Popcorn News – Mar. 7

At a “Meet the Filmmakers” event in London for Oz the Great and Powerful, Sam Raimi took some questions about the Evil Dead franchise.  He responded, “I would love to make Evil Dead 4.  My brother and I plan to work on the script this summer.”  The brother that Raimi alludes to is his brother Ivan, who co-wrote Army of Darkness, Darkman, Spider-Man 3 and Drag Me to Hell.  Evil Dead 4 is far from a sure thing but the brothers Raimi hope to see if they can find a story they want to tell. (Disney Movies UK)

According to a rep for Carrie Fisher, her recent comments stating she was going to be in the new Star Wars film was just her joking with the interviewer and nothing has been confirmed as far as Fisher reprising the role of Princess Leia.  (CNN)

Keri Russell (FX’s The Americans, Felicity) has taken the female lead in the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  She joins Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Kodi-Smit McPhee and Gary Oldman in the Matt Reeves-directed sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. (Variety)

Sam Mendes, the director of the most recent James Bond film Skyfall, recently revealed in an interview that he will not return for the as-of-yet untitled next entry into the Bond franchise.  His theater commitments will be keeping him busy for the next year or so and will not have the time for the next movie.  Mendes, as well as producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, did say that they all hope to collaborate again in the future. (Empire)

A new character poster for Sofia Vergara as Desmedona in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills has been released featuring her weapon of choice, boob guns. (SuperHeroHype)

Machete Kills Sofia Vergara character poster

Halle Berry has confirmed in an interview that she will return as Storm in Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. (BlackFilm.com)

MGM has found its director for the upcoming remake of Poltergeist.  Gil Kenan, who previously directed 2006’s Monster House and 2008’s City of Ember, will helm the remake being produced by Sam Raimi. (Deadline)

Edward Norton, Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis have all been cast in the dark comedy, Birdman.  The movie, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu (Biutiful, Babel), will focus on a former actor (Keaton), who once played an iconic superhero on-screen, attempting to jumpstart his career on Broadway but finds his production threatened by the lead actor (Norton) and his egotistical behavior.  (Deadline)

While Harrison Ford is expected to reprise his role as Han Solo in the new Star Wars movie, he’ll first be trading comedic blows with Will Ferrell in Anchorman 2.  He’s set to play a legendary newscaster in the Adam McKay-directed comedy which begins shooting this month in Atlanta. (Hollywood Reporter)

Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill, the duo behind Sinister, are reteaming to write Sinister 2.  Derrickson will not return to direct but will produce alongside Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum. (Deadline)

Netflix has released a debut poster and new stills for its upcoming supernatural series, Hemlock Grove.  The show, which hits Netflix’s streaming service with all episodes premiering at once on April 19, stars Famke Janssen, Lili Taylor, Landon Liboiron, Aaron Douglas, Dougray Scott and Bill Skarsgard and is executive produced by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever), who directed the pilot episode. (ShockTillYouDrop)

Hemlock Grove promo poster

Warner Bros. looks to be handing the DC Universe reins over to Christopher Nolan, Zack Snyder and David Goyer.  The plan would be for Zack Snyder to direct the Justice League movie from a story that Nolan and Goyer come up with.  This deal isn’t official yet but it’s likely that it will come to fruition if Man of Steel is a win this summer.  It’s also expected that Warner Bros. will be looking to get Christian Bale back as Batman with Henry Cavill returning as Superman for Justice League.  (Latino Review)

Crystal Dynamics, the video game studio behind the new Tomb Raider reboot game, is working alongside GK Films to develop a new Tomb Raider movie which will feature a younger Lara Croft and ideally breathe new life into the now-stale franchise started by the two films starring Angelina Jolie. (Variety)

Sony Pictures has set a September 12, 2014 release date for Resident Evil 6.  Before director Paul W.S. Anderson began production on Resident Evil: Afterlife, he stated that he had mapped out a story for a new trilogy which would bring the franchise total to six films.  The currently-untitled sixth film will begin shooting later this year and it’s expected that Anderson will return along with star Milla Jovovich. (ShockTillYouDrop)

The international poster for Joss Whedon’s new film, Much Ado About Nothing, has been revealed.  Whedon’s self-financed/produced Shakespeare adaptation hits North America on June 7 and stars Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Reed Diamond, Fran Kranz, Clark Gregg, Sean Maher and Nathan Fillion. (Comingsoon.net)

Much Ado About Nothing international poster

Bruce Banner/Hulk himself, Mark Ruffalo, responded to the Hulk movie rumors that have recently run rampant online. “A lot of folks have been asking about the Next Hulk.  The next time you see my Hulk it will be in The Avengers 2.  No plans for stand alone.”  He added, “I am not giving up on another stand alone HULK.  But it’s not in the works right now.  One never knows what the future will bring.” (Mark Ruffalo)

Liam Neeson has joined Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West.  Neeson would join Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried and Giovanni Ribisi in the western comedy as the outlaw husband of Theron. (Hollywood Reporter)

Several “Victory Portraits” for this fall’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire have been revealed online, including the debut of Jeffrey Wright as the character, Beetee. (Mockingjay.net)

Hunger Games Catching Fire Beetee poster

The Red-Band trailer for Rapturepalooza has hit the web (WARNING: NSFW!).  The apocalyptic comedy stars Anna Kendrick, John Francis Daley, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Ken Jeong, Thomas Lennon, Tyler Labine, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel and Ana Gasteyer.  The film is written by Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure scribe Chris Matheson.

by Ben McBride

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2 Comments on “Popcorn News – Mar. 7”

  1. Ben McBride March 7, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    I still haven’t watched House of Cards yet but I’m hoping to really soon. If Netflix is going to survive in the original content arena they are definitely going to have to make sure that quality programming is a top priority. It’ll make them a name and a reliable source of intelligent/good entertainment.

  2. NICK March 7, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    Honestly, I’m game to try anything Netflix throws our way. It’s easy to access and it’s instant gratification. Since I’m already a subscriber, it’s worth a shot! Plus, House of Cards was FANTASTIC. Hopefully, they can continue delivering quality original content going forward.

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