Popcorn News – Feb. 21

A new still from The Wolverine has appeared online along with the caption, “the past is always behind you, but the memories still remain.” (The Wolverine Movie)

The Wolverine still

Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) has signed on to star in the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  The sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes will be directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and will hit theaters on May 23, 2014. (Hollywood Reporter)

Joss Whedon recently commented on the optimistic tone of the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot for ABC that is now in post-produciton.  He stated, “I’m excited about the show because it’s a very hopeful show. It’s not about murder, and it’s not about crime, and it’s not people looking into their own belly buttons. It’s about people who are trying to help each other, and that’s one of the things I loved about comic books. They had costumes and the villains were cool [but] they stood for something, and I like doing a show that does that.” (TV Line)

John Williams, the film composer behind many memorable movie scores like Star Wars, Jurassic Park and Jaws, recently stated that he hopes to come back for the upcoming Star Wars films that Disney has planned.  “Now we’re hearing of a new set of movies coming in 2015, 2016…so I need to make sure I’m still ready to go in a few years for what I hope would be continued work with George.” (John Williams Fan Network)

Universal Pictures are so pleased with the reception of the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror film, Mama, that they are looking to do a sequel to the hit movie.  David Kosse, the studio’s president of international, said in an interview, “We think there’s potential for a Mama franchise.  We’d like to do another one.  But those conversations are in the early stages.” (Screen Daily)

Rachel Lefevre (The Caller, Twilight) has joined the cast of the Stephen King television adaptation, Under the Dome.  She’ll be playing an owner of a small town newspaper that teams up with Dale Barbara (Mike Vogel) to find out what is going on when the town of Chester’s Mill is covered by a mysterious dome.  The 13-episode first season, adapted by Brian K. Vaughan (Lost), will premiere on June 24 on CBS. (TV Line)

Producer Kathleen Kennedy will not return to produce the upcoming Jurassic Park IV.  Frank Marshall, her husband and producing partner, recently responded to a tweet, “No, Ms. Kennedy has moved onto Star Wars and will not be producing JP4. She’s traded raptors for TIE fighters.” (Frank Marshall)

New Blu-ray release dates have been announced for The Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas and Dexter: The Complete Seventh Season.  Both hit stores on May 14. (The Digital Bits)

Orlando Jones (Evolution) and Katia Winter (Dexter) have signed on to Fox’s upcoming Sleepy Hollow series.  It’s been revealed that the series will feature a time travel element where the still-uncast Ichabod Crane will travel from the past to present day Sleepy Hollow, where he finds himself accused of murder.  Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (FringeStar Trek) wrote the pilot and will serve as executive producers on the series. (Hollywood Reporter)

A new still from the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game hit the web recently.  It shows Ender and the Salamander Army taking a lunch break.  The film will hit 2D and IMAX theaters on November 1. (Ender’s Game)

Enders Game still

The new teaser trailer for the upcoming season of the webseries Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2 has popped up online.  Kevin Tancharoen returns to co-write and direct the second season. (Machinima)

by Ben McBride

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2 Comments on “Popcorn News – Feb. 21”

  1. Ben McBride February 24, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

    Yea I’m looking forward to seeing some footage from Ender’s Game. I want to see what that is going to look like beyond the stills released. And yea, I can’t wait to watch Cloud Atlas again on blu-ray.

  2. Richard W Scott February 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    Some of these look REALLY good! ))
    I’m especially eager for Ender’s Game, and my own copy of Cloud Atlas.

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