Popcorn News – Feb. 28

Malin Akerman and Taissa Farmiga have signed on to star in the horror comedy The Final Girls. The story revolves around a grieving daughter (Farmiga) who finds herself trapped in a 1980’s slasher film that starred her scream-queen mom (Ackerman). She must team up with her mom to fight of the villain of the movie. Todd Strauss-Schulson (A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas) will direct. (Screen Daily)

Vincent D’Onofrio is set to play the villain in Universal’s Jurassic World. He joins Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Irrfan Khan in the movie which Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) is directing. (Deadline)

David Fincher is in early talks to direct the Aaron Sorkin-scripted Steve Jobs biopic. Sorkin, who also wrote Fincher’s The Social Network, has stated the film will be divided into three long scenes, each taking place backstage before one of Apple’s infamous product launches. (Variety)

The first official photo of Grant Gustin as Barry Allen in his costume for the CW’s upcoming DC comics TV series, The Flash, has been released. The show is co-created by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and stars Gustin as well as Candice Patton as Iris West, Jesse L. Martin as Iris’s father, Detective West, Michelle Harrison​ as Barry’s mother Nora Allen, Rick Gosnett as Central City Police Detective Eddie Thawne, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon, Danielle Panabaker as S.T.A.R. Labs bioengineer Caitlin Snow, Tom Cavanagh as S.T.A.R. Labs CEO Harrison Wells, and John Wesley Shipp, from the original The Flash TV series, in an unspecified role. (SuperHeroHype)

CWs The Flash first look still

Jack Thorne (How I Live Now) has been hired to write the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman for Warner Bros. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is producing the movie alongside David Goyer with hopes to star in and direct the movie. The Sandman comic book series shifts between horror and fantasy, and follows the central character Morpheus, the personification of dreams. After being held captive for 70 years, Morpheus escapes, gains revenge and rebuilds his crumbling kingdom while trying to adapt to the times. (Deadline)

Patrick Wilson (The ConjuringInsidious) has joined the cast of Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man in an unspecified role. He joins the already cast Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Pena in the Marvel Studios superhero flick. (Deadline)

Sony Pictures has a short list of directors that are in contention for the live-action Masters of the Universe movie that they have in the works. Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) was previously attached to direct but it looks like Sony is currently looking at Harald Zwart (Mortal Instruments: City of Bones), Chris McKay (editor of The Lego Movie) and Mike Cahill (Another Earth) to take over the director’s chair. Mattel is involved in the movie which features a script from Terry Rossio (The Lone Ranger). (The Wrap)

The first official poster for Seth MacFarlane’s western comedy, A Million Ways to Die in the West, has popped up online. The movie, which stars MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried and Neil Patrick Harris, opens in theaters on May 30th. (Ain’t It Cool)

A Million Ways to Die in the West movie poster

Adam Driver (Girls, Inside Llewyn Davis) is close to signing on to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. No word on the specific character he’d play but it’s being said he would be in the vein of Darth Vader. The new installment of the Star Wars franchise hits theaters on December 18, 2015. (Variety)

Dutch filmmaker Diederik Van Rooijen has signed on to direct the re-imagining of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds for Universal. The long in-development project, which is being produced by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Mandalay Pictures, apparently has more to do with Daphne du Maurier’s short story than Hitchcock’s version of the film. (Hollywood Reporter)

Marvel Studios, The Walt Disney Company, Netflix Inc. and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the planned live-action TV series focusing on the “flawed heroes of Hell’s Kitchen” will all film in New York. The project will start filming this summer and will include nearly 60 one-hour episodes focused on the 4 Defenders characters: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. (Marvel)

The Japanese trailer for the Wachowskis’ upcoming sci-fi film, Jupiter Ascending, has appeared online. The movie stars stars Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Douglas Booth and Sean Bean and hits theaters on July 18th.

by Ben McBride

Follow Ben on Twitter: @monsterpopcorn

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