Neverwhere TV series

The Hunger Games has been good to director Francis Lawrence. His career was set in a new, more firm direction by the success of the second film in the franchise, and he’s soon to see the release of his third Hunger Games movie, and the final movie in the film series.

That leaves him with options, and among the other projects Lawrence has cooking (which include a film version of The Odyssey, and the movie Red Sparrow), he’s now set to exec produce and direct two TV series. One is based on Neil Gaiman‘s ’90s novel Neverwhere, and the other adapts the novel House of Thieves. Read More »

Taken TV series

I know the main question everyone asked after watching any of the three Taken films was “but how did Bryan Mills” develop a very particular set of skills? Can we ever see that long career that gave him skills that make him a nightmare for bad people?

Now we’ll finally have the answer to those questions, because there’s a Taken TV series in the works from producer Luc Besson and NBC. But the Bryan Mills we see in the show won’t be the Bryan Mills we know, because Liam Neeson isn’t in the picture. This will be a younger version of Mills, before he has those skills, before he even has a family, before anyone is taken. Read More »

‘Star Trek Beyond’ Release Pushed Back Two Weeks

Star Trek Beyond release date

Star Trek is going beyond its original release date, but not too far beyond. I make that dumb joke (I’m sorry) because the upcoming Trek movie has just moved from its original July 2016 release date to a slightly later July 2016 release date.

The third film in the new series and the thirteenth overall, Star Trek Beyond, will now open on July 22, 2016.  Read More »

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There are three new talents joining Game of Thrones for the show’s sixth season, all playing family members of one particular character. Along with news of their deals, we’ve got other casting news in this TV Bits:

  • The full Roots remake cast is announced,
  • Xander Berkeley joins The Walking Dead,
  • Jenna Coleman is leaving Doctor Who,
  • and Marvel confirms and clarifies more casting, including the return of Stick to Daredevil.

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Point Break trailer

The new Point Break trailer reveals a wrinkle in the film’s plot: the criminals being tracked by young FBI agent Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) may be using a search for enlightenment to as an excuse for their Robin Hood-like crimes. So all the extreme sports stuff in this new movie, which takes the scope of the action way beyond surfing (but also includes insane surfing) is part of a grand quest. Whether or not skateboarding off the bow of a yacht (as seen above) is part of that, I’m not sure.

Point Break also stars Édgar Ramírez as the new version of Bodhi, and also features Ray Winstone, Teresa Palmer, and Delroy Lindo. Check out the new trailer below. Read More »

Transformers 5 shoot

The much-discussed Transformers writers room at Paramount has done its work, and there’s now a plan to move forward. That plan may be just a bit more limited than some expected; there is no giant slate of Transformers movies coming down the line. But there is a solid plan for Transformers 5, which Michael Bay will direct next year. (As solid a plan as there can be for a Transformers film, I guess.)

And the animated prequel movie is official. That one will indeed be an origin story focusing on the planet Cybertron. Read More »

Japanese Godzilla 2016

Toho Studios in Japan owns Godzilla, and licensed the character to Legendary and Warner Bros. for the 2014 film directed by Gareth Edwards. Toho ended its own giant lizard series in 2004 with the film Godzilla: Final Wars, but don’t think that doesn’t mean that the studio is beyond feeling competitive about the character.

A new Japanese Godzilla film, announced last year, is in production now for release in 2016. While the studio is being quiet about that move into production, the stated intention for the film is to outdo Hollywood’s version.  Read More »

‘Jane Got a Gun’ Gets New 2016 Release Date

Jane Got a Gun release date

Jane Got a Gun, starring Natalie Portman, is a western thriller about a woman defending herself and her home from violent attack, but the film itself seems like it has been a lot more vulnerable than Jane herself. Now, after a significant delay — the film shot in 2013 — there’s finally a Jane Got a Gun release date that might stick, as the film is on the Weinstein Company calendar for February 2016. Read More »

Director Rupert Wyatt Walks Away From ‘Gambit’

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The Fox movie Gambit, which is set to star Channing Tatum as Marvel’s Cajun mutant, needs a new director. Rupert Wyatt, who did Fox’s successful film Rise of the Planet of the Apes and was set up to direct the film earlier this summer, has walked away from the movie. Read More »

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Stephen King’s ‘The Mist’ Inspires a New TV Series

The Mist TV series

Just because a Stephen King story has been adapted in one medium doesn’t make it off-limits for another, especially in the peak TV year of 2015. The Shining is the most obvious example of a successful film that was mounted on television, and now there’s a development effort to create The Mist as a TV series.

But this doesn’t sound like a script re-adaptation of the novella. Rather, The Mist TV series may be something more inspired by the original story than directly based on it, and therefore a story (or set of stories) that can sit alongside Frank Darabont’s excellent film. Read More »