Popcorn News – Feb. 9

The Wolverine, a not so direct sequel to X-men Origins: Wolverine, has finally been given a release date of July 26, 2013.  The film is written by Christopher McQuarrie and Mark Bomback and will be under the direction of James Mangold. (Ain’t It Cool News)

It is confirmed that Arnold Schwarzenegger will re-team with Sylvester Stallone in The Tomb.  The film, directed by Mikael Håfström, follows Ray Breslin (Stallone), an authority on structural security, as he must escape from a master prison of his own design. (Comingsoon.net)

Jon Favreau will direct the pilot for NBC’s Revolution.  The show comes from Bad Robot (J.J. Abrams production company) and was written by Supernatural creator Eric Kripke.  (Deadline)

Jason Statham is set to star in a remake of the 1986 Burt Reynolds film Heat.  The film will be written by William Goldman and directed by Brian DePalma.  The film centers on a recovering gambling addict who makes his living providing protection in the rough edges of the gambling world.

In Bruges writer/director Martin McDonagh has a new action-comedy titled Seven Psychopaths which stars Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Tom Waits and Olga Kurylenko.  Entertainment Weekly has revealed a first look with a couple of photos. (Entertainment Weekly)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will direct his first feature film from a script he wrote.  The film is currently untitled but is a comedy in which Levitt will star alongside Scarlett Johansson.  Shooting is expected to commence April 16. (Deadline)

Natalie Portman has committed to star in Terrence Malick’s next two films, Knight of the Cups and Lawless.  As per usual with the director, whose last film, The Tree of Life, is nominated for Best Picture, the plot details are being kept under wraps.  (Deadline)

The TV show Smallville will continue in comic book form.  DC Entertainment announced that season 11 will be written by former Smallville writer Bryan Q. Miller and will be published digitally at first and then collected later in print form. (SuperHeroHype)

SyFy has renewed the American version of Being Human for a third season which will once again comprise of 13 episodes. (TV By The Numbers)

Imagine Entertainment has optioned the rights to the fourth book in Anne Rice’s best-selling The Vampire Chronicles series.  The Tale of the Body Thief would have the vampire Lestat returning to cinemas after appearing in Interview With A Vampire and Queen of the Damned.  Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek) will also be producing. (Hollywood Reporter)

Entertainment Weekly has an interview with Joss Whedon discussing the controversial development in the newest issue (#6) of season 9 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  MAJOR SPOILER!  (Entertainment Weekly)

Machete Kills, the sequel to 2010 film Machete, is set to start shooting in April under the direction of Robert Rodriguez.  Rodriguez is hoping for a trilogy with the third being tentatively titled Machete Kills Again… In Space!  Here is some new promo art for Machete Kills. (Comingsoon.net)

Arnold Schwarzenegger posted a picture of him and Stallone as hospital bed mates on his Whosay profile.  He wrote “After all the action, stunts & physical abuse shooting The Expendables 2 and The Last Stand, it was time for a little tune up on my shoulder.  Look who was coincidentally waiting in line behind me for his shoulder surgery.  Now we’re ready for another round of great times and action when we shoot The Tomb. #greattobeback” (Arnold Schwarzenegger on Whosay)


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