Popcorn News – Nov. 29

After director Bryan Singer revealed that both Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan would be joining the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past, it’s been announced that Hugh Jackman is now in talks to join the sequel to X-Men: First Class. (Hollywood Reporter)

CBS has ordered Under the Dome straight to series with a 13-episode order.  The TV series, which is based upon Stephen King’s book, is being shepherded by Brian K. Vaughn (Lost) and will be produced by Amblin Television and CBS TV Studios.  Niels Arden Oplev (the original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) will direct the first episode of the series which tells the story of a small New England town that is suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. (Bloody Disgusting)

Viral marketing for Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming film Pacific Rim is now in full swing.  The film, which opens July 2013, has revealed a blueprint image of one of the Jaegers, a giant robot suit, that is used to fend off attacking Kaiju (giant monsters). (Wired)

Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-Team) will write and direct Undying Love for Warner Bros.  The film is based on the graphic novel of the same name and centers on an ex-soldier who falls for a vampire but, in order to be with her, he must take on her creator who happens to be protected by an army of mobsters in the Hong Kong underworld. (Deadline)

The official synopsis for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness has been revealed, “When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.  With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.  As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.” (SuperHeroHype)

MGM is developing a remake of the 1976 horror film The Town That Dreaded Sundown.  The original was about a Texas Ranger who hunts for a hooded serial killer terrorizing the residents of Texarkana.  MGM is currently seeking writers to provide various takes on the property. (Variety)

Safety Not Guaranteed team Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly have been hired by Disney to rewrite their Flight of the Navigator remake.  Trevorrow may also direct the film which is based on the 1986 original. (Variety)

Cate Blanchett has joined Mark Romanek’s Cinderella, reportedly as the evil stepmother.  The film is written by Chris Weitz (About a Boy) and is expected to be a brand new take on the classic tale. (Deadline)

The SyFy Channel is looking at Waterworld as a possibility for its new label SyFy Films.  The cable channel is looking to get into lower budget story-based films to release theatrically and is looking at Waterworld as a potential on-going film franchise or as a potential TV series. (Comingsoon.net)

As casting ramps up for Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy, the list of potentials for the role of Star Lord (aka Peter Quill) has been revealed.  Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Lee Pace (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy), James Marsden (X-Men) and Sullivan Stapleton (Strike Back) are all in the running to play the character for director James Gunn. (Deadline)

The official trailer for Dark Skies has been released online.  The supernatural thriller is directed by Scott Stewart (Priest, Legion) and stars Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton and J.K. Simmons. (YouTube)

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2 Comments on “Popcorn News – Nov. 29”

  1. Ben McBride December 3, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    I haven’t read the book yet but should probably do so before the show starts.

  2. NICK December 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    Was kind of hoping Under the Dome would get picked up by a Cable network….but I’ll still 100% watch it. I loved the book.

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