Real Steel 2, Resident Evil: Retribution, and Riddick are in completely different stages of development at this point, but they all have one thing in common: Everyone wants to return for them. (Well, that and the fact that they all start with the letter R.) After the jump, read about the following:

  • Shawn Levy and Hugh Jackman are confirmed for Real Steel 2 — a week and a half before Real Steel 1 has even hit theaters.
  • Michelle Rodriguez becomes the latest former Resident Evil star to board the upcoming fifth installment.
  • Karl Urban agrees to reprise his role for the long-gestating Riddick.

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This is kind of a catch-all casting break, as it goes all over the map. I’d love to tie the four stories that follow to a theme beyond ‘these people are all in new movies,’ but if that theme exists, I’m afraid it escapes me now. So, after the break you’ll find:

  • Sienna Guillory appears to be confirmed to return as Jill Valentine in the fifth Resident Evil film,
  • comedian Gabriel Iglesias will spin records (or CDs, more likely) in Soderbergh’s Magic Mike,
  • Olivia Wilde takes what formerly belonged to Jennifer Garner,
  • and James Hong will play Ryan Reynolds, sort of, in R.I.P.D.

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We already knew a fifth Resident Evil film was on the way, so now comes the totally unsurprising news that Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson are set to return to the franchise once again. Jovovich, who’s starred in all four previous installments, will be reprising her role as protagonist Alice in Resident Evil: Retribution. Anderson, meanwhile, will be returning to the director’s chair. Although Anderson has written and produced all of the films in the series — he’s writing and producing the new one as well — he’s only directed two of the earlier entries: the original Resident Evil, and the 2010’s Resident Evil: Afterlife.

But while Jovovich and Anderson are boarding the film, it looks like another member of the team is on her way out. Read more details after the jump.

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If things go according to plan, Fast Five director Justin Lin will eventually continue the Terminator franchise along with star Arnold Schwarzenegger. After that announcement was made, plenty of rumors circulated about how exactly the whole thing would go down. Would the original cast be back? Would the film follow the story of the McG film, Terminator Salvation? Or would it reboot the series entirely? Lin was predictably coy on all these questions. Wired Magazine, however, went to two men who know a thing or two about genre franchises to pitch their own take on Terminator. Those men are Paul W.S. Anderson, director of the Resident Evil movies and Damon Lindelof, co-creator of Lost and co-writer of Star Trek and Prometheus. Read each man’s pitch for the franchise after the jump. Read More »

We’ve already seen some images and a teaser for Paul W.S. Anderson‘s 3-D “reboot” of The Three Musketeers. Now, a just-released full-length trailer is offering the best look yet at Anderson’s take on 17th century France — and apparently, his version involves flying war blimps. Because why not, I guess.

Loosely based on the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers follows the iconic trio (Matthew MacFadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson) and their young new teammate D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman) as they fight to save their continent from a powerfully malevolent trio of baddies: Cardinal Richlieu (Christoph Waltz), the Duke of Buckingham (Orlando Bloom with evil facial hair and evil-er eyeliner) and the infamous assassin Milady de Winter (Milla Jovovich). Watch the trailer after the jump. Read More »

From Roman Polanski to the other Paul Anderson? This may be only the second-biggest tragedy to strike the ancient city of Pompeii, but it is certainly the most recent. Four years ago, Roman Polanski planned to mount a massive historical epic based in Pompeii that would have culminated with the eruption of Vesuvius and the destruction of the city. The script was to be based on the Robert Harris novel about Pompeii, but plans were dashed when SAG and WGA strikes loomed.

But other pitches about the city and its tragic, disastrous fate — totally unrelated to the scuttled Polanski film, aside from the basic setting — have circulated, and now Paul W.S. Anderson will make one that is positioned as a big disaster movie with a love story to keep us all emotionally engaged. Read More »

‘The Three Musketeers’ Teaser Trailer

Paul W.S. Anderson‘s 3D version of The Three Musketeers, is scheduled for release October 14. Starring Matthew Macfadyen, Logan Lerman, Ray Stevenson and Luke Evans along with Christoph Waltz, Milla Jovovich, Mads Mikkelsen, Til Schweiger, Juno Temple and Orlando Bloom, a teaser trailer has just been released and you can check it out after the jump.

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Paul W.S. Anderson won the race to get a new Three Musketeers movie into production. The film doesn’t open until October 14, 2011, so a full trailer is probably a ways off. But here’s a new image from the film — the first official one, to complement the on-set snaps we previously saw — which features Matthew Macfadyen, Logan Lerman, Ray Stevenson and Luke Evans.

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Production on Paul W.S. Anderson’s 3D The Three Musketeers is in full swing and more photos from the set have appeared online. Last week, the first batch of images surfaced and this second wave features Orlando Bloom in a stunning pompadour as the Duke of Buckingham, Oscar winner Christoph Waltz as Cardinal Richelieu and the director’s wife, Milla Jovovich as M’lady De Winter. The photos were all taken at the Wurzburg Residence in Wurzburg, Germany.

The Three Musketeers opens in 3D on April 15, 2011 and also stars Logan Lerman, Mads Mikklesen, Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson, Luke EvansJuno Temple, and James CordenRead More »

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Now that the Doug Liman-directed version of The Three Musketeers from Warner Bros. has been well and truly back-burnered, there’s nothing to stand in the way of world domination for Paul WS Anderson‘s 3D action-adventure adaptation of the same material. As an opening attack, the first images from Anderson’s film have appeared online.

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