Popcorn News – July 26

Edgar Wright has lined up another directing gig over at Paramount Pictures.  Wright will direct the sci-fi film, Collider, from a script that he co-wrote with Mark Protosevich and will be produced by J.J. Abrams.  The story is currently under wraps and no release date has been set.  Wright is directing The World’s End next and has Ant-Man set up over at Marvel Studios. (Deadline)

The MPAA has officially given The Expendables 2 an R-rating for strong violence, language and brief sexuality.  The film hits theaters on August 17. (Comingsoon.net)

Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation, Wrath of the Titans) is in talks to join Arnold Schwarzenegger in Ten.  The David Ayer directed action thriller is a take on Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians, set in the world of an elite DEA task force. (Variety)

Peter Jackson is in deep discussion with Warner Bros. regarding a third Hobbit film.  The plan was originally for two films but Jackson has stated his desire to shoot more footage that could be used for a third film.  Negotiations are currently underway to see if all the cast members can be brought back and the right financial arrangements can be made. (Hollywood Reporter)

A new still has popped up online of Saoirse Ronan (HannaThe Lovely Bones) in the upcoming vampire flick, Byzantium, from director Neil Jordan (Interview with a Vampire).  The film will make its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival this September. (ShockTillYouDrop)

Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen) is joining the cast of Jose Padilha’s RoboCop remake.  Haley will play Maddox, the guy who dispenses the military training to Robocop (played by Alex Kinnaman).  Jay Baruchel is also circling a part in the film. (Deadline)

Jon Favreau spoke about his upcoming theme park fantasy film Magic Kingdom for Disney and that Pixar was helping develop the story.  Favreau says, “What we’ve been doing is writing a script, going up to Pixar, meeting with the brain trust, coming back down, bringing on artists, story editors and putting it together as though it were an animated film so that by the time we actually film it, we’ll have a rock solid story.  I don’t want to rush anything. I want this thing to be perfect.” (Crave Online)

NBC has announced Dracula, a 10-episode drama series based upon Bram Stoker’s novel.  Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors, Match Point) will play the titular character as he arrives in London seeking revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier and falls in love with a woman who seems to be his dead wife reincarnated. (Comingsoon.net)

Stephen Merchant (the British The Office, Extras) will write, produce and star in Hello Ladies which has been ordered to pilot by HBO.  Merchant will play an English guy looking for love in Los Angeles who’s infatuated with the city’s polarizing world of beautiful people, which he’ll desperately attempt to crack. (Hollywood Reporter)

The first stills from the epic Cloud Atlas have appeared online.  The film, an adaptation of David Mitchell’s 2004 novel, is co-written and co-directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix trilogy) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run).  The film, which has its actors playing multiple characters, stars Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent, Bae Doona and James D’Arcy.  It opens on October 26. (EW)

The new episode of Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles is now online.  This week Harry sits down with Quint and discusses Hall H at Comic-Con, including conversation about the upcoming movies Evil Dead, Godzilla, The Hobbit and James Bond. (Nerdist YouTube Channel)

by Ben McBride

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One Comment on “Popcorn News – July 26”

  1. Nannimcb July 29, 2012 at 8:14 am #

    Are you planning any dedicated, or themed, posts after you finish the Summer of the 80s series? I like the way you relate a movie to the director, actor, or producers’ previous works. Many of us are drawn to an actor or genre. Movie geeks are more educated, aware, or drawn to directors’ works. Would you consider a director- related series? You could start with one of my favs- Guillermo del Toro.

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