Popcorn News – Nov. 1

Gareth Evans (The Raid) and Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project, Lovely Molly) have enrolled in the roster of directors for V/H/S 2.  They will be joining Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die), Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun), Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre) and Sanchez’s producing partner Gregg Hale. (Hollywood Reporter)

After Disney bought Lucasfilm yesterday, it was announced that a new Star Wars film will be hitting theaters in 2015, followed by a new movie every other year.  A lot of speculation has been going on in regards to exactly what the new films will be about and, according to sources at Lucasfilm, the first film will be an original story.  The Lucasfilm source stated that it is not based on any book or graphic novel and that Episode VII will be something you’ve never seen or read of before. (E! Online)

Nu Media/Millenium Films has announced that they are moving forward with The Expendables 3.  No details on the plot or the cast are available as of yet. (Collider)

A new teaser poster for The Wolverine is now online.  The film comes out on July 26, 2013. (IGN)

Christoph Waltz is in talks to join the cast of the upcoming sequel to The Muppets as an Interpol agent.  The sequel will be written by Nicholas Stoller and James Bobin, with Bobin returning to direct. (Variety)

After Matthew Vaughn’s departure from the upcoming sequel to X-Men: First Class, Bryan Singer (X-Men 1 & 2) is now officially attached to direct X-Men: Days of Future Past.  Vaughn will remain on as a producer. (Deadline)

Imogen Poots (Fright Night) has joined Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) in Dreamworks’ big screen adaptation of the video game, Need for Speed.  (Hollywood Reporter)

The MPAA has given Riddick an “R” rating for “strong violence, language and some sexual content/nudity.”  Vin Diesel reprises the role of the titular character and David Twohy returns as writer/director for the sequel.  No release date is currently set for the film. (Comingsoon.net)

John Cusack will star in Cell, based off of the Stephen King novel of the same name.  Stephen King co-wrote the screenplay with The Last House on the Left scripter, Adam Alleca.  The producers of the film are currently looking for a director for the project. (Screen Daily)

New poster artwork for Sam Raimi’s upcoming Oz, The Great and Powerful is now available online.  The prequel to The Wizard of Oz starring James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Wiesz and Mila Kunis opens on March 8, 2013. (Yahoo!)

Tom Cruise offered an update on Mission: Impossible 5 in a recent interview and said that the film is in conceptual stages.  He also stated his optimism for more films, “It’s been pretty exciting. I’ll make a bunch of those. I’ll make as many as people want to see… because they’re very challenging, and so much fun to make.” (Total Film)

Frank Grillo (The Grey) has been cast as Crossbones in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  He joins Anthony Mackie, as the Falcon, and returning actors Chris Evans and Sebastian Shaw.  Some cast members from The Avengers will also appear in the sequel, including Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson and Cobie Smulders. (Variety)

Comic Con International has extended its contract with San Diego, keeping the convention in the city until 2016 as well as making plans for expansion to the convention center to allow for more room. (Santee Patch)

A new trailer for John Dies at the End has made its way to the web.  The new fantasy horror film from director Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, Bubba Ho-Tep) will open in theaters on January 25, 2013. (TheMovieBox.net)

by Ben McBride

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