The Goonies

It’s time for another edition of Sequel Bits, this time with casting updates, an interview and updates on developing sequels. After the jump, here’s what we’ve got for you to check out:

  • Nathan Lee Graham is coming back for Zoolander 2
  • Sean Astin gives an update on Goonies 2
  • Regina Hall & Nicki Minaj join the cast of Barbershop 3
  • Paul Feig talks a bit more about his Ghostbusters reboot
  • Ben Whishaw hints at a sequel to Paddington

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Pixels movie - Chris Columbus interview

While in Las Vegas for CinemaCon 2015 last week, I got the opportunity to sit down with Chris Columbus, a screenwriter and director who had a dramatic effect on the cinema of my childhood, and yours. Lets do a list: Gremlins, Goonies, Young Sherlock Holmes, Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Stepmom, and the first installments of the Harry Potter franchise. His latest film Pixels seems to be a return to the roots of his earlier days, and I’m personally excited to see it.

In my interview with Chris Columbus (who turns out to be a daily /Film reader) I ask him if he will ever return to writing original screenplays again like he did with Gremlins and Goonies. He explains how he got involved with Pixels, initially having not seen the viral short film which inspired the movie. He talks a bit about how the licensed video game characters became involved with the project and also talks about Pac Man creator Toru Iwatani‘s appearance in the film, not as himself (as seen in the trailer) but in a cameo role.

We learn whether or not there was any pressure to differentiate the movie from Ghostbusters, and Columbus talks about a return to the Amblin era of films, whether he’d ever direct one of John Hughes‘ unproduced screenplays, and he even gives us an update on the Gremlins reboot. Hit the jump to read my full Chris Columbus interview from CinemaCon 2015 in Las Vegas.

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Phil Lord Chris Miller The Flash

UPDATE: On April 6, we posted this story about Phil Lord and Chris Miller possibly doing The Flash.Now there’s an update that they are indeed working on the film, but just at the story stage for now. Whether or not they’ll direct is still up in the air. Original story follows with the update after the jump.

When Warner Bros. announced their plans for an expanded DC Cinematic Universe, it was almost unbelievable. We’re not only going to see Batman fight Superman, but two Justice League movies and solo films for Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Shazam and others? It sounded nuts. Since then, news on that front has been relatively slow but things are in motion. We know Michelle MacLaren is directing Wonder Woman, we’ve heard Ezra Miller talk about The Flash and heard numerous actors throw their hat in the ring for Green Lantern.

The latest rumor, however, might be the most interesting yet. Rumor has is Warner Bros. is pursuing their Lego Movie directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, to direct The Flash. But, at the same time, Sony is apparently courting them for Ghostbusters. Read more below. Read More »

Avengers Infinity War directors

Update: Marvel has now confirmed this story from March 23. Read the press release here. Original story follows.

Big news coming out of Marvel Studios. Badass Digest reports that Anthony and Joe Russo have just closed their deal to direct Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2. They’re about to go into production on Captain America: Civil War and will do back to back Avengers films after that. The latter set of films are scheduled for release in May 2018 and May 2019, as the handy image above shows.

But where does that leave Spider-Man and Ghostbusters, two properties the Russos have also been mentioned for? We’ll discuss those, and the Avengers Infinity War directors below. Read More »

Max Dalton solo show

Max Dalton is an artist we’ve featured on /Film numerous times. He’s done incredible work based on the films of Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, The Coen Brothers and many others. His style is deceptively simple, but by somehow perfectly evokes a quirky tone that’s either perfectly in line with filmmakers like those, or delightfully polarized from others.

Dalton’s first solo show is called On A Mission From God and it opens at 6 p.m. April 4 at Spoke Art in San Francisco. It consists of a wide variety of pop culture influenced art from a small new series called “Greatest Moments in Film,” more traditions limited edition prints brimming with hilarious and unique detail, and even homemade toys and games. Have you ever wanted to play Where’s Waldo, but in the world of Breaking Bad? How about have a poster of your favorite Seinfeld quotes? What would a Groundhog Day board game be like? All of that and more is part of this exhibit.

Below, read more about the first Max Dalton solo show and see a bunch of art from it including several pieces exclusive to /Film. Read More »

max landis ghostbusters pitch

Max Landis isn’t writing Ghostbusters 3. Ghostbusters 3 doesn’t even exist, really. Sony is, in fact, moving head with a rebooted Ghostbusters directed by Paul Feig and are trying to do a second film in that universe, starring Channing Tatum. And while the minds behind the original franchise (Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman) have their hands on these films, each will pretend 1984’s Ghostbusters and 1989’s Ghostbusters 2 never happened.

To some fans, not seeing a satisfying return of those characters trumps any good feelings about the franchise returning. Max Landis speaks to those people. The screenwriter and director took the fake news of him writing a sequel seriously, so he actually did. He never pitched it or showed it to anyone, but instead just used it as an exercise in creating a sequel, building mythology and more.

After all that, Landis has now put his Ghostbusters 3 treatment online for anyone to read. Find out more below. Read More »

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Paul Feig Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters has been the talk of the movie community for the past few weeks. It started with director Paul Feig announcing his all-female team for a film that’ll be released in Summer 2016. Then, things got taken up a notch when it was revealed Sony was doing a full Ghostbusters universe. Part of the news was a second Ghostbusters film directed by the Russo Brothers and potentially starring Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt. However, no involved in any of it had officially commented on that last part.

That changed Friday as Variety talked to Feig. He confirmed filming on his Ghostbusters starts in June and that while he’d heard rumblings of the other version, it has nothing to do with him. The director also commented on backlash against his film. Read the Paul Feig Ghostbusters quotes below. Read More »

Ghostbusters shared universe

Today’s announcement of a second new Ghostbusters film, scripted by Drew Pearce, possibly directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and with Channing Tatum anchoring a supposedly “guy-centric” cast, threw a lot of people for a loop. Sony doesn’t even have Paul Feig‘s new Ghostbusters film out yet, so wouldn’t this overshadow that upcoming movie?

But as it turns out, some details were exaggerated in that first report — reportedly, people at Sony say they don’t know where the “guy-centric” description came from — and other background stuff didn’t make it online at all. A new report says the second film would be part of a shared universe with Feig’s movie, with a third team-up film and a possible prequel all designed as part of the package.  Read More »

ghostbusters logo

Paul Feig’s female-centric Ghostbusters are no longer the only ‘busters on the block. Sony has just announced a new division of their company, Ghost Corps, which will take control of the franchise. Lead by Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman, the first order of business is to create a male counterpart to the Feig film. They’re eyeing the Russo Brothers to direct, Drew Pierce to write and Channing Tatum to produce and co-star. From there, Sony might do TV shows and more. Read about the Channing Tatum Ghostbusters news below. Read More »