There are days when it feels like all anyone does in Hollywood anymore is make sequels. But today, two folks have decided to opt out of their respective franchises’ next steps.

Though Disney’s reportedly eager to move forward on an Oz The Great and Powerful sequel, director Sam Raimi says he has no plans to direct it. Over at Sony, meanwhile, Nicolas Cage says Ghost Rider 3 could still get made — but not with him. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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After a string of comedy projects that began with Pineapple Express, David Gordon Green is pivoting back into drama with Joe. Adapted by Gary Hawkins from the novel by Larry Brown, the film follows an ex-con (Nicolas Cage) who forges an unlikely bond with a troubled teen (Tye Sheridan of Tree of Life, and who was excellent in Mud) in a down-on-its-luck Texas town.

That’s a premise that could easily go mushy and sentimental, but what we’ve heard about the project so far suggests it leans more toward gritty and grim. A first-look photo has just hit in advance of the European Film Market, and you can check it out below.

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Whether it’s a tragedy or a blessing that Tim Burton never got to make his Superman Lives remains up for debate, but thanks to all the toy prototypes, concept sketches, and whatnot that have emerged over the years, we’ve been able to cobble together an idea of what might have been. The latest glimpse at the movie that never was comes in the form of a photograph, showing would-be star Nicolas Cage in a test suit.

Interestingly, while other costume tests have shown some pretty out-there variations on Supes’ outfit (no surprise, considering it was a Burton project), this one hews much closer to his traditional getup from the comics. Assuming it’s in the standard primary colors, anyway. The photo’s in black and white, so it’s impossible to tell. Hit the jump to check it out.

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There’s been some talk already about whether Harrison Ford might return for the Blade Runner sequel, but now Sean Young would like to express her interest in the new film as well. Read her comments after the jump. Also:

  • Expendables 3 will shoot this fall, says Dolph Lundgren
  • Skyfall hits digital HD and then Blu-ray/DVD next month
  • The Best Man sequel will bring back the original cast
  • WWE’s new Leprechaun movie will be “a little darker”
  • Flip through more images from Before Midnight

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DreamWorks Animation doesn’t have quite the consistent track record that Pixar does, but when they get it right, they really get it right. Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon have been among the best non-Disney animated features in recent years, and Madagascar is the rare franchise that seems to be improving with each installment.

Their next project combines Dragon co-director Chris Sanders and Space Chimps writer-director Kirk De Micco with a star-studded cast (Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, etc.) to tell the tale of a prehistoric family venturing out of their cave to explore the strange, colorful world outside. Check out a new sneak peek after the jump.

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DreamWorks just took a giant bath on Rise of the Guardians, but is soldiering on with the task of selling its upcoming slate. The next release from the company’s animation arm is The Croods, an Ice Age-style story about a prehistoric human family who daughter (voiced by Emma Stone) is desperate to explore the outside world. The Croods are forced out of their cave only to come face to face with a strapping young hero (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) willing to guide them away from the end of the world.

This new trailer isn’t as effective as the first teaser was, in part, I think, because it focuses on goofier lowbrow humor, rather than spectacle. But there’s an audience that will love this, I’m sure, so have a look below. Read More »

UPDATE: Deadline reports Stallone denies making the below claims on Facebook, pointing to the fact it’s a fan page. 

Time and again, Sylvester Stallone has proven he’s a man of the fans. From his legendary Q&As on Ain’t It Cool News to panels at San Diego Comic-Con, the Oscar-nominated action mega star has fully embraced new media and that’s how he chose to make his latest announcement.

Stallone took to Facebook to confirm Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage will be a part of The Expendables 3 and that producers are currently trying to add Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes and bring back Mickey Rourke. He said “We are preparing the film with the same passion and commitment as the previous two” and admitted the third film might not be the last one. Read Stallone’s statement and more after the jump. Read More »

[UPDATE: THR reports that legendary stunt coordinator and second unit director Vic Armstrong is now in negotiations to direct. Armstrong's previous director credits include episodes of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and the Dolph Lundgren movie Army of One.]

That Biblical epic trend sweeping over Hollywood isn’t stopping at the Old Testament, apparently. Planning has begun on a mainstream cinematic reboot of Left Behind, based on Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins‘ bestselling novels about the end times.

And to replace Kirk Cameron, who starred in the previous movie adaptation of the books, they’ve entered talks with Nicolas Cage. Even by the standards of Cage’s hyper-eclectic career, this is a rather unexpected career choice. More details after the jump.

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