Huntsman director

It’s been an up and down news cycle for The Huntsman, which will be Universal’s prequel to the 2012 film Snow White and the Huntsman. First there was the news that it would leave out Snow White, but then came the announcement that Frank Darabont would write and direct. In a surprise move, however, Darabont pulled out of directing last week, thanks to “creative differences.” Now Universal has signed Cedric Nicolas-Troyan — the second-unit director and visual effects supervisor on the original film — to direct The Huntsman. Read More »

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In the years to come, we’ll certainly learn more about the behind the scenes development of the new Star Wars movies. But, for now, the public narrative is as follows. George Lucas was quietly developing Star Wars 7 when he decided to sell Lucasfilm to Disney. He passed along his outlines and work on the movies, which screenwriter Michael Arndt began adapting. J.J. Abrams came on board as director, but he and the writer didn’t see eye-to-eye. Arndt left the project, Abrams took over writing duties with Lawrence Kasdan, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens went into production.

The rumored disagreement between Arndt and Abrams was over Lucas’ vision. Apparently, Lucas and Arndt wanted Episode VII to focus more on the younger characters, while Abrams wanted the younger generation to be secondary to the old guard like Luke, Han and Leia. We still don’t know precisely how that balance worked out. In a new interview, Lucas himself admitted Disney abandoned his Star Wars 7 ideas, adding fuel to this fire. Read More »

World War Z 2

One of the biggest movie surprises of 2013 was the success of World War Z. The film hit theaters carrying some significant behind the scenes baggage, but ended up grossing over $200 million in the US and over $500 million internationally. It was a massive hit and talk of a sequel began to heat up soon after the film’s release. Not much happened on that front during 2014 but now, we finally have a small update on World War Z 2, scheduled to be directed by Juan Antonio Bayona for a 2016 release.

Steven Knight, the writer and director of Locke, and writer of Eastern Promises, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Dirty Pretty Things and Seventh Son, is writing a treatment for the sequel. He suggested the film wouldn’t be what fans are expecting. He said he’s starting with a “clean slate.” Read more about World War Z 2 below. Read More »

Bill Lawrence Spills ‘Rush Hour’ TV Series Details

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One of the many, many film-based TV series in development is Rush Hour, which received a pilot commitment from CBS last fall. We’ve known that the basic premise would remain unchanged from the 1998 film, which starred Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, but now executive producer Bill Lawrence has a few more details to share about the show.

Hit the jump for the latest Rush Hour TV series details.  Read More »

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Comic book, TV shows and of course The Force Awakens are all covered in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Mark Hamill reveals he boards the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • A UK reporter uncovers several young actors reportedly cast in The Force Awakens.
  • George Lucas has now seen The Force Awakens teaser trailer.
  • Oscar Isaac uses a surprising word to describe Poe Dameron.
  • Check out the Star Wars #1 Loot Crate variant cover.
  • Is there a Force Awakens easter egg in Star Wars #1?
  • Watch a featurette on Star Wars #1.
  • See sketches from Kanan: The Last Padawan comic.
  • Is there a Lando Calrissian comic coming out too?
  • Will Marvel do comics set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens?
  • Read the titles of some upcoming episodes of Star Wars Rebels.
  • The George Lucas Museum may end up in LA if Chicago doesn’t work out.
  • Three rumored pieces of Star Wars: The Force Awakens concept art leak.

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‘Minority Report’ Pilot Gets a Director

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Fox’s planned Minority Report pilot has taken a step forward, as the network has announced a director for the show. Mark Mylod (Once Upon a Time, The Affair) will now helm the debut outing for the show based on Steven Spielberg’s 2002 movie. Read More »

Could We Get More ’24′ Without Kiefer Sutherland?

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Kiefer Sutherland has indicated that he may be done with Jack Bauer, even as Fox keeps insisting there could be more 24. Well, it turns out those two statements aren’t mutually exclusive — because Fox is considering making the next installment without him.

That said, Fox is hopeful Sutherland will want to return eventually. The latest pitch includes an opportunity for Sutherland to come back, should he change his mind. More on the possibility of a 24 without Kiefer Sutherland after the jump. Read More »

Now You See Me

Now You See Me turned out to be a sleeper hit in the summer of 2013, so the Four Horsemen have reunited for Now You See Me 2. Well, three of the Four Horsemen are, anyway. Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, and Woody Harrelson are all back for the sequel, while Lizzy Caplan has replaced Isla Fisher as the female lead.

Also not returning? Eisenberg’s unruly mop from the first film. In the first cast photo from Now You See Me 2, his hair is closely cropped — presumably because he’s just come off of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Hit the jump for your Now You See Me 2 first look, also featuring Mark Ruffalo, Daniel Radcliffe, and Michael Caine.

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