Popcorn News – Dec. 12

Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) is in early talks to play John Conner in the upcoming Terminator: Genesis reboot. Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones, Thor: The Dark World) is directing the film which is expected to have Arnold Schwarzenegger return to the role he origintated. Emilia Clark (Game of Thrones) and Brie Larson (Short Term 12)  are currently being considered for the role of Sarah Connor. (Deadline)

Game of Thrones and Bullet to the Head actor Jason Mamoa is in final negotiations to join the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. He’d be joining Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams and Gal Gadot in Zack Snyder directed movie. No word yet on what his role would be but rumors are suggesting that he may be up for the role of Doomsday or Martian Manhunter. (Hollywood Reporter)

A new poster for Godzilla has appeared online. The giant monster flick hits theaters May 2014. (Ain’t It Cool)

Godzilla 2014 poster

Director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) has signed on to direct and produce the sequel to World War Z. Brat Pitt is expected to return as producer and star of the film. No word yet on what the story of the sequel will be. (Hollywood Reporter)

Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz looks to be making his feature directorial debut with the movie Guinea Pigging. Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, of Reno 911 fame, will be scripting the comedy about a human drug-test subject who volunteers for testing at a pharmaceutical company and experiences unusual side effects. (Hollywood Reporter)

Ti West’s latest film, The Sacrament, has been given an official VOD release date on May 5 and a limited theatrical release on June 6. The movie follows two media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s search to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the U.S. to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the world of “Eden Parish,” a self-sustained rural utopia comprised of nearly 200 members. As their friend reunites with his sister, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems. (Ain’t It Cool)

Peter Jackson recently spoke of the status of the proposed sequel to The Adventures of Tintin. In the interview, Jackson said, “As soon as I’m free of The Hobbit, I’ll be going back into doing Tintin. It was held up by The Hobbit but we have every intention of doing another Tintin movie and it’s just waiting on me now to be done with these Hobbit movies.” (BadTaste.It)

The first character posters for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has premiered online and they feature the apes of the movie. The Matt Reeves led sequel stars Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and Judy Greer. The movie opens in theaters on July 11, 2014.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes poster Caesar

Paramount announced they are moving forward with a Jack Reacher sequel. The new film would be based on Lee Child’s Never Go Back novel with Tom Cruise returning to the role of Reacher. Both the studio and Tom Cruise hope that Christopher McQuarrie will return to direct the movie but since he’s busy prepping Mission: Impossible 5, he will not be writing the film. (Deadline)

Simon Pegg will star in the sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything from the members of Monty Python. Pegg will play Neil Clarke, a disillusioned school teacher who suddenly finds he has magical powers bestowed upon him by aliens. Terry Jones will helm the movie which features John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin as voices of various aliens and Robin Williams as the voice of Clarke’s faithful dog. (Screen Daily)

Screenwriter David Guggenheim (Safe House) is in talks to write Bad Boys III. With Jerry Bruckheimer on board to produce the film, the hope is that Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will return. There’s no word if director Michael Bay would be back to helm the next entry in the action franchise. (Deadline)

The first trailer for the Wachowski’s latest film, Jupiter Ascending, is now online. The sci-fi movie, which stars Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne and Sean Bean, opens on July 25, 2014.

by Ben McBride

Follow Ben on @monsterpopcorn

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