It’s the ‘supporting actors in big movies’ Casting Bits, with a confirmation of a report that surfaced last week, and two nice additions to big projects at Legendary Pictures. After the break, you’ll find:

  • Jonah Hill is confirmed for the action comedy Neighborhood Watch,
  • Rufus Sewell joins Paradise Lost,
  • and Clifton Collins, Jr. fights monsters in Pacific Rim.

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Legendary Pictures did its first standalone panel today in one of the smaller ballrooms of the San Diego convention center, the idea being to show off four films that are in development. Perhaps the biggest of the projects is Pacific Rim, the movie that Guillermo del Toro signed to direct after Universal decided not to make At the Mountains of Madness.

The top cast of the film showed up for the panel along with the director: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, along with writer Travis Beacham. Guillermo del Toro confirmed that Rinko Kikuchi is in the cast as well, and said that more cast will be announced soon. They didn’t give away too much about the film – there was no concept art displayed, only a draft of a logo and one shield type icon, both seen above – but del Toro did have a few things to say about the movie.

The short recap of the director’s comments is this statement: “It is my duty to film the finest fucking monsters ever committed to the screen. And the greatest fucking robots ever committed to screen. That’s a pledge.” The slightly longer version is after the break. Read More »

We’ve got a handful of release dates to share, with the biggest possibly being Guillermo del Toro‘s upcoming Pacific Rim, which, if things go well, will begin shooting late this summer or in early fall. Warner Bros. will distribute the Legendary Pictures production, and has just set July 12, 2013 as the release date. Pacific Rim is scripted by Travis Beacham and already boasts Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Charlie Day in the cast. The story is “set in a future where giant malevolent creatures threaten to destroy the earth, and the planet must band together and use advanced weapons technology to eradicate the growing threat.” [THR]

After the break, a new date for Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, and dates for the Stephenie Meyer adaptation The Host, as well as for Roman Polanski’s Carnage, Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In, and Tucker & Dale Vs Evil. Read More »

Update: A few hours after this story was published, Warner Bros announced a a July 12th, 2013 release date for Pacific Rim.

Guillermo del Toro has been in a bunker for the past few months prepping Pacific Rim, the giant mechs and monsters action film that he will direct for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. later this year. (Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam star.) But over the weekend the film he co-wrote and produced, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, made an appearance at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and to mark the occasion the director is doing some interviews. Naturally one of the topics is Pacific Rim, and he also talks briefly about the canceled project At the Mountains of Madness, which he insists could still happen, even though it essentially died earlier this year when Universal decided to pass on the project. Read More »

Pacific Rim is being battered by more rumors. Last year the Travis Beacham script, in which nations of Earth band together to defeat massive attacking creatures, was picked up by Legendary Pictures. Rumors soon emerged that it was being refitted as Legendary’s new Godzilla film, and that Guillermo del Toro had been offered the picture.

Yes, Guillermo del Toro was involved with developing Pacific Rim, and ended up signing to direct it a couple weeks ago when At the Mountains of Madness fell apart, but well before that Travis Beacham took to Twitter to insist that there was no connection between Pacific Rim and Godzilla. Both are movies with big monsters, both are at Legendary, but they are totally seperate things.

Now there is a new round of rumor that again links the two projects, and says that Legendary is asking for changes to Pacific Rim in the wake of the disaster in Japan. Is this something you should believe? Right now, it seems open to question. Read More »

UPDATED: Much happened rather quickly this evening. AICN reports that Pacific Rim will be Guillermo del Toro‘s next film, and the director responds to an email from the Criterion Cast asking about a green light for At the Mountains of Madness with “The opposite-  Dead.” So At the Mountains of Madness seems to be gone. Let’s hope that some of the info below — that GDT might return to Mountains after making Pacific Rim — turns out to be true. (Do I really believe that will happen? No.) Original article follows.

Today is all about the ill-timed follow-up stories. We had a Martin Scorsese twofer earlier, and now here’s your second Guillermo del Toro update in as many hours.

Last year Legendary Pictures bought the Travis Beacham script Pacific Rim, which is a tentpole project with monsters and big destruction. There was a moment where the script was rumored to be the basis for Legendary’s new Godzilla movie, but that was quickly set right: Pacific Rim is something entirely different. Now there is a report that, due to the lengthy timeline in getting Universal to greenlight the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation At the Mountains of Madness, there is a chance that Guillermo del Toro will direct Pacific Rim as his next film. Read More »

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Briefly: Legendary Pictures is going back to Clash of the Titans writer Travis Beacham for another potential summer blockbuster. The company has just “closed a high-six figure preemptive acquisition” of a 25-page treatment called Pacific Rim. If things go according to plan, the story will become a tentpole for Warner Bros. Here’s how Deadline describes the story:

Set in a future in which malevolent creatures threaten the earth, the planet must band together and use highly advanced technology to eradicate the growing menace.

So an alien invasion picture…fine, not bad. Or a thinly veiled Star Blazers remake? That could be fun. Let’s see where it goes. Invoking the new Clash of the Titans isn’t a great thing at this point, but the finished film doesn’t represent what Beacham wrote. There were drafts after his, and a great deal of changes were made to the film in the editing room. Beacham is also the man behind the new script for The Black Hole, as well as the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea film being produced by Ridley Scott’s company.

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Now there are two 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea films. Just over the weekend we heard that Disney has been quietly re-developing the film version that was sunk last year. Instead of McG directing, this one may have David Fincher at the helm.

Here’s where it gets complicated. Fox also has an adaptation of Jules Verne‘s classic story in the works, and has Ridley and Tony Scott developing the film through their company, Scott Free. Read More »

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