Popcorn News – Apr. 6

Walt Disney has announced the release date for the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger.  The will be released on April 4, 2014. (Superherohype.com)

Universal Pictures has hired screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, The Darkest Hour) to write a reboot of The Mummy franchise.  Spaihts says his intentions are “to go back to a franchise’s roots in dark, scary source material and simultaneously open it up to an epic scale we haven’t seen before.” (Variety)

A new still of the Hulk from The Avengers is now online.  It gives a better look at how Mark Ruffalo’s features have been implemented into the design of the green monster. (Superherohype.com)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has dropped out of Quentin Tarantino’s next film, Django Unchained.  A scheduling conflict with Levitt’s directorial debut with Don Jon’s Addiction has prevented him from starring in the western/slave drama. (MTV)

20th Century Fox is planning on shooting the sequel to X-men: First Class starting in January which prevents Jennifer Lawrence from having any scheduling conflicts between X-men and the sequel to Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, which starts shooting in August/September. (Heat Vision)

Four new cast members have joined Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Tomb.  Amy Ryan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Vinnie Jones and 50 Cent will co-star in the action thriller directed by Mikael Hafstrom. (Variety)

The 1984 horror film Silent Night, Deadly Night is getting remade with Malcolm McDowell set to star.  The film about a killer Santa Claus will be directed by Steven C. Miller (The Aggression Scale) and looks to be released during the holiday season under the shortened title Silent Night. (Variety)

The poster for Looper from director Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom) is now online.  The time traveling thriller starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt opens on Sept. 28 of this year. (SlashFilm)

The Hunger Games director Gary Ross will not return for the sequel Catching Fire.  A low salary offer and a desire to work on other things seem to be among the reasons why Ross is moving on.  A search for a new director will begin soon.  (The Playlist)

Pam Grier’s autobiography, Foxy, My Life in Three Acts, has been optioned by Imprint Entertainment.  The film will follow Grier’s life and cover everything from the many films she’s starred in (Foxy Brown, Coffy, Women in Cages, Escape from L.A., Jackie Brown),  her relationships and her ongoing battle with cancer.  (Dark Horizons)

Some behind the scenes changes on the CW’s Supernatural strongly suggest a renewal for an eighth season.  Sera Gamble is stepping down as co-showrunner and former Supernatural producer Jeremy Carver is set to replace her.  While no formal renewal decision has been made, it’s unlikely that the network would change showrunners if it wasn’t going to renew it. (Deadline)

Ghostbusters 2 looks to be headed to blu-ray soon.  While no official announcement has been made by Sony, Dan Aykroyd tweeted that it will be happening and will contain some extras and a commentary. (Twitter)

The official green-band trailer for Ted is now online.  The film is the first feature film from Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane.  It centers on a man and his teddy bear, who comes to life as the result of a childhood wish.  The film will be released on July 13th. (Screen Crush)


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