Things are getting clearer and clearer in regards to The Expendables 2. That’s not to say there’s a cast yet, not even close, but all the names that are being floated now make more sense. A new report says that Taylor Lautner, Christopher Lambert, Nicolas Cage and Christian Slater are all on an extensive wish list that director Simon West, producer/star Sylvester Stallone and producers have for the action sequel. On that list are also the names previously reported: John Travolta, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme. However, most actors – Donnie Yen excluded – have yet to be made offers so it’s nothing more than a list. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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Briefly: Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank) will soon be shooting the sequel to Ghost Rider. The film stars Nicolas Cage, reprising the role of Johnny Blaze, while Ciaran Hinds, Idris Elba and Johnny Whitworth are all set to play parts.

The cast may now be getting a bit of competition for Cage’s brand of crazy. Today on the official Highlander Facebook page some Ghost Rider news came out after Christopher Lambert spoke to the page’s curator: “Lambert says thank you very much for all the kind comments! He says he is in talks now to do Ghost Rider 2 with Nicholas Cage.” No info on the role he might play right now, but this would be one of the higher-profile American pictures the actor has been in over the past few years. (Most of his work since Southland Tales has been in Europe; he was in the good Claire Denis film White Material last year, for example.)

Ghost Rider 2 will release on February 17, 2012. [via ComingSoon]

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Rayyyden! Sorry, wrong movie, but at least I didn’t intro with an iffy “there can only be one” joke. Writing team Art Marcum and Matt Holloway previously scribed Iron Man (btw: 9/10) as well as this December’s Punisher: War Zone, and now they will envision a reboot for 1986′s bit of sci-fi brilliance Highlander for Summit Entertainment. And, of course, if this one proves successful, there will be more. Described as a cocktail of “contemporary settings, action, mythology and medieval Scotland,” Summit prez Patrick Wachsberger practically danced a jig, confessing to Variety…

“I have always dreamed of reinventing this franchise.”

The original Highlander was one of the first franchises from my memory that constantly got knocked up and squeezed out terrible (-looking) offspring at the neighborhood video store. The flick is also Will Ferrell’s (as Ricky Bobby) favorite movie. Partially set in the 16th Century (circa the ’80s), Christopher Lambert (above) starred as a Scottish warrior and one of the world’s Immortals, manly types who walk the Earth, including modern day NYC, looking to decapitate each other with swords due to a mysterious force called the Quickening. To this day, it still plays like a fever dream I had using my bookbag as a scratchy pillow. More on this as it develops…

Discuss: How do you feel about Hollywood’s latest recovery from their endless remake ball pit? I’ll watch a $100 million (just speculating) Highlander movie, fine.  

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