The journey to May 1, 2015 begins February 11, 2014. Earlier today, Joss Whedon began production on Avengers: Age of Ultron in Johannesburg, South Africa. The crew will film on location for two weeks before going to Italy, South Korea and finally UK’s Pinewood Studios where the majority of the film will be shot.
According to reports, the opening 10 minutes of the film are set in the major South African city. However, none of the film’s stars – Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, etc. – are filming yet. We’ll surely learn more as production rolls along, but for now: it’s on! [SA News & IoL]
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Edgar Wright‘s The World End opened in August 2013. Rewind two years before that to the time when the film was early in development, and he and co-writer Simon Pegg basically had the whole thing figured out. Pegg took to Twitter to post an awesome close-up of his and Wright’s rough, very early outline from August 2011. That’s a small version above, the close-up is below. Read More »
Briefly: Most of the lead roles in Terminator: Genesis have been filled. Arnold Schwarzenegger is the lead cyborg, Emilia Clarke is Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke is John Connor and Alan Taylor is directing. That leaves one final piece to the puzzle, John Connor’s dad Kyle Reese, and reportedly it’s down to two actors: Boyd Holbrook, recently seen in Out of the Furnace and The Host, or Jai Courtney, star of Jack Reacher and A Good Day to Die Hard. Rumor has it Holbrook is in the driver’s seat, but it’s still a close race. We should hear final casting soon, as the film is scheduled for release July 1, 2015. [Deadline and THR]
Briefly: By now we all know Star Wars Episode VII news isn’t official unless it comes from the official website. Even so, up until now Lucasfilm and Disney aren’t giving fans anything like the kind of intense minutia we’re all interested in. When it comes to a movie like this, we want to know every little detail. Today, HitFix has a pretty good report, however.
Just as writer director J.J. Abrams hinted at a few weeks back, filming of the new episode will begin in Mid-May and continue through September of this year, leaving about one year for post production. They site has also learned “most principal casting on the film is complete, with many announcements still to come.” [HitFix]
Briefly: The odds of a Prometheus sequel seemingly dwindle by the day, but two of its stars are set to team up for a Black List script and are bringing Jake Sully alone for the ride. Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba and Sam Worthington are set to star in Alive Alone, written and directed by Khurram Longi. Elba will play a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who now drives a cab in New York City. Rapace is a prostitute on the run from an evil crime boss (Worthington); she jumps in Elba’s cab and seeks his help. The deal was made at the Berlin Film Festival. [THR]
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.
The Lego Movie opens tomorrow and you’re gonna get a bunch of content here on /Film to celebrate. We’ll have a review, a video review and the spoiler-filled second half of our interview with writer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. That will all give you plenty to take in as you’re refreshing the Mondo page waiting to buy Tom Whalen‘s awesome new poster for the film. It goes on sale Friday February 7. Check it out below. Read More »
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Briefly: It has a director and a release date, and now Pitch Perfect 2 has its biggest stars. In what was pretty much a no-brainer, Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson have both signed on to star in the a capella sequel already set to hit theaters on May 15, 2015. Co-star and producer Elizabeth Banks will make her directorial debut from a script by Kay Cannon.
In the first film, Kendrick and Wilson were the breakout stars. Having each sign to return was likely the most crucial dealmaking for the returning cast. With them locked in, things are full steam ahead. Aca-excellent. [The Hollywood Reporter].