Popcorn News – Aug. 9

While the reported news that Warner Bros. would like Ben Affleck to direct Justice League may be true, Affleck’s reps say it will NOT happen.  He may still meet about the project but it won’t be to direct it.   (Deadline)

Joss Whedon has signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Studios for film and television development through June 2015.  Part of this deal includes writing and directing The Avengers 2 as well as to help develop a new live-action television series for Marvel Television at ABC.  He will also be contributing creatively to the next phase of the Marvel cinematic universe which includes Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man. (Marvel)

Images from the currently shooting fourth season of Arrested Development have appeared online which features never-nude Tobias Fünke rapped in a sheet.  (Collider)

Shia LaBeouf is in talks to join the cast of Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac which already stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgard.  The two-part erotic drama, which will start filming in September, will be released in two cuts, one of which will be more sexually explicit. (Hollywood Reporter)

When asked about a possible remake of Gremlins, producer Frank Marshall replied, “No, I don’t think so.  I think by now we have something in our contracts, or at least Amblin does, where it can’t be remade without Steven’s permission.” (Crave Online)

Warner Bros. is planning a limited release of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit in 48 fps.  The 48 fps version of the film will only go to select cities as Warners wants to protect the future of the new high-frame rate by gradually introducing it.  The majority of the United States will be able to see the film in the standard 24 fps with the later entries of The Hobbit franchise possibly opening in wider markets with the 48 fps versions. (Variety)

Sony Pictures Animation has acquired the rights to the 1980s hit TV show ALF.  They have plans to develop the property into a hybrid CG/live action feature film with Paul Fusco returning to voice the titular character. (Hollywood Reporter)

The official first look of Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln popped up online.  The resemblance is uncanny. (EW)

In an interview Guillermo del Toro gave an update to the slowly developing The Haunted Mansion movie over at Disney.  “I delivered my last draft five weeks ago.  I have a meeting with them in three weeks.  I know they like the screenplay.  I know their reaction to the draft was good.  We have a bunch of conceptualist art, but you never know, to predict anything else is hard for me to know.” (Collider)

Donald Faison (Scrubs) is in talks to join Kick-Ass 2 as Dr. Gravity, a character that fights alongside Kick-Ass.  He’d be joining the already cast Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Nicolas Cage and John Leguizamo. (Deadline)

A poster has been revealed for the long-delayed remake of Red Dawn starring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.  A trailer is expected to premiere tomorrow. (Yahoo!)

The new episode of Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles is now online.  This week Harry talks about The Bourne Legacy, James Bond, ParaNorman and the new Jurassic Park film in development. (Ain’t It Cool)

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3 Comments on “Popcorn News – Aug. 9”

  1. saymber August 10, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Excited about Joss Whedon news! Thanks!

  2. Ben McBride August 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    I agree, it is a pretty terrible poster. I’ve never seen the original Red Dawn but I do like some of the cast in the remake. I’ll check it out.

  3. CrystalSC August 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    I hate remakes but I must say about Red Dawn that the Supernatural fan in me is somehow weirdly excited that Palickiand J.D. Morgan will be in the film together. But that’s a horrible poster. It looks like a really bad Photoshop job.
    LOL – Tobias. I can’t wait for Arrested Development!!

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