With just days to go until This Means War was scheduled to hit theaters, Fox has shifted its release date yet again. Less last-minute is Summit’s announcement of a fall release date for Alex Cross (formerly I, Alex Cross), which sees Tyler Perry ditching the Madea costume for once. But the biggest piece of news, which remains unconfirmed at the moment, is a possible 2013 release date for The Wolverine. Hit the jump for details on all three pictures. (Update: Fox just confirmed with us that the release date for The Wolverine is legit.)

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Every couple months there seems to be an incremental update on the feature film version of 24. Most of these updates amount to saying that the project isn’t dead yet, but that it isn’t really moving full steam ahead, either.

Now Mark Bomback (Unstoppable, Live Free or Die Hard, Total Recall) is about to turn in a new draft that would put Kiefer Sutherland back in the Jack Bauer role, and Deadline says that Fox has a director shortlist with about five names. Yeah, there’s always a director shortlist when a project is at this stage, and even the most notable fact of this update, that Tony Scott is no longer attached and isn’t part of that shortlist, isn’t really a surprise given the fact that his attachment always seemed very loose at best. The site says Kiefer Sutherland is available starting in April 2012, and that’s when Fox wants to shoot the movie. Read More »

We here at /Film aim to please. So, instead of making you click on four different articles for your sequel themed updates, all you have to do is read this one. After the jump we’ve got news on the following:

  • Producers Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari update us on the latest regarding the sequel to 300, 300 Battle of Artemisia
  • Shane Black had a lot to say about the actors, villains, themes and more in regards to Iron Man 3
  • James Mangold got in-depth about why he took The Wolverine and his plans for it
  • Two new Cabin Fever films, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero and Cabin Fever: Outbreak, will be shot back to back next year

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You know what they say about idle hands: they screw up perfectly good scripts. Let’s hope that’s not the case for The Wolverine, which James Mangold will direct next year. The existing draft was written by Christopher McQuarrie and is said to be quite good. But now, as the film is delayed until a 2012 shoot, Total Recall remake and Jack the Giant Killer writer Mark Bomback has been brought on to rewrite. He also wrote Live Free or Die Hard, so… Read More »

Back in 2009, we reported that screenwriter Mark Bomback (Race to Witch Mountain) was working on a screenplay adapted from Dark Horse Comics’ The Umbrella Academy series. Now, after a couple of years of not much activity, the project is getting a whole new draft. Universal Pictures recently hired Rawson Thurber, best known as the writer/director of Dodgeball, to rewrite the script.

Written by My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Ba, The Umbrella Academy follows a disbanded group of superheroes who reunite after the death of their adoptive father. The series won an Eisner Award for Best Finite Series/Limited Series in 2008 and has received praise from writer Grant Morrison, who called it “An ultraviolet psychedelic sherbet bomb of wit and ideas.” More details after the jump.

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First Look: Colin Farrell in ‘Total Recall’

Yesterday we saw the first images of sets for the new Total Recall sets, on them some white-suited troopers. Now we’ve got the first image of Colin Farrell in the lead role of Doug Quaid, a factory worker who learns, or thinks he learns, that he is really a spy for one of two nation states, Euromerica or New Shanghai. See the full image after the break.  Read More »

Tony Scott and Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington is in talks to star in Tony Scott‘s action drama Unstoppable. Washington would play an experienced engineer who finds himself in a race against time, with a runaway train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals. The role of the conductor who helps Washington’s character, has not yet been cast.  The duo chase the runaway train in a separate locomotive and need to bring it under control before it derails on a curve and causes a toxic spill that could decimate a town.
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Universal Pictures has hired Race to Witch Mountain scribe Mark Bomback to adapt Dark Horse Comics’ The Umbrella Academy for the big screen. The film is very tentatively aiming for a 2012 release. I wasn’t a big fan of Witch Mountain, but it appears that Bomback might have better source material this time around.

The six-issue limited series was created by Gerard Way, the lead singer of band My Chemical Romance, but don’t let that scare you away. The comic won the 2008 Eisner Award (the comic book equivalent of the Academy Awards) for Best Finite Series. Of course, a second series The Umbrella Academy: Dallas was launched in 2008. The comic tells the story of a disbanded group of superheroes who reunite after the death of their adoptive father. Read the official comic synopsis after the jump.

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