Popcorn News – July 12

Tron: Legacy and Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski recently spoke about two Disney projects he’s attached to, Tron 3 and the reboot of The Black Hole. “Both projects are being written right now by two really talented writers. Jon Spaihts is writing Black Hole and Jesse Wigutow is writing Tron 3. Both scripts are in progress, I’m really excited about both,” he said before adding, “The fundamental ideas of both are really interesting. The Tron sequel kind of takes where we left off with Legacy, that idea presented in the last few minutes of the film and really expands on it in a really exciting way.” (Entertainment Tonight)

It looks like an X-Force movie is in the works.  20th Century Fox has registered the domain name X-ForceMovie.com and X-Force comic creator Rob Liefeld recently tweeted that he’s known since March that an X-Force movie is in development but doesn’t have a greenlight yet. (X-MenFilms.com)

A new look at Jamie Foxx as Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has found its way online. The movie opens in theaters on May 2, 2014. (ComicBookMovie)

Electro from Amazing Spider-Man 2

Donald Glover has reduced his commitment to the fifth season of NBC’s Community.  He will now be appearing in five of the show’s thirteen episodes for the new season.  Glover says he plans on using the extra time to focus on his musical career under the stage name Childish Gambino. (Hollywood Reporter)

Ben Affleck is in negotiations to play the lead in David Fincher’s next film, Gone Girl. In the movie, based on the Gillian Flynn novel, Affleck would play a husband whose wife disappears during their fifth anniversary, leaving him to be the prime suspect in her murder. (Deadline)

Legendary Pictures is ramping up development of a Hot Wheels movie. Currently, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) and Simon Crane (2nd-unit director on World War Z) are the two favorites to direct the movie which is being setup as more in the vein of Mission: Impossible as opposed to a Fast & Furious clone. The decision on the director is expected to be made soon with production aiming to begin in early 2014. (Hollywood Reporter)

Vin Diesel teased his involvement in an upcoming Marvel Studios production.  Diesel was mum on which project he’s in discussions for but he took his picture standing in front of a poster of an old Avengers comic which has speculation pointing to his involvement in The Avengers 2. (Vin Diesel)

The first still of Aaron Eckhart as the new Frankenstein monster in the comic adaptation of I, Frankenstein has arrived online. The movie is set in a dystopic present where Frankenstein’s creature, Adam, has survived to present day due to a genetic quirk in his creation. He finds himself in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. The movie also stars Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski and Mirando Otto. (Bloody Disgusting)

I Frankenstein first still

James Franco will have a cameo role in the upcoming Veronica Mars movie.  He will play one of several celebrities who have been victims of a scam in which cameras are hidden in famous people’s houses. (Zap2It)

It’s officially been confirmed, Sam Mendes (Skyfall) will return to direct Bond 24. As expected, Daniel Craig will return to play James Bond and Skyfall writer John Logan will return to script the film. (Ain’t It Cool)

Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich) is reportedly working on a screenplay adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel, Slaughterhouse-Five.  Guillermo del Toro is attached to direct and said he spoke to Kaufman for “an hour and a half and came up with a perfect way of doing the book.” (Slash Film)

FOX has committed to producing a pilot for a TV series adaptation of Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s popular graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentleman.  Michael Green (Heroes, Smallville) will serve as writer, executive producer and showrunner if the project goes to series. (Hollywood Reporter)

Texas Chainsaw 3D producers Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell have picked up the remake rights to George A. Romero’s zombie classic Day of the Dead. Millenium Films will co-produce the remake that aims to stay as close to the Romero version as possible. (The L.A. Times)

The trailer for Drafthouse Films newest release, I Declare War, is now online.  The Stand By Me-esque action fantasy hits select theaters August 30. (Ain’t It Cool)

by Ben McBride

Follow Ben on Twitter @monsterpopcorn

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