Popcorn News – Sept. 27

FOX and Warner Bros are teaming up for Gotham, a series that explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham City famous. In the show, Gordon is still a detective with the Gotham City Police and has yet to meet Batman, who will not be part of the series. Gotham already has a series commitment and will be overseen by Rome and The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller. (Deadline)

Bryce Dallas Howard is in early talks to star in Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) is directing the fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise from a script he co-wrote with Derek Connolly. (The Wrap)

Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, The Descent) has been hired to remake the Norwegian film, Troll Hunter. The 2010 original focused on a group of students investigating a series of mysterious bear killings. They follow a mysterious hunter into the deep woods, learning along the way that he is a troll hunter and that the creatures killing those bears might not confine their appetites to that species only. Marshall will start production in early 2014 after taking a director’s pass on the script by Marc Haimes. (Deadline)

The Hobbit and Sherlock star Martin Freeman has been cast in FX’s Fargo TV series, inspired by the 1996 Coen Brothers film. The ten-episode limited series will follow an all-new true crime story with a new case and characters. Freeman is reported to be playing Lester Nygaard, a sad sack insurance salesman, inspired by William H. Macy’s Jerry Lundegaard in the original movie. Freeman joins the already cast Billy Bob Thornton with the Coens Brothers on board to executive produce the series which is aiming for a spring 2014 premiere. (The Live Feed)

A photo from the set of James Wan’s Fast and Furious 7 has hit the web thanks to star Vin Diesel. The still gives a first look at Kurt Russell in the film. (Vin Diesel’s Facebook)

Paul Walker Vin Diesel and Kurt Russell in Fast and Furious 7

Rosario Dawson is in negotiations to star in Brad Peyton’s micro-budget horror film Incarnate at Blumhouse Productions. The story follows an unconventional exorcist, played by Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) with the ability to tap into the subconscious of the possessed. He meets his match when a nine-year old boy is possessed by a demon from his past. (Hollywood Reporter)

Blade and Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer is working with Warner Bros TV and NBC to create Constantine, a series based on DC Comics’ John Constantine stories. Constantine centers on an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond. The property was previously released as a movie in 2005 starring Keanu Reeves. (Deadline)

Warner Bros recently announced a plan for new Harry Potter-verse movies based on the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them but now it looks like there could be the potential of many other Potter-related projects in the future. Warners has locked down the various media trademarks for the stories of Tales of Beedle The Bard and Quidditch Through the Ages, the Quidditch expert and fictitious author Kennilworthy Whisp, as well as the Quidditch teams Wimbourne Wasps, Chudley Cannons and Kenmare Kestrels. (Bleeding Cool)

The MGM and Screen Gem remake of Carrie has received an R rating. A new TV spot revealed the unexpected rating since it was believed the studio was aiming for a PG-13 to get the widest possible audience. (ShockTillYouDrop)

Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds) is in talks to play the villain in director David Yates’ new live-action take on Tarzan. Alexander Skarsgard will star as the titular character and Waltz will play Captain Rom, a Belgian soldier who wants to capture Tarzan in exchange for diamonds. Emma Stone and Margot Robbie are being considered for the role of Jane. (Variety)

A photo of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in wardrobe as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne on the set of Dumb and Dumber To was revealed on Jeff Daniels Twitter account. The Farrelly Brothers are back to write and direct the sequel to the hit 1994 film. (Jeff Daniels)

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels on set of Dumb and Dumber To

CBS has greenlit a new show from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan called Battle Creek. Gilligan wrote the pilot for CBS a decade ago but it failed to become a pilot then. It’s likely that the pilot episode will be re-written (and directed) by Gilligan, however, David Shore will take over as showrunner after the pilot since Gilligan will be busy with other projects he’s working on. Battle Creek is a drama about two detectives in Battle Creek, Michigan. One is a trusting naïf, the other a cynic who relies on guile and deception. They find themselves in competition with an F.B.I. agent whom they see as the epitome of a crime-fighter, though he is far from that. CBS is contractually obligated to air all 13 first-season episodes starting next fall. (Ain’t It Cool)

Colin Farrell (Dead Man Down, Total Recall) has been offered a lead role in the new Warcraft film from Legendary Pictures and Atlas Entertainment. Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) is also in negotiations for a lead role in the film that will be directed by Duncan Jones (Source Code, Moon). (Deadline)

Image Entertainment announced they have acquired all US rights to the high school-set horror comedy All Cheerleaders Die written and directed by Lucky McKee (The Woods). When tragedy rocks Blackfoot High, rebellious outsider Mäddy Killian shocks the student body by joining the cheerleading squad. This decision drives a rift between Mäddy and her ex-girlfriend Leena Miller – a loner who claims to practice the dark arts. After a confrontation with the football team, Mäddy and her new cheerleader friends are sent on a supernatural roller coaster ride which leaves a path of destruction none of them may be able to escape. The film is scheduled for a theatrical release in spring 2014 and stars Caitlin Stasey (Reign), Sianoa Smit-McPhee (Hung) and introduces Tom Williamson. (Comingsoon.net)

Machinima has posted the complete second season of Kevin Tancharoen’s web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy. All ten episodes, running between 8-15 minutes each, can be watched in order through Machinima’s playlist. (Machinima Mortal Kombat: Legacy II Playlist)


by Ben McBride

Follow Ben on @monsterpopcorn

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