We were hopeful after Channing Tatum said the entire Magic Mike cast would return for Magic Mike XXL, but it’s time for a little letdown. Matthew McConaughey is otherwise occupied, and isn’t taking part in the sequel. Not merely for that reason, director Greg Jacobs, a long-time associate of Steven Soderbergh, says this sequel will be quite different, for reasons he only begins to explain. Read More »
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Most thrillers keep the suspense on-screen, but the Bourne franchise now has edge-of-your-seat action behind-the-scenes too. News that Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass would return to Universal to make the fourth Jason Bourne film has been the biggest surprise of the week so far. But that’s just the beginning.
Greengrass didn’t have the most pleasant split from the franchise after The Bourne Ultimatum, despite it being the most successful film of the franchise. Damon said he’d only play Bourne again if Greengrass returned, and that didn’t seem like a very likely option. Now they may both be back for Bourne 5, putting the planned 2016 sequel to Jeremy Renner‘s The Bourne Legacy in question.
But hold up — things aren’t quite so set on either front just yet, suggests producer Frank Marshall. There’s no deal for Greengrass yet, and in the meantime development on the Renner sequel is still moving forward. “We’re on two tracks,” he says. Read More »
One accepted truth about Hollywood is that one high-profile project will beget other similar projects. And so, just as Tom Hiddleston is about to star in a biopic about country singer Hank Williams, another Hank Williams film is coming together thanks to a notable producer and star. But this one is quite a bit different from the biopic.
Chris Hemsworth has optioned I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, the novel by songwriter Steve Earle in which a “defrocked doctor” is haunted by Williams’ ghost as he performs illegal procedures. Hemsworth will produce and star. Read More »
Normally we’d have a large measure of sympathy for anyone who had to take over a job following Roger Deakins. And since Deakins isn’t shooting the new Bond film, someone has to step into his shoes. But the person to take over the job shooting Bond 24 is Hoyte van Hoytema, who did such a tremendous job with Her, and then shot Interstellar for Christopher Nolan. So things are probably going to work out just fine. There’s another good detail in the Hoyte Van Hoytema Bond 24 news, which you can find below. Read More »
The Tick is returning to live-action television. News of the big dumb blue guy coming back was one of the most unexpected bits of revival news we’ve heard all year, but also among the most welcome. Patrick Warburton will once again play The Tick, a not-all-there hero who fights for justice in The City. Original character creator Ben Edlund will be on hand, too, to write and produce. And that’s about all we know. But now Warburton has dished a bit on the Tick TV return, saying that it could be a bit darker than the original show, and probably with a new version of the costume to boot. Read More »
Warner Bros and DC are really going all-out with TV series. In addition to Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Constantine, the new Teen Titans-based Titans, Supergirl, and the possibility of a Wonder Woman show, there’s now another. Fox and the other companies are partnering on a Lucifer TV series. This version of Lucifer is based on the conception of the character created by Neil Gaiman for Sandman, which was in turn inspired by Milton’s depiction of him in Paradise Lost, and which was eventually spun off into his own Vertigo series written by Mike Carey. Read More »
In Dazed & Confused the sport on the minds of the main characters was football. (Well, it was drinking and sex, and then football) In the “spiritual sequel” to the 1993 film, That’s What I’m Talking About, the guys will play baseball. Richard Linklater has cast a fond eye towards America’s Pastime before, when he remade The Bad News Bears. Now, his new film will continue Dazed‘s process of filtering his own youthful memories and experiences through comedy. News on the potential That’s What I’m Talking About cast is below.
Update: The first cast member is signed, and it isn’t any of the three people originally mentioned. More info below.
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Jack Reacher is almost certainly going to find himself alongside a teen girl in his next movie. The first film adaptation of the long-running novel series by Lee Child was only a modest hit, but a sequel is in development based on the 18th Reacher novel, Never Go Back. In that book, Jack Reacher returns to the HQ of his former Army unit, only to find that the current commander has been relieved of her post as Reacher is implicated in an ugly chain of events. And there’s a young woman who could tie to the guy’s past. Now we’ve got a Jack Reacher sequel update: director Christopher McQuarrie probably will not return, and Child talks about the reasons for choosing this particular novel as the source. Read More »