Popcorn News – Mar. 14

Creator Rob Thomas has successfully funded a Veronica Mars movie through the crowd-sourcing online platform, Kickstarter.  It’s target budget of $2 million was met in just 10 hours time, a record on Kickstarter.  Warner Bros. Digital Distribution has agreed to put the movie into production and pick up the costs of marketing, promotion and distribution.  Veronica Mars will be released in early 2014 with a limited-time theatrical run before moving to VOD, iTunes and home video. (Kickstarter)

In a bizarre twist of random happenstance, it appears that the newly announced casting news of the upcoming film adaptation of Joe Hill’s horror comic book Locke & Key will inadvertently be a Full House cast reunion of sorts.  Bob Saget will play Professor Joe Ridgeway, John Stamos is Sam Lesser, Dave Coulier is “Dodge” Caravaggio, Mary-Kate Olsen is Kinsey Locke and Lori Loughlin is Nina Locke.  Executive Producer Chris Ryall spoke about the casting, ““We swear we were not actually hunting these actors specifically but it just so happened that many of them still use the same casting agent service, and it just so happened that their readings blew all other contenders out of the water.” (New Comics Day)

Mondo has released an image of Ken Taylor’s new Beetlejuice poster that will debut at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, TX tomorrow March 14, where it will be available for sale. (Badass Digest)

Mondo Beetlejuice poster by Ken Taylor

Sylvester Stallone took to Twitter to offer up some updates on The Expendables 3.  “Writing EX3 at the moment… there are going to be mountains of surprises..,” he said before adding, “EX3 needs NEW blood and more humor…. The films were always meant to be more on the humorous side with moments of drama.”  He stated that Steven Seagal would not be joining the cast but that Jackie Chan is a possibility.  He also added that he is looking for “some young bloods!!!  By young I mean 22 to 27.  Not big bruisers but tech wizard, super brains and a young woman who is not a sex symbol but funny, tough, REAL.” (Sylvester Stallone)

When asked about the status of the next Tintin film in a recent interview, Steven Spielberg stated, “Peter Jackson is directing the next one, I’m producing.  We have a script and we’re going to start performance capture probably at the end of this year.  Don’t hold me to it, but we’re hoping the film will come out around Christmas-time in 2015.  We know which books we’re making, we can’t share that now but we’re combining two books which were always intended to be combined by Herge.” (The Times of India)

Disney is prepping a Oz the Great and Powerful sequel due to the box office success of Oz this past weekend.  No details are available yet but Mitchell Kapner, the co-writer of Oz, is set to return to write the sequel.  Disney is planning to move on with the project with or without director Sam Raimi, who has stated that as of right now, it is unlikely that he will return. (Variety)

The trailer for Thor: The Dark World looks to be debuting in front of prints of Iron Man 3 which comes out on May 3.  It’s possible it might premiere online before that date. (ComicBook.com)

Concept artist Douglas Sirois talked about the proposed Disney animated remake of the Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis film The Stooge, which would team Mickey Mouse and Roger Rabbit.  Gary K. Wolf, the creator of Roger Rabbit, is on board with the idea and has offered to assist in writing the film.  A concept poster for the film can be seen below.   (Filmoria)

The Stooge promo art

Despite contrary rumors, Alan Cumming will not return as Nightcrawler in X-Men: Days of Future Past. (Comingsoon.net)

IFC Films has given Neil Jordan’s Byzantium a June 28 release date.  The vampire thriller stars Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller and Caleb Landry Jones. (ShockTillYouDrop)

Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) is set to produce Nexus for Paramount Pictures.  The film will be an adaptation of Ramez Naam’s science fiction novel of the same name.  The story follows a young technologist who becomes the first person to invent controllable nanotechnology software for the brain.  He then becomes an unwilling pawn in an international battle to control the new technology, chased by mercenaries and government agents looking to make enhancements of their own. (Deadline)

Jenna Louise-Coleman is signed to return for the eighth season of Doctor Who as her companion character Clara Oswin Oswald.  Filming on this year’s Christmas special and the eighth season will begin in September. (Den of Geek)

Seven years after its Toronto Film Festival debut, Jonathan Levine’s All the Boys Love Mandy Lane will finally be released in the U.S.  The horror movie starring Amber Heard and Anson Mount will open theatrically in the top 50 markets at a currently undisclosed date while simultaneously hitting VOD. (Deadline)

by Ben McBride

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