Briefly: It was a long, hard-fought battle, but the star of Jack Reacher and A Good Day To Die Hard has emerged victorious. Now he just has to fight a bunch of killer robots.
Jai Courtney has been cast as Kyle Reese in Alan Taylor‘s Terminator: Genesis, a 2015 reboot of James Cameron’s blockbuster franchise. (It’s the role made famous by Michael Biehn in Cameron’s original.) He’ll join Arnold Schwarzenegger, who plays the killing machine, Jason Clarke as his son John Connor, and Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, who Reese is sent into the past to protect. If you want to know if the plot details this time around are all the same as in Cameron’s first film, address questions to Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, who wrote the script. [Variety]
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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: Emilia Clarke is reuniting with her Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor for Terminator: Genesis. Clarke will play Sarah Connor, the woman who is the mother of analog savior John Connor.
She’ll appear in the movie opposite Jason Clarke (no relation), who will play her son Jon — in other words, we know there’s definitely some time travel in this one. Deadline, reporting the news, says there’s a trip forward this time, so we may see Sarah thrust into the future where an AI network has achieved sentience and started to wipe out humanity. Original The Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger will reportedly show up as well.
Terminator: Genesis has been described as the first chapter in a new film trilogy; it is set for release in July 2015.
Briefly: The title of the Terminator reboot is, reportedly Terminator: Genesis. That’s one of those wildly uninspiring subtitles that can join words such as “retribution,” “origins,” and “retaliation” in the set of outlawed terms that offer some vague idea of the tone of a film without really saying much at all. Since this is the first film in a planned trilogy, maybe we can look forward to two more well-worn biblical subtitles.
Production Weekly reports the title, and it could be a placeholder production name.
Beyond that, we don’t have much hard and fast info on the project. Megan Ellison of Annapurna Productions and her brother David Ellison of Skydance Productions are behind the project, and Laeta Kalorgridis (Avatar, Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) are writing, and there will be a TV series that is connected to the new film in some way. Arnold Schwarzenegger will reportedly return, but we don’t know in exactly what capacity, and there’s no other cast. Even Alan Taylor, who is reported as the director, will only call it a rumor (due probably to unfinished contracts).
Regardless, Terminator: Genesis is set to open on July 2, 2015.
As films move and shift in and around that crazy 2015 release schedule, one that’s methodically, quietly, and steadily moving forward like a killing machine is the Terminator reboot. Alan Taylor hasn’t even officially been announced as the director, yet they’re also very close to casting one of the film’s leads: unsuspecting mother turned soldier Sarah Connor. Reports state Taylor and Paramount are now down to two actresses: Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke or Short Term 12‘s Brie Larson. However, with Taylor’s Game of Thrones roots, it seems Clarke might have the edge. Read More »
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Back in October, I travelled to London to do interviews for the current #1 movie in the world, Thor: The Dark World. Since then, we’re run a bunch of quotes from my interviews, but now that the film is out, we’re going to run all the interviews in full over the next three days. Here you can read about all the spoiler discussion in context, as well as more specific questions related to the film and some stuff about upcoming projects and superhero movies in general too.
Below you can read my full interview with the director, Alan Taylor. Read More »
After a few days away, Superhero Bits is back. And it’s big.
What are the latest casting rumors for Batman vs. Superman? Which colors will the Batsuit be? Want to see a few new images from X-Men: Days of Future Past? How does Kevin Feige describe Quicksilver and Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Is there a Man of Steel video about the Metropolis destruction? Did Alan Taylor apologize to James Gunn about his comments about Thor: The Dark World credits scenes? Is there a video explaining the end of Thor: The Dark World? Has a leaked casting sheet offered up some details on Ant-Man? Want to see a bust from Superman: Flyby? Read about all that and more in the return of Superhero Bits. Read More »
This article contains major spoilers for Thor: The Dark World.
One of the best things about Thor: The Dark World is it leaves many intriguing unanswered questions. The biggest one involves the ripple effect of the mid-credits scene, which we’ll discuss shortly. But there’s also the fate of Loki. As you know if you’ve seen the film, there’s no real definitive answer as to Loki’s intentions at the end. To get an answer, I went to the source (or sources): Tom Hiddleston, director Alan Taylor and Marvel President Kevin Feige. I asked each what they thought of the film’s ending, and the answers suggest it has major Phase 3 implications.
We also found out why Kurse didn’t let Loki out of his cage, where exactly Thor ends up at the very end of the movie, and why the final credits tag is there at all. Below, read the quotes from the men who made the decisions. Read More »
If one were to believe all the negative buzz during production on Thor: The Dark World, you’d assume the film is a disaster. It’s not. In fact, it’s pretty fantastic and a shining example of how things many laymen think of as huge red flags — such as reshoots and rewrites — can actually be used to drastically improve a film.
During production, several rumors came out about the making of the Thor sequel. In the coming days, we’ll give you the scoop on all of them. First up, much was made over the fact that director Alan Taylor went back to add more scenes with Tom Hiddleston‘s Loki. That’s true and, below, we’ll tell you which scenes were added. Second, Taylor mentioned how Avengers director Joss Whedon was brought in to help with a few scenes and we can tell you which scenes he rewrote.
Read the answers, which are spoiler-free, below. Read More »