Popcorn News – Feb. 14

The Weinstein Company is looking to make a cinematic reboot of the Knight Rider franchise and have offered roles to Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation, Guardians of the Galaxy) and Danny McBride (This Is The End, Eastbound and Down). The rumor is that Pratt would be up for the role of Michael Knight and McBride would be voicing the role of KITT. (Schmoes Know)

With the roles of Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and John Connor (Jason Clarke) cast in the upcoming Terminator: Genesis, the role of Kyle Reese has come down to two actors, Jai Courtney (Jack Reacher, A Good Day to Die Hard) and Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl). The winner of the role will join Arnold Schwarzenegger in the film directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World), which will be released on July 1, 2015. (Deadline)

Jed Whedon recently spoke about the status of the Dr. Horrible sequel, which he assures will happen, he’s just not sure when. “We know we have spoken publicly about a sequel in the near distance and our passion to create it, and I promise we have not been insincere. Horrible is still one of our favorite creations by humans who were also us. We have many songs written and the plot outlined, but needless to say, we’ve been busy. Joss has had a hectic couple of years and is in the middle of the busiest year of his life, as is Zack and as are we. Also the actors have other things they’re acting in, I think. So the future is uncertain, our passion remains. DH2 will exist, in some format or another, at some point in the future. Unfortunately, the when is still unclear.” (EW)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen will reteam with their 50/50 director Jonathan Levine for an untitled Christmas-themed comedy. The story will revolve around three childhood friends who decide to revive an old tradition of going out of town on Christmas Eve, this time setting their sights on New York City. Gordon-Levitt and Rogen would play two of the three friends, with the remaining friend still to be cast. (Ain’t It Cool)

A new poster and domestic trailer has been released for David Gordon Green’s upcoming drama Joe. The movie stars Nicholas Cage as the hot-tempered titular character who befriends a hard-luck kid and becomes a fierce and tender-hearted protector. Joe hits theaters and VOD on April 11th. (Ain’t It Cool)

Joe movie poster

Almost a year after Star Wars: The Clone Wars was cancelled, word has come that the final sixth season of the show will premiere exclusively on Netflix with all 13 episodes arriving on their streaming service on March 7th in the U.S. and Canada. In addition to the final season, the entire series, including director’s cut versions of the episodes and the original animated movie will be available to stream for the first time on Netflix from March as part of a multi-year agreement. (Dark Horizons)

Ron Howard is in talks to direct Warner Bros. live-action take on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel) was originally attached to direct but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. With Howard on board, Warners is now able to keep pace with Disney’s adaptation of the story which has Jon Favreau at the helm. (Hollywood Reporter)

After it was recently reported that Jason Statham would not return for Transporter 4 and that the movie would actually serve as a prequel to the original trilogy, EuropaCorp has announced Statham’s successor. Game of Thrones actor Ed Skrein will take over the role of Frank Martin in what is hoped to be the start of a new trilogy of films for the franchise that will give more depth to the character. Brick Mansion director Camille Delamarre will helm the film. (Variety)

With Tara Reid and Ian Ziering set to return for Sharknado 2: The Second One, the full cast list has been unveiled. Vivica A. Fox, Kelly Osbourne, Andy Dick, Judd Hirsch, Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath and Judah Friedlander have all joined the ranks of the SyFy TV movie that goes into production next week. (Deadline)

After picking up The Brink and Utopia, HBO has announced that it has picked up the half-hour dramedy Ballers to series. Dwayne Johnson will star in the show that examines the lives of a group of former and current football players. Stephen Levinson penned the pilot which will be directed by Peter Berg and executive produced by Mark Wahlberg. (Hollywood Reporter)

Jack Black, James Marsden and Mike White will team up for the indie comedy The D-Train. The movie, helmed by first time directors Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, centers on a Middle America high school reunion committee chairman (Black), still searching for high school acceptance, who has to do whatever it takes to get the most popular guy from high school-turned-actor (Marsden) to show up to their 20-year reunion, including flying to L.A. to penetrate the world of celebrities. White would play Black’s only friend in high school. (Hollywood Reporter)

The CW has renewed Supernatural for its tenth season as well as giving renewals to Reign, The Vampire Diaries, Arrow and The Originals for the 2014-15 season. (Comingsoon.net)

The new full-length trailer for Under the Skin has arrived online. The sci-fi film stars Scarlet Johansson as an alien woman who stalks the streets of Glasgow looking for men, seducing them and using them for her own evil purposes. Director Jonathan Glazer is helming the adaptation of Michael Faber’s novel which will slowly roll out in theaters in March and April.

by Ben McBride

Follow Ben on @monsterpopcorn

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