Briefly: Almost 20 years after Howard Langston dove after Turbo Man, a sequel to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1996 holiday film Jingle All the Way is going into production, from Fox and WWE films. But this isn’t going to be an Arnie film, and for those late ’80s and ’90s kids who hold the original film in some holiday (or comedy) esteem, this probably isn’t going to be the sequel anyone wants.
Larry the Cable Guy will star in the direct to video sequel, along with WWE’s Santino Marella. The film shoots in March, and will be available this coming Christmas. Alex Zamm (Tooth Fairy 2) is directing. Merry Christmas? [Variety]
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Briefly: With or without Will Smith, a sequel to Independence Day is happening. For obvious reasons, director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin were hoping the mega-star would choose to return to the franchise that helped launch his career. Smith originally said he wouldn’t be in the film, then backed off that statement. Fox hired James Vanderbilt to write two independent scripts - one with Smith’s character and the other without.
Deadline now reports Smith has “pretty much decided” he’s not going to do the movie. Never say never but, the smart money is the version of the film without the character (perhaps focused on his son?) will forward.
Independence Day 2 will blow up theaters July 1, 2016.
There’s been lots of talk this week about the behind the scenes happenings with Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four. What’s the movie about? Who is starring? It seems we might find out sooner rather than later.
A new report says Michael B. Jordan is officially attached as Johnny Storm but actors are still testing for the other three lead roles. Emmy Rossum and Kara Mara are screen testing this week for the role of Sue Storm and Miles Teller is still testing for Reed Richards. As for Ben Grimm, Josh Gad isn’t mentioned but Christian Cook (Cemetery Junction, Magic City) has tested. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill‘s last team-up was a big success on a professional level, resulting in Oscar nominations for both, and by all accounts the two hit it off on a personal level as well. Now they’re eager to reunite, this time to tell the story of Richard Jewell.
Fox has acquired the rights to Marie Brenner‘s 1997 Vanity Fair article “The Ballad of Richard Jewell,” which followed the security guard who discovered a pipe bomb at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He was initially hailed as a hero, and then (incorrectly) vilified as a suspect. More details on the project after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, January 31st, 2014 by Angie Han
The last two times that David O. Russell teamed up with Jennifer Lawrence, it went really well for both of them. They each got Oscar nominations for Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle (with Lawrence actually winning for the former), and both films fared well at the box office. So it shouldn’t come as much of a shock that he’s eager to team with her again.
Russell is reportedly in talks with Fox 2000 to rewrite and possibly direct an untitled biopic about Joy Mangano, the inventor of the Miracle Mop, and wants Lawrence to star as the lead. If she does sign on, let’s just hope she does better with Mangano’s Long Island accent than she did with Rosalyn Rosenfeld’s. Get plot details and more after the jump.
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The release of 25 different magazine covers for X-Men: Days of Future Past both answered a bunch of questions but raised a bunch too. We found out what Quicksilver was going to look like, and saw the modern Sentinels, but at the same time, why did Wolverine have metal claws in the future considering what happened in The Wolverine? And wasn’t Rogue cut out of the film?
In an new interview, director Bryan Singer and writer Simon Kinberg answered those questions and even addressed the next announced X-Men film, X-Men Apocalypse, calling it “more of a First Class sequel.” Read the quotes below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Angie Han
While doing press for White House Down last year, future Lego Superman Channing Tatum revealed that he’d love to play the X-Man Gambit someday. At the time, we figured it was just idle daydreaming on his part. Actors talk all the time about their fantasy roles, and that doesn’t mean they’ll ever get said roles.
But now, that dream may be inching toward reality. At least one person agrees with Tatum’s fantasy-casting of himself as the Ragin’ Cajun, and it’s someone with a bit more power to make it happen. X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner has said that she’s “dying” to make a Gambit film with Tatum, but that she still needs to convince Fox. Hit the jump to read her comments.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 by Angie Han
Although Liam Neeson initially seemed completely disinterested in Taken 3, he eventually came around after a bit of soul-searching and an offer for $20 million. Now the other pieces of the puzzle are falling into place around him.
Olivier Megaton will return to direct the third installment of the thriller franchise, while Forest Whitaker could join Neeson in front of the camera. More details after the jump.
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