: “I got a call from my agent saying, ‘There is some possible interest in you for Bond, are you interested?’ At the time I wasn’t. I was about to shoot ‘X-Men 2’ and Wolverine had become this thing in my life and I didn’t want to be doing two such iconic characters at once.”
The actor added that if he was offered the role again, he might just take it. “I think every male at some point thinks about playing James Bond so it was not right then, but it may be right if it comes back,” he said.
“Cloverfield” Director to Helm “Twilight Zone” Movie
About two weeks ago, it was reported that Warner Bros was developing a second “Twilight Zone” movie and was in talks with Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight), Michael Bay (Transformers) and Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men) to direct.
Unlike the 1983 version, the new film will have only one director and a single storyline that will be based on several episodes from Rod Serling’s TV show. The plan is to make a big sci-fi action movie.
Variety is now reporting that director Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield), who was not on the original shortlist, has officially been hired. Jason Rothenberg wrote the script and Leonardo DiCaprio is producing. The plan is to begin filming during the Summer of 2012.
Who Wants a “Green Lantern” Sequel?
“Green Lantern” hit theaters earlier this year and grossed only $219 million globally on a $200 million budget. Considering that a massive marketing campaign was implemented, Warner Bros ended up losing a substantial amount of money on the superhero film, which has only a 27% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.
The movie has now been released on DVD and Blu-ray, and THR caught up with DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns to find out if the studio is planning a sequel. “There is the hope that we will eventually see one,” he said. “I hope that the character gets another film, and it will be live-action again – I guarantee.”
Meanwhile, the company is focusing on building up the character. Johns added: “with the new animated series, Green Lantern is only going to get bigger.”
That animated series, which will premiere on Friday, November 11th at 7/6c on Cartoon Network, has now unveiled its opening scene.
Trailer for “Hostel 3” Arrives Online
Sony Pictures has unveiled the trailer for third “Hostel” installment, which will hit stores on DVD and Blu-ray on December 27th. Check out the trailer below.
Plot: While attending a bachelor party in Las Vegas, four friends are enticed by two sexy escorts to join them at a private party way off the Strip. Once there, they are horrified to find themselves the subjects of a perverse game of torture, where members of the Elite Hunting Club are hosting the most sadistic show in town.
The new film is directed by Scott Spiegel (From Dusk Till Dawn 2) from a script by Michael D. Weiss (The Butterfly Effect 2). “Hostel” creator Eli Roth is not involved.
“X-Men: First Class” Writers Hired for “Top Gun” Sequel
Variety has learned that “X-Men: First Class” writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are in negotiations with Paramount Pictures to pen the sequel to “Top Gun.”
Tony Scott, who directed the original film, will produce the sequel and is considering directing it as well. “It’s a whole different world now,” he said a year ago. “These computer geeks — these kids play war games in a trailer in Fallon, Nevada and if we ever went to war or were in the Middle East or the Far East or wherever it is, these guys can actually fly drones. They are unmanned aircraft. They operate them and then they party all night.”
His idea at the time was to swap fighter pilots for computer geeks. “They operate these drones like it’s war games, but it’s for real,” said Scott. “This world fascinated me, because it’s so different from what it was originally.”
“Charlie’s Angels” TV Series is Cancelled
ABC’s reboot of the “Charlie’s Angels” TV series was a big deal when it was first announced back in 2009. But after the new show aired four episodes, it became clear that the network didn’t have a winner on its hands.
And now ABC has confirmed that production has shut down and the show has been officially cancelled. The seven episodes that have already been shot will continue to air in the Thursday 8pm time slot.
“Charlie’s Angels” has become ABC’s first cancellation of the fall TV season. No word on what will replace the show.
“The Crow” Remake Loses Director, Again
First Stephen Norrington (Blade) was set to direct a remake of “The Crow.” That eventually didn’t happen and the job was offered to Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Latet), who quickly accepted.
TwitchFilm has now learned that despite the fact the project has overcome legal issues and has been able to get funding from Relativity Media, Fresnadillo has decided to quit. No word on the reasons behind his decision. At this point it’s not clear whether Fresnadillo will be replace or the whole project will be scrapped.
“The Crow” was created in 1989 by James O’Barr and follows a young man named Eric Draven who assumes the identity of The Crow in order to avenge the murder of his fiancée. In 1994, director Alex Proyas adapted “The Crow” into a feature film starring the late Brandon Lee, which spawned three sequels.
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The Amazing Spider-Man
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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
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James Cameron Says “Avatar 2” and “Avatar 3” Will be a Treat for the Eyes
James Cameron recently sat down with Dateline to discuss “Avatar 2” and “Avatar 3,” revealing that he will be writing the scripts for both films and is working on worlds unlike anything audiences have seen before.
“It takes place on Pandora. I’m writing the second and third films together. It completes a three-film story arc,” he explained. “We will see the ocean of Pandora, which we haven’t seen at all. That is an eco-system that I am dying to design. It’s going to look spectacular. Instead of the rain forest or nature, it focuses on ocean issues. Because we have a planet that is a blue planet. If you look at it from a distance, earth is a lot more blue than it is land mass. And there will be other planets as well, aside from Pandora. It will be a treat for the eyes.”
Even though the director believes that we’re destroying our oceans and the creatures that live there, he will not push the environmental aspects of the stories any harder than he did in first “Avatar.”
“I am not going to say, ‘Well, we got away with this much environmental content in the first one, now I am going to double it.’ I think that would be a mistake. It has to be entertainment first and foremost,” said Cameron.
In the end, the director has one goal: “I want people to feel the same sense of excitement about this world, and the fictional Na’vi people. I want them to feel that excitement of discovering a new world. All the things they haven’t seen.”
New Superheroes Will Assemble for “The Avengers” Sequel
IGN caught up with Marvel head Kevin Feige to talk about the second phase of the company’s superhero strategy, which will begin after “The Avengers” hits theatres next year. “Thor 2” and “Iron Man 3” are part of that phase and so are films focusing on new characters that will eventually be the stars of “The Avengers” sequel.
“Absolutely. That’s the fun of it. Introducing new characters,” he said, adding that “Iron Man 3” will begin setting up “The Avengers 2.” “[It will be] what we refer to as Phase Two of this Avengers Assemble talk, which will lead to ‘The Avengers 2.'”
Some of the new superheroes discussed have been Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, The Wasp and Black Panther. “The Avengers” is tentatively set to appear in theatres in 2015.
Actress Sues IMDB for $1 Million for Revealing Her Age
An actress, who has chosen to remain anonymous, is suing IMDB and Amazon for posting her age on their websites. The lawsuit states that “in the entertainment industry, youth is king” and by divulging her age, the sites cost her acting jobs.
The woman, who is of Asian descent, filed the suit in Seattle and believes that IMDB and Amazon got her age after she signed up for IMDB Pro, using her credit card to get her personal information.
The complaint states: “If one is perceived to be ‘over-the-hill,’ i.e. approaching 40, it is nearly impossible for an up-and-coming actress, such as the Plaintiff, to get work as she is thought to have less of an ‘upside’ therefore casting directors, producers, directors, agents/managers, etc. do not give her the same opportunities, regardless of her appearance and talent.”
The woman contacted IMDB to remove her age, but the site refused. As a result, she is demanding punitive damages of at least $1 million, plus a restraining order against IMDB.
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