Weeks after MGM and Paramount announced a summer 2014 release for their Hercules project with director Brett Ratner and star Dwayne Johnson, Millennium has set a spring 2014 date for its own take on the hero. This one comes from Die Hard 2 helmer Renny Harlin and will be in 3D, as evidenced by its title Hercules 3D. No stars are attached as of yet, but look for that to change soon as the project barrels toward a May start. More details after the jump.

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After the dual disappointments of Killing Me Softly and Gangster Squad, I’m feeling a little burned out on mob movies at the moment. So maybe it’s just my mood that has me unimpressed with the new trailer for The Iceman. On the one hand, director Ariel Vromen seems to have a flair for visuals, the cast looks strong, and the fact-based premise is intriguing. On the other, it all looks so tiresomely familiar.

Michael Shannon stars as real-life hitman Richard Kuklinski, who allegedly racked up over 100 kills over a four-decade career. He makes good money whacking people for gangster Roy Demeo (genre staple Ray Liotta), until an incident involving Demeo’s underling (David Schwimmer) forces Kuklinski out of their operation. He then teams up with freelance killer Robert Pronge (Chris Evans), which comes with its own complications. Winona Ryder also stars, as Kuklinski’s oblivious wife. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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Over the weekend, there was a report that Texas Chainsaw 3D had done well enough that a sequel was a definite thing. Last night we heard that Millennium Films absolutely plans to shoot another Chainsaw film this year, and that the title might be Texas Chainsaw 4. (We’re still not sure where that title came from, as there’s no way of reckoning the films, with the chronology established by this latest sequel, that makes any sense for that numbering.)

Now, however, the idea of Texas Chainsaw 4, or whatever it would be called, doesn’t really matter. Because it turns out that Avi Lerner of Millennium spoke too soon when announcing sequel plans. The film’s producer Carl Mazzocone and executive producer Mark Burg, aka the guys who really hold the sequel rights, have stepped up to say they have no idea what Millennium was talking about with respect to that quick sequel plan. Read More »

Briefly: ”There’s two of them!” The relative success of The Expendables has led to more than one producer thinking it would be a good idea to make a similar film with a cast of all-star female ass-kickers. One movie along those lines is already in development from the company 1984 Private Defense Contractors, with Gina Carano (Haywire) and Katee Sackhoff attached to appear.

But the actual producers of The ExpendablesMillennium Films and Avi Lerner, are setting up a different film. ExpendaBelles — no joke, or so I think — will be written by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith (Legally Blonde). The fact that this is billed as a franchise-ready “spinoff action film that will show the feminine side of the mercenary business” makes the project sound serious. The title, however, does not.

We don’t know what the casting plan is here, other than to follow the same “female Expendables” pattern. With the competing film already going for younger action heroines, will Millennium target talent that would be more on par with the male cast of The Expendables? And however this is cast, is Millennium gearing up for its own action movie Avengers with these projects? Can Nan Yu from The Expendables 2 somehow appear? (I haven’t seen the film yet, so don’t know if she lives through it.) [Deadline]

 

With his Cormac McCarthy adaptation Child of God in post-production, multi-hyphenate James Franco is prepping another literary classic for his next feature. Two winters ago, he was trying to get the William Faulkner estate on board for a movie version of As I Lay Dying. It seems he was successful, as the film’s now begun casting for a fall start. As of this week, Danny McBride, Tim Blake Nelson, Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Jim Parrack (True Blood), and Ahna O’Reilly (The Help) are all lined up to star alongside Franco himself. More details after the jump.

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Look out, bad-film fans: Josh Lucas might be making a play to be the new Nicolas Cage, and he’s doing it from within a Nic Cage movie! Stolen reunites Cage and his Con Air director Simon West (who also helmed last weekend’s The Expendables 2) in a film about a criminal (Cage) whose former partner (Lucas) wants a payout from an old job. To get it, he kidnaps Cage’s daughter (Sami Gayle) and drives around town with her held in his cab as Cage frantically tries to track her down with the aid of an old associate (Malin Akerman).

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The Last Voyage of the Demeter is an unusual project, as it spins a brief interlude in Bram Stoker’s Dracula — the voyage of the title character from Transylvania to England — into a feature-length thriller. The script has been kicking around for a while, and nearly got made a couple years back with David Slade directing and Noomi Rapace and Ben Kingsley in the lead roles.

Not long ago Neil Marshall was set to direct the film for Millennium Films, and now there is a report that he has offered the lead role of Henry Clemens to Viggo Mortensen. Read More »

It’s been three years since Broken Lizard’s last film, The Slammin’ Salmon, and six years since their last semi-hit, Beerfest, but the comedy group is coming back this summer with a fresh new feature. Well, kinda. The Babymakers isn’t technically a Broken Lizard film — while troupe leader Jay Chandrasekhar directs, not all the team members appear, and the ones that do play supporting roles to non-Lizard stars Paul Schneider and Olivia Munn. Still, I’m betting fans will be happy to see at least a partial reunion, and the premise of the film sounds right up their alley.

Written by Peter Gaulke and Gerry Swallow, The Babymakers centers around a married couple (Schneider and Munn) trying for their first child. When it becomes apparent that husband Tommy is shooting blanks, however, he enlists the aid of his friends in breaking into a sperm bank to retrieve a deposit he made several years ago. Kevin Heffernan, Nat Faxon, Wood Harris, M.C. Gainey, and Aisha Tyler also star. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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