Popcorn News – May 18

Scott Z. Burns, screenwriter of Contagion and The Bourne Ultimatum, has been hired by 20th Century Fox to work on the sequel to Rise of the Planet of The Apes. (Hollywood Reporter)

Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel)  is set to direct The Green Inferno, a horror thriller that he co-wrote with Guillermo Amoedo (Aftershock).  The plot has yet to be revealed but production will begin in the fall of this year in Peru and Chile. (Comingsoon.net)

Dimension Films announced the release date for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  The Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller directed sequel will open on Oct. 4, 2013.  Mickey Rourke and Jessica Alba are confirmed to return with more casting announcements to be revealed soon. (SuperHeroHype)

In an interview with Hero Complex, Joss Whedon spoke about his uncertainty about whether he will return for The Avengers 2.  “It’s an enormous amount of work telling what is ultimately somebody else’s story, even though I feel like I did get to put myself into it.  But at the same time, I have a bunch of ideas, and they all seem really cool.” (Los Angeles Times)

The teaser poster for the next James Bond film, Skyfall, has appeared online.  The Sam Mendes directed entry will open in theaters and IMAX on November 9. (007.com)

Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Cruise look to be teaming up for El Presidente from director Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents). Cruise would play an overzealous Secret Service agent whose assigned to the sleaziest and arguably worst President in American history who’s now out of office, played by Downey. The former President’s life gets threatened and they find themselves on the run.  The screenplay is written by Parks and Recreation scribe Dan Goor. (Vulture)

Paul Reubens spoke recently about the status of the new Pee-wee Herman film.  He says that a quick rewrite was just completed and that they are meeting with Judd Apatow, who is producing the new film, to discuss it.  Reubens is hoping production will begin very soon and that he’s already started talking to some people about casting. (Crave Online)

The new film from Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line), starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams, has scored a title and a rating.  The film is titled To The Wonder and is rated R for “some sexuality/nudity.”  No release date has been set yet but it is expected to be released this year.  (The Film Stage)

James Badge Dale (The Grey, Shame) has joined the cast of Iron Man 3.  He is set to play a character named Eric Savin, who in the Marvel comics is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army put in charge of Project: Ultra.  After he steps on a land mine, cybernetic surgery is performed on him and is resurrected as the cyborg Coldblood. (Variety)

Three new still photos show the first look of Liam Neeson in Taken 2.  The sequel will hit theaters on October 5. (Entertainment Weekly)

ABC is stating that they hope the Hulk television show will be ready for the 2013-2014 season.  The show which is currently in development could end up airing on ABC or be sold to another network based upon where it fits the best. (NY Daily News)

Isabelle Fuhrman (The Hunger Games, Orphan) has won the lead role in the David Gordon Green directed remake of Suspiria.  Based on Dario Argento’s 1977 film, the new movie is set to start filming in September.  (Comingsoon.net)

Ridley Scott’s sequel to Blade Runner is gaining further traction by bringing on one of the original screenwriters, Hampton Fancher, to develop the idea for the new screenplay.  The plan is to set the film years after the original and it’s unknown which characters would be brought back. (Ain’t It Cool News)

Criterion revealed their August Blu-ray slate and Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tennenbaums is among the list.  The disc is set to be released on 8/14. (The Digital Bits)

A new episode of Ain’t It Cool With Harry Knowles is now online and features a guest appearance by screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter).  (Ain’t It Cool News)

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2 Comments on “Popcorn News – May 18”

  1. Ben McBride May 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    Haha, yea, there was actually quite a bit more news that I could have added to that but I didn’t want it to be too much information to go through.

  2. Richard W Scott May 18, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    Wow! That’s a lot to take in all at once. Thanks for this.

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