Popcorn News – July 5

The Thursday and Friday schedules for the San Diego Comic-Con have been posted on the SDCC website.  Highlights include the Hall H panel for Veronica Mars, The World’s End panel featuring Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, as well Dark Horse’s spotlight on Joss Whedon. (SDCC)

Director Neil Marshall will be returning to the world of Game of Thrones.  He directed the second season episode Blackwater and will return to tackle the fourth season’s finale. (Empire)

Colin Trevorrow recently spoke about Jurassic Park 4 and his approach to the film, “We definitely want to honor what came before us. We are very aware of how much a certain generation especially cares about this movie and we talk about it all the time in really good conversations. It’s not about us, it’s not about our careers, it’s – how do we make something that can stand up [against the original]?” (Schmoes Knows)

The poster and trailer for Laika’s upcoming stop-motion animated film, The Boxtrolls.  The movie hits theaters on September 26, 2015 and features the voices of Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan and Simon Pegg. (Comingsoon.net)

The Boxtrolls poster

James O’Barr, the creator of The Crow comic, has joined Relativity Media’s upcoming reboot of The Crow as a consultant.  Luke Evans is starring with F. Javier Gutierrez set to direct. (Variety)

Nicolas Cage is in talks to join Lost Melody from director Terry Zwigoff (Bad Santa, Ghost World).  He would play a man who is trapped in a marriage to a shrewish wife and falls in love with a prostitute. (The Wrap)

Director Guillermo del Toro recently spoke about his upcoming gothic horror tale Crimson Peak. “Crimson Peak is a much, much, much smaller movie, completely character-driven. It’s an adult movie, an R-rated movie, pretty adult. Shockingly different from anything I’ve done in the English language. Normally, when I go to do a movie in America for the spectacle and younger audience, for ‘Blade’ or whatever. This movie’s tone is scary and it’s the first time I get to do a movie more akin to what I do in the Spanish movies,” he said before adding, “[This] has moments that are very visceral, physical violence. You’re in this sort of sedate romance and then there is this brutal moment where you’re like, “Whoa!” And it has a lot of kinky moments. The only kinky moment I’ve ever shot is the leg f**k in ‘The Devil’s Backbone.’ [laughs] This has a little more kinkiness than that.” (ShockTillYouDrop)

Six new character images from The Wolverine have popped up online.  The film, from director James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma), opens on July 26. (IGN)

Wolverine character image 1

James Franco is planning an independently financed adaptation of William Faulkner’s classic novel, The Sound and the Fury.  Franco will direct and star in the film from a script he co-wrote with Matt Rager.  Jon Hamm, Danny McBride and Dave Franco are all in talks to join the project should schedules align. (The L.A. Times)

Dreamworks is in talks with author John Steinbeck’s estate to make a new version of The Grapes of Wrath.  Steven Spielberg is set to produce the film with no intention to direct the movie. (Deadline)

The newest video blog from Peter Jackson and crew on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is now online.  Jackson mentions that there will unfortunately be no presense at Comic-Con this year for The Hobbit.

by Ben McBride

Follow Ben on Twitter @monsterpopcorn

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